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Shanon Weaver

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Street Corner Arts' Pocatello

Rich performances highlight the pain, hope, and heart in this staging of Samuel D. Hunter's family drama

Arts Review, Dec. 7, 2017

City Theatre's The Seafarer

Karen Sneed’s staging is shot through with compassion for the play’s hard-luck, hard-drinking Irishmen

Arts Review, Nov. 21, 2017

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance’s The Crucible

The department manages to elicit tension from Arthur Miller’s familiar drama, but not without a few flaws

Arts Review, Nov. 16, 2017

Capital T Theatre's The Brothers Size

In this staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama, struggles with brotherhood and blackness play out against Yoruban ritual

Arts Review, Nov. 2, 2017

TILT Performance Group's Zombie Prom

This musical is kitschy Halloween fun but with something to say about being different

Arts Review, Oct. 26, 2017

Woman in Black at Scottish Rite Theater

Skilled actors and atmospheric design combine to make this co-production a spine-tingler ideal for Halloween

Arts Review, Oct. 19, 2017

The Vortex's Vampyress

Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky

Arts Review, Oct. 12, 2017

Filigree Theatre’s Betrayal

The studied, steady cast make bold choices with Pinter’s familiar script and show us a side of adultery not often considered

Arts Review, Oct. 5, 2017

Jarrott Productions' Prodigal Son

The opposing worlds of John Patrick Shanley’s textured script are conjured with powerful stillness and restless energy

Arts Review, Sep. 28, 2017

Southwest Theatre Productions' The Understudy

Southwest Theatre's focused cast overcomes the oddities in the script to serve up a snarky, funny look at the theatre business

Arts Review, Sep. 7, 2017

Examining the Sins and Virtues of Hypermasculine Theatre

When is violence in theatre too much?

Arts Feature, Dec. 8, 2016

Austin Jewish Repertory Theater's W.

This solo version of Woyzeck is a fresh, compelling take on Buchner's play, powerfully performed by Joey Hood

Arts Review, Aug. 25, 2016

The Institution Theater's Fuck, It's Hot

The Austin-oriented sketch show has its rough spots, but it delivers lots of laughs as a cooling balm in the dog days

Arts Review, Aug. 18, 2016

Zilker Theatre Productions' Shrek the Musical

The lovable ogre and company spring to life on the Hillside stage with loads of laughs and professional polish

Arts Review, Jul. 28, 2016

Shrewd Productions' Hold Me Well

Playwright Eva Suter's reworking of Othello in a world without men depicts love in many forms with power and beauty

Arts Review, Jul. 21, 2016

What in Our House?

Theatrical perversity in Chicago: the Austin connection

Arts Feature, Jun. 30, 2016

Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music

Wonderful musical numbers, strong voices highlight Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music

Arts Review, Jun. 23, 2016

Zach Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors

In every respect, this production of Richard Bean's updated farce artfully crafts an environment of laughter

Arts Review, Jun. 16, 2016

The Vortex's Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale

Ancient myth meets modern surveillance memorably in this devised work at the Vortex

Arts Review, Jun. 9, 2016

Clybourne Park

This company has vibrant success with Bruce Norris' racial drama that shows how far we haven't come in 60 years

Arts Review, Jun. 2, 2016

Subject to Control

American Berserk Theatre's debut is a heady, funny treat, smuggling heavy ideas in a light package

Arts Review, May. 26, 2016

Arden of Faversham

This Shakespearean-style "true crime" drama is not without compelling elements, but a lack of polish weighs on this staging

Arts Review, May. 19, 2016

Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth

This military-themed staging of the tragedy gets lost in a haze of design and technical issues

Arts Review, May. 12, 2016

Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!

This Trouble Puppet Theater production takes the philosophic battle between good and evil into the pro-wrestling ring

Arts Review, May. 5, 2016

Zach Theatre’s Ann

Holland Taylor captures every nuance of Ann Richards in this magnificent production

Arts Review, Apr. 28, 2016

The Explorers Club

Austin Playhouse's sublimely silly satire of Victorian pomposity ventures where other comedies fear to tread

Arts Review, Apr. 21, 2016

Exploring the "Other"

Ben Wolfe on the risks of going native in The Explorers Club

Arts Daily, Apr. 20, 2016 4:30 PM

Theatre en Bloc's Bright Half Life

For Tanya Barfield's two-character drama, Theatre en Bloc couples an intimate story with a relentlessly personal performance space

Arts Review, Apr. 7, 2016

The Last Five Years at the Institution Theater

Sherrod Curry Productions' staging of the Jason Robert Brown musical is gracefully performed and wildly cathartic

Arts Review, Mar. 31, 2016

City Theatre's Bus Stop

Director Tracy Arnold stages William Inge's drama with humor and charm, but seems to fight against the script's darkness

Arts Review, Mar. 24, 2016

Austin Shakespeare's Medea

This production of the Greek tragedy asks the audience to consider the whole story before passing judgment

Arts Review, Mar. 3, 2016

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

The script for this baseball play is a bit wobbly, but Austin Playhouse fields a strong production for the win

Arts Review, Feb. 25, 2016

The Government Inspector at Mary Moody Northen Theatre

The St. Edward's University Theatre Department delivers Gogol's Russian satire with gigagags at top speed

Arts Review, Feb. 18, 2016

The Rude Mechs' Fixing Timon of Athens

The theatre collective's latest repair job on a broken Shakespeare play is wildly accessible, welcoming, and enthralling

Arts Review, Feb. 11, 2016

Viceroys' Topdog / Underdog

This black-owned artist collective makes a passion-fueled, powerful debut with Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer-winning drama

Arts Review, Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Theatre Productions' Exit 27

At its heart, Aleks Merilo's play about boys exiled from their cultlike church is about mind control

Arts Review, Jan. 28, 2016

Austin Playhouse's Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar's drama delivers a raw, powerful conversation about race without the usual distractions

Arts Review, Jan. 21, 2016

Top 10 Theatre Performances of 2015

The Austin stage actors who gave the most impressive performances in 2015 just made it look so damned easy

Arts Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

Doctuh Mistuh's Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical

This send-up of the 1978 blue movie serves up the cheese and camp for a load of giddy fun

Arts Review, Dec. 23, 2015

Austin Playhouse's The Philadelphia Story

Don Toner's direction and a top-drawer cast make for a riotous evening in this version of Philip Barry's crisp comedy

Arts Review, Dec. 10, 2015

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