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Never Leave Nevada
By turns goofy and reflective, Never Leave Nevada is a quirky and intelligent comedy/drama about making do in a world perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation. This first feature...
Film Review  June 14, 1991, by Marie Mahoney
"...Directed by: Steve Swartz. Starring: Steve Swartz, Rodney Rincon, Katherine Catmull, Janelle Buchanan, Barbara Chisholm, Lorne Loganbill and De Lewellen..."

A Question of Equity
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
Arts Story  June 9, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...Almost all of the union members currently working in Austin have spent some time onstage at Live Oak/the State, and many of them, such as Barry Miller, Boni Hester, and Janelle Buchanan, credit Toner with getting them their Equity cards. All praise the director's sustained commitment to hiring union actors..."

Deep in the Heart (Of Texas)
The title says just about everything you need to know: This movie is truly one from the heart. A valentine to the idea that everyone in Texas is a character...
Film Review  May 8, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Kenneth Cranham, Amanda Root, Marco Perella, C.k. Mcfarland, Tim Mateer, Jo Carol Pierce, Karen Kuykendall, John Hawkes, Ameerah Tatum, Lou Perryman, Janelle Buchanan, Amparo Garcia, Rodney Garza and Lucy Nalle..."

Omnium Gatherum
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of 'Omnium Gatherum' starts as captivating, then rounds a hairpin turn to become compelling
Arts Review  September 24, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Whether sparring himself or rendering a smug judgment on others' battles, Erik Parillo's Terence delivers every remark with a flourish. Presiding over them all is Janelle Buchanan's Suzie, convivial, chatty, and shallow as a finger bowl..."

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
Arts Story  September 28, 2001
"...Janelle Buchanan..."

Love and Information
Caryl Churchill's latest explores humanity in the midst of technological inundation
Arts Review  October 2, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...But disconnectedness itself quickly emerges as the central theme at hand. Even when one pieces together what might be considered a through-line of characters portrayed by Equity guest artists Janelle Buchanan and Rick Roemer, emotional distance remains the cornerstone of their relationship..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Janelle Buchanan: Omnium Gatherum, at Zach a few years ago, was set at an elegant dinner party that ran in real time – we consumed a five-course dinner during the play and several bottles of wine. But the play was long and complicated, and it was out of the question that we could drink that much and still do our doings..."

Dividing the Estate
Horton Foote's comedy may be a crowd-pleaser, but it's hardly a classic
Arts Review  June 22, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...(Barbara Chisholm, dressed in full suburban Houston grotesque, leads the big-haired charge as the urbane sister, Mary Jo. Full disclosure: She is married to Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires.) There are a lot of things an audience can find to appreciate in Zach Theatre's production: It has strong anchoring performances from Janelle Buchanan as the level-headed sister Lucille and Joey Hood as family bookkeeper Son..."

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
The follow-up is no mere epilogue but a powerful tale that stands on its own
Arts Review  May 11, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...Frederic Winkler comes off as expository when he's portraying Jim Osborne, a friend of Shepard's, but he's electric as the incarcerated Aaron McKinney, one of the two men convicted of Shepard's murder; Sarah Richardson plays Laramie policewoman Reggie Fluty with a distracting, Sarah Palin-esque accent but inhabits the role of university professor Catherine Connolly intuitively. Others, like Jenny Larson and Janelle Buchanan, shine as utility players in a series of more understated roles, deftly facilitating the story..."

Zach Theatre
The theatre is giving away a free wedding to some homegrown George and Emily
Arts Story  March 26, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Full disclosure: My wife, Barbara Chisholm, will be in Zach's Our Town, as will a number of other notable local actors, including Janelle Buchanan, Lana Dieterich, Harvey Guion, Billy Harden, Marco Perella, Scotty Roberts, and, as the Stage Manager, Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna, The Laramie Project, Tru). Artistic Director Dave Steakley directs...."

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck's tale of the Great Depression is delivered with beauty and power
Arts Review  March 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Jim Casy, the preacher who has lost his calling, repeatedly questions his faith, his doubt traced with touching humility by Marc Pouhé. Then there is Janelle Buchanan's Ma Joad, the heart of this production; she is no less shaken by misery than anyone – feelings revealed in pauses and flashes across her face – yet she remains steady, a rock in a harsh wind, answering any questions to her or in her own heart with the refrain that one does what one has to do..."

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
"...4) Janelle Buchanan and Angela Rawna's back-and-forth scene in Doubt (Zach Theatre) An unexpected direction in the play – an amazing performance of it...."

Ah, Wilderness!
Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, is given a lavish treatment at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, resulting in a dream production full of bright, endearing charm
Arts Review  April 19, 2007, by Iris Brooks
"...Nigel O'Hearn is winning as the love-struck Richard, and all of the students in the smaller, supporting roles sparkle, evoking a full and lively world. Janelle Buchanan, in her role as Essie Miller, the mother of the clan, gives a warm, buoyant, vivacious performance – all the more admirable considering she was battling a stomach flu on opening night..."

