Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."
"...When Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills first turned The Taming of the Shrew into a ballet four years ago, he bestowed the plum role of Kate on Allysin Paino, who tore into the role with a comic ferocity that was both hilarious and amazing to see. This week, Mills is reviving the ballet with Paino reprising her role as the Shakespearean spitfire, so the Chronicle checked in with her about the pleasures of playing Kate and the demands of the role...."
"...Earning the most attention from the group were two premieres: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Refugia, created with the Moving Company, each of which received seven nominations. Four productions captured six nods apiece: Zach Theatre’s Texas premiere of the Robert Schenkkan political drama All the Way; Austin Opera's modern-day staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball; Salvage Vanguard Theater's undead riff on Chekhov, Thr3e Zisters; and the Texas State University Department of Theatre & Dance's spirited revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate...."
"...Kiss Me Kate, Austin Playhouse..."
"...The irreverent riff on Chekhov was recognized in four areas, including Outstanding Production of a Comedy. Netting three awards each were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate..."
"...Kate comes out swinging. She's not about to suffer the indignity of this smarmy lout Petruchio hitting on her like some cheap babe..."
"...Austin Playhouse was the big winner in the comedy category, going four for four in acting awards. With one more award for Michael Stuart's musical turn in its production of Kiss Me Kate, Austin Playhouse matched the five acting awards taken home by the Zachary Scott Theatre Center: three in musical productions and a pair for its version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The State Theater Company's spooky staging of The Woman in Black snagged three awards in the technical category..."
"...Michael Stuart, Kiss Me Kate..."
"...Kiss Me, KateAustin Playhouse,through April 7..."
"...Last week's 3-D screening of Kiss Me Kate was, according to Alamo owner Tim League, a resounding success, with "Technicolor images exploding off the screen. The polarized lenses we're using work on essentially the same premise as what's called the anaglyphic, red-and-blue-lens style of 3-D, but ours is much more intense."..."
"...On a sad note, during production, co-star Shia LaBeouf slips on a mislaid Nazi uniform, crashes into a green screen, and dies. Lucas’ children weep. June After only eight episodes, the strike-shortened fourth season of Lost ends with a cliff-hanger involving Kate, Sawyer, Jack, a family of pygmy gorillas, a gum-gum tree, 17 lightly toasted corned-beef sandwiches, and an unsigned copy of the Magna Carta..."
"...And when he left Georgetown University Law Center with a degree and started practicing corporate, real estate, and entertainment law in San Francisco, it led to him gaining some clients from the connections made through those shows. About that time, Duggan also found a mentor in Arnold Saint Subber, the man credited with hatching the idea for Kiss Me, Kate (after stage-managing a production of The Taming of the Shrew starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne) and who co-produced its original Broadway run, as well as produced on Broadway William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, a Mike Nichols-directed revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes with Anne Bancroft and George C..."
"...Ballet Austin and the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar present a screening of the lavish classic MGM musical Kiss Me Kate in 3-D to kick off the ballet's weekend performances of Taming of the Shrew. The film will be accompanied by a three-course Renaissance Feast..."
"...Once you know about The Bye Bye Birdie Experience, everything about Paul Beutel falls into place: his love of musicals, his film degree, his stints as an American-Statesman film critic and a UT Performing Arts Center publicist, his years as a song-and-dance man in local musical productions, his programming of the Paramount's Summer Movie Classics series, and especially his 15 years of service -- much of it above and beyond the call of duty -- to Austin's jewel of theatres. I mean, here's a guy who breathes celluloid, who gets a kick out of persuading the big Hollywood studios to strike new prints of their classic films so he can show them in Austin, who gets tickled at the prospect of running William Castle's old B-movie fright flick The Tingler with its original buzzer-in-the-seat gimmick or the movie version of Kiss Me Kate in 3-D, with everyone wearing glasses..."
"...When John Bernardoni and friends reopened the Paramount Theatre in 1975, Johnson mounted a Center Stage production of West Side Story there that helped give the reopened venue credibility and confirm that the old performance palace could still be a home for theatre. (Johnson staged Carnival and Kiss Me Kate there in subsequent summers.) [image-3]..."
"...Devised by Minneapolis-based the Moving Company with UT students, this meditation on humanity in transit gave a bracing global tour, with stops that included a Soviet train depot, a Midwestern nursing home, and a magical library. Driven by the masterful performances of the guest artists, this poignant, comic work moved and was moving. 3) Kiss Me Kate (Texas State University Dept..."
"...Jill Blackwood, Kiss Me Kate..."
"...While many think of 1950s 3-D as cheap horror and action fare, the truth is that alongside House of Wax and It Came From Outer Space, classics like Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder and John Wayne's Hondo were also shot and shown in 3-D. So was Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' Money From Home, the lavish musical Kiss Me Kate, and the noir classic I, the Jury..."
"...There isn't an artist who doesn't excel, who isn't a pleasure to watch, and that includes UT-Austin alum Blake Hammond as Pumbaa the warthog. Hammond hits this prestigious national tour after a string of Broadway appearances in the revivals of Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, and On the Town...."
"...17. Kiss Me, Kate, by Cole Porter, Sam Spewack, & Bella Spewack..."