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New Russian Drama Festival
Austin gets another taste of contemporary Russian drama, and so does actor Joey Hood
Arts Story  February 8, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...That might sound like a headline left over from the Cold War or a plot point from the FX spy series The Americans, but it's actually a selling point for the 2013 New Russian Drama Festival, taking place Feb. 7-10, at Salvage Vanguard Theater..."

Save the Drama for Your Momma and Them
Television dramas rule the day but are changing with the times
DAILY Screens  June 8, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...Is the television drama our country’s greatest narrative art form? The present-day Golden Age of Television is concerned mainly with the dramatic rather than the comedic. On Saturday, the ATX Television Festival delved deeper into the present situation and the future to come...."

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Teenager suffers the horrors of moving from New York to New Jersey.
Film Review  February 27, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...As of late, that face has looked an awful lot like Lindsay Lohan, another hugely popular teen hyphenate. (She acts! She sings! She swivels her hips in elaborately choreographed maneuvers!) Lohan’s résumé includes remakes of Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap; although Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen doesn’t pillage from previous Disney live-action gems, it does bear the same (increasingly tarnished) Disney imprimatur..."

Family Drama
Filmmaker Jennifer Fox discusses the seven months she spent with Bill and Karen, an interracial couple at the center of her intimate 10-hour documentary.
Screens Story  November 12, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...A long snapshot -- yes -- but still just a snapshot: Ten hours is obviously only a drop in the bucket of a family composite, particularly when the portrait you're trying to tease out is what it's like to be an interracial family in America. Those of us who were transfixed, much like soap addicts, by Jennifer Fox's An American Love Story when it ran on PBS for five nights last September likely had two conflicting reactions to it: too long and not long enough. Which meant that Fox had us where she wanted us, hooked into caring enough about the day-to-day small dramas of this engaging, close-knit, interracial family to stick around and see how their larger, tangled racial issues played out and resolved -- or didn't...."

Tales from the Black Vault: A Lovecraft Radio Drama Podcast
Austinites are fucking with the elder gods for the World Wide Web.
DAILY Arts  November 18, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner

CodeNEXT Leak Stirs Up Drama
Long-awaited land development code proposal expected Jan. 30
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Caleb Pritchard
"...A surprise leak has juiced up the drama surrounding the impending debut of CodeNEXT's first public working draft. Last Saturday, Jan..."

Selfie Tortillas and Llama Drama
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  March 8, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Uncle Harry Larry, the Li’l Sebastian of Levelland, is stuck in the Panhandle after coming upon some difficulties en route to Llama’s Peruvian trailer, where he had planned to make a special appearance March 17 and 18 during SXSW. But this llama drama doesn’t have to end on a low note..."

Public Notice: Drama on the High Seats
Reading (not too far) between the lines of Thursday's marathon
News Column  September 4, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...The drama came on Chris Riley's Afford­able Energy Resolution "to implement policies recommended by the 2014 Generation Resource Planning Task Force," or as a Riley press release put it, "to expand solar power, ... and to replace the aging and dirty Decker gas-fired power plant by 2017." Austin Energy vehemently disagreed with this direction, saying that "replacing Decker with solar power contracts would be an economic disaster for ratepayers," because "Solar cannot replace natural-gas fired power plants today." And, astoundingly, longtime AE critic Paul Robbins sided with the utility (that's the fourth sign of the Apocal­ypse), saying the data used in the Task Force report is shoddy and incomplete, and basically, AE is right about Decker in the short term, and about problems with solar transmission and storage at the scale envisioned here..."

City Hall Hustle: Next Act, Major Drama
Mayor anticipates a year of living dangerously for City Hall
News Column  October 28, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...So en route to November, Leffingwell speculated, "We're headed in the direction of some major drama in the spring."..."

Free Night of Theater 2007: See a bit of drama, on the house
Time again for your annual chance to sample what area thespians do, at no cost
Arts Story  October 5, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Already the list is about as diverse as local theatre gets, with offerings from Different Stages, Salvage Vanguard, Second Youth Family Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Hill Country Community Theatre, Shrewd Productions, City Theatre Company, the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, and the improv groups Parallelogramophono-graph and the Frank Mills. Classical comedy, world-premiere musicals, plays for youth, great American drama, Austin-penned plays, improv, and you can see whatever strikes your fancy for free..."

No Strangers to Drama
Austin couple rescues Vernon Plaza Theatre
Screens Story  June 15, 2007, by Rick Klaw
"...Also, the space could be used for private screenings and parties. Since this theatre will actually have a working stage, it will be available for dramatic productions."..."

