The Holiday Groove w/ Austin Groove Project, Magna Carda, the Bishops, the Vapor Caves [garage]; Sam Houston, Jake Lloyd, Zach Person [control room]
Empire Control Room
"...Power generators added to the opening-night buzz. An infectious sense of achievement emanated from beaming Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and his staff as they watched the well-seasoned and excellently directed cast, led by dream team Huck Huckaby and Babs George as estranged royal couple Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine..."
"...A dream team of other performers, including the silver-throated Claire Grasso as Drood's beloved Rosa Bud, Maria Latiolais and Morris Jude Martinez as the exotic visitors from Ceylon, and Scott Shipman as the forlorn Reverend Crisparkle, matches them. And as the show's Master of Ceremonies, Huck Huckaby is a delight..."
"...Nicholas Rodriguez is sidekick Tom Sawyer, who takes a backseat in the story, but provides exuberant, youthful energy whenever he is onstage. Scott Schroeder is a delightfully bombastic humbug as the King, and his sidekick Huck Huckaby (yes, that's his real name!) portrays the devious, rubber band-like con man/actor the Duke with zeal..."
"...The plot is complex enough to create some comedic confusion: In turn-of-the-20th-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman (a rather dashing Huck Huckaby) is recently wed to Anne (Sarah Becker), nearly 19 and still a virgin, having not yet consummated her marriage. Frustrated, Egerman visits an old lover, actress Desiree Armfeldt (Boni Hester), for a little, ah, relief..."
"...Ben Wolfe as Ned Alleyn, leader of the Admiral's Men; Brian Coughlin as Lord Wessex; and Mary Agen Cox as Queen Elizabeth I all dominate any scene in which they're present. Also notable are Huck Huckaby's Fennyman, Bernadette Nason's Nurse, and Jason Newman's Kit Marlowe, who enjoys a rather expanded role in the stage version..."
"...He's really a pleasure to watch, and frankly, the same can be said for the entire cast. Huck Huckaby's Milton is a spot-on depiction of an independent Texan man, with all the charm and bluster that entails..."
"...The story of the surreal day that they spent in each other's company is spun out through conversations between the older and younger selves. As older adults, Robert (Huck Huckaby) and Cait (Cyndi Williams) speak to Robbie and Caithleen in a halfhearted attempt to make them change course, but the conversations are less about literal time travel and more about the internal, imagined lives of two disappointed people...."
"...It takes a few moments to recognize known Brit Bernadette Nason with her spot-on Standard American dialect, and her performance as the scorned matriarch Margaret Lord is fully realized. Huck Huckaby plays the estranged patriarch Seth Lord with natural ease, and Christopher Loveless rounds out the family as Sandy Lord, his twitchy energy relaying his character's on-the-move nature..."
"...April Perez Moore effortlessly embodied the girl, whose protective relationship with the tree and the forest (along with other characters throughout her life) was the core of the story. Kevin Gates was nurturing and strong as the girl's father, while Jonathan Salazar and Huck Huckaby gave notable turns as a love interest and a journalist, respectively..."
"...Huck Huckaby, on the other hand, is solidly cast as the deviant "silver-tongued prince of the courtroom," Roxie's defense attorney Billy Flynn. He maintains a strong stage presence and seems to enjoy himself in the role while making it clear that Flynn's only interest – apart from money – is himself...."
"...Directed with a sincere finesse by Don Toner, Austin Playhouse's production also features Huck Huckaby as Richard, an editor and friend of the couple's, and Jess Hughes as Mandy, Richard's new girlfriend who provides most of the small doses of comic relief that Margulies can muster among such chilling material...."
"...Fresh from her Austin Critics Table win for In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Amy Downing imbues her hickish Clarice with just the right amount of West Virginia chutzpah, and Huck Huckaby is equally well-cast as the world's most renowned flesh-eating fan of Marcus Aurelius. Without a doubt, David Ponton (as Buffalo Bill) delivers a scene-stealing performance during the musical number "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket." With his bleached mullet and studded belt, Ponton turns the act of self-manicure into an irreverent, perverse delight..."
"...But while the plays share narrative ingredients, Roaring's premise is unique: Most of its characters reside at the Roots, a nursing home in the shape of a spiral beneath the earth. The more critical one's condition becomes, the further from the surface one is moved – a system all too familiar to the residents, including Smart Joan (Mary Agen Cox) and Johnny (Huck Huckaby)..."
"...And one of the chief pleasures of the Austin Playhouse production that Don Toner has directed is watching its actors, whose grasp of comedy mirrors their characters', stick the landing on a punch line or nail a gag while following their own paths to Funny. There's Huck Huckaby, selling the zingers of his character, Milt, with a Borscht Belt lilt..."
"...The relief is but momentary, though, which gives both play and production its bittersweet edge. As Michael weaving his spell of memory, Huck Huckaby speaks so gently, it's as if he's tending a soap bubble, something so fragile and evanescent that it might vanish if not handled with utmost care..."
"...Cox makes Peggy, the staid matron who discovers her inner Bonnie Parker, an excellent foil for Karen's brittle self-importance, and her wry commentary and down-to-earth outlook only become funnier as her actions become more outrageous. Huck Huckaby plays all of the male roles, and his well-meaning bafflement as he repeatedly finds himself surrounded by a maelstrom of female ire becomes increasingly endearing..."
"...Even Jenny, she of the resplendent bitterness whose revenge fantasies verge on dementia, is played by Boni Hester with the flat "hand on hip, upturned chin" posturing of a cardboard chippie. Only Huck Huckaby as corrupt Chief of Police Tiger Brown and Amber Dupuy as his daughter, Lucy, perform their roles and deliver their songs with a welcome straightforwardness and ease...."
"...Jill Blackwood, as the troupe's "leading male impersonator," cuts a dashing figure as Drood in drag and makes a priceless exit when the character vanishes midway in the story and her services are no longer needed; hell hath no fury as a diva scorned. Michael Stuart, Brian Coughlin, Jacqui Cross, Huck Huckaby, and Amy Downing provide rich support in assorted dual roles..."
"...Tim McGeever's Mozart, unencumbered with narrative duties, shows exquisite decay from juvenile stardom to destitute deathbed; McGeever seems to have been given free rein to make use of the space, other characters, and his own athleticism to create a multidimensional Mozart. The stage is peppered with mature actors playing the emperor and his courtiers, and Paul Norton's Joseph II, Richard Byron's Van Swieten, Huck Huckaby's Von Strack, and Ev Lunning's Rosenberg are all fine, engaged in the drama of Viennese court politics..."
"...Into the Woods Zilker Theatre Productions brings back this James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical that brings together characters from Grimm's Fairy Tales and follows them into the woods and beyond "happily ever after." Kevin Archambault (Austin Musical Theatre's Bye Bye Birdie) directs a cast starring Jill Blackwood, Tim Blackwood, Mary Alice Carnes, Huck Huckaby, Coty Ross, and Cathie Sheridan. July 11-August 10, Thursday through Sunday, 8pm, in the Beverly S..."