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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.

20 articles in 1995

Love & Human Remains

This is a reprint of the Austin Chronicle review that ran in March when this film premiered in Austin at the SXSW FIlm Festival. Looking...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 1995

Devil in a Blue Dress

Mean streets. They are what you expect to see in a detective thriller, streets paved with corruption and washed in blood, streets on which a...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

National Lampoon's Senior Trip

Remember in high school how there was one kid who had a wise-ass comment for everything and no matter how snide it was or how...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 1995

Belle de Jour

One of master director Luis Buñuel's most wry and elegant films, the tale of the beautiful young bride of a prosperous doctor who spends her...

Film Review, Aug. 31, 1995

Mina Tannenbaum

“One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought,...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 1995

The Virtues of Flexibility

Re-Imagining the Production Process

Arts Feature, Aug. 11, 1995

Unheard Voices

Diverse Stories Break Through

Arts Feature, Jul. 7, 1995

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Crank

Sketches of R. Crumb

Arts Feature, Jun. 30, 1995

Kids 'n' Tell

Why Children Groove on Stories

Arts Feature, Jun. 23, 1995

The Secret of Roan Inish

Water moving, in ripples, in waves. It is the first image in this film, and from it we can feel that the story we are...

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Girl Crazy

Austin Women Taking Center Stage

Arts Feature, May. 12, 1995

Only the Brave

Who am I? Such a simple question, yet its answer is so elusive. These two films are very different -- one is a brooding tale...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

The Naked Play

The Power of Play Readings

Arts Feature, May. 5, 1995

Polishing Elephants

On Finishing a Dance

Arts Feature, Apr. 28, 1995

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

In each of our lives, there comes a time when we develop a keen sense of death's presence. Often, it comes in our youth and...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Losing Isaiah

We've grown so accustomed to the courtroom drama which plays one side as hero and one as villain, it seems sometimes there's no other kind....

Film Review, Mar. 24, 1995

Colonel Chabert

Depardieu stars as a soldier presumed killed in battle who comes home years later to find his wife remarried. The set-up echoes Depardieu's The Return...

Film Review, Mar. 24, 1995


“Family takes care of family,” snarls 75-year-old Rocky Holeczek, Polish immigrant, baker, and crusty patriarch of a Pittsburgh family which has just endured a tragedy...

Film Review, Mar. 10, 1995


As the 19th century gives way to the 20th, a young medical researcher (Owen) finds love and conflict in a London hospital. Though the cast...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

The Madness of King George

In this country, he's a villain, the monarch whose abuse inspired a revolution, the ruler from whom we fled to found a democracy. But in...

Film Review, Feb. 3, 1995

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