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Live Nude Art Models from Paper Chairs
An interactive show about live models and the artists who paint them
DAILY Arts  February 25, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And neither of the directors are posing, nude or otherwise, in this Art/Model Show: Subject from Paper Chairs that’ll be presented in Art.Science.Gallery. at Canopy this weekend and next...."

Paper Chairs' The Audience
Elizabeth Doss' adaptation of García Lorca's unfinished play is less a drama than a dream, unbound by logic, reason, or convention
Arts Review  August 9, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...One needn't be familiar with the details of García Lorca's life – or death – to know that The Audience, Elizabeth Doss' new adaptation of El Público for the Austin theatre company Paper Chairs, won't end well for the nameless theatre director confined on the tiny, cell-like block upstage. The glower of Zac Crofford's imposing guard shoots menace through the space, and Megan Tabaque's Voice of Authority (or should that be Authoritarianism?) hectors Vincent Tomasino's anguished director relentlessly through a bullhorn as she moves around the audience – "Your life is a crime against the state," she sneers – finally badgering him to tell the story of his death..."

Paper Chairs' The Repentance of Saint Joan
Patrick Shaw’s new play is less a tale of Joan of Arc’s life than a divine meditation on love lost
Arts Review  April 5, 2018, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...From beginning to end, The Repentance of Saint Joan is an exploration of loss. In this world premiere from Paper Chairs, playwright Patrick Shaw finds himself smoldering in throes of an anachronistic autodrama..."

Paper ChairsCatalina de Erauso
Elizabeth Doss’ latest plays with history in a way that serves its feminist hero, and it’s also a comedy that knows its stuff
Arts Review  September 21, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...In Elizabeth Doss' new script about Catalina for Paper Chairs, the details are jumbled and fuzzy. Catalina (Alexis Scott) identifies herself as an unreliable narrator..."

Paper Chairs' Poor Herman
Elizabeth Doss' new play shows the literary lion Melville to be just like one of us
Arts Review  May 19, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Well, it turns out that it was also the story of Herman Melville – yeah, the same guy your high school English teacher tried to convince you wrote the greatest American novel of all time. Maybe you didn't like that book about the white whale any more than the literary critics back in 1851 (in which case you may be grateful you weren't also subjected to Melville's sure-to-be-a-hit follow-up, Pierre: or the Ambiguities, a gothic sudser of New York society, decadent artists, and forbidden love of the brother-sister kind), but if you take a peek at Melville's life through the lens of Poor Herman, the latest from the theatrical adventurers in Paper Chairs, you may find yourself feeling a tad more sympathy toward the 19th-century author..."

ECSD Plays Musical Chairs, but the Music Never Stops
Environmental Shuffle
News Story  December 15, 1995, by Robert Bryce


'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
"...Now, like the ghost-faced killers who populate its swampy setting, it once more walks among us – only this time the show won't be haunting a theatre as it did in its original co-production by Tutto Theatre and Vortex Repertory Company, and it won't be the full-length, site-specific spectacle seen before. Paper Chairs, the company that grew out of that staging, has reconceived the show as a shorter, portable production to be presented in saloons..."

'Art Show/Model Show'
Paper Chairs stages a life drawing session in which those who pose speak out about what they do
Arts Story  August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...As it turns out, yes. And thanks to the theatre artists of the company Paper Chairs – several of whom also work as artists' models – audiences will have the chance to hear it..."

Knot a Secret
After 17 years, playwright Hank Schwemmer is finally getting seen
Arts Story  February 24, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Considering how many original plays are produced in Austin every year and have been produced here every year for the past 30 years – I believe they must be outnumbering cedar trees now – you'd think the production of several short dramas by a local writer wouldn't occasion much in the way of excitement. But Woodwork: A Hank Schwemmer Collection, which the company Paper Chairs has put together and is currently running at Delta Millworks, is exceptional, however you define that word, as are the plays in it and the writer behind them...."

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 14, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Earning the most nominations this year were Paper Chairs' original production Catalina de Erauso, and Dance Repertory Theatre's short-works program Fall for Dance, both of which received seven nominations. The UT Department of Theatre & Dance's production of ENRON captured six nods...."

Five Arty Things to Do This Weekend
You know, after you’ve told the usual fascists to go f*ck themselves
DAILY Arts  August 17, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...1) PAPER CHAIRS: SEASON OPENING PARTY Because indie theatre sometimes hits the spot – and when it’s the gothically inclined Paper Chairs, it’s one of those times, generally. And when they’re staging a performance-spiked party flowing with beer and vodka and (let’s say especially) absinthe, and that party is set among the progressive architecture of Pliny Fisk’s Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems? We reckon there’ll be plenty of spot-hitting among the thespian thaumaturgy this Saturday night...."

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
"...www.paperchairs.com..."

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
"...4) GABRIEL LUNA AS THE LOVER IN 'MACHINAL' (PAPER CHAIRS)..."

Baal
Assessing Paper Chairs' excavation of young Brecht is, put simply, difficult
Arts Review  November 26, 2010, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...One of the problems with writing criticism is that many times, people want a critic to come out and say, "It was good" or "It was bad" about a show. But some shows, like Paper Chairs' production of Bertolt Brecht's Baal, won't let one do that..."

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

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2017
From monsters to mountains, wolves to wild horses, the year came alive with figures boldly created onstage
Arts Story  December 28, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...8) CATALINA DE ERAUSO (Paper Chairs) Oh, Dustin Wills, how we've missed your bracingly inventive direction, and how well it served Elizabeth Doss' exploration of history through the dramatized life of a 17th century nun turned conquistador. Also among the year's best ensemble and design work...."

The Suicide
The title may sound heavy, but this is a black comedy, given an artful and playful new staging by Paper Chairs
Arts Review  May 22, 2014, by Stacy Alexander Smith
"...The SuicideThe Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo, 512/686-6621 www.paperchairs.com Through May 31 Running Time: 2 hr., 35 min...."

EAST-tastic
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..."

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