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'Murder Ballad Murder Mystery'
Paper Chairs resurrects its hit musical as portable, hit-and-run bar entertainment
Arts Story  November 15, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Usually, when a play reaches the end of its run, it's dead, departed, gone with the wind. Once in a while, though, a show gets pulled back from oblivion, and such is the case with Murder Ballad Murder Mystery, the backwoods musical by Elizabeth Doss (book) and Mark Stewart (score) that scored critical raves and multiple awards when it premiered in 2009..."

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 14, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Murder Ballad Murder Mystery, Tutto Theatre..."

2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
Four shows took home nearly half the honors at this year's ceremony
Arts Story  November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...1, it looked like they only had eyes for four. Collectively, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Jungle, Murder Ballad Murder Mystery, and The Taming of the Shrew – Original Practices took home almost half of the 35 awards distributed during the ceremony..."

There Will Be Blood
... And bloodsuckers and zombies and ghosts and murderers all over our stages this week
Arts Story  October 23, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Bastrop Opera House marks the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth with his stories "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "William Wilson," "The Purloined Letter," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Black Cat" woven by Jeffrey Hatcher into a theatrical mystery, with a house full of murderers sharing their misdeeds with a woman in white, played here by Kim Deters. Artistic Director Chester Eitze directs..."

Hillcountry Underbelly
You can feel Elizabeth Doss' new play rising from deep in her past and this land
Arts Review  August 19, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...As a displaced family, as refugees on a trail to they aren't sure where, as youth seeking their place in the world after a parent's death, these figures are most familiar. But playwright Elizabeth Doss gives them all fresh, quirky voices, as she did the characters in her debut drama, Murder Ballad Murder Mystery..."

Murder Ballad Murder Mystery
You'll be hard-pressed to find a riskier production in Austin this year than this strange string of ballads and mysteries
Arts Review  October 30, 2009, by Barry Pineo
"...Murder Ballad Murder Mystery..."

Culture Class
The 2009-2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  June 11, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Lisa Laratta, Murder Ballad Murder Mystery/Black Snow Costume Design..."

Top 9 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2009
A theatre year of crazy families, love lost and found, and lots of dancing
Arts Story  January 1, 2010, by Barry Pineo
"...2) 'MURDER BALLAD MURDER MYSTERY' (TUTTO THEATRE COMPANY/VORTEX REPERTORY COMPANY) A hillbilly band, a pool of water, a fire in a night yard. Ladders and ramps, people swingin' from the ceilin', dancin', singin', murderin', and livin' to tell about it..."

Top 9 Theatre Productions of 2009 That Did Ascend the Brightest Heaven of Invention
A year of failed romances, Greek myths, and more that were staged so ingeniously
Arts Story  January 1, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...8) 'BLACK SNOW' (TUTTO THEATRE COMPANY)/'MURDER BALLAD MURDER MYSTERY' (TUTTO THEATRE COMPANY/VORTEX REPERTORY COMPANY) The link is director Dustin Wills, who seems able to forge theatrically ingenious, tautly acted ensemble pieces from any work, be it a dusty satire of show folk in Moscow or a new musical of ghost-faced killers in the swamp...."

2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
The homegrown musical of mayhem in the swamp leads the nominations with 11
Arts Story  October 8, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The ghost-faced killers of Murder Ballad Murder Mystery left a long line of bodies across the swamp, but the list of nominations their show racked up for the 2010 B. Iden Payne Awards looks to be even longer..."

The Beatles
Music Review  October 2, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Magical Mystery Tour, December 1967, or Sgt. Peppers Part 2: McCartneyland TV, beyond Lennon's "I Am the Walrus" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," clumps up with Yellow Submarine, January 1969, as a hits collection falling between the band's final two masterpieces..."

Anything Goes
That free-for-all spirit is part of the kick of FronteraFest
Arts Story  January 11, 2008, by Robert Faires
"..."A Meta-Murder Mystery," by Patton Quinn, Kerri Lendo, and Seth Johnson. Comedy/variety...."

Tribute Records
Tammy Wynette Remembered
Music Review  December 31, 1998
"...As a Texas Jewboy, singer-songwriter, and murder/mystery author, Kinky Friedman has often wound up as his own best punchline. Yet people are quick to forget you don't get to be "the first full-blooded Jew to ever appear on the Grand Ol' Opry stage" without a few great songs..."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Mommy Dead and Dearest D: Erin Lee Carr Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. (World Premiere)..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  March 14, 1997
"...The result is River Under the Road, a debut masterpiece worthy of a songwriter decades worldlier than this mere 20-year-old soul. The title track rips and sways like an International flatbed on a Farm-to-Market road, telling of rumbling currents which lie beneath the surface; not so much eerie foreshadowing, as giddy anticipation and acceptance of the mystery which lies ahead (and below): "It goes much farther, deeper and darker than the road above could ever go...." Co-written with Brown and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the tune sets the tone for the rest of this near-perfect CD, brimming and shimmering with similar revelations. Is it any wonder then, that players like Rich Brotherton, Mary Cutrufello, Casper Rawls, Danny Barnes, Paul Glasse, and producers Brown and Dave Sanger were drawn to this project? Egge insists that she's lucky..."

The Usual Mayhem
A Potpourri of Book Reviews
Books Story  November 22, 1996
"...Mystery novelist Kinky Friedmanphotograph by Evans Cartlage A blurb from Simon & Schuster, plugging the publication of Kinky Friedman's ninth and latest mystery novel The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover ($23, hardcover), claims that "all the critics agree that the Kinkster is a `true original,'" and furthermore, so do "Kinky's fans, who multiply with each new novel." Now, is it just me, or does this make it sound like Kinky's books act like some sort of fertility drug? You wonder if a winking Kinky wrote that copy himself...."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...Seela SEELA: Why this young singer-songwriter isn't mentioned in the same hopeful breaths as other locals like Ana Egge, Trish Murphy, and Kacy Crowley is a genuine mystery. It's certainly not for a lack of songs, soul, or live spark..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...SERVOTRON: If you thought Man... or Astroman? couldn't get any spacier, so to speak, they've run off and beamed up some helpers from Supernova, kind of like the Mystery Science Theater crew helping MUFON out..."

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