"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting its audience beneath the Payne Theatre, past clotheslines and through butcher-paper forests, feeding it cornbread muffins, and leaving it onstage in a festive dance party, this exhilaratingly theatrical mash-up of 19th century novels and modern pop – its orphan hero chases freedom along an "underground railroad" run by Beyoncé! – packed more imagination, adventure, and wit into half an hour than most plays do in three times that...."
"...On Tuesday, June 2, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented its sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre in a ceremony at Top of the Marc. The participating critics - Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Sarah Hepola, and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle - honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, 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 2015 Critics Table Awards...."
"...Jason Neulander Experimental drama. Now, there's a term to conjure dread in the heart of a poor theatregoer..."
"...This company is why, if you spout a generality like "Oh, theatre totally sucks," you're an idiot. That's because, due to stageworks like the ones Physical Plant creates, the ten percent of theatre that doesn't, totally, suck … happens to include five percent that is, totally, brilliant...."
"...Walking into the Off Center to review the production of Physical Plant Theatre's Fatigue, I noted a pair of tuxedo-bedecked actors, Ron Berry and Carlos Trevino, standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the front of the stage. They were smiling and looking over the audience, sometimes speaking quietly to each other..."
"...27, the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2003 through July 2004..."
"...If you've been yearning for a program of theatrical training that combines strenuous physical work with intensive explorations into the definitions of theatre, yearn no more. The folks at Physical Plant Theater have begun just such a program, and they're actively seeking folks to join them in it..."
"...Fifty people on a stage, slouching in chairs, clutching coffee cups, stifling yawns. On this summer morn they have come into a rough circle to invoke a new American theatre...."
"...It was fun, but I don't necessarily understand the overlap between those two kinds of characters. Am I an amazonian secretary? Or a secretarial amazon? So anyway, I went to Europe in 1996 and did English-language theatre..."
"...A real squall, the kind that drowns fleets of mariners, bent the live oaks on Congress Avenue sideways. Suddenly, minutes into the preview, the rear doors blew open and howling gusts of rain-laced wind roared into the theatre..."
"...See, Phelps came to town when theatre here was undergoing a generational shift. In the early Nineties, a wave of new companies broke onto the scene and began staging work that was unlike most of the drama that had been mounted here before..."
"...Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl aren't just theatre artists. They're hostesses of the stage..."
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."
"..."Baby, you don't get more Bottom's Dream than this," responds Mitchell Gossett when asked about the production of Erik Ehn's chokecherry that this exceptional Los Angeles theatre company is bringing to town for FronteraFest 2000. "James Martin, the director, co-founded Bottom's Dream with [me..."
"...Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on Monday, winning three awards for its staging of the dark cockfighting comedy Year of the Rooster, but the night was just as exxx-cellent for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Vortex Repertory Company's Terminus, both of which also received a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors...."
"...Former director of the Paramount Theatre, actor..."
"...The Chronicle theatre listings for Nov. 1, 1985, give no real indication of a seismic shift in the offing..."
"...Every few years brings Austin an influx of new small arts groups that re-energize the theatre scene. The early and mid-Nineties saw the arrival of Frontera Productions, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Physical Plant, the Public Domain, root wy'mn, and the Rude Mechanicals, among others, and their creative daring and irreverence and imagination did indeed give local stages a jolt..."