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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.

122 articles in 2003   •   page 1 of 4

Hanging Up the Torches

After 20 years of juggling fire and other foolery, the Flaming Idiots are calling it quits.

Arts Feature, Dec. 26, 2003

New Wind to Blow Through Austin

Internationally recognized composer John Corigliano has chosen the UT School of Music to premiere his Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble.

Arts Feature, Dec. 26, 2003


Austin playwright John Walch goes to Louisville for its festival of new plays; Vincent Kitch goes to Washington for Americans for the Arts; and Everett Quinton goes to Seattle for a new production of Twisted Olivia.

Arts Column, Dec. 26, 2003

Tale of a Tale Spinner

How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.

Arts Feature, Dec. 19, 2003

Terry Allen: A Discography

Arts Feature, Dec. 19, 2003


Austin architectural firm TeamHaas was tapped as the new design team for the proposed Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Arts Column, Dec. 19, 2003


Austin Shakespeare perseveres, Ballet Austin gets a grant for a Shrew, Zach hunts for a fundraiser, Mexic-Arte's Museum Store hits USA Today's Top 10, and the Funniest Person in Austin goes global.

Arts Column, Dec. 12, 2003

On the Road Again

Ballet East's Paths traces some of the many passages through life.

Arts Feature, Dec. 5, 2003


An era of Austin theatre ends as Austin Musical Theatre files for bankruptcy.

Arts Column, Dec. 5, 2003

'"Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II"'

The Blanton Museum of Art's "Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II" continues the display of works from the 3,200-work collection begun earlier in 2003, and while this batch may contain fewer masterpieces, it's no less captivating or transporting.

Arts Review, Dec. 5, 2003

Not Just Another Pretty Face

With the Naughty Austin theatre company, there's more than meets the eye.

Arts Feature, Nov. 28, 2003


Hogg Auditorium is headed for a makeover, Judy Jensen's Blue Willow is headed to the Smithsonian, and two local artists take the road to recovery.

Arts Column, Nov. 28, 2003


Lorella Loftus' staging of Coriolanus at the Vortex doesn't succeed in making Shakespeare's hero truly tragic or noble, but its fierceness of imagination and commitment would do the Roman general proud.

Arts Review, Nov. 28, 2003


Two theatre companies may have to cancel shows if they don't raise funds by a certain date; ACoT gets down to business; and Hogg Auditorium is headed for a makeover.

Arts Column, Nov. 21, 2003


The Elisabet Ney Museum is headed for a makeover, Austin photographer Sean Perry takes the prize in New Mexico, and Chronicle arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for an acting book.

Arts Column, Nov. 14, 2003

The Woman in Black

The power of little things to make spirits real drives The Woman in Black, a terrifically old-fashioned ghost story in the English tradition, and the State Theater Company production employs simple sights and sounds in effective ways that make us believe and be terrified.

Arts Review, Nov. 14, 2003

Watchmen on the Walls of Freedom

UT composer Dan Welcher commemorates JFK: The Voice of Peace 40 years after the President's scheduled visit to Austin.

Music Feature, Nov. 7, 2003


Renowned composer and educator Kent Kennan has died, longtime Paramount Theatre manager Paul Beutel calls it quits, and Vincent Kitch signs on as the city of Austin's cultural arts program manager.

Arts Column, Nov. 7, 2003

Who Will Be the Arts Tsar?

The two finalists for the job of cultural arts program manager addressed the public Oct. 23.

Arts Feature, Oct. 31, 2003


Leaders in the campaign to build the Long Center for the Performing Arts have decided to scale back the long-delayed project and build only two out of four theatres in an attempt to get it off the ground.

Arts Column, Oct. 31, 2003

The Taming of the Shrew

Choreographer Stephen Mills packed Ballet Austin's adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew with a rollicking physicality that spun ballet into slapstick and twirled slapstick into ballet and revealed an impressive grasp of Shakespeare's characters.

Arts Review, Oct. 31, 2003


Austin Lyric Opera's new artistic director receives raves for his conducting at Seattle Opera, Beehive diva Judy Arnold takes ill, and Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for his book on acting.

Arts Column, Oct. 24, 2003

The Middle of the Night

With its isolated farmhouse and unseen menace, The Middle of the Night may look like a conventional thriller, but playwright Lowell Bartholomee refuses to play by the rules, creating an offbeat drama that keeps us perpetually off-balance by playing against our expectations.

Arts Review, Oct. 24, 2003


Last week for comments on the revamp of the city's cultural funding process, and chroegrapher Ann Carlson returns to UT.

Arts Column, Oct. 17, 2003

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a real horror show, making the clash of Edward Albee's middle-aged marrieds George and Martha both titanic and terrifying.

Arts Review, Oct. 17, 2003


Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills has a deft touch at getting the Bard to the barre.

Arts Feature, Oct. 10, 2003


Nine current and former Austin playwrights storm the finals for the 2003 Hedieman Award, while playwright Lisa D'Amour storms New York.

Arts Column, Oct. 10, 2003

Beauty and the Beast

Second Youth Family Theatre's Beauty and the Beast is no less magical than other versions of the tale, but its real enchantment comes from the way it show us its fairy tale characters discovering each other's hearts.

Arts Review, Oct. 10, 2003

K-Tel Cabaret

Michael Holland and Karen Mack make a performance party out of hits from the Seventies and Eighties.

Arts Feature, Oct. 3, 2003


The Austin Circle of Theaters has handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2002 through July 2003.

Arts Column, Oct. 3, 2003

A Flea in Her Ear

Seeing actor David Stokey in the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of A Flea in Her Ear, carrying off the spectacle of a man whose life has utterly unwound for the most preposterous of reasons, provides a refreshing reminder of the pleasures of farce.

Arts Review, Oct. 3, 2003


Actor, writer, director, singer, and Texas State University teacher and mentor Larry Hovis has passed away.

Arts Column, Sep. 19, 2003

Be Aggressive

On one level, Annie Weisman's Be Aggressive skewers SoCal culture, from Spanish stucco to smoothie shops, but at its heart this tale of a cheerleader whose mother has just died shows us with humor and affection how to deal with the unexpected holes in our lives.

Arts Review, Sep. 19, 2003


Annie Weisman's satiric drama Be Aggressive, receiving its area premiere from the State Theater Company, gives a shout out to cheerleading as an outlet for teenagers to make themselves heard.

Arts Feature, Sep. 12, 2003


A bright design firm on the Austin theatre and film scene, Star Costume & Clothiers, falls to earth, and folk artist Brother Jeremias Mysliwiec passes away.

Arts Column, Sep. 12, 2003

Turning Tricks With The Amazing Ray

With nothing up his sleeve, Esther's Follies resident magic man Ray Anderson pulls wonder -- and laughter -- out of thin air.

Arts Feature, Sep. 5, 2003

Sharpening the Claw

Arts Feature, Sep. 5, 2003


This fall, one of the city's most active and daring improv companies is calling it quits (or quilts, as their Web site has it): well hung jury is breaking up.

Arts Column, Sep. 5, 2003

'José Toirac: "Sacrifice"'

The Gallery 106 exhibition "Sacrifice" features images and text painted in red wine by José Toirac that draws mythic connections between wine and blood and also asks us to reflect on mortality and death as it is paid for the freedom of others.

Arts Review, Sep. 5, 2003


Months of speculation come to an end as Austin Lyric Opera appoints conductor Richard Buckley to the position of artistic director.

Arts Column, Aug. 29, 2003

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