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Review: Wise Guy Theater Co.’s Dead. Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the End
Taking creative risks is the name of the game for Fallout Theater, the improv/sketch comedy/stand-up venue founded in 2018 and located in a former fallout shelter in the basement of the near-century-old York Rite building in downtown Austin.

4:55PM Wed. Jul. 12, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

Review: Hyde Park Theatre’s Radio :30
Ironically, Airheads (1994) and Pump Up the Volume (1990) – two films about the now-antiquated mass medium of radio – are streaming somewhere.

4:30PM Tue. Jul. 11, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

Kathy Valentine Swaps Stages for Zach Theatre's New Show Head Over Heels
Theatres are filled with jukebox musicals, but not many productions pulling on a recognizable back catalog can call on the musicians responsible for those toe-tappers. But Zach Theatre has announced an actual Go-Go will be part of their upcoming production of Head Over Heels – Austin music legend Kathy Valentine.

6:00PM Thu. Jul. 6, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Review: Different Stages’ The Art of Martyrdom (A Comedy)
The folks at New Play Exchange, a digital resource that represents Rita Anderson’s The Art of Martyrdom (A Comedy), lists the following descriptors to capture the gist of her new work: comedy, adventure, biography, docudrama/historic, faith-based, parody/spoof, period, and political.

2:55PM Fri. Jun. 30, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

Review: Penfold Theatre’s Box
Over its past 14 seasons, Penfold Theatre has been on a mission to give audiences “fresh eyes to see old stories.” Just last year, the company staged the world premiere of local playwright Jarrett King’s reimagining of War of the Worlds, Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast about an invasion from Mars.

2:15PM Wed. Jun. 28, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

New Podcast Uncovers the Truth Behind 95 Bodies Found in Sugar Land
In 2018, construction crews working on a new school in Sugar Land, Texas, discovered 95 bodies in unmarked graves.

9:00AM Sat. Jun. 24, Amelia Nonemacher Read More | Comment »

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Toy Joy to Move Airport Location to Burnet Road
Burnet Road is about to get slimed: Yes, the signature pink-and-green splat of independent vendors of distractions and decorations, Toy Joy, will cover its newest store when it opens on July 1, just in time for the store's 36th anniversary.

4:00PM Thu. Jun. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Review: Broadway in Austin’s Hairspray
The huffing of fluorocarbons – breathing deep into a brown paper bag filled with Freon or leaning into the aerosol stream from a can of Aqua Net hairspray – was actually a thing those crazy kids in the 1960s did to get high. The result: An adrenaline rush, short-term euphoria, and then an onset of drowsiness.

2:00PM Wed. Jun. 14, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

Review: Austin Playhouse’s Big Fish
“People want to see things beyond their imagination, bigger than life,” says the circus ringmaster who’s a werewolf to the cave-dwelling giant who becomes a sideshow attraction and entrepreneur in the musical Big Fish.

4:00PM Tue. Jun. 13, Bob Abelman Read More | Comment »

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