"...Taylor Juarez's sound design is subtle, adding to the laughs when necessary. The end result is an uproarious evening that will likely send audiences home comparing the laughable world of the play to the laughable state of politics today. The Government InspectorMary Moody Northen Theatre at St..."
"...The personnel changes at local arts organizations continue. In addition to the recently announced departures of Ann Ciccolella at Zach and Richard Buckley and Tamara Hale at Austin Lyric Opera, two notable arrivals have taken place at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre..."
"...A former Broadway showstopper by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist/book writer Brian Crawley based on Doris Betts' short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim," Violet is a grand undertaking for the theatre department at St. Edward's University, and with director Nick Mayo at the helm, they have more than risen to meet the challenge..."
"...And under the direction of Michelle Polgar, the St. Ed's theatre department does Iizuka's script all the justice it deserves..."
"...You can sense some of the same impulse running below the surface of this production from the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University..."
"...That director Nick Mayo understands this about She Loves Me is clear as soon as the relentlessly chipper delivery boy Arpad (Hollis McNutt, relentlessly chipper) pedals his beloved bike onto the Mary Moody Northen Theatre stage and the clerks arrive at Maraczek's, admiring the glory of the morning and dreaming about taking the day off to enjoy it. It's a moment of workplace camaraderie, the kind that blooms when the day-to-day duties fall away and those who share them don't have to be employees, they can just be people..."
"...1) ZELL MILLER III In a year when extraordinary tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no local theatre artist took to the front lines as often or urgently as Zell Miller III. In show after show, this writer/performer/director gave searing critiques of social injustice in blazing language and a hip-hop beat that matched his impassioned heart's..."
"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."
"...1) THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts) On a Bass Concert Hall stage transmuted into a Scottish pub, five exuberant performers spun a lively tall tale of a lovelorn academic getting trapped in Lucifer's B&B. The devilishly clever script and playful theatricality that made motorbikes of audience members and blizzards from shredded bar napkins were as intoxicating as a shot of Scotch – and gave me the warmest glow I felt in the theatre all year...."
"...1) Jason Liebrecht as Odysseus Rex in Year Of The Rooster (Capital T Theatre) Liebrecht killed as the drug-addled fighting cock. Also he spat on me, but I'm sure it was an accident...."
"...1) 'BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA' (MARY MOODY NORTHEN THEATRE) Modern art's master of collage celebrated in a theatrical mash-up of chicken jokes, picnics, pingpong ball cloudbursts, lovers' spats, boot-scootin' Whitmanesque rhapsodies, and more. As offbeat, vibrant, and eager to see wonder in the mundane as Rauschenberg's work, this boisterous joyride was so exhilarating that when it ended, I wanted it to start all over again...."
"...1) LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts)/THR3E ZISTERS (Salvage Vanguard Theater) In a year of monstrosities, monsters ruled the stage. Our regular Scots visitors (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Black Watch) blew into town with a distinctly Scandinavian chill: that of the 2008 Swedish film about young love and vampirism..."
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."
"...In Austin, these are good days for getting that razzle-dazzle rush that stage musicals provide. The theatre scene is bustling with Broadway-brand beltin' and steppin', with revivals of the classics of the American musical theatre and productions of newer shows that serve up the form's classic pizzazz, with companies committed to the works of this cherished form, and with artists who are breathing sweet, imaginative life into them..."
"..."The Farmboys" in Austin Musical Theatre's Gypsy. photograph by Kenny Braun..."
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced nominations for their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997..."
"...Beyond seminal thought and timeless ideas, there are more practical reasons for producing the classics. The UT Department of Theatre and Dance is producing Shakespeare's Macbeth, but not necessarily because it is a great and enduring play..."
"...In its eight seasons, Austin Cabaret Theatre has bunked down in more spots than a UT undergrad: Scottish Rite Theatre, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Chez Zee, the Driskill Hotel, and the Mansion on Judges' Hill, where it's had a stable residence for the past four years. But as it begins its ninth season, ACT is on the move again..."
"...Scottish Rite Theatre. Mary Moody Northen Theatre..."
"...1) The Flaming Idiots (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) The single most entertaining group of performers I've seen in around a decade...."