"...On March 23, the Vortex Repertory Company opens the most ambitious production in its 30-year history: Performance Park, an immersive theatrical adventure that engages audience members in a choose-your-own-adventure scavenger hunt that spreads across the entire Vortex compound. More than 70 artists have collaborated on the show, which draws inspiration from the Tarot..."
"...Performance Park, a theatrical event that will encompass all the areas of the Vortex compound in its eight-week run, is what will bind these disparate elements together...."
"...Performance Park, now occupying the full Vortex compound (including the Butterfly Bar and Patrizi's food truck), is strange. I don't mean that disparagingly; simply as the antipode of "familiar." It is simultaneously a play, musical, game, scavenger hunt, live-action roleplay, immersive performance art, and more..."
"...The Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park on Hudson in New York state is one of the spots FDR (played by Bill Murray in a visionary bit of casting) decamped to when he escaped Washington, D.C. The household is under the command of his domineering mother (Wilson), who is the one who launches FDR’s affair with Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney) when she invites the president’s sixth cousin over to “keep him company.” Hyde Park on Hudson is based on the letters found underneath Suckley’s bed when she died at the age of 99, which revealed the affair she had kept secret until her death...."
"...Starring: Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr, Carol Kane, Terrence Dashon Howard and De'Aundre Bonds. Sunset Park is an affectionate if lightweight and uneven testament to the power of communication, education, and human decency..."
"...Another film festival, another Mickey Keating film. The only working director to give Sion Sono a run for his money on both quality and quantity of titles, the enfant terrible of American genre cinema has gone back to the desert for his fourth feature, Carnage Park...."
"...Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey, which premiered off-Broadway last year and is now receiving its second-ever production at Hyde Park Theatre, would like us to change that, and much more...."
"...Most Sundays, Hyde Park looks like pretty much any old neighborhood leafy, sedate, ordinary but this Sunday, it will be abloom with mystery; wonders will wend their way down its streets. Curious figures in white will stand on its corners, sun themselves in its yards, bicycle before its elegant homes..."
"...As before, all Short Fringe performances are at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, at 8pm..."
"...An oft-cited analog to the Reconnect Austin vision is Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Opened in October 2012, the park is 5.2 acres built on a cap over the already sunken Woodall Rodgers Freeway, whose 1.5-mile span connects I-35 to the North Central Expressway in the urban core..."
"...The performance in question was none other than The Moors, a nasty little fable set in a most puritanical time and in a quite bleak and dreary corner of the world. The work was exquisitely penned by Jen Silverman and featured an assembly of extremely adroit actors under the tutelage of Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster, who has shown a great talent for direction...."
"...However, any teenager on an athletic team can tell you that while the game consumes most of your energy, what happens off the field can be infinitely more interesting and important. The Wolves, Hyde Park Theatre's newest offering, is a do-not-miss story about a girl's indoor soccer team that takes you through their season sans actual sports and instead focuses on the team in the moments before and after their games...."
"...And a storm that traps everyone inside. These are all great ingredients for a horror story, and playwright Annie Baker has jumbled them together in a loopy, fun twist on the genre in John, currently being produced by Hyde Park Theatre...."
"...The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in Houston is like walking into the ancient ruin of an empty spaceship that has become a theatre. The unique man-made cavern on the edge of downtown is strangely inviting and embracing...."
"...Ken Webster, who directed Trejo in the world premiere of this play for Teatro Vivo five years ago, revives it here with his own company, Hyde Park Theatre. The closeness of HPT's space makes it a good fit for a show that takes such a personal approach, though the wall that set designer Mark Pickell has created to represent the Mexico side of Samuel's journey is so large and imposing that it feels out of scale..."
"...In the play by Greg Pierce at Hyde Park Theatre, Jean lives by herself in a house teetering on the edge of a marble quarry. She and her late husband Sammy (Ken Webster, who also directs) built the house themselves..."
"...No one likes to bitch - But no one likes to pay $10 for parking, either...."
"...Existing Krieg Fields, upper left, would see some landscape improvements and additional parking...."
"...On Thursday, Feb 29 at 8 pm, Hyde Park Theater offers a tempting opportunity to catch up with Austin's performance poetry scene, with six of the more talented local writers together on one stage, reading in a high-energy, round-robin format. David Jewell, who wrote the love poem featured in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, is often funny, always listenable, both laid-back and intense at once -- like when my late husband used to order a cup of coffee with his beer..."
