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Elizabeth Cobbe

Elizabeth Cobbe is a journalist, dramaturg, and playwright. By day, she writes python and javascript, and by night she writes reviews, arts coverage, and plays. She moved to Austin in 2005.

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Fixing King John

This loose and gangly treatment of Shakespeare's history is both remarkably original and fiercely energetic

Arts Review, Nov. 21, 2013

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

Mickle Maher's play is fiercely literary yet wholly accessible, and Capital T Theatre's staging is a joy

Arts Review, Nov. 7, 2013

Our Country's Good

As staged by UT, this drama of convicts making theatre in colonial Australia is fascinating to watch

Arts Review, Oct. 24, 2013

Fat Pig

Neil LaBute's play about body-size and social douchebaggery gets a sharp production from Theatre en Bloc

Arts Review, Oct. 17, 2013

Dial 'M' for Murder

This Fifties suspenser shows its age in UT's production, which never quite generates all the suspense it could

Arts Review, Oct. 10, 2013

Creature Construction

How Trouble Puppet creates those ingenious, inhuman figures that populate its plays

Arts Feature, Oct. 3, 2013

National Pastime

This new baseball musical hearkens back to both a simpler era and a simpler, sweeter kind of musical

Arts Review, Sep. 26, 2013


This struggle between an aging Mark Rothko and his idealistic assistant is a good fit for Penfold Theatre

Arts Review, Sep. 19, 2013


Reina Hardy's update on 'Beauty and the Beast' is fascinating, but the premiere is oddly lacking given the talents involved

Arts Review, Sep. 5, 2013

Zeus in Therapy

Tutto Theatre's stage adaptation of Douglass Stott Parker's poetry is less a play than a cool presentation of poems

Arts Review, Aug. 22, 2013

A Chorus Line

The Long Center presented a strong version of a great musical that's still worth seeing

Arts Review, Aug. 1, 2013


The script for Penfold Theatre's latest outdoor production has its flaws, but what the company does with it is great

Arts Review, Jun. 20, 2013

Blood, Sweat, and Cheers

This play about competitive cheerleading doesn't always fly as high as its heroines, but the athleticism is awesome

Arts Review, Jun. 6, 2013


Shanon Weaver's play puts a spin on the hit-man genre with some unusually gentle and refined assassins for hire

Arts Review, May. 9, 2013

Noises Off

Austin Playhouse stages this chaotic, ridiculous backstage farce with precision and fun

Arts Review, May. 2, 2013

Mad Beat Hip & Gone

Steven Dietz's play about the Beats might best be considered as the kind of literary experiment they engaged in

Arts Review, Apr. 18, 2013

Intimate Apparel

The loneliness of an African-American seamstress in 1905 is staged with powerful honesty by UT

Arts Review, Mar. 7, 2013

A Steady Rain

A Chick & a Dude Productions keeps this drama of Chicago beat cops challenging and engaging from start to finish

Arts Review, Feb. 28, 2013

33 Variations

The script and cast keep this drama of Beethoven and a modern scholar a human story

Arts Review, Feb. 7, 2013


The fascinating character of Truman Capote drives this thoughtful evening of theatre

Arts Review, Jan. 24, 2013

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012

Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs

Arts Feature, Jan. 4, 2013

The Attic Space

A husband and wife play out their decades-long marriage in this intriguing farewell from Palindrome Theatre

Arts Feature, Dec. 20, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

Austin Shakespeare turns Jane Austen's rich novel into a fine evening of smart theatre

Arts Review, Nov. 22, 2012

44 Plays for 44 Presidents

An earnest and timely, if uneven, effort to bring Americans up to speed on presidential history

Arts Review, Oct. 11, 2012

Agnes and Alfred

A beautiful play that lightly traces the journey of two well-meaning, imperfect people

Arts Review, Oct. 4, 2012

The Elementals: Water

This Vortex dance exploring water as sacred is often beautiful but not always deep

Arts Review, Sep. 20, 2012

Fall Arts Issue Critics Picks

From the arts harvest, our critics pluck choice treats

Arts Feature, Sep. 13, 2012

'The Twelfth Labor'

This family drama could be truly powerful, but it's too long and weighed down by too many ideas

Arts Review, Aug. 23, 2012


Glass Half Full Theatre's latest is sweeter and more uplifting than its PR suggests

Arts Review, Aug. 16, 2012


The stage version of the 1980 film is ridiculous – and a ridiculous amount of fun

Arts Review, Aug. 9, 2012

Conscience Hesitatus

The interesting drama of a latter-day Woyzeck suffers from lack of experience among the creators

Arts Review, Jul. 19, 2012

Fully Committed

The title may describe Martin Burke's performance, but is the play worthy of his talents?

Arts Review, Jul. 12, 2012

Three Tall Women

ACC reaches deep to mine understanding from Albee's profound conversation about aging and dying

Arts Review, Jun. 21, 2012

Now Now Oh Now

The Rude Mechs' latest show is a mind-blowing roll of the die

Arts Review, May. 24, 2012

The Pavilion

Penfold Theatre offers an example of a great production built on an almost-great script

Arts Review, May. 10, 2012

The Taming of the Shrew

On the farm, Present Company offers as pleasant an evening as you'll spend with a shrew

Arts Review, May. 3, 2012

Civilization (All You Can Eat)

Jason Grote's play comes off as fuzzy, especially in the half-light of SVT's staging

Arts Review, Feb. 23, 2012

Next to Normal

Strong performances make this musical about mental illness worth seeing

Arts Review, Feb. 16, 2012

'Long' Haul

Delivering the goods on the 2012 FronteraFest Long Fringe

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2012

'Long' Haul

Delivering the goods on the 2012 FronteraFest Long Fringe

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2012

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