"...Dear Editor, I just wanted to drop a line to say that Hannah Kenah is the sharpest, most keenly intelligent theatre critic I have read in 20 years of following the Chronicle, which is saying something. Her observations of performances are consistently penetrating and thoughtful..."
"...At the beginning of the show, we see a very pregnant Alice (Hannah Kenah, also the playwright) slowly descend the stairs to sit in a chair. She's so pregnant, she must not have seen her feet in a few months..."
"...But with a little Googling, you'll find that the show is considerably less pedestrian than it might seem at first glance. Hannah Kenah, the writer of the piece who also plays one of the two female roles, most likely drew her inspiration from the book Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by none other than that keeper of the flame of politeness, Emily Post..."
"...And the return to Austin has also meant a return to the stage for Eddy. She's already rejoined the Knuckleball Now for several shows, and this week she opens her first show with Physical Plant Theater since Not Clown, playing a mail-order bride dealing with a pair of knuckleheaded servants (played by Jeffery Mills and Michael Joplin) in Everything Is Established, a new play by Rude Mech Hannah Kenah..."
"...4) WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS (Salvage Vanguard Theater) Hannah Kenah's surreal tragi-sitcom about a pregnant woman who's expecting, and expecting, and expecting a baby that just doesn't want to be born was like a combo of the funnier parts of Beckett and the bleaker parts of Seinfeld as directed by David Lynch. With Jenny Larson's staging, Kenah as the titular preggo, and some astonishing magical realism among the props and set design, the whole thing is a weird and cherished stain on my memory...."
"...The production pulls some narrative elements from the novel: The father, Fyodor (Lowell Bartholomee), and his son Dmitri (Lana Lesley) are both chasing the same woman, Grushenka (Hannah Kenah), who has one of the better and more ridiculous wigs I've seen onstage (costumes by Aaron Flynn). Dmitri's brother Alexei (also Kenah), a spiritual man, is in deep with a local monk, and some other things are happening with his brothers Ivan (Thomas Graves), an intellectual atheist, and Smerdyakov (Robert S..."
"...Both prove to be stragglers in getting their lives back on track, a mutual flaw which practically writes the rest of their stories. Alfred (Thomas Graves) is a dreamer, Agnes (Hannah Kenah) is generally pissed off at everything – but he makes her laugh, and they enjoy a shared sense of mischief...."
"...It's just that when I went to see 360 and Guest, I wasn't any more looking to make that connection than I think Steven Dietz or Hannah Kenah were looking to Zuccotti Park for inspiration when they wrote their respective plays. In both Dietz's updated and Americanized take on Arthur Schnitzler's Reigen and the Emily Post-inspired comedy of manners that Kenah conceived with co-star Jenny Larson, the class struggles seemed broader in scope, less grounded in the specifics of a set situation or time..."
"...Just to see gifted actors Lee Eddy, Jeffery Mills, and Michael Joplin play off one another was a joy, but to see them play strange games and lose their identities to an absent master in Hannah Kenah's Beckettian fling was both a joy and unnerving. 7) Cenicienta (Zach Theatre/Teatro Vivo)..."
"...When the script is written and directed by Hannah Kenah and performed by Lee Eddy, Michael Joplin, and Jeffery Mills for Physical Plant at the Off Center, an audience can – when not laughing their asses off at the absurd, character-driven hijinks and Looney Tunes-level physical comedy onstage – be almost smug about the quality of original work fully created in the ATX. 4) Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Mary Moody Northen Theatre)..."
"...Some of it is that the play, written and directed by Hannah Kenah for Physical Plant Theater, follows a similar structure and aesthetic to those of other collaborative theatre groups working in Austin right now. It begins with a direct-address declaration of what at first seems to be the entire meaning of the play, and the joy is in discovering how the details unfold and what they reveal..."
"...Hannah Kenah, Agnes and Alfred..."
"...What there is, is three actors: Thomas Graves, Hannah Kenah, and Katie Van Winkle – with Graves' and Kenah's characters as the focus of attention while their lovely, painful, anxious, funny, malicious, and complexly all-too-human relationship plays out over seventeen years. It's a romantic tragedy with, as the playwright says, "the internal premise that intimacy destroys love."..."
"...I tell you that the Rudes have done this. The writer, the director, the designers, and especially the five performers: Thomas Graves, Heather Hanna, Jude Hickey, Hannah Kenah, and Lana Lesley..."
"...Like an animated prankster, Robert Deike's Madman whips into and out of assorted personae, brandishing a different oddball voice or whacked accent for each: a German shrink; a legal scholar from the Deep South; a cranky, ancient magistrate; a rabid dog. He's more than a match for the clueless cops, as Gabriel Maldonado and Chronicle Arts writer Hannah Kenah dial down the intellects of their commissioner and inspector, respectively, to subbasement levels..."
"...Thomas Graves and Hannah Kenah, Alfred and Agnes Sehr Mutig Award..."
"...David Mark Cohen New Play Award Dust, Nicole Oglesby A Girl Named Sue, Christine Hoang The Hotel Vanya, or A Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness, Timothy Braun A Perfect Robot, Sarah Saltwick The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Allen Robertson & Damon Brown Underground, Lisa Thompson With Great Difficulty Alice Sits, Hannah Kenah Wraith Radio, Chris Fontanes..."
"...7 also included a performance element so they could document the residents' response to the gift. Posing as a news film crew, with actor/playwright Hannah Kenah of the Rude Mechanicals playing a reporter, people receiving the plants were interviewed about topics such as the state of the natural environment, property taxes, crime, and the school system. District 9: Jack Sanders, Construction Event..."
"...Brenner: Wait, Everything Is Established? That award-winning comedy written and directed by Hannah Kenah, produced by Physical Plant Theatre, and starring you and Lee Eddy and Jeffery Mills? That’s gonna be performed in a full production at the OOB?..."
"...And aren't you also a DJ, spinning vinyl around town as MANATEEMANN? And didn't we recently see you as an incarcerated felon in that intense Adrienne Dawes show Am I White? and as one-third of Hannah Kenah's hilarious Everything Is Established?..."