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The Institution Theater's Fuck, It's Hot
The Austin-oriented sketch show has its rough spots, but it delivers lots of laughs as a cooling balm in the dog days
Arts Review  August 18, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...I mention this, obviously, because just about any sketch comedy show is going to be held in comparison to the standard-bearer of Studio 8H at 30 Rock. The Institution Theater's current offering, Fuck, It's Hot, however, is all Austin, all the time – a delightful break from the heat, if not the norm...."

The Institution Theater's It Came From Your Brain
This improvised retro sci-fi monster movie may pique your curiosity enough that you’ll want to visit the “drive-in” more than once
Arts Review  October 27, 2016
"...In the Institution Theater's It Came From Your Brain, a brave group of actors attempt a lofty feat. At the suggestion of one lucky audience member, Marcone Cangussu, Jennifer Dorsey, Alicia Earls, Ben Howell, David Lampe, Heidi Penix, Ethan Stites, Heidi Lorenz, and Samantha Vine endeavor to improvise a full-length, Fifties-style, sci-fi thriller flick from beginning to end...."

The Last Five Years at the Institution Theater
Sherrod Curry Productions' staging of the Jason Robert Brown musical is gracefully performed and wildly cathartic
Arts Review  March 31, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...The clubhouse space at the Institution Theater doesn't lend itself well, acoustically speaking, to a musical: Every vocal imperfection is magnified in the small and intimate space (here set up simply to look like an apartment and lit well by Lindsey McGowen). But this is fitting and very lovely in and of itself..."

Improv … Tragedy? Absurdity? WTF, Institution Theater?
If it bends, it's funny; if it breaks Beckett, what is it?
DAILY Arts  July 18, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Bob Olmstead is currently directing a show that runs on Friday nights at 10pm at the Institution Theater until the end of July. Breaking Beckett is an hour of improvisation that's definitely not played for laughs, that mines the personal histories and idiosyncratic obsessions of its three performers: Marc Majcher, Jayme Ramsay, and Ryan Hill..."

Matt & Ben at the Institution Theater
Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers use Damon and Affleck to create a hilarious case study in how Hollywood murders friendship
Arts Review  January 19, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...You tell yourself it's because you don't want to hurt feelings, but in reality you know that this parasitic asshole (who used to be your pal) currently has your coattails in a kung fu grip, and you're lying in wait for the moment when you can sweep the leg and shake him off. These experiences (and many more) are mirrored in the play, and when they come to a head, will Affleck and Damon find themselves blessed beyond their wildest dreams, or will the curse of Hollywood prosperity sink their once buoyant friendship? Of course, we all know the answer to that, but as Matt & Ben reminds us in its retelling of their rise to Hollywood royalty, it's less about the destination and more about the journey. Matt & BenThe Institution Theater Clubhouse, 3708 Woodbury Through Jan..."

Austin’s Fallout Theater Phoenixes up from The New Movement Ashes
New bosses, different from the old bosses, herald a fresh start
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Because The New Movement’s break-up – resulting from multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and general abuse-of-power by previous owners Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, who also owned and ran the TNM franchise in New Orleans – and that break-up’s fallout has nothing to do with the name of what the former powerhouse of comedy has become: The Fallout Theater...."

Merlin Enchantment at Zach
Shana Merlin, that is – making improv magic with Wizards
DAILY Arts  January 13, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...January seems to be a fortuitous month for improv launches. Last January saw the debut of the Institution Theater..."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...With the year's biggest improv party, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, commencing this week, Chronicle writers Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L. Malin, and myself offer this introduction to improv in Austin. ColdTowne Theater..."

Classic Comedy Sketches Come Back to Life at the Alamo Ritz
Local troupes re-enact faves from SNL, Monty Python, Mr. Show, and more
DAILY Arts  January 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."I saw this done in Chicago years ago," says Asaf Ronen, co-director of Austin's Institution Theater, "And I loved it. I've been a big fan of sketch ever since I used to try to stay up late to watch SNL – or watching those sporadic showings of Monty Python on PBS and wondering what the hell is this? I've been wanting to do it for a while here, but it's only recently that I've felt there's a wonderful diversity of sketch troupes."..."

