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Hyde Park Theatre's The Flick
Annie Baker's drama movingly shows us that the drama in a movie theatre isn't only on the screen
Arts Review  July 21, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...In Hyde Park Theatre's production, smartly staged by Artistic Director Ken Webster with the actors out in the seats and the audience watching from the stage, Avery, Rose, and Sam are certainly distinctive and human. As the nervous newbie Avery, Delanté G..."

Hand to God at Hyde Park Theatre
Capital T Theatre delivers a fast-paced, funny take on this tale of a demonic hand puppet in a church basement
Arts Review  September 1, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It takes place mostly in the basement of a Lutheran church in Cypress, Texas, and its characters are all participating in the life of the church. The play concerns itself largely with the internal struggles between right and wrong, but it's not so much about religion in Capital T Theatre's production..."

Hyde Park Theatre's John
In playwright Annie Baker's fun twist on haunted house tales, you learn what it is to be watched
Arts Review  March 16, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...And a storm that traps everyone inside. These are all great ingredients for a horror story, and playwright Annie Baker has jumbled them together in a loopy, fun twist on the genre in John, currently being produced by Hyde Park Theatre...."

The Realistic Joneses at Hyde Park Theatre
With Will Eno's comic drama, HPT brings a funny kind of fear to the 'burbs
Arts Review  March 17, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...To anyone who saw the Capital T Theatre production of Lisa D'Amour's Detroit at Hyde Park Theatre in 2014, The Realistic Joneses may provoke an acute case of déjà vu. In locale and structure, Will Eno's comic drama is a twin to D'Amour's, and the set for HPT's staging echoes that of Cap T's Detroit, with Cap T Artistic Director Mark Pickell providing for HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster's show what designer Ia Ensterä did for his months ago: the rear view of a quintessential suburban tract house, conjured with a surprising expansiveness for the minuscule stage here and rendered in such detail that you can almost smell its manicured lawn...."

Hyde Park Theatre's Lungs
The company has gathered all the right people for this beautiful, painful, timely tale of a man and a woman in a dying world
Arts Review  October 6, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...A nod of appreciation to Hyde Park Theatre for gathering all the right people for this script and staging it at this time. Lungs is a smart, insightful play given a beautiful production from a truly talented group of artists. LungsHyde Park Theatre, 511 W..."

Hyde Park Theatre's The Quarry
Greg Pierce's play is rough and has sharp edges, but in the end there is heart that is worth discovering
Arts Review  October 8, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...In the play by Greg Pierce at Hyde Park Theatre, Jean lives by herself in a house teetering on the edge of a marble quarry. She and her late husband Sammy (Ken Webster, who also directs) built the house themselves..."

Short Fringe @ Hyde Park Theatre
Arts Story  January 7, 2000
"...As before, all Short Fringe performances are at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, at 8pm..."

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year? a..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...1) ZELL MILLER III In a year when extraordinary tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no local theatre artist took to the front lines as often or urgently as Zell Miller III. In show after show, this writer/performer/director gave searing critiques of social injustice in blazing language and a hip-hop beat that matched his impassioned heart's..."

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."

Examining the Sins and Virtues of Hypermasculine Theatre
When is violence in theatre too much?
Arts Story  December 8, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...This past June, a Chicago theatre company became the focus of national attention when the Chicago Reader published a 12,000-word article detailing allegations of abuse, harassment, and unsafe working conditions at the company over a span of 20 years. Much of the response to the story naturally centered on Darrell W..."

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000
"...Or maybe you think you're going to see shows you like but are in fact wasting good money seeing plays for which you aren't well-suited. Where, oh where, is the theatre company for you? Life without a theatre company to call your very own is difficult..."

A Theatre Mecca?!?
Honest, Some Folks Move to Austin for the Theatre
Arts Story  July 18, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...This is a secret that is rapidly becoming known around the country, particularly if one has an ear to the theatre grapevine. My college advisor, when I asked her about Austin, almost drove me to my minuscule apartment in Pennsylvania and helped me pack..."

Raving About Theatre
A Swarm of Wily, Unruly Theatre Types Meet in the Heat
Arts Story  August 9, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...It may or may not be any of these things, and the folks who have taken part in what have come to be called "RAT conferences" are pleased to debate the matter with you. What is most clear about RAT is that it is about theatre and at least in part about bringing together people who believe in theatre..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their eighth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1999-April 2000..."

Theatre Critics Table Nominations 1997
Arts Story  May 9, 1997
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced nominations for their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997..."

Theatre Town Meeting
Arts Column  February 2, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...Would you like to have a bunch of RATs invade Austin this August? That's RATs as in Regional Alternative Theatres, or Raggedy Ass Theatres, or Raving Anarchic Thespians, or whatever you call the national network of artists and independent theatre companies that's been building over the past two years and gathering in conferences in Iowa and Seattle. (See the Chronicle, Oct..."