Yoga Drama
For a year, Austin will be practicing daily public acts of creative expression through the national festival 365 Days/365 Plays
Arts Story  November 10, 2006, by C. Denby Swanson
"...What's happening in Austin and around the country is large-scale yoga drama: breathing together, observing together, giving attention. For the next year, the city is going to be practicing daily and public acts of creative expression, connected to other cities across the country, all doing the same thing..."

With Minimal Drama, Saltillo Project Lurches Forward
Capital Metro hires a planner and appoints community advisors for the rail-yard redevelopment
News Story  August 8, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...The Saltillo District redevelopment effort cleared a major hurdle last week -- and, to the relief of Capital Metro and the city of Austin, without much drama or duress. On July 30, the transit authority's board of directors unanimously approved a contract worth $298,200 with San Francisco-based ROMA Design Group to master-plan Cap Metro's 11-acre parcel between I-35, Comal, East Fourth, and Fifth..."

Unfolding Drama
Food Story  April 29, 1999, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...My experiences at The Clay Pit have confirmed my impression that Indian food is like a drama unfolding. The cast highlighted on the marquee may be lamb, spinach, and coriander, but as you delve deeper into the dish, minor characters like cheese, potato, or saffron get their moment to shine..."

Yen Tan Sets a Timeless Drama Against the AIDS Crisis at SXSW Film
A different spirit of Christmas in Dallas filmmaker's 1985
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Sarah Marloff

Lawsuit and Untapped Locations Add to Soccer Drama
Many balls in play for the Columbus Crew
News Story  March 8, 2018, by Austin Sanders

Club 'Stacking' = Democratic Drama
Fairness of endorsement process in dispute
News Story  February 7, 2014, by Christopher Hooks

Drama & Tonic
Why Austin theatres are adding mixed drinks to the mix, offstage and on
Arts Story  July 5, 2013, by Robert Faires

Mama Drama
The comedy in 21st century babymaking
Screens Story  March 9, 2012, by Melanie Haupt

Cap Met: The Drama Continues
A balanced budget, no train, and union leader locked out
DAILY News  September 29, 2009, by Lee Nichols

Obama Drama
Obama turns around and walks away from the gays.
DAILY Qmmunity  June 14, 2009, by Ash Bell

Media Watch: Boob Tube Drama
KXAN, Time Warner battle not exactly a ratings booster
News Story  October 10, 2008, by Kevin Brass

High School Musical ... or Drama in the Theatre?
McCallum's Rent due to launch this weekend, despite AISD.
DAILY Qmmunity  July 14, 2008, by Kate X Messer

Single-Member District Drama
SMDs to die tomorrow?
DAILY News  February 27, 2008, by Wells Dunbar

Mmmm! Mmmm! Good drama!
Austin Script Works has four new scripts just out of the oven that it wants you to sample
Arts Story  October 29, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Yes, that's the cry this weekend from Austin Script Works, the esteemed (and increasingly nationally known) playwrights organization, which has four new scripts just out of the oven that it wants you to sample. This dramatic smorgasbord is called Pulse Works, and it got its start last fall as a way for four ASW members to mold new plays into their final shapes..."

Tying the Knot: A Drama
Yes, the merger of Austin's Paramount Theatre and State Theater Company is a business affair, but since theatres traffic in stories, human dramas that talk to us about life, this historic event deserves to be looked at as a story, the story of a wedding between two neighbors.
Arts Story  August 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...These are theatres getting together, and when we think about theatres, we don't think about quarterly earnings and portfolio diversification; we think about plays and concerts, experiences that delight us, move us, feed our souls. Besides, theatres traffic in stories, dramas with characters and conflict and emotion and suspense that suck us in and engage us, that talk to us about life and sometimes become a part of our lives..."

Moscow Now, Here
The New Russian Drama Festival opens a hotline to the culture of Russia today
Arts Story  March 9, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...Two weeks later, protesters formed a 10-mile human chain around the city to demonstrate their desire to see Vladimir Putin defeated in the upcoming presidential election. The dramatic staging of these displays makes sense – in Russia, the line between politics and the theatre has always been thin..."

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
One-man moviemaking machine Tyler Perry drops his usual cross-dressing comedics for this melodrama about two family dynasties – one black, one white – rocked by scandal.
Film Review  September 19, 2008, by Steve Davis
"...Henson and Kathy Bates. Contradictions abound in this messy and unfocused drama that purports to believe that family is everything, when all else fails..."

Dancing in Twilight
This intercultural Houston-made film is an off-the-beaten-path ensemble drama that shows a healthy disregard for Hollywood rules.
Film Review  November 4, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Erick Avari, Kal Penn, Sheetal Sheth, Mimi Rogers, Louise Fletcher and John Davies. The Houston-based filmmakers behind this modest character drama make their share of rookie mistakes – director Roe has the lengthiest résumé, as an assistant director of television fare like the Kim Delaney vehicle Tall, Dark and Deadly – but they’ve also got a fine cast, a lot of heart, and a healthy disregard for Hollywood rules..."

