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Double Exposure

In Double Exposure, writer/performers Wayne Alan Brenner and David Jewell offer old and new material they've created, and their knack for capturing nuance in the mundane entertains

Arts Review, Nov. 17, 2006

9x9x9

In Randy Wyatt's '9x9x9,' Coda Theater Project offers a kooky thought piece on life / death and the power of God, but a lack of clarity in presentation undercuts some of the fun

Arts Review, May. 5, 2006

Bad Dates

Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates is a guilty pleasure, offering reflections on relationships, jobs, fashion, and dating through genuinely captivating monologues

Arts Review, Apr. 21, 2006

Durang/Durang

In the St. Edward's University production of Christopher Durang's redundantly titled 'Durang/Durang,' canonized American plays transform into comedic farce

Arts Review, Apr. 7, 2006

Antigone

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's 'Antigone' opens in riveting fashion, but its clever 1960s concept ultimately doesn't plumb the depths of this Greek tragedy

Arts Review, Feb. 24, 2006

FronteraFest Short Fringe

With FronteraFest 2006 in full swing, the January 27 Short Fringe program offered an assortment of theatrical ingenuity, frivolity, and tenderness

Arts Review, Feb. 3, 2006

Top 10 Spontaneous Catharses and Other Performance Effects of 2005

'Chronicle' theatre writer Heather Barfield Cole names her 10 favorite performing arts experiences of 2005

Arts Feature, Jan. 6, 2006

Pale Idiot

The 10th-anniversary revival production of playwright Kirk Lynn's 'Pale Idiot' smartly unsnarls a taut knot of text and form

Arts Review, Dec. 9, 2005

The Playboy of the Western World

As the weather cools, Different Stages brings the warmth of rural Ireland to town in its staging of J.M. Synge’s ‘The Playboy of the Western World’

Arts Review, Nov. 25, 2005

Keepin' It Weird

In Zach's original production 'Keepin' It Weird,' Dave Steakley displays examples of Austin weirdness as lovable freaks in self-referential spectacle

Arts Review, Oct. 28, 2005

Art Aid

In the wake of Katrina, Austin artists do their part to help

Arts Feature, Sep. 23, 2005

Charlotte's Web

Scottish Rite Children's Theater makes its stage version of E.B. White's 'Charlotte's Web' bright and stimulating with lively interaction and fine performances

Arts Review, Sep. 16, 2005

Twelfth Night

In Onstage Theatre Company's 'Twelfth Night,' the frolicking gaiety generally gives way to choppier stage seas and constricted emotion

Arts Review, Sep. 9, 2005

StallGraffiti ATX

StallGraffiti ATX throws short, original plays from local writers into a full-length variety show that revolves thematically around the porcelain palace

Arts Review, Jun. 17, 2005

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

All in all, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of 'Lost Highway' is a good musical for fans of Hank Williams looking for a nostalgic interlude

Arts Review, May. 20, 2005

Get Your War On

The Rude Mechanicals' 'Get Your War On' bulldozes through the buried media and lost horrors of the post-9 / 11 years with a sarcasm that strikes sparks

Arts Review, May. 6, 2005

Red, White and Tuna

Even for a Tuna virgin, 'Red, White and Tuna' is a viciously funny excursion into small-town Texas politics, relationships, and heated gossip

Arts Review, Apr. 29, 2005

Dress Suits to Hire

Winding up the Rude Mechanicals' Throws Like a Girl series, Holly Hughes' 'lesbian noir' 'Dress Suits to Hire' chills and excites in calculated disturbances

Arts Review, Apr. 22, 2005

Ugly Maria

Despite some inexperienced acting and lax direction, 'Ugly Maria' deserves notice for its audacious exploration of the social stigma of rape

Arts Review, Mar. 11, 2005

Single Wet Female

In the spoof Single Wet Female,' Marga Gomez and Carmelita Tropicana mounted a delectable feast of perversions, inversions, and subversions for the ravenously underrepresented

Arts Review, Mar. 4, 2005

Index to Idioms

Deb Margolin's Index to Idioms played with our assumptions about familiar expressions and used episodes from her life to give them new meanings

Arts Review, Feb. 25, 2005

Best of the Fest, Bill B

Arts Review, Feb. 18, 2005

Short Fringe: Wednesday Jan. 26

The Short Fringe lineup on Jan. 26 covered juice enthusiasts, life in a small Texas county, an action TV parody with a ticking clock, and a fading friendship as a wrestling match

Arts Review, Feb. 4, 2005

FronteraFest Short Fringe: Friday, Jan. 14

The Jan. 14 Short Fringe program featured a humdrum radio thriller, a comedy about tourism, a graceful commentary on rape, a provocative performance about sexism, and a thoughtful, funny reflection on headlines

Arts Review, Jan. 21, 2005

Top 10 Performances of 2004 That I Ruminate Over After the Dust Has Settled

Heather Barfield lists her favorite stage performances of 2004

Arts Feature, Jan. 7, 2005

Rockin' Christmas Party

This year's 'Rockin' Christmas Party' is flashy fun with an onslaught of seasonal classics and popular rock songs that aim to tickle those humbugs away

Arts Review, Dec. 24, 2004

Arms and the Man

Different Stages' 'Arms and the Man' is an honest attempt at entertainment with a political edge, but it swallows or ignores the complex interpretation that this script deserves

Arts Review, Nov. 26, 2004

Cabaret

UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis

Arts Review, Nov. 12, 2004

Spin

'Spin' can be described as a one-woman cabaret with one woman who performs several one-woman exposés

Arts Review, Aug. 27, 2004

'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

Alan Pogue's photographs of Haiti in the exhibition "Mountains Beyond Mountains" are closer to truth than assumptions

Arts Review, Aug. 6, 2004

The Secret Garden

Despite its seemingly morose story, Zilker Theater Productions' The Secret Garden is most assuredly uplifting, even moving

Arts Review, Jul. 16, 2004

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

St. Edward's University has bravely undertaken Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and the show is, strangely, a good time

Arts Review, Jul. 2, 2004

Austin Museum of Digital Art Performance Series 2

In Austin Museum of Digital Art's Performance Series 2, three artists sank the mind's inner core into a calm and melting psychosis

Arts Review, Jun. 25, 2004

The Misses Overbeck

Different Stages' production of The Misses Overbeck generates an affectionate quality that personalizes the particular objects surrounding all of us

Arts Review, Jun. 4, 2004

Orange

Refraction Arts Project's production of Orange is a true accomplishment, with interlaced stories weaving an explosive tale about the destruction of humanity

Arts Review, May. 21, 2004

Screwed Into the Book of Love

The Bedlam Faction's production of Wayne Alan Brenner's Screwed Into the Book of Love is an ambling journey through a maze of situations built upon the effects and circumstances of love

Arts Review, May. 7, 2004

Esther's Follies

Using inventive props, puppets, costumes, and live music, the gang at Esther's Follies stuffs fast-paced skits, political satire, and illusions into a tightly compacted show

Arts Review, Apr. 16, 2004

Did You Say Love?

A chick and a dude productions pays tribute to love in their original production Did You Say Love?, but unfortunately, the show creates little stir and minimal interest

Arts Review, Apr. 9, 2004

Topdog/Underdog

Pro Arts Collective makes Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog / Underdog -- a play dense with racial, societal, and economic queries -- into a fast-paced and engaging hour and a half

Arts Review, Jan. 23, 2004

Così Fan Tutte

The lack of passion in Austin Lyric Opera's Così Fan Tutte transforms Mozart's curious opera into a prime-time sitcom with a spectacular orchestra.

Arts Review, Jan. 16, 2004

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