"...Four months. That's how long Lisa Scheps expected it would take to resolve the code compliance issues that shut down Ground Floor Theatre, her performance venue on Springdale Road, in January 2016..."
"...The dreamlike haze fades, the stage lights come up, and onto the playing space steps Lisa Scheps. Classy and a bit sassy, this woman of the theatre stands at center and begins her melody, a symbolic tune for communities too little seen on the stage..."
"...The production, directed by Lisa Scheps (founder and co-director of Ground Floor Theatre), makes the most of Langert's smart script, featuring a solid cast (comprised of Julie Linnard, Holley Garrison, Suzanne Balling, and Dale Sandish), and a set that can only be described as a lovely two-tone minimalist playhouse (courtesy of Chris Conard and Kevin Squires). The show is also the inaugural piece for Ground Floor Theatre's newly reopened performance space, which is definitely worth celebrating...."
"...For most people who have run a theatre of their own, once is enough. The unrelenting pressures of upkeep, facility management, bills, fundraising, and renters who are show people – who aren't exactly known for either their equanimity or economic stability – take a heavy toll, and when folks exit the business, they leave that door closed...."
"...Isaac thought he was leaving the war zone when he made it home from his three-year tour of duty in Afghanistan, but it turns out the young Marine on mortuary detail was just trading one battlefront for another. The instant he steps inside his family's old, worn suburban bungalow and gets a look at its current state – a cunning reveal in Capital T Theatre's staging, as the whole house rotates from exterior view to interior – Isaac is met with chaos: a living room and kitchen so trashed-out that it looks like it was raided by a marauding army..."
"...That connection extends into the community of peers. Mother Falcon recently scored the soundtrack for local theatre piece re:Psyche and works closely with fellow wunderkind Speak..."
"...20, a joint statement from fest co-producers Christina J. Moore of ScriptWorks and Ken Webster of Hyde Park Theatre announced that the 2016 Long Fringe, scheduled for Jan..."
"...For this group of Plaids, the concert venue happens to be Austin's new Ground Floor Theatre, with staging courtesy of Austin Theatre Project co-founder Barbara Schuler and musical direction by ATP Artistic Director David Blackburn. The metatheatricality of the show is largely what makes it so fun, with the audience doubling as the fans at the group's big gig..."
"...FronteraFest, now entering its 23rd year, has become a tradition in Austin's annual arts calendar. For years, Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' unjuried jamboree of performances has followed the same format: a Short Fringe featuring five short pieces per evening for five weeks; a two-week Long Fringe that offers a handful of one-act and full-length shows; plus some works in unconventional locations, including a full day devoted to such works (Mi Casa Es Su Teatro)..."
"...When Christine Hoang calls characters in her play People of Color Christmas: The White Elephant in the Room "misfit toys," she isn't just tossing off the phrase. This Vietnamese-American theatre artist watched her share of TV holiday specials as a kid, and the ones that most spoke to her were A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer..."
"...Theatre in summer can often feel like just a thicket of musicals. Every other show seems to be some all-singing, all-dancing spectacle, with crooning Okie cowpokes or boogieing Baltimore teens crowding the stage to lift our spirits in the dog days, to distract us from the oppressive heat..."
"...A real squall, the kind that drowns fleets of mariners, bent the live oaks on Congress Avenue sideways. Suddenly, minutes into the preview, the rear doors blew open and howling gusts of rain-laced wind roared into the theatre..."
"...After the Christmas wrappings are thrown out, the Kwanzaa kente is folded up, the Chanukah dreidel stops its spinning, the Yule log ashes are discarded, the Festivus grievances are aired, and the new year has been rung in, Austin performers and performance enthusiasts gear up for a second round of celebrating and events. January is when Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' FronteraFest begins, kicking off a month of some of Austin's best fringe theatre, music, choreography, and improv..."
"...Two things happen when a roomful of Austin theatre artists gather with no audience present: They start on time, and they talk about numbers. A lot of numbers..."
"...Or so it will go at the second annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival, running Aug. 17-19 at Ground Floor Theatre..."
"...Permanent.Collection. Ground Floor Theatre..."
"...Several of the 17 speakers were familiar faces from previous hearings and spent their time reiterating the urgency of the current situation regarding the high cost of being a creative in Austin right now. Up first was Madge Darlington of the Rude Mechanicals theatre collective who reminded the commissioners that the very space they were meeting in, the Off Center, which the Rudes had been stewards of for 17 years, would be no more come May 15, 2017..."
"...We were clearly seeing the beginning of something – the birth of an idea yet to grow and mature, though fully realized for its current purposes. Polgar had his cast literally breathe life into the play before leading us from the lobby into the performance space at Ground Floor Theatre, where we sat along the perimeter of a clearing in a suggested rain forest..."
"...23, Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870..."
"...Trouble Puppet Theatre Artistic Director Connor Hopkins thought Frankenstein would make a good puppet play, but since he found Shelley's novel "poor drama," he spiced it up in various ways, like giving it a steampunk edge, making the creature a fusion of animal and vegetable material – a "giant potato," he called it – and having him lead his creator on a merry chase across Europe that winds through an abandoned Romanian asylum and Paris' sewers during the Reign of Terror. Note: Halloween party after the Oct..."