The Upside of Anger
The two fantastic performances by Allen and Costner that anchor The Upside of Anger are the reason to see this contemporary drama about romance between two flawed adults.
Film Review  April 8, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt. The two fantastic performances by Allen and Costner that anchor The Upside of Anger are the reason to see this contemporary drama about romance between two flawed adults..."

After watching Todd Graff’s sunshiny ode to all things musical and teenaged and sexually tormented, I began to develop serious doubts as to whether or not the sun would, indeed,...

Film Review  August 15, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...After watching Todd Graff’s sunshiny ode to all things musical and teenaged and sexually tormented, I began to develop serious doubts as to whether or not the sun would, indeed, come out tomorrow, tomorrow, et cetera. And if the sun did come out, would I find a world repopulated by braying drama-camp fanatics, swarming like flies around the bloated carcass of another super-duper musical number so excruciatingly devised and performed with such rampant, soul-numbing glee as to not only blind the hapless viewer with an Alien-like spray of foul acidic treacle but also render the complex inner workings of all available ears a barren stretch of raw and aching silence? Writer/director Graff, who had a part in last year’s Death to Smoochy (that film’s director, Danny DeVito, is listed as one of Camp’s co-producers) and also penned the scripts for both The Beautician and the Beast and the remake of The Vanishing (a scenaristic odd couple if ever there was one), has been scoring high marks from the Great White Wayfarers with this "edgy" examination of what goes on behind the scenes at drama camp..."

Where the Rivers Flow North
The basic story is a familiar one: people fighting to protect their land and their established way of life from the encroachments of “progress” and modern civilization. Set in the...
Film Review  July 29, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It tells the story of an unlikely pair: Noel Lord (Torn), an aging log driver with flowing gray hair, a crusty temperament, and a hook for a hand, and Bangor (Cardinal), Lord's housekeeper/companion/lover over the decades, who wears men's clothing, refers to herself in third person, and calls Lord “mister.” She is also missing a front tooth and is slightly but indefinably daft. The drama evolves as the power company tries to buy up Lord's land and chop down all the trees in order to build a hydroelectric dam..."

You Were Never Really Here
Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay renew the revenger's tragedy.
Film Review  April 13, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...He was, as he would remind everyone, the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice. Oddly, in a year in which everyone has half-joked that every sci-fi property is a stealth Cloverfield sequel, Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar) has hidden that vision of Wolverine, that conflicted death dealer, within a grimy, gritty crime drama that sears through the darkest of American underbellies...."

Borg vs McEnroe
Tennis' greatest feud re-evaluated as an inner battle.
Film Review  April 13, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Great sports rivalries lend themselves to the drama of cinema. Hunt and Lauda in Ron Howard's Rush..."

Perceptive film about Jesse Owens going to the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Film Review  February 19, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Race is every bit a sports movie in the classic sense of a story about defeat and glory, hard work and ambition, but it is also a social study about the complications of race relations in the U.S. and abroad, which lends the film an acuity that surpasses mere sports drama...."

A tangled post-production history kept this Kenneth Lonergan film from completion for six years, and its story about teenage trauma suffers as a result. But, oh, what a cast.
Film Review  October 7, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It doesn’t help matters that front and center in nearly every scene of this drama is a strident and annoying teenager. This 17-year-old’s self-centered behavior is totally age-appropriate, and her desire to be morally uncompromising is almost as quixotic as it is bullheaded – but that doesn’t make her any more likable..."

The Judge
This drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall sounds better on paper than it is in practice.
Film Review  October 10, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But clever deployment of talent must extend beyond casting. A legal drama of this ilk needs to be all there on the page before production begins, and a steady vision should guide its course..."

Shakespeare in Love
It's flighty, improbable stuff, meant not to be a historical restorative but a modern romantic tribute to the scribe whose words have launched a million sonnets.
Film Review  December 25, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Callow and Antony Sher. “The play's the thing,” proves Shakespeare in Love as it presents the imaginary events that led to the creation of the playwright's timeless romantic drama, Romeo and Juliet..."

Gritty sci-fi road trip has teen appeal
Film Review  August 31, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This mash-up of family drama and science fiction is a pleasant but unconvincing adventure with strong adolescent appeal and music by Mogwai. Kin presents the story of an adopted child who finds a powerful ray gun in an abandoned factory and then goes on the lam with his scoundrel brother, who is trying to escape even worse scoundrels who want to collect the money he owes them..."

