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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.

175 articles in 2006   •   page 1 of 5

Austin Lyric Opera: Fat lady sings for artistic/managing director split

Austin Lyric Opera Artistic Director Richard Buckley and Managing Director Tamara Hale are both leaving their posts in June 2007, after which ALO will return to a single general director running the show

Arts Feature, Dec. 29, 2006

Culture Flash!

NEA grants in the stockings of three Austin arts groups, plus the Rude Mechs get their Big Apple on at the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival

Arts Column, Dec. 29, 2006

Rogue Performance Venue: Paradise lost

James Cotton thought he'd found an ideal spot for his new theatre, but he may be forced to leave over conflicts with a neighboring rehearsal studio for bands

Arts Feature, Dec. 22, 2006

Culture Flash!

Grammy recognition for Conspirare, an encore and more NEA support for Tapestry's The Souls of Our Feet, and giant sunflowers for the Mueller redevelopment

Arts Column, Dec. 15, 2006

Finding Hope ... in Bed!

Tim Miller's latest trip to Austin finds the noted performance artist optimistic about being gay

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2006

Ballet East: An expression of Hope

Ballet East hasn't changed its name to Alvin Ailey West, but with a fourth choreographer from the prominent dance troupe having set work on the Austin company, it could

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2006

365 Days/365 Plays: Over the river, but in the River of Spirit

The local launch of the 365 Days/365 Plays project saw hundreds of people, including playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, crowd onto the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge for a dramatic spectacular

Arts Feature, Nov. 24, 2006

E-flux Video Rental Austin: Keep circulating the tapes

E-Flux Video Rental has come to Austin, bringing more than 600 short and feature-length art videos that you can watch at Arthouse or take home to view at no charge

Arts Feature, Nov. 24, 2006

Jimmie Roulette: Hitting the jackpot, playing the Palace

Austin comic Jimmie Roulette will hit Vegas this week as part of an exclusive stand-up showcase in HBO's the Comedy Festival

Arts Feature, Nov. 17, 2006

Culture Flash!

A big gift for Austin Lyric Opera, national honors for two of Austin's young classical musicians, and TexARTS sails up a Big River in January

Arts Column, Nov. 17, 2006

Kneeling Down at Noon

The Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Kneeling Down at Noon is a thoughtful and deeply humane drama that considers the way Islam informs the lives and actions of various characters

Arts Review, Nov. 17, 2006

Understanding Islam

Steve Moore's latest play makes a pilgrimage to the truth of a misunderstood faith

Arts Feature, Nov. 10, 2006

365 Days/365 Plays

Arts Feature, Nov. 10, 2006

Culture Flash!

Hunting PLC wants to give a Texas artist $50K, puppet people want you, a Beegle play is Louisville-bound, 'Cantanker' publishes again, and KDHDC and Yellow Tape partying for your cash

Arts Column, Nov. 10, 2006

Have You Ever Been Assassinated?

Rebecca Beegle's 'Have You Ever Been Assassinated?' plays out like a fever-dream version of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' deliriously mashing up vaudeville acts with American history

Arts Review, Nov. 10, 2006

Keeping Pace, Culturally

Proposition 4 calls for an investment in cultural facilities for the city, and, Austin, it's time

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

Where the Money Goes

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

'High School Musical': From the Disney Channel straight to Austin High

Disney's made-for-cable phenomenon High School Musical is jumping from the small screen to the stage, and Austin High is one of seven schools chosen to premiere the official stage adaptation

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

2006 B. Iden Payne Awards: Payne, Payne, who got the Payne?

When the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its B. Iden Payne Awards for 2005-2006, it was 'American Fiesta' that, well, bowled over the rest of the nominees

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

First Night Austin: Just eight weeks until New Year's

For folks working on First Night Austin, eight weeks out is crunch time for the mammoth cultural extravaganza, especially since they want the second edition to be even better than the first

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

Ring, Rip, Rent

Ring Rip Rent, a new play by Martha Lynn Coon, shows us a future where women who have violated society's sexual mores are confined, classified, and treated

Arts Review, Nov. 3, 2006

ColdTowne Theater: Comedy moves uptown

You can count all the comedy venues in Austin on the fingers of one hand, so the opening of a new one, ColdTowne Theater, qualifies as a real occasion

Arts Feature, Oct. 27, 2006

Ventriloquist Night: Public speaking for dummies

With a new wave of interest in ventriloquism, what better time for full-time Austin puppeteer Bob Abdou to launch a course in Ventriloquism 101?

