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Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left town after two years as Capitol City Playhouse's artistic director; the imaginative, physically daring young company Troupe Texas, which dissolved after only a few brief seasons; the beloved performing space Chicago House, which moved from its longtime home at 607 Trinity; theatre artists Norman Miller and TJ Gaudette, who passed away after making many, but in the end too few, contributions to our art...."

HowlRound Spotlights Austin Theatre
The online national theatre journal devotes a week to Austin
DAILY Arts  April 18, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Is Austin a theatre town? That's the question being pondered all week on HowlRound, a fascinating online center for theatre practitioners and thinkers to discuss the art of the stage – where it's headed and how its resources can be shared to better advance the art form...."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."

Everything That's Wrong with Austin Theatre
Calling a Halt to the Blame Game
  June 9, 1995
"...by Robert Faires We've all suffered the bratty child: the child who is given a toy and, instead of being thankful, demands more toys; who runs too fast and stumbles, then blames the fall on the sidewalk, the sunlight, other children, anything but himself; who is reprimanded in a mild voice and squeals as if beaten. I fear the Austin theatre community has become a bratty child...."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their eighth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1999-April 2000..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Nominations 1998
Arts Story  May 15, 1998
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics — Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Adrienne Martini, and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle — honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Austin Theatre Alliance
After a seven-year run, Stein exits the Paramount and State theatres
Arts Story  January 28, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...After seven years of seeing Congress Avenue's sister theatres, the Paramount and the State, through floods, renovations, and countless screenings and appearances by legendary entertainers, Ken Stein is moving on. Come June, when the 2010-2011 season winds down, the executive director of the Austin Theatre Alliance will be heading to Dallas with his family..."

Support Austin Theatre Financially!
Postmarks  February 16, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I fully believe that Karen Sneed writes with the best intentions ["Theatre Artists Please Volunteer," Postmarks, Feb. 13] when she asks theatre artists to forego reimbursement for a single show this year..."

Austin Theatre: What will be will be
Three Austin theatre artists – actress Lee Eddy, choreographer Robin Lewis, and Adam Sultan – dish about their visions of the year to come
Arts Story  December 29, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...If 2006 had Austin's artists dancing 80 feet in the air, what feats are in store for us in 2007? The Chronicle dishes about the future with three of the people who are sure to be big players in the year to come: actress Lee Eddy (Salvage Vanguard Theater/St. Idiot Collective), choreographer Robin Lewis (TexARTS/Zachary Scott Theatre Center), and actor/composer Adam Sultan (Salvage Vanguard Theater)...."

Austin Theatre: That was the year that was
Three of Austin's finest theatre folk - director/actress Lorella Loftus, director Sonnet Blanton, and lighting designer Jason Amato - describe how 2006 was for them and the local stage scene
Arts Story  December 22, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...If artists have anything, they have something to say. The Chronicle sat down with six of Austin's fine theatre folk to talk about the year that was and the year that will be..."

A Boone to Austin Theatre
In 10 years of leading Frontera productions, Vicky Boone has touched many lives and changed the community.
Arts Story  May 4, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, time to play the It's a Wonderful Life game: What would the last decade of Austin theatre look like if Frontera Productions had never existed?..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
Arts Story  June 2, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Awards 1998
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...On Tuesday, June 2, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented its sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre in a ceremony at Top of the Marc. The participating critics - Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Sarah Hepola, and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle - honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Austin Theatre Alliance
From TV and the LPGA comes the man who will run the Paramount and State
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...But during his varied career, Jim Ritts had yet to work in the performing arts, and now he's getting his chance. Ritts has just been named as the man to succeed Ken Stein as executive director of the Austin Theatre Alliance, which jointly operates the Paramount and State Theatres...."

Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
"...1) Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company) Full of magic moments and dramatic direction, Ophelia wowed this admitted Bardophile from start to finish...."

Austin Theatre: Free for All (At Least for a Night)
A national audience development campaign that's offering a free night of theatre on Oct. 20 has cast Austin in a starring role for its national premiere
Arts Story  October 7, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...It gets lots of play with food and cosmetic products, but this month it's getting play with plays. Theatre Communications Group, a national service organization for nonprofit theatres, is launching a new initiative to get more people to see what's going on onstage by letting them see some for free, and it's cast Austin in a starring role in the national premiere..."

Austin Theatre
NY (hearts) U
Arts Story  January 13, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...• Playwright Kirk Lynn had a chance to workshop his new play, Major Bang, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb (A Suspense Comedy With Magic), with New York's Foundry Theatre last fall, and this month the company is giving the two-hander about terrorism a full production at St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St., in Brooklyn..."

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year? a..."

