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Heather Barfield Cole

18 articles in 2005

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

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