Arts Feature, Oct. 27, 2006

Bass Concert Hall: Renovation elaboration

New information from the UT Performing Arts Center about the $14.7 million makeover of Bass Concert Hall and what the PAC will be doing during the 18 months that it's dark

Arts Feature, Oct. 20, 2006

Long Center: Halfway home, a peek at what's to come

Midway through Palmer Auditorium's transformation into the Long Center for the Performing Arts comes a new image of the center's crown jewel:2,300-seat Dell Hall

Arts Feature, Oct. 20, 2006

Eeyore's Birthday: A statue where the party started

The Eastwoods Neighborhood Association is raising funds for a sculpture of Eeyore to commemorate the park's part in the launch of that Austin rite of spring, Eeyore's Birthday Party

Arts Feature, Oct. 20, 2006

Culture Flash!

Still time left to get some free theatre, laurels for historian Oscar Brockett and director Don Toner, and a new baby for the first couple of Salvage Vanguard Theater

Arts Column, Oct. 20, 2006

Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back

The play 'Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back' seeks to honor the New Orleanians affected by Hurricane Katrina, but the level of intensity in the UT staging often makes it hard to connect to

Arts Review, Oct. 20, 2006

We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa

The dance 'We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa' is such a whirl of motion, bursting with youthful exhilaration, that it suggests nothing so much as five girls hard at play on a long summer's day

Arts Review, Oct. 13, 2006

'Daniel Bozhkov: Recent Works'

The pieces in 'Daniel Bozhkov: Recent Works' grab our eye with comic incongruities, but behind the visual joke is a story of how everything in our world is connected

Arts Review, Oct. 13, 2006

Women on Fire: Six of one, Ivey's dozen of the other

Tony Award winner and Lone Star native Judith Ivey discusses the challenges of portraying a dozen characters in the one-woman monologue show 'Women on Fire'

Arts Feature, Oct. 6, 2006


'Parade' is an ambitious musical for a university theatre department, but the entire company presenting it at St. Edward's is impressively in tune with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's retelling of the Leo Frank case

Arts Review, Oct. 6, 2006

Out of Commission

The curious saga of 20 portraits of British literary greats that UT paid Feliks Topolski to paint, then didn't show for decades

Arts Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

Payne Pleasures 2006: The nominees

Your play didn't have to tackle a political theme to earn a nomination for ACoT's 2005-2006 B. Iden Payne Awards, but the top nominees reveal that it sure didn't hurt

Arts Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

365 National Festival: A Suzan-Lori play a day ...

Starting Nov. 13, Austin will join nine other cities across the country in a national festival that will produce 365 plays by Suzan-Lori Parks in 365 days

Arts Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

Arts Archives: UT makes play for Shepard, snaps up Newman, wins Woody

That treasure trove of cultural archives at UT has recently been expanded to include photographic portrait maker, playwright and actor Sam Shepard, and filmmaker Woody Allen

Arts Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

Let Me Show You Something You May Have Missed

Sean Perry's photographs offer to show you familiar settings in a whole new light

Arts Feature, Sep. 22, 2006

BAM! Performing Arts Festival: What's that sound?

Pro Arts Collective gets your attention with BAM!, a new performing arts festival bringing dancers, actors, poets, and musicians to Austin to display the surge of creativity among African-American artists

Arts Feature, Sep. 22, 2006

Culture Flash!

The influential artwork of Micael Priest blesses the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, and ACT wants State Theatre patrons to come to the cabaret – for free

Arts Column, Sep. 22, 2006

Hairspray: 'The Beat' goes on

Austin gets its first blast of Hairspray via a new national tour, and director Matt Lenz explains what makes this musical such a crowd-pleaser

Arts Feature, Sep. 15, 2006

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