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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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Celebrating the Women of Flatbed Press at PrintAustin 2019

Elisabet Ney Museum gives Austin’s world-class press its historic due

Arts Feature, Jan. 10, 2019

A Brief Introduction to PrintAustin 2019

The sixth citywide celebration of “original multiples” features more than 40 exhibits, an expo, and a masquerade ball

Arts Feature, Jan. 10, 2019

Austin Playwright’s Final Play Might Have Died With Him, but a Community Joined Together to Ensure Its Survival

Saving Jason Tremblay’s Gretel! The Musical

Arts Feature, Jan. 3, 2019

Zach Theatre's Tortoise and Hare

This delightful, inspiring musical teaches us there's more to the story than the amazing race

Arts Review, Jan. 3, 2019

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018

It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018

In this year’s dance and classical offerings, extraordinary depictions of loss and suffering continue to haunt

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

ArtStartArt Helps Students Get Their First Sales

This Austin-based company helps university students break into the art market and gives art lovers a new source for original work

Arts Feature, Dec. 20, 2018

Permanent Record's White

In James Ijames' satirical portrait of the artist as a privileged white guy, a black woman provides the most vivid and interesting shades

Arts Review, Dec. 20, 2018

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

The company’s 56th run at this holiday classic retains its magic – enough beauty and wonder to transport you to enchanting realms

Arts Review, Dec. 13, 2018

Bill Leissner: I Shot the Eighties

Event to fund photographer's book showing the decade in Austin

Arts Daily, Dec. 7, 2018 2:45 PM

A #MeToo Measure for Measure?

Austin Shakespeare gives a peek at a modern Measure Saturday

Arts Daily, Dec. 6, 2018 5:18 PM

Books to Read and Wrap for the Holidays

Gorgeous images of land and water shot from the air provide a fresh perspective on the Lone Star State

Arts Feature, Dec. 6, 2018

Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair 2018

Humanities Texas has the one-stop shop for all the lit lovers on your gift list with 26 authors on hand to sign your purchases

Arts Feature, Dec. 6, 2018

line upon line percussion's The city wears a slouch hat

John Cage and Kenneth Patchen's experimental radio play proved an ideal vehicle for the creative daredevils of line upon line and the Rude Mechs to revive together

Arts Review, Dec. 6, 2018

Review: Revel's Existential Solstice

In a concert evoking winter's cold and darkness, warmth

Arts Daily, Dec. 5, 2018 1:45 PM

Different Stages' Great Expectations

In this retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, a visible love of narrative is the show's greatest strength

Arts Review, Nov. 29, 2018

Immigrants, the Musical! (Part Two)

With this improvised musical series, one family’s tale of coming to the states becomes a tale about us all

Arts Review, Nov. 22, 2018

Charles Dickens' Prolific Work Comes to Several Austin Stages

There's more than Scrooge on Austin stages this holiday season – which is just as his creator would want it

Arts Feature, Nov. 21, 2018

Review: Otello

Austin Opera staged a victory worthy of the Lion of Venice

Arts Daily, Nov. 20, 2018 5:12 PM

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Men on Boats

With a diverse cast of women playing white men exploring the Grand Canyon, this show recasts history to show guys who just don't get it

Arts Review, Nov. 15, 2018

Moontower Comedy 2019: The First Wave

Festival welcomes Jenny Slate and David Spade as headliners

Arts Daily, Nov. 9, 2018 3:30 PM

Dimension Gallery Shows Support for Art and Artists at EAST

The 2018 East Austin Studio Tour bears fruit with help from local artspace

Arts Feature, Nov. 8, 2018

Review: Until the Flood

Theatre en Bloc makes a sacred space for us to hear Ferguson

Arts Daily, Nov. 7, 2018 6:05 PM

2018 B. Iden Payne Award Winners

Top honors go to Drowsy Chaperone and Fixing Troilus

Arts Daily, Nov. 7, 2018 5:30 PM

Macbeth's Myriad of Misfortunes

The Scottish Play – still cursed after all these years

Arts Daily, Nov. 2, 2018 4:15 PM

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore

In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits

Arts Review, Nov. 1, 2018

Joel Hodgson on MST30K

Reflecting on 30 years on the Satellite of Love

Arts Daily, Oct. 31, 2018 4:30 PM

Conspirare Sings at Matthew Shepard Interment

Austin choral ensemble performed at National Cathedral service

Arts Daily, Oct. 26, 2018 5:02 PM

Ben Fountain on Beautiful Country Burn Again

In his new book, the author lights up 2016 to make sense of that crazy, intense year

Arts Feature, Oct. 25, 2018

Books to Prep You for the Texas Book Festival

The read goes on forever at the 2018 Texas Book Festival

Arts Feature, Oct. 25, 2018

Austin Symphony's Happy Birthday, Lenny

In its concert celebrating Bernstein, the ASO shows the composer giving his all in even the briefest of works

Arts Review, Oct. 25, 2018

Theatre Synesthesia's The Fault

In Katie Bender's play, an American family tries to save itself from being shaken apart

Arts Review, Oct. 18, 2018

A Dance Writer Moves On

After a decade with the Chron, Jonelle Seitz takes her leave

Arts Daily, Oct. 17, 2018 1:40 PM

Liz Fisher Wins Princess Grace Award

Austin theatre artist receives national arts scholarship

Arts Daily, Oct. 16, 2018 5:00 PM

City Arts Funding: The Resolution

Council approves 2019 funding, ponders next move

News Feature, Oct. 11, 2018

Prima Doñas' LatiNacional: tu casa es mi casa

The improv troupe behind Latinauts gives 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a makeover like the country has never seen

Arts Review, Oct. 11, 2018

Austin's Paranormal Activity

Four places to check out if you ain't afraid of no ghosts

Arts Daily, Oct. 10, 2018 2:50 PM

City Arts Funding: The Resolution

Council approves FY 19 arts funding, ponders its next move

Arts Daily, Oct. 8, 2018 10:00 AM

En Route Productions' *some humans were harmed in the making of this show

CB Goodman's play is memorable for its exuberant satire, but an abrupt hairpin turn toward the serious makes the show even more memorable

Arts Review, Oct. 4, 2018

The Arts Funding Matrix: Reloaded

Arts Commission's FY 19 funding adjustments head to Council

Arts Daily, Oct. 2, 2018 5:00 PM

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