The Dumb Waiter
In Capital T's simple, elegant staging of the Pinter classic, it's what isn't said that matters
Arts Review  November 12, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Thankfully, dramaturg Rebecca Worley does us a great service. Her program notes for Capital T Theatre's run aptly refer to the play as a "comedy of menace," a spot-on description of a spot-on production...."

Song About Himself
Walt Whitman's spirit logs on to social media with imagination in this Mickle Maher drama
Arts Review  November 10, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...If the incessant chatter of our perpetually plugged-in age makes that scenario hard to picture, let me direct you to Hyde Park Theatre, where Capital T Theatre's spare yet fully fleshed production of Song About Himself will conjure it for you, and vividly. In the play's hazy future, the internet has been broken and unpopulated for so long that the Web has degraded into the Weed, and people have grown so isolated from one another that their speech has devolved into mumbling..."

Top 10 Theatre Performances of 2015
The Austin stage actors who gave the most impressive performances in 2015 just made it look so damned easy
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...1) Jason Liebrecht as Odysseus Rex in Year Of The Rooster (Capital T Theatre) Liebrecht killed as the drug-addled fighting cock. Also he spat on me, but I'm sure it was an accident...."

A Boone to Austin Theatre
In 10 years of leading Frontera productions, Vicky Boone has touched many lives and changed the community.
Arts Story  May 4, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, time to play the It's a Wonderful Life game: What would the last decade of Austin theatre look like if Frontera Productions had never existed?..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Nominations 1998
Arts Story  May 15, 1998
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics — Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Adrienne Martini, and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle — honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
"...1) Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company) Full of magic moments and dramatic direction, Ophelia wowed this admitted Bardophile from start to finish...."

Trevor
An aging chimp in show business provides the focus for this engrossing vehicle for Capital T Theatre
Arts Review  May 26, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...TrevorHyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529 www.capitalt.org Through June 18 Running time: 2 hr...."

Capital T Theatre's Year of the Rooster
Behind the black comedy of Eric Dufault's cockfighting play is a stunning indictment of hypermasculinity
Arts Review  September 3, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Capital T Theatre Artistic Director Mark Pickell is, pardon my ineloquence, one crafty sumbitch. Prior to opening the house for Year of the Rooster, he fills Hyde Park Theatre with haze, as not just an excellent and visceral mood-setting device, but also a clue as to how audiences might enhance their experience of Eric Dufault's captivating play, which at first glance appears a gritty, hilarious, and satisfying black comedy, doused from beak to talon in talent and testosterone..."

Theatre in the Round (Rock)
Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be
Arts Story  August 6, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The past decade has seen more than 50 theatre companies spring from the fertile soil of our creative capital, most of them launching with the same dream: to produce plays in their own stage space somewhere in Central Austin. Most, certainly, but not all..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."

Top 10 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...1) THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts) On a Bass Concert Hall stage transmuted into a Scottish pub, five exuberant performers spun a lively tall tale of a lovelorn academic getting trapped in Lucifer's B&B. The devilishly clever script and playful theatricality that made motorbikes of audience members and blizzards from shredded bar napkins were as intoxicating as a shot of Scotch – and gave me the warmest glow I felt in the theatre all year...."

World Theatre Day
On March 27, you may encounter theatre where you least expect it
Arts Story  March 26, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...This Saturday, March 27, get ready for theatre to come out of the theatre and into your world. It's a quintessentially Austin way of celebrating World Theatre Day, a tradition established by the International Theatre Institute in 1961 to draw attention to the work of the stage in all countries and cultures..."

Austin Theatre: That was the year that was
Three of Austin's finest theatre folk - director/actress Lorella Loftus, director Sonnet Blanton, and lighting designer Jason Amato - describe how 2006 was for them and the local stage scene
Arts Story  December 22, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...If artists have anything, they have something to say. The Chronicle sat down with six of Austin's fine theatre folk to talk about the year that was and the year that will be..."

Top 10 Theatre Duos & Trios of 2014
Remembering a year in theatre in which performers distinguished themselves in twos and threes
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...Top 10 Theatre Duos and Trios of 2014..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
Arts Story  June 2, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Awards 1998
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...On Tuesday, June 2, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented its sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre in a ceremony at Top of the Marc. The participating critics - Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Sarah Hepola, and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle - honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Theatre Critics Table Awards 1997
Arts Story  May 16, 1997
"...On Monday, May 12, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre at Top of the Marc. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work on Austin stages from May 1996-April 1997..."

City Theatre's Bus Stop
Director Tracy Arnold stages William Inge's drama with humor and charm, but seems to fight against the script's darkness
Arts Review  March 24, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Keeping live theatre interesting sometimes means putting a different spin on a show than the playwright may have intended. For example, in 2007, Hyde Park Theatre took Martin McDonagh's dark, dystopian The Pillowman and focused on the dark comedy element with great success..."

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left town after two years as Capitol City Playhouse's artistic director; the imaginative, physically daring young company Troupe Texas, which dissolved after only a few brief seasons; the beloved performing space Chicago House, which moved from its longtime home at 607 Trinity; theatre artists Norman Miller and TJ Gaudette, who passed away after making many, but in the end too few, contributions to our art...."

