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Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...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)..."

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Awards 1998
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...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..."

Art Par Excellence
The nominees for the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 20, 2015
"...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...."

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
Arts Story  April 10, 1998
"...Jason Neulander Experimental drama. Now, there's a term to conjure dread in the heart of a poor theatregoer..."

Agnes & Alfred: A Relationship Forged in Fire
Steve Moore and Carlos Treviño's Physical Plant Theatre Returns
DAILY Chronolog  September 24, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

Six Degrees of Ron Berry
With another acting job in a new play, his own new theatre about to open, his own stage company that champions theatre as something fun as well as substantive, and a lot of friends to help him make "good stuff" onstage, is Ron Berry the Happiest Man in Austin?
Arts Story  June 16, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...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..."

Payne Pleasures 2004
Sam Bass Theatre's Forever Plaid took top honors at the 30th anniversary B. Iden Payne Awards
Arts Story  October 8, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Get Physical
Arts Column  July 11, 1997, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Rats Saving a Sinking Ship
America's Alternative Theatres Unite
Arts Story  October 13, 1995
"...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...."

Waterfalls and Sea Changes
The former and current artistic directors of Austin Script Works discuss new plays, local theatre, and the writer's voice
Arts Story  November 11, 2005, by Dan Dietz
"...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..."

"We'll Always Have 807 Congress"
The Raging of the Elements, or Indoor Theatre in Austin -- Al Fresco
Arts Story  June 24, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...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..."

Live Feed
Jason Phelps turns to his theatrical past to nourish the present with a Feast of My Heart
Arts Story  December 11, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Won't You Come In?
For four years, playwright Lisa D'Amour and director Katie Pearl have forged an uncommon bond with audiences through the welcoming, intimate quality of their theatre work. They've also forged an uncommon bond with each other, a mutually fulfilling creative partnership that will continue for the rest of their lives.
Arts Story  May 11, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl aren't just theatre artists. They're hostesses of the stage..."

Entrances & Exits
Comings and Goings on the Theatre Scene
Arts Story  September 5, 1997
"...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..."

Bottom's Dream: chokecherry
Arts Story  January 7, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"..."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..."

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 26, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Remembering one who fascinated us all: Karen Kuykendall, 1937-2007
Arts Story  November 23, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Former director of the Paramount Theatre, actor..."

... And the 'West' is History
How Big State Productions' little monologue show changed Austin theatre
Arts Story  April 7, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The Chronicle theatre listings for Nov. 1, 1985, give no real indication of a seismic shift in the offing..."

Austin Power and Light
A guide to 10 new companies that are charging up Austin's theatre scene
Arts Story  June 16, 2006, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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..."

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