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000
"...Or maybe you think you're going to see shows you like but are in fact wasting good money seeing plays for which you aren't well-suited. Where, oh where, is the theatre company for you? Life without a theatre company to call your very own is difficult..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...1) ZELL MILLER III In a year when extraordinary tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no local theatre artist took to the front lines as often or urgently as Zell Miller III. In show after show, this writer/performer/director gave searing critiques of social injustice in blazing language and a hip-hop beat that matched his impassioned heart's..."

Spectrum Theatre Company
'Illumination Celebration' brings African-American theatre one step closer to the spotlight
Arts Story  June 26, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Austin certainly doesn't lack for African-American theatre artists. African-American theatre companies, though? That's another story..."

Celebrity, South Austin Style
The Mayor of South Austin
News Story  December 4, 1998
"...For Benedict, it seemed like a smart business move: a good location, a decent price. But this wasn't just any piece of prime South Austin real estate -- the property was the friendless porno house, Cinema West Adult Theatre, long hated by police, neighbors, shop owners, teachers, and school principals..."

'Austin Is a Place (You Are Here)'
Theatre en Bloc sparks a conversation about the city's growth on the gateway to the Eastside
Arts Story  April 19, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"..."Our whole thing is that art doesn't change a damn thing," Derek Kolluri, co-director of Theatre en Bloc, says when talking about his company's new play, Austin Is a Place (You Are Here). It's an unexpected point from a theatremaker who has spent the last several years putting active, politically minded work on Austin stages, but Kolluri isn't a pessimist...."

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, by Shanon Weaver
"...Subject to ControlSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.americanberserktheatre.com Through June 4 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."

Austin Playhouse
Once more with feeling: It's yet another temporary space for the theatre's new season
Arts Story  December 7, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...So Austin Playhouse is about to open a temporary theatre facility while its new permanent theatre is under construction...."

Austin Power and Light
A guide to 10 new companies that are charging up Austin's theatre scene
Arts Story  June 16, 2006, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Every few years brings Austin an influx of new small arts groups that re-energize the theatre scene. The early and mid-Nineties saw the arrival of Frontera Productions, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Physical Plant, the Public Domain, root wy'mn, and the Rude Mechanicals, among others, and their creative daring and irreverence and imagination did indeed give local stages a jolt..."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
DAILY Arts  September 20, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne Awards Council Monday. When the theatre group announced the nominees for the 2016-17 season, Doctuh Mistuh Productions' staging of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe received 11 nominations...."

Theatre Thinker
In the online dialogue about the art of the stage, Travis Bedard is a star
Arts Story  January 18, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...He's probably poring over a vast assortment of theatre blogs from around the world, but he might be on Twitter. If he is, he's either telling the more than 2,500 theatremakers who follow @TravisBedard about the best things he's read on those blogs or treating them to cranky, pithy bon mots framed as advice..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...For the 11th time, Austin Critics Table has found a whole lot to like on the local arts scene. The informal affiliation of arts writers has gathered its nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing exceptional work in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art from May 1, 2002 to April 30, 2003..."

A Theatre Mecca?!?
Honest, Some Folks Move to Austin for the Theatre
Arts Story  July 18, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...This is a secret that is rapidly becoming known around the country, particularly if one has an ear to the theatre grapevine. My college advisor, when I asked her about Austin, almost drove me to my minuscule apartment in Pennsylvania and helped me pack..."

A Man of the Theatre
Memories of Capitol City Playhouse's Michel Jaroschy
Arts Story  October 18, 1996
"...Michel Jaroschy touched the lives of just about everyone in the Austin theatre community. If you lived here during the past 20 years and cared anything for the art of the stage, somewhere along the way your path crossed Michel's..."

Theatre's Great Historian The Essential Oscar
Arts Story  December 8, 1995
"...Austin theatre has many heroes who are diligent and accomplished but seldom seen by the audience. One is a man who has influenced thousands of theatre artists worldwide, whose work sits on your shelf (right next to the Bible), but whom you have never met -- and might not recognize if you did...."

Examining the Sins and Virtues of Hypermasculine Theatre
When is violence in theatre too much?
Arts Story  December 8, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...This past June, a Chicago theatre company became the focus of national attention when the Chicago Reader published a 12,000-word article detailing allegations of abuse, harassment, and unsafe working conditions at the company over a span of 20 years. Much of the response to the story naturally centered on Darrell W..."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Several hundred are said to be active at present, and you can find them making instant theatre across the city seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. They present dozens of different shows weekly, everything from short-form competitions to long-form narratives based on literary and film genres to stories for kids narrated by a dog (with an actual dog onstage)..."

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."

Theatre in the Round (Rock)
Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be
Arts Story  August 6, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The past decade has seen more than 50 theatre companies spring from the fertile soil of our creative capital, most of them launching with the same dream: to produce plays in their own stage space somewhere in Central Austin. Most, certainly, but not all..."

