"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...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..."
"...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 pennydimeproductions.wixsite.com/info Through Jan..."
"...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...."
"...January seems to be a fortuitous month for improv launches. Last January saw the debut of the Institution Theater..."
"...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..."
"..."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 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..."
"...• ColdTowne Theater: 4803-B Airport. www.coldtownetheater.com..."
"...Production Hard-ish Bodies, Institution Theater..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The New Movement. The Institution Theater..."
"...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..."
"...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 www.theinstitutiontheater.com Through Dec..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Asaf Ronen Education director, the Institution Theater..."