"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)...."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...1) Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company) Full of magic moments and dramatic direction, Ophelia wowed this admitted Bardophile from start to finish...."
"...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..."
"... 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..."
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year? a..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Austin certainly doesn't lack for African-American theatre artists. African-American theatre companies, though? That's another story..."
"...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..."
"...Subject to ControlSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.americanberserktheatre.com Through June 4 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."
"..."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...."
"...So Austin Playhouse is about to open a temporary theatre facility while its new permanent theatre is under construction...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."