The Bookshop
British period literary drama is pretty weak tea
Film Review  August 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Who can possibly hate a book shop? Or rather, why? That's the ponderous engine meant to drive the drama behind The Bookshop, a flimsy social drama in 1959 coastal England, where widowed bookshop owner Florence Green (Mortimer) clashes with the genteel Violet Gamart (Clarkson) over the future of an old house in the center of the small town...."

The Third Murder
Japanese legal procedural puts the justice system on trial
Film Review  August 17, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...So where's the drama? It's not so much in if Misumi committed the murder, but why, and to what end? That is the core dilemma at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda's questioning of law and order in Japan. In the legal system he portrays, the underlying drive is not to find the absolute truth, but a resolution that makes sense to all parties, and that's been easily achievable for Shigemori in prior cases..."

Marjorie Prime
Jordan Harrison’s play, on which Michael Almereyda’s exceptional, deeply empathetic film is based, was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and I won’t be a bit surprised if...
Film Review  September 15, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Jordan Harrison’s play, on which Michael Almereyda’s exceptional, deeply empathetic film is based, was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and I won’t be a bit surprised if this version gets an Oscar nod come 2018. Lois Smith, whose remarkable onscreen career spans from Elia Kazan’s East of Eden to Five Easy Pieces, and from there to Minority Report and beyond, is by turns heart-wrenching and humorous as the titular Marjorie, an Alzheimer’s-afflicted octogenarian widow who takes comfort from a holographic representation of her late husband, Walter (the perfectly cast Hamm, in his best role since Mad Men)..."

A Second Chance
A cop steals a junkie couple's endangered baby for his grieving wife
Film Review  December 4, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Not reviewed at press time. Susanne Bier's Danish drama In a Better World won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, but she's arguably been in a slump ever since..."

Good Kill
Ethan Hawke pilots drones over Afghanistan from a trailer in the Nevada desert
Film Review  June 12, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The earnest drama Good Kill provocatively explores the blurred line between an act of war and an act of terrorism in this modern age of human conflict. Today, neither side may tread the higher moral ground, confounding any blind-eye view of a world solely defined by black and white hats..."

'Beauty Is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance'
ACC's Department of Drama polishes a few rare gems by black women playwrights
Arts Story  February 22, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...But beyond the work of Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston, many of those treasures have been lost to time and still lie buried in the public consciousness. With the opening this week of Beauty is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, Austin Community College Department of Drama Chair Marcus McQuirter unearths a few of its gems, giving Austin a rare opportunity to see the groundbreaking theatrical fare that women of color were generating during this liberating era...."

Middle of Nowhere
In this Sundance-honored film, a woman has to figure out what to do after her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison.
Film Review  October 26, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This beautifully acted and gradually revealed drama is a quiet discovery. Not one to blare its own horn, Middle of Nowhere is the kind of little indie film that gives little indie films a good name..."

The Fighter
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams combine forces with director David O. Russell to make one of 2010's most exciting movies.
Film Review  December 17, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Yes, The Fighter offers a new riff on the old standby genre of the boxing film, but to regard the movie solely in those terms vastly diminishes its import. Reminding us at once of the soulfulness of Rocky and the visual finesse of Raging Bull, The Fighter runs laps around those touchstones to create a movie that’s really a drama about self-delusions, inner strength, and the family as a paradoxical source of conflict and sustenance..."

Love Happens
You can probably guess what happens when Aaron Eckhart's widower meets Jennifer Aniston's lovelorn florist.
Film Review  September 25, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, Martin Sheen, John Carroll Lynch, Judy Greer and Frances Conroy. Love Happens? It depends on your definition of “love.” And “happens.” There isn’t much of either in this predictable, putzy drama about a self-help guru who specializes in grief counseling even though he himself has hardly recovered from his wife’s accidental death three years prior..."

Sin Nombre
Winner of dual awards for directing and cinematography at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this immigrant drama is suffused with gritty realism, poetic imagery, and melodramatic hokiness.
Film Review  April 17, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Diana García, Luis Fernando Peña and Héctor Jiménez. Suffused with gritty realism, poetic imagery, and melodramatic hokiness, Sin Nombre is a jumble of intentions striving to be a unified whole..."

Pride and Glory
Edward Norton and Colin Farrell top this predictable police procedural about clean and dirty cops who are also brothers in a family of Irish cops.
Film Review  October 24, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Shea Whigham and Lake Bell. It's a good thing this movie has been sitting on the shelf for a year or more, because, apart from the difference in release dates, there's little to distinguish this new cop drama from last year's cop drama We Own the Night – or last decade's Cop Land or dozens of other police procedurals that pit brothers against one another in a struggle between clean and dirty law-enforcement tactics, all played out under the watchful eye of a father figure who's also the top dog in the department's chain of command..."

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