Austin's Cultural Makeover: The Next Stage
How much closer we are to getting the cultural wonderland we imagined 10 years ago
Arts Story  September 7, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...More than a dozen of them took advantage of the opportunity to imagine new buildings for themselves: expansive, expensive buildings that would catapult them to new levels, creatively and organizationally. Between 1994 and 2002, plans were hatched for nine new or newly renovated museums, two new performing arts organization headquarters, one new theatre and one renovated theatre, a new cultural center, and a new three-venue performing arts center – almost all of them within a few square miles in the heart of the city..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...For the 12th time, local critics have put their heads – and pens – together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2003, to April 30, 2004, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Randy Harriman (music), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Molly Beth Brenner (theatre, visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), Rachel Koper (visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires (arts)..."

Raving About Theatre
A Swarm of Wily, Unruly Theatre Types Meet in the Heat
Arts Story  August 9, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...It may or may not be any of these things, and the folks who have taken part in what have come to be called "RAT conferences" are pleased to debate the matter with you. What is most clear about RAT is that it is about theatre and at least in part about bringing together people who believe in theatre..."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Winners
Lotta love for Nevermore, Drowning Girls, Agent Andromeda
DAILY Arts  October 25, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The theatre fans who voted for this year's B. Iden Payne Awards seemed to love a number of productions from the 2016-17 season, but as became clear at the 43rd annual awards ceremony, held at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater Monday, those they loved they loved a lot..."

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 26, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on Monday, winning three awards for its staging of the dark cockfighting comedy Year of the Rooster, but the night was just as exxx-cellent for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Vortex Repertory Company's Terminus, both of which also received a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors...."

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting its audience beneath the Payne Theatre, past clotheslines and through butcher-paper forests, feeding it cornbread muffins, and leaving it onstage in a festive dance party, this exhilaratingly theatrical mash-up of 19th century novels and modern pop – its orphan hero chases freedom along an "underground railroad" run by Beyoncé! – packed more imagination, adventure, and wit into half an hour than most plays do in three times that...."

State Theatre
The waters may be gone, but the State Theatre is still sunk in the aftermath of a June 13 water-main break that left the venue's stage, basement, and four rows of seats inundated
Arts Story  June 23, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The waters may be gone, but the State Theatre is still sunk in the aftermath of that June 13 water-main break that left the venue's stage, backstage, basement, and a quarter of its 300 seats inundated. Flood damage was so extensive that the theatre is still trying to determine what has to replaced and when the space can resume hosting performances..."

The 2002 Austin Critics Table Awards
On Monday, June 3, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club.
Arts Story  June 7, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...It was the 10th anniversary for these honors presented by this informal association of local arts writers who gather regularly for lunch, and to mark the occasion the Table inaugurated the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, recognizing local individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the community through the arts over the past few decades. Among the initial 12 inductees were artists, arts advocates, administrators, and patrons from the areas of dance, classical music, theatre, visual art, and comedy...."

Theatre Critics Table Nominations 1997
Arts Story  May 9, 1997
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced nominations for their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997..."

The X Files' Mitch Pileggi at Zach Theatre
What conspiracy brought X-Files star Mitch Pileggi back to Austin, Zach, and Walter Skinner all at the same time?
Arts Story  February 4, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...On Sunday, Jan. 24, while more than 16 million viewers were getting their first look at Walter Skinner in more than seven years, the actor who's played that redoubtable FBI assistant director since The X-Files' first season back in 1994 was languishing in the ninth circle of theatre hell..."

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
Speaking Methodic Lee, David Strasberg brings his father's Method to Zach Theatre
Arts Story  January 25, 2013, by Adam Roberts
"...He "was making an artistic revolution and knew it," Elia Kazan said of him. Ellen Burstyn spoke of her (and others') "great good fortune to be fertilized and quickened by his genius," and Harold Clurman called him "one of the few artists among American theatre directors." The man upon whom such fervent praise has been lavished? Lights up on Lee Strasberg, co-founder of the renowned Group Theatre, famed director of the acclaimed Actors Studio, and father of what is possibly the most household of names pertaining to theatrical practice: the Method...."

Gobotrick Theatre Company: Keeping the Soul Happy
Naomi Wallace's drama One Flea Spare is the latest venture from Gobotrick Theatre Company
Arts Story  August 17, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...Perhaps you've heard of One Flea Spare, Naomi Wallace's play about four disparate Londoners trapped in a house and kept there under guard as the Great Plague of 1665 ravaged the city. It received its American premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays; won the 1996 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, given to an emerging female writer; and has seen two Austin productions in recent years..."

State Theatre: Shows canceled over flood, repairs
In addition to ruining the State Theatre stage, basement, and much valuable equipment, the June flood of the arts venue has washed away most of the State's 2006-2007 season
Arts Story  August 11, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Seven weeks after ruining the State Theatre stage, basement, and thousands of dollars' worth of valuable equipment, the flood of the performing arts venue continues to do damage. Now it's washed away most of the State's 2006-07 season..."

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