'Butt Kapinski'
Deanna Fleysher's clown noir returns to take Austin on a hilarious journey down some mean stweets
Arts Story  July 12, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Butt Kapinski is the moniker of this preposterous private dick, pretty much what you'd get if Raymond Chandler had written Philip Marlowe as Elmer Fudd. This writer had the privilege of being grilled by this goofy gumshoe – along with several other audience members – when Kapinski's creator, Los Angeles writer/performer Deanna Fleysher, brought the character to Austin for a January run at the Institution Theater..."

Unscripted: Sexy Future Space Lady
What says summer fun more than out-of-this-world lovin' with a Sexy Future Space Lady? Especially improvised!
Arts Story  May 17, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...• ColdTowne Theater: 4803-B Airport."

Pleasure of the Paynes 2016
Annual theatre awards think Terminus is the living end
DAILY Arts  October 27, 2016
"...Production Hard-ish Bodies, Institution Theater..."

Five Families in One Performance Troupe?
'Bad Font' is Austin improv's stylistic supergroup
DAILY Arts  August 26, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I needed improvisers who were great dramatic, emotional players and other improvisers who could play the "game" of the scene very well with an eye toward comedy. Austin is blessed with five improv theaters and each of them focus on different elements of improvisational theater..."

Setting the Stage
Austin's art scene spent 2012 prepping for the big things to come
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Arts education received a huge boost from the Any Given Child Initiative's local launch and a $1 million private gift to establish the Austin Creative Classroom Fund, both aimed at providing an arts-rich education for every student in Austin. Several small venues debuted: Tiny Park Gallery, the Institution Theater, and a new New Movement Theater..."

Making Offers No One Can Refuse
The Five Families of Austin improv go Out of Bounds with the 13th annual comedy festival
Arts Story  August 28, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The New Movement. The Institution Theater..."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...We recorded one song called "I Am Sad and So Am I" after-hours at KUT, and director Jessica Gardner made a fantastic video for it. Soon after, I wrote a musical for the band that ran at the Institution Theater, and we even had our own therapist, Dr..."

Immigrants, the Musical! (Part Two)
With this improvised musical series, one family’s tale of coming to the states becomes a tale about us all
Arts Review  November 22, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Nowhere was that clearer than in the finale, when the company, picking up on Zarate's choked-up reference to his sons, created an anthem that insistently repeated the phrase "I'm so proud." It answered that question of Zarate's by rejecting the idea of bloodline as destiny but affirming the importance of family ties. It was a heart-swelling conclusion, and Zarate even joined in the chorus, tears of pride running down his face. Immigrants, The Musical! (Part Two)The Institution Theater, 3800 Woodbury Through Dec..."

Austin Opera Takes Aim at the Election With Its Adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell shoot to thrill in their opera based on Richard Condon's Cold War classic
Arts Story  September 15, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Over the Lege This Institution Theater offering combines satirical sketches and real interviews with movers and shakers on Texas' political scene: Kirk Watson, Wendy Davis, Gina Hinojosa, et al. Each week focuses on a specific topic – women's health, freedom, guns – with a different guest for each show..."

Politics Upstaged
This election year brings out the political in Austin's arts
DAILY Arts  September 13, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Over the Lege This Institution Theater offering combines satirical sketches and real interviews with movers and shakers on Texas’ political scene: Kirk Watson, Wendy Davis, Gina Hinojosa, and more. Each week focuses on a specific topic – women’s health, freedom, guns – with a different guest for each show. Through Oct..."

Your Fantasy House
Where reader types would own a vacation home if it could be anywhere in literature
Arts Story  June 16, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Asaf Ronen Education director, the Institution Theater..."

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