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The Naked Play
The Power of Play Readings
Arts Story  May 5, 1995, by Robert Faires
"...Hey, there are four this week alone. They're called play readings..."

Staging Mr. Burns, a post-electric play With Zero Waste
A UT student production of Anne Washburn’s play shows how to make theatre the sustainable way
Arts Story  December 13, 2018, by M. Brianna Stallings
"...You could also say that's what he represents on a global scale in Anne Washburn's award-winning three-act play, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play..."

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
Anne Washburn's inventive play shows how, after the apocalypse, we still cling to Springfield
Arts Review  October 1, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play takes us through civilization's end and rebirth with the stories we choose to tell, and how and why we choose to tell them...."

Power Play
In Robert Schenkkan's new play, LBJ roars back to life to make civil rights history
Arts Story  August 17, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...The 36th President is currently making this observation from an unusual venue: the theatre – specifically, the Angus Bowmer Theatre, where All the Way, a new play about LBJ's first year in the White House, is receiving its premiere as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season. What makes it curious is that drama hasn't been terribly generous to LBJ..."

At Play in the Fields of the Lord
The ponderous At Play in the Fields of the Lord commits the cardinal sin that befalls so many well-intentioned films based on highly regarded literary works: it forgets it's a...
Film Review  January 24, 1992, by Steve Davis
"...Starring: Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Daryl Hannah and Tom Waits. The ponderous At Play in the Fields of the Lord commits the cardinal sin that befalls so many well-intentioned films based on highly regarded literary works: it forgets it's a movie..."

Come Out and Play
Isolated adults must fight off feral children in this effective, if familiar, horror import.
Film Review  March 22, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Based on a novel by Juan José Plans and the Spanish film Who Can Kill a Child?, made from the novel in 1976, Come Out and Play takes another swing at the material. I’m not familiar with those works, but if you’ve seen Village of the Damned or Children of the Corn, you’ll find yourself in recognizable territory..."

Play it to the Bone
If any Tom, Dick, or Harry off the street had directed this movie, it would have to be acknowledged as a bad miscalculation. However, since it was written and directed...
Film Review  January 28, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...If any Tom, Dick, or Harry off the street had directed this movie, it would have to be acknowledged as a bad miscalculation. However, since it was written and directed by Ron Shelton -- the modern king of smart, funny, and knowing sports movies, who has such titles as Bull Durham, Tin Cup, and White Men Can't Jump to his credit -- Play It to the Bone sinks to the level of a disappointingly bad miscalculation..."

Why Don't You Play in Hell?
This Japanese mind-twister from Shion Sono screams with madness and mayhem.
Film Review  November 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...No, really, that’s the totally insane – and insanely fun – method to Sono’s madness. Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, picked up by Drafthouse Films for distribution, plays like the director cracked open Cinema Paradiso, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, the yakuza films of Takashi Miike, and Hammer & Tongs’ Son of Rambow, and then whipped up the most crazy-cool cinematic omelet you’ve ever choked on..."

Drafthouse Asks Us, 'Why Don't You Play in Hell'
Madcap yakuza flick to play Fantastic Fest, open in 2014
DAILY Screens  September 2, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...With Fantastic Fest only 18 days away (panic stations, people!), one more film on its schedule has already secured distribution. Drafthouse Films has added Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell to its slate...."

Queen To Play
In this French drama, a placid, working-class woman discovers passions she never knew she possessed when she learns to play chess.
Film Review  July 8, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...She is content with her life, and early in the movie states that her only ambitions – marrying her husband, Ange (Renaud), whom she regards as quite handsome, and moving to town – have already been fulfilled. Then one day while cleaning a hotel room, she spies its occupants on the balcony, engaged in a game of chess that exudes a playfulness both strategic and sexual..."

ACL Interview: Play Date
Bouncing Souls singer and his wife play Austin Kiddie Limits
DAILY Music  October 9, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...I ran into Greg Attonito, frontman for veteran Jersey punks the Bouncing Souls, at ACL Fest last weekend and was surprised to learn he was playing the Kiddie stage with wife Shanti Wintergate as Play Date. Debut CD Imagination includes songs like “Rad” and “Dance Like a Monster.” They’re on Fri/Sat at 1:30pm...."

