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Wayne Alan Brenner has been covering arts and culture for The Austin Chronicle for 20 years, bringing you the brilliant, the odd, and the underexposed.

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McNichol & May: Harking back with style

Bob McNichol & Erika May are among the most literary improvisers in town, each of their spontaneous narratives carried along by the depth of the characters they create

Arts Feature, Jun. 22, 2007

Get Up: How funky and strong is their fight

Shannon McCormick and Shana Merlin – who make up the improv duo Get Up – are comfortable working together, like two parts of an interlocking dream machine

Arts Feature, Jun. 15, 2007

Junk: When you're jonesing for the good stuff

The four improvisers who constitute the Austin troupe Junk prefer to work in long-form, and long-form certainly seems their forte

Arts Feature, Jun. 8, 2007

Taking You to Ninja School

Seven reasons why Naruto is kicking everybody's ass

Screens Feature, Jun. 1, 2007

Me, Ange, and the Interlocking Shadows of Trees

Why do I love Naruto? Because I love my daughter.

Screens Feature, Jun. 1, 2007

A Thought in Three Parts

In staging Wallace Shawn's famously unproduced and pornographic A Thought in Three Parts, it'd be so easy to stumble or misjudge, but Rubber Repertory has gotten almost everything stunningly right

Arts Review, May. 18, 2007

'Over 21: Pages and Marginalia'

Oscar Gillespie's stunning and intricate prints, as exhibited at Slugfest Gallery, wouldn't be more compelling if they were printed in the artist's own blood

Arts Review, May. 11, 2007

The Music Is Pretty Much Incessant

P. Kellach Waddle, the River City's 'educated hillbilly,' composes himself a life

Arts Feature, Apr. 19, 2007

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

What do you do if you've invented a character who embodies the violent rejection of modern society, and that character becomes more popular than you ever dreamed he would?

Books Review, Apr. 13, 2007

'Christa Palazzolo: City Folk'

Christa Palazzolo was an astounding painter before she left Austin for New York, but her solo show at 1906 Gallery shows that her artistic skill has only deepened

Arts Review, Mar. 16, 2007

Man and Myth

Comic-book artist Dean Haspiel set to attend Staple! Independent Media Expo

Books Feature, Mar. 1, 2007

More Than Just Kiln Time

Ishmael Soto passes the torch to a younger generation

Arts Feature, Feb. 23, 2007

Present Laughter

You may think you know what a Noël Coward comedy is like, but the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Present Laughter is light years ahead of your expectations

Arts Review, Feb. 9, 2007

The Available Cupholders

There's a lot of improv to be seen in Austin, and much of it is good; the Available Cupholders are an excellent example of why and how

Arts Review, Jan. 12, 2007

'Wait and Hope: New Works by Katy O'Connor/Restless Timber: New Works by Jennifer Drummond'

Volitant Gallery's pairing of Katy O'Connor and Jennifer Drummond works so well, you might want to gather some friends and go picnic in the woods by way of celebration

Arts Review, Jan. 12, 2007

Wayne Alan Brenner's Best Books of 2006

Books Feature, Jan. 5, 2007

Edmond Bulldogs: MTV Sends Comedy Troupe Into Overdrive

Fresh from being featured on's the Stew, comedy troupe the Edmond Bulldogs is back in town to whip its local fans into a frenzy

Arts Feature, Dec. 15, 2006

Blab! 17

Each year, Monte Beauchamp harvests and designs a collection of work from the world's diverse crop of illustrators, sequential artists, and the graphically obsessed. And each year, it rules.

Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006


With a simple drawing style reminiscent of TinTin's Hergé, Kevin Huizenga uses the comics medium to brilliant effect

Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006

The Mother's Mouth

Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006

The Placebo Man

Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006

Pizzeria Kamikaze

Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006


Books Review, Dec. 8, 2006

Think Outside the Book

Eric Schlosser on Richard Linklater's adaptation of his Fast Food Nation

Screens Feature, Nov. 17, 2006

Mission: Improvable

Austin's improv community gathers intelligence

Arts Feature, Aug. 25, 2006

OoBer Alles

A guide to the troupes of the 2006 Out of Bounds Improv Festival (aka OoB V)

Arts Feature, Aug. 25, 2006


Jeremy Lamb and Madeline Malka's new sketch and improv show 'Kazillionaire' is starkly divided between bits of physical comedy that are genius and spoken segments that are relentlessly awkward and dull

Arts Feature, Jul. 28, 2006

In On It

The Dirigo Group production of Daniel MacIvor's 'In On It,' with two actors in multiple roles, succeeds beyond an exercise in acting and becomes a heartbreaking wound that feels good to receive

Arts Review, Jul. 21, 2006

Radio: 30

Hyde Park Theatre revives its production of Chris Earle's play Radio: 30, which creates a pitch-perfect rendering of emotional breakdown in the recording studio

Arts Feature, Jul. 7, 2006


Books Feature, Jun. 9, 2006

Further Illuminations

Books Feature, Jun. 9, 2006

Funniest Person in Austin Semifinals

Wayne Alan Brenner describes being a judge for one of the semifinal rounds of the 2006 Funniest Person in Austin Contest at Cap City Comedy Club

Arts Feature, May. 12, 2006

La Perdida

Because Jessica Abel's La Perdida takes place in Mexico City and involves a sometimes frictional intermingling of Mexicans and Americans, it's attracted comparison to Los Bros Hernandez's classic Love and Rockets

Books Review, May. 12, 2006

Truth Serum

Pity the poor costumed heroes of our childhood

Books Review, May. 12, 2006

Kings in Disguise

America's Great Depression of the 1930s isn't the backdrop for this story; it is the story

Books Review, May. 12, 2006

Conversation #2

If James Kochalka is 'Magic Boy,' then Jeffrey Brown is 'Over-Analyze Lad'

Books Review, May. 12, 2006

Summer Camp Guide

Features Feature, Apr. 28, 2006

Drive, He Said

In his company's 13th year, Jason Neulander shifts Salvage Vanguard Theater into overdrive

Arts Feature, Apr. 14, 2006

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Books Review, Apr. 14, 2006

Sean Carey, Lucas Molandes, Rob Nash

Arts Review, Mar. 24, 2006

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