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Jillian Owens

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One Night With Janis Joplin

Zach makes this soulful portrait of the blues-rock queen an exhilarating concert that'll have you on your feet

Arts Review, Aug. 1, 2013

Little Shop of Horrors

This year's Zilker Summer Musical swaps the Swiss Alps for Skid Row, but it's as hugely entertaining as ever

Arts Review, Jul. 25, 2013

Holier Than Thou

Poison Apple Initiative's show draws reality TV and religion together in a thoughtful, thought-provoking way

Arts Review, Jul. 3, 2013

Reefer Madness

With this wild musical spoof, Doctuh Mistuh delivers a bigger buzz than its Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Arts Review, Jun. 27, 2013

Twelve Angry Men

With strong direction and a fine cast, City Theatre's revival of the jury-room drama of the 1950s feels very contemporary

Arts Review, May. 30, 2013

The Happy Couple

This Last Act Theatre show depicts a couple's nice life unraveling with equal parts tension and release

Arts Review, May. 23, 2013

Urinetown: The Musical

Texas State University's delightful staging showed off all the strengths of its musical theatre program

Arts Review, Apr. 25, 2013

Five Cooks in the Kitchen?

The Duplicates shake up the recipe for theatre

Arts Feature, Apr. 11, 2013

A Minister's Wife

This musical version of G.B. Shaw’s ‘Candida’ is exactly the right size for Austin, cozy with room for plenty of nuance

Arts Review, Apr. 4, 2013


Hyde Park Theatre transports us to Costa Rica's jungle for an awkward but affecting meeting of uncle and niece

Arts Review, Mar. 28, 2013

Tackling Football’s Dark Side

Cohen New Works Festival: ‘Colossal’ reviewed

Arts Daily, Mar. 27, 2013 12:02 PM

Voice for the Missing Women

Cohen New Works Festival: 'The Women of Juárez' reviewed

Arts Daily, Mar. 26, 2013 11:20 AM

A Veteran's Voice

Playwright Johnny Meyer returned from war to learn that theatre is essential to life

Arts Feature, Mar. 21, 2013

Lady Windermere's Fan

Austin Playhouse's take on this Oscar Wilde treat is straightforward and buoyed by terrific performances

Arts Review, Mar. 21, 2013


With a gripping turn by Andrew Bosworth, this City Theatre production of Shakespeare's tragedy belongs to Iago

Arts Review, Mar. 7, 2013

The Flip Side

In Poor Shadows of Elysium's Richard II, a coin makes all the difference in what you see

Arts Feature, Feb. 21, 2013

Measure for Measure

Mary Moody Northen Theatre delivers a colorful version of Shakespeare's grayscale comedy that's worth seeing

Arts Review, Feb. 21, 2013

Design for Living

Keen direction and outstanding performances bring us into Noël Coward's Thirties dandyism

Arts Review, Feb. 14, 2013

Little Mother

Despite lovely shadow puppetry and a sensual score, this tale of an anguished couple feels incomplete

Arts Review, Jan. 31, 2013

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Kelsey Kling makes a distinguished directorial debut with Rajiv Joseph's gem of a love story

Arts Review, Jan. 31, 2013

Ordinary Peephole: The Songs of Dick Price

This expertly curated celebration of Austin's premier composer of camp ought not to be missed

Arts Review, Jan. 24, 2013

Elizabeth: Heart of a King

Lorella Loftus' ambitious new bio-play boasts strong performances by the three women portraying the Virgin Queen

Arts Review, Jan. 17, 2013


Different Stages doesn't light up the dark corners of this gothic comedy about the Marquis de Sade

Arts Review, Jan. 10, 2013

Top 10 (+1) Theatrical Joys of 2012

Recalling a year of Shakespeare on bikes, masterful Miller, and a one-woman eco-soap

Arts Feature, Jan. 4, 2013

Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical

Zach Theatre delivers a sentimental stroll through a winter wonderland, with exceptionally strong dancing

Arts Review, Dec. 28, 2012

Billy Elliot the Musical

The national tour of this uplifting musical featured some insanely talented kids

Arts Review, Dec. 20, 2012


Though Oh Dragon's debut is uneven, its take on the Greek tragedy shows fiery promise

Arts Review, Nov. 15, 2012

Heather Woodbury's 'As the Globe Warms'

Woodbury's latest solo stage epic is a beautiful experiment in soap opera meets PSA

Arts Review, Nov. 1, 2012

The Cataract

A befuddling, humorous, and serene journey into the unexpected with two very different couples

Arts Review, Oct. 25, 2012

The Best Man

The Paradox Players provide a well-executed staging of the 1960 election drama

Arts Review, Oct. 18, 2012

Under Construction

A lively collage of all-American memories at once thoughtful, funny, and poignant

Arts Review, Oct. 4, 2012

This Feather House

An award-winning new script is staged with passion, but the show doesn't quite come together

Arts Review, Sep. 13, 2012

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

An abusive husband gets a shot of Southern discomfort in this hysterical revenge comedy

Arts Review, Aug. 30, 2012

Manhattan Stories

An ensemble of improvisers expertly captures the essence of Woody Allen's comedy

Arts Review, Aug. 16, 2012

Sing Muse

The cast sings together with ease, but this new work hasn't yet found its voice

Arts Review, Aug. 9, 2012

Rose Rage

The Bard is rampant and rules this Hidden Room.

Arts Review, Aug. 2, 2012

The Sound of Music

The Hillside comes alive with a joyful production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic

Arts Feature, Jul. 19, 2012

Is Life Worth Living?

This obscure Irish comedy really answers the question: Why do we need theatre?

Arts Review, Jul. 12, 2012

''Tis Pity She's a Whore'

Not everything in 7 Towers' staging of this revenge tragedy works, but the production has heart

Arts Review, Jul. 5, 2012

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

This irreverent electrified musical bio of our seventh president will rock your socks off

Arts Review, Jun. 21, 2012

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