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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 25 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 60 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

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A New Cuppa Tea in Tripoli

Actress Bernadette Nason takes tales of a year in Libya and brews a potent memoir

Arts Feature, Aug. 17, 2017

Gale Theatre Company's TWENTYEIGHT

In this Afrofuturist drama by Tyler English-Beckwith, blacks labor to reach a safe space in space

Arts Review, Aug. 10, 2017

UT: Major Arts Commissions Announced

Landmarks will get new mural, CoFA a Spanish-language opera

Arts Daily, Aug. 4, 2017 4:00 PM

In Memoriam: Sam Shepard

The late writer-actor left lots of himself in Central Texas

Arts Daily, Aug. 3, 2017 1:08 PM

Six New Novels of Note by Austin Authors of Fantastic Literature

Previewing releases by Elizabeth Moon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Stina Leicht, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Lee Thomas, and C. Robert Cargill

Arts Feature, Aug. 3, 2017

Summer Stock Austin's A Shoe Story

Allen Robertson and Damon Brown's new musical reinvents "The Elves and the Shoemaker" as a timely tale of refugees but in a clever, playful way

Arts Review, Aug. 3, 2017

Hideout Theatre's The Kindness of Strangers

This improvised salute to Tennessee Williams conjures his South's deeply rooted traditions and misfits with style

Arts Review, Jul. 27, 2017

Throwing a Few Back With Shit-faced Shakespeare

When it's time to perform Shit-faced Shakespeare, here's how an actor prepares

Arts Feature, Jul. 20, 2017

Counting the Cocktails Onstage

The tally on tippling in some classic American dramas shows characters drinking to excess

Arts Feature, Jul. 20, 2017

Michener Center Director Named

Author Bret Anthony Johnston to head UT center for writers

Arts Daily, Jul. 12, 2017 11:30 AM

Chargaux at the 2017 Austin Chamber Music Festival

This dynamic Brooklyn-based string duo proves that the Austin Chamber Music Festival has many more colors than its name suggests

Arts Feature, Jul. 6, 2017

Wide Awake and Brilliant

Eyes open on the Hideout Theatre's 48-Hour Improv Marathon

Arts Daily, Jul. 4, 2017 10:00 AM

Strike Up the Band!

If it's patriotic tuneage you want for your Fourth, here it is

Arts Daily, Jul. 1, 2017 9:00 AM

The Secret History of the Off Center

Looking back at the former home of the Rude Mechs and why it mattered

Arts Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

City Offers Arts Venue Aid ASAP

Cultural Arts Division's Art Space Assistance Program will award $200,000 in grants to creatives in need this summer

Arts Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

Rude Mechs on the Move

Having left the Off Center, the theatre company is now planning to #crushAustin in all 10 council districts and opening new studios Downtown

Arts Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

Getting Help for Art Venues ASAP

June 29 meeting tells artists how to tap $200K in space aid

Arts Daily, Jun. 27, 2017 4:25 PM

Celebrating Shondee Superstar

Cap City Comedy hosts a benefit for Lashonda Lester's family

Arts Daily, Jun. 27, 2017 3:06 PM

Rude Studios Open for Rentals

The Rude Mechs hatch new rehearsal space on Lady Bird Lake

Arts Daily, Jun. 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Zach Theatre's Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

A fierce portrait of Billie Holiday painted in blood and pain

Arts Review, Jun. 22, 2017

Improvising All Night Long! Twice!

The Hideout's annual improv marathon extends to 48 hours

Arts Daily, Jun. 21, 2017 2:00 PM

"A Celebration of Writing, and Reading"

Louis Black's notes on the first Chronicle Short Story Contest

Arts Daily, Jun. 14, 2017 5:00 PM

The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest

The lowdown on the 2017 submissions, judges, 10 finalists, and the prize-winning stories

Arts Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Paul Beutel Retires

Arts leader who ran Paramount, Long Center wraps 42-year career

Arts Daily, Jun. 7, 2017 4:15 PM

Texas Book Festival 2017: The First Dozen

Lisa Ko, Claire Messud lead off first look at fest lineup

Arts Daily, Jun. 7, 2017 12:50 PM

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak

Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners

Arts Daily, Jun. 6, 2017 11:15 AM

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Flatbed Press founders Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith, choreographer Kate Warren and theatre / spoken word artist Zell Miller III join the ranks of cultural heroes

Arts Feature, Jun. 1, 2017

Mastrogeorge Theatre's Good People

This production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play gives us a close look at the folks inside Southie – and why some never leave

Arts Review, Jun. 1, 2017

James Magnuson Leaves the Michener Center

James Magnuson reflects on his 23 years as director of the Michener Center for Writers

Arts Feature, May. 25, 2017

Critics Table Tops at 25

The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards

Arts Daily, May. 22, 2017 10:05 AM

Getting to Oz Through Austin Arts

Area arts events make a Yellow Brick Road to The Wizard of Oz in Zilker Park

Arts Feature, May. 18, 2017

Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

Austin Shakespeare's new take on Shakespeare's farce takes some time figuring out its own identity

Arts Review, May. 11, 2017

Out of Ink 2017: Object Lessons

This year’s crop of new 10-minute plays captures the apprehension in the air but with creativity and craft

Arts Review, May. 4, 2017

In Memoriam: Jason Tremblay

Playwright to be remembered at the Paramount on Sunday

Arts Daily, Apr. 28, 2017 7:45 AM

Earth Day: Parks Through Prints

See America's natural wonders via the Fifty-Nine Parks Series

Arts Daily, Apr. 19, 2017 1:50 PM

Jarrott Productions’ The Herd

In this staging of Rory Kinnear’s domestic drama, a birthday celebration reveals the stress fractures of caring for a disabled child

Arts Review, Apr. 13, 2017

The World Is Watching J. Quinton Johnson

The UT alumnus left Austin to be in "the room where it happens": in Hamilton on Broadway

Arts Feature, Apr. 6, 2017

Fusebox Festival 2017

This year's model of the annual hybrid arts showcase features revolutionaries, robots, and dam dancing, oh my!

Arts Feature, Apr. 6, 2017

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up

Who makes the jokes, where you can see them, and who keeps the scene running in a city where laughing matters

Arts Feature, Mar. 30, 2017

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Comics

The stand-up people behind the city’s comedy scene

Arts Feature, Mar. 30, 2017

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