"...Nine arts writers and editors who belong to the informal association spent three-plus hours handing out some 44 awards and special citations to creatives in the fields of theatre, dance, design, classical music, visual art, and improv. No single production, exhibition, or concert swept the field, though in a unique show of appreciation for an individual work, the Critics Table recognized the Vortex Repertory Company's expansive and immersive theatrical production/scavenger hunt Performance Park with four special citations..."
"...The Chronicle takes pleasure in offering you a guide to the fun. The Short Fringe – the showcase of pieces 25 minutes or less – runs Tuesdays through Saturdays, at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W..."
"...Currently, I live in Minneapolis, where I develop most of my work through the Playwrights' Center (where I am a core member) and renegade theatre companies such as the Red Eye Collaboration. Minneapolis, however, only constitutes about one-quarter of my home base: I spend almost as much time living under the "roofs" of Austin Script Works, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, and my collaborator Katie Pearl (all in Austin), New Dramatists (in New York City), and my partner-in-new-Deep-South-performance, Kathy Randels (in New Orleans, my town of origin)...."
"...After the Christmas wrappings are thrown out, the Kwanzaa kente is folded up, the Chanukah dreidel stops its spinning, the Yule log ashes are discarded, the Festivus grievances are aired, and the new year has been rung in, Austin performers and performance enthusiasts gear up for a second round of celebrating and events. January is when Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' FronteraFest begins, kicking off a month of some of Austin's best fringe theatre, music, choreography, and improv..."
"...Of the two hustlers, John is the savvier, and his street-wise advice to Donner demonstrates his gruff affection for him. On Christmas Eve, in preparation for his 21st birthday the next day, John sets out to hustle enough money to stay overnight in the swanky Park Plaza Hotel..."
"...This is Denzel Washington’s third at bat behind the camera while directing himself and, holy smokes, does he knock it out of the park with a vicious, visceral performance that fairly sets the screen ablaze. Adapted from the canonical Pittsburgh-set play by August Wilson, Fences crackles with spitfire dialogue, blazing emotions, and worn-down, gut-punched humanity...."
"...Directed by: Bong Joon-ho. Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byeon Hie-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Du-na and Ko Ah-sung..."
"...Directed by: Park Chan-wook. Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jeong..."
"...So far, her greatest accomplishment in life has been, as she says, getting out of Tennessee without getting pregnant or beat up. The movie indeed begins with Ruby's car peeling out from park as her Tennessee boyfriend hollers after her in the rearview mirror..."
"...The Woody Allen mojo is at work in his latest film, which gets an extra boost from Cate Blanchett’s extraordinary performance as a Park Avenue matron brought low by the recent financial crisis. Drawing in equal measures from A Streetcar Named Desire and the real-life Ruth Madoff story, Blanchett plays the titular Jasmine as a woman aghast by and ill-equipped to deal with how low her circumstances have fallen..."
"...As a resident of Our Fair City for more than 20 years, I can navigate the avenues and boulevards easily and with familiarity. I've lived in West Campus, Clarksville, Bouldin Creek, and, oh yeah, Hyde Park..."
"...FronteraFest, now entering its 23rd year, has become a tradition in Austin's annual arts calendar. For years, Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' unjuried jamboree of performances has followed the same format: a Short Fringe featuring five short pieces per evening for five weeks; a two-week Long Fringe that offers a handful of one-act and full-length shows; plus some works in unconventional locations, including a full day devoted to such works (Mi Casa Es Su Teatro)..."
"...Online or in the (get off my) cloud, film and music won’t even be sold some day, just utilized for a fee. One fossilized DVD that didn’t make deadline in this week’s issue (yes, that’s me buying a Laser Disc at Half Price Books last month...) was a new Blu-ray by the Rolling Stones, From the Vault: Hyde Park Live 1969, out on Eagle Vision...."
"..."Reality isn't what it used to be," warns a creepy-looking old man just seconds before he blows his head off with a double-barreled shotgun, an image which perfectly sums up the bizarre theme and tone of director John Carpenter's latest film, In the Mouth of Madness. The underrated Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) stars as the hard-boiled and cynical John Trent, a claims collector with a special talent for sniffing out a con..."
"...The bulk of the film is comprised of a series of staged performances of Bausch's works, including Cafe Müller, which arthouse audiences will recognize from the opening frames of Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her. These set-pieces are bracketed by breathtaking solo and duo performances set in the wilds, so to speak, of the cityscape – an industrial park, an escalator, a moving tram – and by the heartfelt testimonials of troupe members reflecting on their experiences with Bausch..."
