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Paper Chairs' debut looks great but doesn't keep this drama revved at full speed
Arts Review  June 4, 2010, by Elizabeth Cobbe

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Machinal, Paper Chairs..."

Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
Arts Review  July 29, 1999
"...I enjoyed not only the execution of the piece, but the rippling effect of linkages I have discovered upon further reflection. -- Dawn Davis MACHINAL: REPRESSION IN BLUE..."

MoM's Kids
A Partial Who's Who at MoMFest 2000
Arts Story  September 29, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Both also came through the ranks of the company's Summer Youth Program, which is at least partly responsible for propelling them into such active theatrical careers so early. It was in the program's 1999 show, Machinal, that the two had their first chance to collaborate, and the results were memorable, with Doss earning a Payne Award nomination for her performance in the lead role, Barfield earning a nomination for her direction, and the production winning the award for Outstanding Show for Children...."

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
Arts Story  September 28, 2001
"...Recent Roles: Robbie, Shopping and Fucking, Vortex, 2001; Yasanoah, The Deluge: On the Shoulder of Night, Vortex, 2001; Norman, Norm L, Vortex, 1999; Sidney Carton, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, Vortex, 1999, 1997; The Lover, Machinal, Vortex Summer Youth Theatre, 1999; Ophydon, Triskelion, Vortex, 1998; Fool, Lucifa, Vortex, 1996; Presley Stray, The Pitchfork Disney, Vortex, 1996...."

1998-99 B. Iden Payne Award Winners
The year's best work on Austin stages.
Arts Story  September 17, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...The evening was most rewarding for two companies: VORTEX, which shared in honors for five awards, plus a Nominating Committee Special Award for its production of The X & Y Trilogy; and Zilker Theatre Productions, which saw its production of Big River win five awards ­ a big comeback for the Summer Musical after several seasons of living in the shadow of two local musical powerhouses, Austin Musical Theatre and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center. The evening also saw a trio of double winners: actress Sharron Bower, honored for her work in AMT's Fiddler on the Roof and UT's Misalliance; actor Martin Burke, recognized for his work in Zach's Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika and Sneck Up!'s Twelfth Night; and departing ACoT Executive Director Ann Ciccolella for her direction of Austin Theatreworks' Tales From Shakespeare and First Stage's My Children! My Africa! Outstanding Production of a Play for ChildrenMachinal (Vortex Summer Youth Theatre)..."

Six stops to make the 2012 East Austin Studio Tour extra special
Arts Story  November 16, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Several of the theatre artists in the company Paper Chairs (Boom for Real, Hillcountry Underbelly, Machinal) work as models for visual artists, and for EAST they're merging both worlds in a figurative art performance installation, where they pose and the public draws and paints them. Artists are encouraged to bring their supplies and easels and create portraits of Kelli Bland, Elizabeth Doss, Meghan Adriel Dwyer, Michelle Keffer, and Jorge Sermini..."

All Over Creation: My Kind of Town
A trip to see theatre in Chicago brings one writer closer to home
Arts Column  June 22, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...It was, without question, a tale drawn from that city's past, but in its telling, I caught echoes of Austin. Scenic designer Dan Ostling's bare stage, with its thick wooden planks and trap doors, called to mind the sets for Paper Chairs' Machinal and Baal, and some of director Amanda Dehnert's striking images – such as dripping wet clothes suspended in air to represent the dead pulled from the river – shared the theatrical punch of those conjured by, say, Dustin Wills and Dave Steakley..."

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...6) 'MACHINAL'/'BAAL' (PAPER CHAIRS) This pair of post-World War I tragedies from Dustin Wills' new troupe may have served a double shot of bleakness regarding humankind, but they were among the year's most theatrically invigorating shows, rich in surprises and daring performances from fearless ensembles...."

Top 10 Gifts From 2010 (In Random Order)
Savoring 2010's immaculate acting, arresting beauty, and over-the-top comedy
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Avimaan Syam
"...3) 'MACHINAL' (PAPER CHAIRS) A company with a knack for using space like no one else. This arresting production will always be filed in my mind as the one with doors in the floor...."

Top 10 Instances in 2010 in Which I Hit My Word Count
Toasting 2010's most memorable performances, set designs, and directors
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Elizabeth Cobbe

Summer Youth Theatre's 'The Visit'
Kill Schill?
Arts Story  July 21, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...For 15 years, Vortex Repertory Company's Summer Youth Theatre has been not patronizing kids. On the contrary, this program has historically chosen challenging and significant material for its participants to tackle, works ranging from Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan to Sophie Treadwell's Machinal..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Matthew Patterson, Machinal..."

Payne Pleasures 1999
Arts Column  August 12, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Garnering 10 nominations apiece were the Austin Musical Theatre production of Gypsy (nominated for Outstanding Musical, with nods to Scott Byron and Richard Thompson for their direction and choreography) and the Sneck Up!/VORTEX production of Twelfth Night (nominated for Outstanding Play, with nods to all six performers and lighting designer Jason Amato), and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's staging of the second half of its epic Angels in America production, Part Two: Perestroika, won nine nominations (for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director of a Play for Dave Steakley, and nominations for four of the show's actors). Among shows for children, the VORTEX Repertory Company Summer Youth Theatre production of Machinal and the kidsActing revival of Bugs!won six nominations each, with both nominated in the categories of Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction..."

Art Fun in the Summertime
Arts Story  May 20, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Machinal Seminal feminist drama by Sophie Treadwell revived by VORTEX Repertory Company for its Summer Youth Theatre program. July 23-31, Thu-Sat..."

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