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Robert Faires



Robert Faires is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he's been covering the local arts scene for more than 30 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics. He's also been active in local theatre since 1980, having worked on more than 75 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

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City Arts Funding Tempest

Unexpected Cultural Contracts cuts cause concern

News Feature, Sep. 20, 2018

Fast Forward Austin Does Compute

New-music champions science the shit out of its upcoming concert with The Difference Engine

Arts Feature, Sep. 20, 2018

Austin Playhouse's Monroe

In Lisa B. Thompson's tender drama, young African-Americans work out where they belong in the world

Arts Review, Sep. 20, 2018

Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall

The ensemble's opening concert for its 15th season as UT's Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence was uplifting in a number of ways

Arts Review, Sep. 20, 2018

Capital T Theatre's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

This production of Edward Albee's play shows that hubris and catastrophe are as much a part of America now as in ancient Greece

Arts Review, Sep. 13, 2018

Jason Phelps & Co.'s Landfallen – the lost and found

This new work of dance-theatre takes us on journeys through wild wastes and personal histories, but leaves us in a place of hope

Arts Review, Sep. 6, 2018

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List

Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more

Arts Daily, Aug. 29, 2018 8:00 PM

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2018: Picks

In the bounty of improv, sketch, & stand-up, some of our picks

Arts Daily, Aug. 28, 2018 7:00 AM

Review: dat Black Mermaid Man Lady

Let Sharon Bridgforth's performance installation wash over you

Arts Daily, Aug. 24, 2018 1:05 PM

Austin Scottish Rite Theater's Wit

In this production, people are there for one another and no one has to face the end alone

Arts Review, Aug. 23, 2018

Ground Floor Theatre's There and Back

This new play by Raul Garza lets us spend a lifetime with an immigrant and all the decisions she makes

Arts Review, Aug. 16, 2018

ZM3 Live Productions' Echo of a Refugee ... Me?

Zell Miller III's latest was a state of the city address that called out Austin for gentrification and policies harmful to its black citizens

Arts Review, Aug. 16, 2018

Summer Stock Austin's Rob1n

This new musical brings Sherwood Forest's noble outlaw to our time with a message of togetherness

Arts Review, Aug. 9, 2018

Paper Chairs' The Audience

Elizabeth Doss' adaptation of García Lorca's unfinished play is less a drama than a dream, unbound by logic, reason, or convention

Arts Review, Aug. 9, 2018

Austin Classical Guitar's dream

The quality of the music in this concert was exceptional, but what made it special was the quality of the listening

Arts Review, Aug. 9, 2018

Nicole Eisenman Receives Booth/FLAG Art Prize

NYC artist is the first recipient of the $200,000 award

Arts Daily, Aug. 6, 2018 12:35 PM

Zilker Theatre Productions' All Shook Up

Take Elvis at his silliest, mix in Twelfth Night, stir playfully, and you have the latest Zilker Summer Musical

Arts Review, Aug. 2, 2018

Exposing the Art of the Scam in Lie, Cheat & Steal

Comics Pat Sirois and Kath Barbadaro school you on the grift in their podcast

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2018

Recommended True Crime Podcasts

Fill your auditory canals with nefarious activities

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2018

Hyde Park Theatre's The Antipodes

A ton of tales enliven this play by Annie Baker, but what do they tell us about the state of storytelling?

Arts Review, Jul. 26, 2018

2018 Texas Teen Book Festival Lineup

Tenth fest brings YA stars Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, & more

Arts Daily, Jul. 25, 2018 5:30 PM

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 4

A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 23-31

Arts Daily, Jul. 23, 2018 12:01 PM

MASS Gallery Moving

Gallery leaving 507 Calles Saturday, selling art to fund move

Arts Daily, Jul. 19, 2018 2:26 PM

Forklift Danceworks' Dove Springs Swims

The company's latest community production showed why Dove Springs' pool matters to that neighborhood and to all of us as well

Arts Review, Jul. 19, 2018

Steve Parker Wins 2018 Tito's Prize

Big Medium selects composer/sound artist for $15,000 award

Arts Daily, Jul. 17, 2018 12:10 PM

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 3

A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 16-22

Arts Daily, Jul. 16, 2018 5:34 PM

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 2

A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 9-15

Arts Daily, Jul. 9, 2018 3:45 PM

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A double murder in an East Texas town draws a black Texas Ranger deep into the shadows of the Piney Woods and the tangled race relations there

Arts Review, Jul. 5, 2018

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 1

A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 4-8

Arts Daily, Jul. 4, 2018 12:25 PM

Music to Wave Flags By

The 411 on the 4th of July concerts in the 512 and environs

Arts Daily, Jun. 29, 2018 1:45 PM

Primed for Some Literary Vibranium?

Readers say, "Austin African American Book Festival forever!"

Books Daily, Jun. 22, 2018 4:00 PM

Fair Youth Make Fairer Shakespeare

Two fine chances to see young people make the Bard come alive

Arts Daily, Jun. 21, 2018 5:45 PM

Austin's Artspace Crisis and Microvenues

Are home art galleries and mini-performance venues the answer to the space crunch?

Arts Feature, Jun. 21, 2018

Spectrum Theatre Company's Juneteenth Chronicles

With this play, Crystal Bird Caviel honors ancestors who were slaves and her colleague, the late Dr. Billy F. Harden

Arts Feature, Jun. 14, 2018

Heartland Theatre Collective’s Little Bird

The vulnerability of small things is at the heart of Nicole Oglesby’s drama of girls and ghosts in East Texas bayou country

Arts Review, Jun. 14, 2018

The Ransom Center's "Vaudeville!"

This exhibition reveals how the history of that entertainment form is really the history of the U.S.

Arts Feature, Jun. 7, 2018

The Critics Table's Crème de la Crème

The winners of the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards

Arts Daily, Jun. 5, 2018 1:35 PM

Glass Half Full Theatre's Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse WOW!

This playful eco-fable by Caroline Reck and Indigo Rael creates a surprising plastic paradise under the sea

Arts Review, May. 31, 2018

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Actor/director Norman Blumensaadt, dance artists Kathy Dunn Hamrick and Anuradha Naimpally, and philanthropists Jeanne and Michael Klein join the ranks of cultural heroes

Arts Feature, May. 24, 2018

Generic Ensemble Company's Carmen

This devised work shares the name of Bizet's opera, but it has its own story to tell, one that's modern, irreverent and funny

Arts Review, May. 24, 2018

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