"...Because that is the film’s bread and butter. It is a succession of teenagers navigating an elaborate amusement park of what amounts to jump scares of skeletons popping out of closets and overly costumed fiends vying to give you a shock...."
"...We watch him as he silently sits on the bus going to work and wonder what he’s thinking as he observes the other passengers, or when he looks out his apartment window at the playground below. In another scene he sits on a park bench with a young girl and we wonder if Walter will succumb to his demons, but we never actually witness his interior struggles..."
"...Had Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl no other attributes, the sheer spectacle of Depp would be worth the cost of admission, but shockingly, his cheeky performance is just one bit of a booty bursting with goodies. What could have been a two-hour-long advert for a Disney theme-park ride (the, er, source material for the film) is in fact a rollicking adventure yarn, the most perfect realization of the "summer movie" to float down the pike in a good long while..."
"...The view across the Colorado River from David Moriaty's porch makes it easy to understand why he has spent the past 20 years lobbying the city of Austin to preserve the land. A band of trees hides the softball fields and parking lots from view, so that the only visual cues about what lies beyond are a handful of lights standing high above the tree line..."
"...I make rash decisions, I procrastinate like you wouldn't believe, and I have ideas that turn out terribly. All of this was proven thoroughly as I prepared a 25-minute piece for the 2017 edition of FronteraFest, the annual performance event at Hyde Park Theatre..."
"...Wooldridge Square Park (the right answer) was one of the original four public squares designated on the 1839 plat of the city of Austin. Like its remaining historic sisters Republic Square and Brush Square, Wooldridge Square has a way to go to realize its potential as a dynamic people place..."
"...What makes or breaks an urban park like Downtown's Republic Square Park is how well it's used by people. One of four city blocks set aside for public use in Edwin Waller's original 1839 town plan, Republic Square has endured many reincarnations over the years..."
"...Sex, drugs, and rock & roll is a classic formula for disaffected youth, but Danny Perez’s debut feature spins the cliche like some sort of infinitely outrageous horror-show centrifuge. Think Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation if it had instead been penned by body horror master David Cronenberg circa Videodrome and then psychedelically art directed by the gang behind 1987’s gross-out classic Street Trash, and you’re in the gory ball trailer park..."
"...20, a joint statement from fest co-producers Christina J. Moore of ScriptWorks and Ken Webster of Hyde Park Theatre announced that the 2016 Long Fringe, scheduled for Jan..."
"...Scheps' re-entry into the theatre biz was launched a few months ago during a conversation with ScriptWorks Executive Director Christina Moore and Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster about theatre space in Austin – how tight it is now and how more theatres might be lost in the near future. Scheps had been hankering to produce again, this time focusing on what she calls "do-gooder theatre" – new works by and for underrepresented populations like communities of color, the LGBT community, and the differently abled..."
"...It’s not that such things as the torture scenes or the vivid disembowelment of a crony are not emotionally fraught and intense, nor that Uday was a misunderstood lunatic in need of explication. Rather, The Devil’s Double simply offers a trip through hell on a one-way track, like a spook-house ride at the amusement park meant to titillate and excite the senses and then deposit the rider/viewer safely on the other side in the full light of day..."
"...It’s a time-honored woo, that of boy describing the solar system to some starry-eyed girl. It works on schoolteacher Rose (Byrne), an aspiring storybook writer who is charmed by the glow-in-the-dark wall astronomy chart of her neighbor Adam (Dancy), not to mention his late-night jaunts into Central Park to watch a misfit family of raccoons..."
"...Perkins' performance in that film set the psycho-bar impossibly high. For more than four decades, the horror genre has been trying and failing to top it, and so when handsome, awkward garage-park security guard Thomas (Bentley) offers to share his meager Christmas dinner with the late-leaving, workaholic Angela (Nichols) – and she declines – you realize right away there's going to be blood somewhere down the line, and it almost certainly won't be flowing from the Yuletide goose..."
"...It's hard to empathize with Annie Braddock (Johansson), a new college grad who's so daunted by the brightness of her future that she decides to downgrade her plans and accept a live-in nanny gig that Mrs. X (Linney) improbably offers to her when their paths cross in Central Park..."
"...It's been a very long time since any Robert Altman film has been as enjoyable as A Prairie Home Companion. Sure, Altman turned in a couple of nice movies with Cookie's Fortune and Gosford Park, but those films have scripts so solid they could have been directed by just about any competent director and probably delivered the same agreeable results..."