Long Fringe Review: 'The Alien Baby Play'
Goofy, quirky entertainment as we wait for baby to be born.
DAILY Arts  January 26, 2012, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...The Alien Baby Play is a weird little play, but it’s a good one. Bethany (Kathleen Fletcher) plays a 15-month pregnant lady who’s invited an audience for the arrival of her extra-terrestrial offspring...."

Play 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' for Free
Massive online game goes free-to-play this fall
DAILY Screens  July 31, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...In a move that's been rumored for months, BioWare officially announced their locally developed massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will offer a free-to-play option starting this fall...."

In Play: 'NCAA Football 2004' and 'Madden NFL Football 2004'
DAILY Sports  October 3, 2003, by Mark Fagan
"...EA Sports has truly outdone itself with this year's installments of Madden 2004 and NCAA Football 2004, with each game taking its respective franchise to the next level. College football is known for its wide-open and exciting play, and NCAA 2004 mirrors it..."

DVDanger: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Star Alan Ormsby on the counterculture zombie classic
DAILY Screens  February 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's hard to remember a time when zombies weren't ubiquitous. But in 1972, when Alan Ormsby starred in Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, it was all fresh meat..."

All the Way With LBJ's Play
Bill Rauch talks staging 'All the Way' and 'The Great Society'
DAILY Arts  October 9, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Since the Chronicle was there in Ashland when All the Way opened, and spoke with both Schenkkan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Kentucky Cycle who grew up in Austin, and OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who commissioned Schenkkan to write All the Way for OSF's American Revolutions cycle of history plays, it only made sense to return for the opening of its sequel. While there, we checked back in with Rauch regarding the astounding and unlikely success of All the Way and its impact on the development of The Great Society, which will close in Ashland on Nov..."

The Curse of the Play
Arts Story  October 13, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Robert Faires updated this story in November of 2018. Read that story for the most recent developments in the saga of this cursed play...."

Austin Playwright’s Final Play Might Have Died With Him, but a Community Joined Together to Ensure Its Survival
Saving Jason Tremblay’s Gretel! The Musical
Arts Story  January 3, 2019, by Robert Faires
"...(If he had, the prose would've been considerably more polished and compelling.) But it's his in that he lived it. Two years ago, the Austin playwright had begun work on a new project for Theatre Heroes, a company he'd founded with Noel Gaulin to make quality theatre for young audiences..."

Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy
Two new Austin plays tackle timely subjects
Arts Story  August 6, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Still, summer theatre in Austin isn't always Into the Woods. Sometimes it's The Tree Play – that is, a locally generated drama geared more toward putting your mind on something than taking your mind off it, that has a message about the world we're living in today and an urgent need to deliver it now..."

The Play About the Baby
Though the baby in Edward Albee's 'The Play About the Baby' may or may not exist, the play is funny and, in its evocation of a traumatic dream state, terribly, horribly frightening
Arts Story  July 14, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...Edward Albee is this country's greatest living playwright, and not simply because his works have won three Pulitzer prizes and assorted Tony Awards. Albee appropriated the absurdism that came to the fore in Europe in the Forties and Fifties and married it to the theme of family, thus giving it a uniquely American twist..."

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
Arts Story  March 30, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...At least, that's the state of the art in Jane Martin's wryly comic Anton in Show Business, a hit at the 24th Humana Festival of New American Plays and a finalist for the 2000 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award. The comedy wittily paints the contemporary stage as a zoo, a madhouse, a circle of hell, overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art..."

Games People Play
Casual gaming's rise opens the doors for players and developers
Screens Story  February 19, 2010, by James Renovitch
"...What kind of games are these teams making? Dictated by the pace of the jam, the creations are generally short-play arcade-style experiences. One can imagine putting quarters in before each turn..."

The Austin One-Minute Play Festival Is Back!
ScriptWorks presents another round of locally penned 60-second dramas – 70 staged back-to-back
Arts Story  August 13, 2015, by Stephanie Carll
"...Oprah Winfrey makes $523. An entire play is performed..."

Play Misty for Me
Did you know Bill Cosby is an accomplished jazz drummer?
Music Story  September 18, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...BC: No, no, no. Look, for $60 a week, 1963, I played the Gaslight coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, from 8pm to 4am..."

Star of Texas Preview: Gotham Girls Play a Game of Thrones
NY bruisers could set new record this weekend
DAILY Sports  July 21, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...OMG WTF: It really is. There is always that struggle of, OK, you're playing at this super-duper high level all of the time..."