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting its audience beneath the Payne Theatre, past clotheslines and through butcher-paper forests, feeding it cornbread muffins, and leaving it onstage in a festive dance party, this exhilaratingly theatrical mash-up of 19th century novels and modern pop – its orphan hero chases freedom along an "underground railroad" run by Beyoncé! – packed more imagination, adventure, and wit into half an hour than most plays do in three times that...."

Never Coming to a Theatre Near You
Stephen Romano's continuing adventures in fake movies
Screens Story  February 12, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Which is, of course, a truism that cannot be denied by anyone who has been paying attention to the trailers-by-committee that have been coming out of Hollywood for at least the last decade. Think about it: What's the last in-theatre film trailer you saw that really made you squeal and drool and say to yourself, "If I don't see that film I am going to die." Chances are it wasn't for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and if it was, you need some serious schoolin', kid..."

A Guide to Austin's Musical Theatre Scene
Arts Story  August 1, 1997, by Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini
"...In Austin, these are good days for getting that razzle-dazzle rush that stage musicals provide. The theatre scene is bustling with Broadway-brand beltin' and steppin', with revivals of the classics of the American musical theatre and productions of newer shows that serve up the form's classic pizzazz, with companies committed to the works of this cherished form, and with artists who are breathing sweet, imaginative life into them..."

FronteraFest: The Place to Start
Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' annual performance festival keeps giving artists a spot to launch a stage career in Austin
Arts Story  January 7, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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)..."

The Christians
Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians is remarkable in its compassion for its characters' beliefs
Arts Review  March 19, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...In my 15 or so years of regular attendance at professional theatre productions, I have seen actors and playwrights portray murderers, bank robbers, royalty, and space aliens, and nearly always they do so with greater ease than they do characters who practice a religion. It's something about the broad assumptions theatre artists make from living in a climate in which church seems to only make headlines when it involves opposition to abortion or homosexuality, and the concepts that rest at the heart of the faith become cartoonlike...."

A Bright New Boise
Hyde Park Theatre's latest takes a compelling look at religious extremism through a glass, darkly
Arts Review  October 16, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...A Bright New BoiseHyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd www.hydeparktheatre.org Through Oct..."

2016 Long Fringe Canceled
Permit issue leads FronteraFest to shut down part of festival
DAILY Arts  January 22, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The Night Alive
Hyde Park Theatre captures five lonely Dubliners in all their broken humanity in Conor McPherson's drama
Arts Review  July 16, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Its violent riptides swirl chaotically through the peaks and valleys of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive. We begin with a curious gentleness as a man gingerly pokes around a shabby, cluttered flat – and end with the trademark powerful stillness of Hyde Park Theatre...."

Maple Leaf Wags
If it's Hyde Park, this must be a quirky Canadian comedy.
Arts Story  April 8, 2005, by Barry Pineo
"...In the Sixties and Seventies, artistic directors at Canada's regional theatres tended to lean toward classical and commercial theatre, leaving native Canadians who wanted to present original work somewhat out in the Arctic cold. Like all aspiring artists faced with minimal support for their art, they formed new, independent companies that produced their own work in warehouses, garages, anywhere they could find a large and available space..."

Tragedy: a tragedy
Hyde Park fave playwright Will Eno keenly satirizes the TV news biz when a team covers the day the sun doesn't rise
Arts Review  September 27, 2013, by Adam Roberts
"...Tragedy: a tragedyHyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529 www.hydeparktheatre.org Through Oct..."

Stage Top 10s
Top Ten That's Really 13 (and Could Easily Have Been 20) Theatre Experiences of 1996
Arts Story  January 10, 1997, by Robert Faires
"...1. (tie) The Bacchae: Torn to Pieces, The Gospel at Colonus (Hopeful Monsters/Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Zachary Scott Theatre Center): What are the odds? In one year, two Austin theatres stage modern adaptations of Greek tragedies, and both provide drama of astonishing immediacy and power..."

Entrances & Exits
Comings and Goings on the Theatre Scene
Arts Story  September 5, 1997
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."

Rocketing Through Hard Times
Yellow Tape and other small theatre groups blast past the black hole of the recession
Arts Story  February 20, 2009, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Jonathon Morgan and Amanda Butterfield are the two of the peppiest theatre artists in Austin. You know this because they use the word "awesome" in every other sentence...."

He Happy Is
For Mark Pickell, Capital T Theatre is a source of joy
Arts Story  November 1, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Now, knowing firsthand how many tasks typically need attending to on the average Tuesday-before-a-Thursday-opening, I find it hard to imagine a director with a minute free for anything not directly affecting the show at hand, much less an hour for a little kaffeeklatsch with the press. And it isn't as if the director's beret is the only hat Pickell is wearing for this imminent production of There Is a Happiness That Morning Is; as artistic director for Capital T Theatre, he also has on the producer's cap, and, because he knows a thing or two about how a set works and how one should be lit, he's sporting the designer's cap, to boot..."

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