"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...4) GABRIEL LUNA AS THE LOVER IN 'MACHINAL' (PAPER CHAIRS)..."
"...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..."
"...Machinal, Paper Chairs..."
"...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 SuicideThe Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo, 512/686-6621 www.paperchairs.com Through May 31 Running Time: 2 hr., 35 min...."
"...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..."
"...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..."