Role-Play Playing
When improv asks, 'Can we get a suggestion for something you'd slay a dragon with?'
Arts Story  June 19, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Bryan Roberts, sketch and improv comedian, plays a lot of video games. Would he say that he plays a fuckton of video games?..."

The Tree Play
For this story of a rain forest over a lifetime, Robi Polgar created a living, breathing poem
Arts Review  August 13, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Some spend too much. The Tree Play, nurtured from seedling to sapling and beyond by writer-director Robi Polgar, clears a path through the passion and the politics of deforestation and conservation, leaving us with a moving piece about the fragility of our symbiosis with nature...."

'Play Ball'
Allison Orr finds dance at the diamond, choreographing baseball moves in a tribute to Downs Field
Arts Story  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The Forklift Danceworks artistic director and choreographic force behind PowerUP and The Trash Project has found her latest inspiration at the diamond, taking those routine movements and rituals at the ball field, from tossing the horsehide in warmups to high-fives after a homer, and remixing them into a performance that highlights the poetry of their motion. Play Ball, as the new dance is titled, will feature players with the Huston-Tillotson Rams making their moves to a score by Graham Reynolds performed by such local notables as vocalist Pam Hart and trumpeter Ephraim Owens...."

The Play's the Thing
Nine local directors on the secrets of season selection
Arts Story  September 14, 2012, by Adam Roberts
"...Each theatre has its own procedures for sifting through all the possibilities for production, as well as its own unique set of criteria for selecting its season's offerings – but there are similarities, too. For some, like City Theatre and Austin Playhouse, the programming festivities begin with selection committees...."

SXSW Film Review: Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play
Balls make the world go ’round
DAILY SXSW  March 20, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Jerome Thélia’s Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play delves into the questions surrounding why balls and the play activities they inspire are such universal elements of creatures’ social structures. Not surprisingly, a host of experts are called upon to help explain the notions put forth in John Fox’s book The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game..."

Play Jimmy Reed
Blues great schools us on Antone's
Music Story  September 18, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...I went down there with my dad, and it was sold out. Buddy Guy, someone I'd seen on the Austin City Limits TV show, was playing..."

'Play Me, I'm Yours'
Giving 'keys to the city' a whole new meaning
Arts Story  April 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Yes, that's a piano on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, and yes, you may play it. After all, it's yours, as the title of this interactive art project explicitly states..."

In Play
What's new is old again: BioShock 2 and The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by James Renovitch
"...BioShock 22K Games $60 PS3, Xbox 360 The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom2K Play $10 (800 Microsoft points) Xbox Live Arcade..."

State of Play
Starring Russell Crowe, this American redo of a great BBC miniseries about investigative journalism and nefarious institutions neither embarrasses the original nor is superior to it in any way.
Film Review  April 17, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels. Devotees of the original six-hour BBC miniseries State of Play, which was created by Paul Abbott and aired in the UK in 2003, could be forgiven for reacting less than enthusiastically to news of an American remake..."

Of Weed Ladies, Play Parties, and Camp Meetings
What's going on in them Manchaca Hills?
DAILY Music  May 12, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...Some of those stories are in Tales from the Manchaca Hills, but the chapter titled “Weed Ladies, Play Parties, and Camp Meetings” caught my attention. Edna was born in 1872; her recall and sense of detail is remarkable..."

Cooperative Play
Richard Garriott and his team at NCsoft unveil their new online game
Screens Story  August 31, 2007, by Joey Seiler
"...Six years ago, Garriott, of longtime Austin game-development fame, set out to remake the world of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). Garriott and his team at Origin helped pioneer the genre with Ultima Online in 1997..."

In Play
Xbox brings the talk, but can it walk the walk with its latest sports-game line?
Screens Story  January 23, 2004, by Marcel Meyer
"...Void of fleshy cheerleaders, Hail Mary passes, or half-court shots at the buzzer, the sport of kings typically crawls along at the pace of a Key Largo hermit crab. As a Zen-like fusion between a golfer and a sea of serene green, the playing field of manicured turf appears more a meditative sanctuary than an adrenaline action zone..."

Is the Hideout’s Improvised Play Festival Just Too Much to Deal With?
Three nights of shows from across the city, the nation, and … London?
DAILY Arts  April 14, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Yeah: Thanks a lot, Improvised Play Festival, thanks one hell of a lot...."