The 'West' Shall Rise Again
A new generation creates its own take on the show that changed Austin theatre
Arts Story  April 7, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...You may think this ragtag mix of young and old writers, veteran and fledgling performers, would make it harder to pull the show into a cohesive whole, but it's no more motley than the original gang, where, as Sidney Brammer points out, theatrical types of varying stripes (Fritzler, Brammer, McFarland, Marco and Diane Perella, Joy Cunningham, Janelle Buchanan) collided with refugees from performance art (Fowler), music (Jo Carol Pierce), dance (Darla Johnson), punk rock (Mateer, John Hawkes), photography (Bill Leissner), and realty (Hughes). And look how their stab at a monologue show turned out...."

Payne Pleasures 2005
Drama with a Gothic flair scored high in the nominations for the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards, as announced by Austin Circle of Theatres on August 15
Arts Story  August 19, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...The Zachary Scott Theatre Center's staging of Crowns was recognized seven times (for Outstanding Production of Music Theater, Dave Steakley's direction, Allen Robertson's musical direction, Jason Amato's lighting design, and the performances of Jacqui Cross, Tim Curry, and Janis Stinson). Garnering six nods each were Zach's version of the 9/11 drama Omnium-Gatherum (nominated for Outstanding Drama, Steakley's direction, Amato's lighting, Robertson's sound, and the performances of Janelle Buchanan and Helen Merino) and the Austin Shakespeare Festival's latest take on A Midsummer Night's Dream (nominated for Outstanding Comedy and the work of directors Guy Roberts and Ian Manners, costume designer Buffy Manners, sound designer Phillip Montoya, and actors Corey Gagne and Jill Blackwood)..."

Talking Through 'That Day'
Two plays – Omnium Gatherum and The Guys – try to express what happened on September 11
Arts Story  September 10, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...While a follow-up New York run was not as well received, the play is showing up all across the country, and Dave Steakley brings it to Zach hot on the heels of House Arrest as the second jab of his one-two punch of campaign season theatre. The production stars Janelle Buchanan, Harvey Guion, Helen Merino, Carla Nickerson, Erik Parillo, Brian Coughlin, Tej Paranjpe, and Fajer Al-Kaisi. The Guys will be performed Sept..."

Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become the Little Peace Project That Could, the Long Center says "no thanks, after all" to the $25 million in Waller Creek tunnel bond money, and Austin Shakespeare Festival launches a new reading series.
Arts Column  February 28, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Murray Abraham, and David Strathairn in one New York event, and Julie Christie, Alfre Woodard, Christine Lahti, Mary McDonnell, and the Doors' John Densmore in one in Los Angeles. Austin's event can't boast luminaries of quite that magnitude, but you won't see Holly Babbitt, Janelle Buchanan, Katherine Catmull, Barbara Chisholm, Mary Cox, Joy Cunningham, Lee Eddy, Kristen Ensrude, Jessica Hedrick, Anne Hulsman, Content-Love Knowles, Karen Kuykendall, Traci Laird, Meredith McCall, Bernadette Nason, Lowell Bartholomee, Sean Carey, Richard Craig, Gray Haddock, Craig Kanne, Barry Miller, Matt Patterson, Doug Taylor, Spencer Zuzolo, and Yours Truly onstage together in one show again..."

Blood and Guts and Dirt and Joy
Michael Miller may appear at first meeting to be withdrawn, but he is absolutely present onstage and off, and his willingness to "get dirty" with his characters and continuous challenge to himself to be better make this seemingly reserved actor one of Austin's best.
Arts Story  August 10, 2001, by Robi Polgar
"...Miller is renowned for his pre-show warm-up routine, usually done in private in some out of the way spot around the theatre (although when asked, he will lead the entire ensemble in a warm-up). Actress Janelle Buchanan recalls Miller's discipline and craft in the 1998 staging of The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Zach: "Michael played Peachy, a character that could so easily have been overplayed, caricatured, or otherwise screwed-up in less capable hands..."

Virtual Devotion
Scott Kanoff launches his tenure as the State Theater Company's new producing artistic director with Eric Coble's Virtual Devotion, and while the performances and design work are laudatory, they're brought to bear on a lackluster script that looks poor in comparison to the least that, say, MAD TV has to offer.
Arts Review  December 8, 2000, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Kelly McDaniel is Pete, Lara Toner is Ann, and Janelle Buchanan is Ruth, and they do a fine job with what they've been given -- Toner and McDaniel, especially, if only because their characters are required to chew some scenery, and they accomplish this with much gusto and not a little glee. The supporting actors -- Barry Miller as Jesus, and Corey Gagne and Lana Lesley in multiple roles -- also provide what their substantial talents can bring to the story...."

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
Arts Story  August 18, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Janelle Buchanan, Spring Storm..."

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