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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.