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
"...Only a few years ago, Austin Playhouse and the Blue Theatre had space available for other companies to rent. The Blue became unavailable in 2011, when the building's maintenance became too costly..."

The Jitterbug Vipers: Shut Up and Play, Bitch!
Lounge jazzmasters celebrate ‘Phoebe’s Dream’
DAILY Music  June 4, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...“[We] call each other ‘bitch’ onstage as a term of endearment,” jokes Sharp. “It feels so good to look one of them in the eye and say, ‘Shut up and play, bitch’ and know that you’re loved..."

Latino New Play Festival
Teatro Vivo follows its hit inaugural fest with readings of three more works by Latino writers
Arts Story  April 6, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...In one sense, new plays are old news in Austin. Local theatre companies have been spotlighting work by hometown playwrights for more than 30 years, and for half that time, new plays have constituted more than a quarter of the work produced on area stages every year..."

Horns Begin Conference Play
Ohh basketball
DAILY Sports  January 7, 2012, by Russ Espinoza
"...To speak nothing of Texas’ copious youth, today’s Longhorns are primarily differentiated from previous editions by the white space on their résumé entering Big 12 play. A year ago, the bygone Longhorn battery of Jordan Hamilton, Tristan Thompson, Corey Joseph, and Gary Johnson blazed through nonconference play: besting 13th ranked Illinois, No..."

UIL State One-Act Play Contest
Austin High's championship thespians get a repeat shot at the state title
Arts Story  May 7, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Here's the score: Star player who helped lead the high school team to a state championship last year is on track for a repeat. Now, this isn't a sports story (or even an episode of Friday Night Lights), but it has all the intensity and even more of the drama – because it's the University Interscholastic League State One-Act Play contest..."

Can the Bands Play On?
The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame
News Story  July 18, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...In a nutshell, says Dillinger, the supply-and-demand dynamics affecting Austin's live music venues are wildly out of whack. The supply of musicians eager for gigs far exceeds the number of venues that reliably pack a paying house; as a result, bands play for free or at a net loss..."

In Play
Screens Story  February 22, 2008, by Mark Fagan
"...EA Sports' NFL Tour has as much appeal as an Alvin and the Chipmunks Play the Music of Matchbox 20 tour. Both tours (real and fictional) would appeal to the same demographic: young kids..."

Play the Role
Mr. Bavu Blakes, ridin' herd on Texas rap
Music Story  April 27, 2007, by Robert Gabriel
"...2) for every sanitized Strange Fruit Project or Mojoe collaboration. Even a single Blakes song like "Play the Role" can begin as a B-boy anthem as originally produced by Hydroponic Sound System, only to be remixed into a vehicle for unhurried slab riders featuring Paul Wall and Money Waters...."

UT Softball Looks to Remain Undefeated in Exhibition Play
DAILY Sports  October 17, 2006, by Mark Fagan
"...Denny has been lights-out in fall-season play and will be receiving some help in the cirlce from freshman righthander Torrey Schroeder. Schroeder gave up a first-pitch homer to Division I Louisiana Lafayette but didn't let that shake her confidence and went on to pitch an excellent game..."

In Play: 'NHL 2K7' 2K Sports
Screens Story  September 29, 2006, by Mark Fagan
"...While the NHL continues its rebound from the 2004-05 lockout, the world of video-game hockey is thriving in 2K Sports' NHL 2K7. Every aspect of 2K7 is next-gen-style impressive (the sound and the graphics certainly), but it's the game play that sticks out -- and it's the game play that's most important to true puckheads..."

In Play
EA Sports has truly outdone itself with this year's installments of Madden 2004 and NCAA Football 2004, with each game taking its respective franchise to the next level.
Screens Story  October 3, 2003, by Mark Fagan
"...EA Sports has truly outdone itself with this year's installments of Madden 2004 and NCAA Football 2004, with each game taking its respective franchise to the next level. College football is known for its wide-open and exciting play, and NCAA 2004 mirrors it..."

Play Ball!
Sports Story  July 4, 2003
"...WHAT: From Reconstruction to the Round Rock Express, baseball has been a key part of the social fabric of Texas. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum honors this tradition with "Play Ball! Texas Baseball," colorfully representing nearly 140 years of Texas baseball..."

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