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The Lion in Winter
Even fading lights couldn't dim the glow of Austin Playhouse's lovely staging
Arts Review  December 2, 2011, by Jillian Owens
"...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..."

Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
Arts Review  July 29, 1999
"...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..."

Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music
Wonderful musical numbers, strong voices highlight Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music
Arts Review  June 23, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...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..."

Austin Playhouse’s Bloomsday
Steven Dietz’s rumination on a great love lost lacks some of the vivid passion it needs in this staging
Arts Review  January 19, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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...."

Austin Playhouse's The Philadelphia Story
Don Toner's direction and a top-drawer cast make for a riotous evening in this version of Philip Barry's crisp comedy
Arts Review  December 10, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...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..."

The Tree Play
For this story of a rain forest over a lifetime, Robi Polgar created a living, breathing poem
Arts Review  August 13, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...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..."

A cast of familiar faces conjures Kander and Ebb's Jazz Age classic in an entertaining way
Arts Review  June 25, 2015, by Elissa Russell
"...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...."

Time Stands Still
Austin Playhouse finds the raw pain in this drama of a photojournalist wounded in the Iraq War
Arts Review  October 9, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...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...."

Silence! The Musical
The musical send-up of 'The Silence of the Lambs' delivers two hours of nearly nonstop laughter
Arts Review  July 3, 2014, by Stacy Alexander Smith
"...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..."

Cyndi Williams' study of a subterranean retirement community during a catastrophe has promise but isn't always clear
Arts Review  April 25, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...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)..."

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
A cast that knows funny lands the laughs in Neil Simon's comedy about comedy
Arts Review  March 18, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Dancing at Lughnasa
This revival of Brian Friel's lyrical drama is a reminder of the power of memory
Arts Review  January 30, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Women Who Steal
Austin Playhouse's revival takes this female comedy beyond Thelma-and-Louise territory
Arts Review  September 7, 2007, by Iris Brooks
"...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..."

The Threepenny Opera
The Threepenny Opera, the deliciously caustic musical by Brecht and Weill, has been reinterpreted by Austin Playhouse, with unfortunate results, as a kind of broad slapstick
Arts Review  June 29, 2007, by Iris Brooks
"...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...."

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Rupert Holmes' adaptation of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' has more to do with Victorian music hall entertainment than Dickensian literature – and is all the more engaging for it
Arts Review  June 10, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

For all its luscious designs and fine actors who work exceptionally hard, Mary Moody Northen Theatre's production of Amadeus winds up more dull than daring
Arts Review  March 5, 2004, by Robi Polgar
"...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..."

Invasion of the Kiddie-Lit Plays
Characters from children's literature storm Austin-area stages in July.
Arts Story  July 5, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The Hobbit
Second Youth Family Theatre's production of The Hobbit offers much that is magical, but awkward staging and inexperienced actors keep the show from achieving true enchantment.
Arts Review  November 16, 2001, by Barry Pineo
"...Michael Clinkscales' Bilbo moves so much and so often, it's difficult to concentrate on anything coming out of his mouth. Some of the acting is effective: Huck Huckaby approaches the wizardly Gandalf simply and is easily understood, as are Hilary Schurwanz's soldierly Thorin Oakenshield and Aaron Johnson's bowman Bard..."

Snoopy!!!: See You in the Funny Papers
Watching this neat and happy Second Youth Family Theatre production of Snoopy!!! is like paging through a random helping of funnies from the philosophically comic genius of Charles Schulz. And with songs at least as clever as the comic shtick, it's an easygoing, good-natured musical that, as advertised, is theatre fun for the whole family.
Arts Review  March 23, 2001, by Robi Polgar
"...As Snoopy, Huck Huckaby is cool and wry, commenting on the youngsters' follies or flying off on one of his staple fancies: "The Great Writer" is a musical version of Snoopy's penning "It was a dark and stormy night. ..." There are other familiar bits, turned into song: There is Shane Breaux as Linus, singing and waiting for the Great Pumpkin; Nick Walker as Charlie Brown giving lyrical reminiscence to that time long ago when he once held mastery over a certain innocent beagle puppy; Esperanza Biehle as Peppermint Patty singing a slightly out-of-character lullaby to Chuck, who wants his dream girl to call him her "Poor Sweet Baby." There are group numbers that illuminate the kids' daily existences: "Edgar Allan Poe" takes on the misery of the classroom, highlighted by Victoria Phillips' Sally making meaninglessly meaningful reports and the strong-voiced Elena Coates' Lucy expressing her fear of not knowing the answers (even while brother Linus seems a compendium of data)..."

Julius Caesar
Though it shows evidence of higher aspirations, the Austin Shakespeare Festival production of Julius Caesar, directed by Ev Lunning Jr. is a one-dimensional melodrama, lacking the rhetorical firepower and guiding vision that gives this drama its political punch.
Arts Review  September 29, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...In a play where power lies in the descriptive passages even more than the deeds themselves, the denizens of Rome fall woefully short. Julius Caesar, perhaps more than any other play in the canon, requires a skill in oration that most of the cast cannot muster; except for Ben Wolfe's Marc Antony and Charles "Huck" Huckaby's Brutus, the cast just doesn't have the rhetorical firepower to match the text..."

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