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Penfold Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days
This original, gender-bending theatrical take on Jules Verne’s adventure tale is a grand story told with delightful imagination
Arts Review  June 22, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Thus begins Penfold Theatre's summer production, a goofy, family-friendly adaptation of Jules Verne's 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Phileas Fogg has become Phyllida (Jessica Hughes), the French valet Passepartout is also a woman (Eva McQuade), and six actors play all the roles in an adventure story that makes a full circle around the planet..."

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits
Arts Review  November 1, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...As staged by Michael McKelvey in this revival of the B. Iden Payne Award-winning production from 2016 (here co-produced by McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions and Penfold Theatre Company), Poe and his partners never touch; their hands rest on air, a foot of it between them, as they twirl across the floor in three-quarter time..."

Clybourne Park
This company has vibrant success with Bruce Norris' racial drama that shows how far we haven't come in 60 years
Arts Review  June 2, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...For its production of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize as well as Olivier and Tony awards, Penfold Theatre Company has assembled an artistic team so strong that the show's vibrant success comes as no surprise. Sharp writing, thoughtful design, and powerful performances of characters literally echoing through time make for an important evening at the Rollins Theatre...."

Theatre in the Round (Rock)
Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be
Arts Story  August 6, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The past decade has seen more than 50 theatre companies spring from the fertile soil of our creative capital, most of them launching with the same dream: to produce plays in their own stage space somewhere in Central Austin. Most, certainly, but not all..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Top 10 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

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
"...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...."

Hidden Room Theatre Resurrects King Lear
The once-popular but now obscure revision of Shakespeare's play by Nahum Tate is revived, complete with happy ending
Arts Story  November 5, 2015, by Stephanie Carll
"...This Lear is more of a fairy tale – a 1681 revision of the Elizabethan play by Nahum Tate that dominated the stage for 157 years before being consigned to oblivion. Burns and her team in the Hidden Room Theatre have been focused on a mystery: the unexplored practices of Restoration theatre..."

Top 10 Theatre Duos & Trios of 2014
Remembering a year in theatre in which performers distinguished themselves in twos and threes
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...Top 10 Theatre Duos and Trios of 2014..."

This struggle between an aging Mark Rothko and his idealistic assistant is a good fit for Penfold Theatre
Arts Review  September 20, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...RedTrinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity Through Sept. 29 Running time: 1 hr., 45 min...."

The Last Five Years
Penfold Theatre's remount of The Last Five Years tracks a failed romance with intimacy and polish
Arts Review  April 2, 2015, by Elissa Russell
"...The Last Five YearsTrinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity Through April 12 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock takes a comic turn in Penfold Theatre's three-actor spin on the Holmes mystery
Arts Review  June 25, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Not this time! Penfold Theatre Company mounts this new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for its annual family-friendly outdoor show, staged at the Round Rock Amphitheater. This telling of the Gothic mystery gives a nod to the dark suspense in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original story, but beyond that, it's more comedy than thriller..."

Rocketing Through Hard Times
Yellow Tape and other small theatre groups blast past the black hole of the recession
Arts Story  February 20, 2009, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Jonathon Morgan and Amanda Butterfield are the two of the peppiest theatre artists in Austin. You know this because they use the word "awesome" in every other sentence...."

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
Arts Story  January 24, 2014, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...As of press time, the show is slated to run at Trinity Street Theatre in summer 2014. "I'm hoping that's going to work out," says Moore..."

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 22, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...A lot of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions were mounted around town between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, and now, for the 25th time, members of the Austin Critics Table have settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2017 Critics Table Awards...."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2014 Critics Table Awards...."

Pleasure of the Paynes 2014
The 'Fix' was in at the 40th theatre awards ceremony
DAILY Arts  November 4, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The "bitin' pains" – that's now how I'll think of our local theatre awards after hearing their title mangled by the 2014 ceremony's maladroit hosts, a pair of white-faced clowns from the land of stinky cheese. Unable to wrap their Gallic mouths around the name B..."

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'
The Georgetown Palace Theatre tours its hit musical to the State Theatre
Arts Story  August 19, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, Austin, since you've yet to visit the Georgetown Palace Theatre, the Georgetown Palace Theatre is coming to you. Not the actual 1925 building by that name, but the community theatre group that calls the venue home, doing one of the big, splashy musicals for which it's earning an increasing amount of buzz..."

2007-2008 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
Arts Story  October 3, 2008
"...Ashes, Ashes (UT Department of Theatre & Dance)..."

2008 Payne Awards Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
Arts Story  October 3, 2008
"...Ashes, Ashes (UT Department of Theatre & Dance)..."

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