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Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
Arts Review  July 29, 1999
"...There is a plot to the evening's lengthy production, and it is submerged, albeit by some excellent distractions: booming voices, lovely duets, and a gifted chorus; a whole town's worth of bodies peopling the stage; spry antics and derring-do with a comic flair; Robert T. Whyburn's gorgeous, moody lights; and the hypnotic effect of a raft drifting down the big river to magical points unknown...."

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
"...Robert T. Whyburn (The Secret Garden)..."

One Night Only!: in Uncharted Waters with an Über-diva
Arts Review  July 31, 1998
"...A top-notch design team of Christopher McCollum (sets), Robert T. Whyburn (lights), and Sylvia Tate (costumes) creates an effective tropical atmosphere to support the production..."

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
Arts Story  August 20, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Robert T. Whyburn, The Secret Garden..."

Austin Property Taxes Too Expensive
Postmarks  March 7, 2005

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 11, 2005
"...Robert T. WhyburnMost Disturbing to Me Was ...Dear editors,..."

West Side Story: Brave, New, Whirled
According to Chronicle writer Wayne Alan Brenner, West Side Story survives just fine in a "post-apocalyptic future," thanks to an amazing production at Zilker Hillside Theatre.
Arts Review  July 21, 2000, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Not as hard as the actors with their layered yakking and singing and seemingly random constant movements that turn into complex choreographies of even faster, fully synchronized and patterned movements. Not as hard as Robert Whyburn figuring out the proper candlepower and hue and timing of each of way too many lights for my shadowed mind to encompass..."

1999 Critics' Table Nominations
Arts Story  May 20, 1999
"...Robert Whyburn, Angels in America..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Nominations 1998
Arts Story  May 15, 1998
"...Jason Amato, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities/Fur/Triskelion Ryan Brummel, blood pudding Laura Sandberg, The King Stag Scott Segar, Clayangels Tony Tucci, Annie/West Side Story Robert Whyburn, Angels in America Costumes..."

Chronicle arts reviews
Arts Review  February 6, 1998
"...Michael Raiford's set, with flats of stylized smokestacks and skyscrapers painted to evoke Thirties art, and his compact playing spaces faced in brick, carry us back a half-century to a faded hotel where you can almost hear the pitiless Chicago winds whistling beyond the windows. Robert Whyburn's lighting favors – what else? – blues, in shades that summon those hours after midnight when it's just you, a bottle, and the dark..."

Getting the Look
Following the Path of Theatrical Designers
Arts Story  July 12, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...In developing Visions of Theatre for the Artists' Coalition of Austin, Ketchum sought to showcase artists who had made stage design their life's work. To assist him in finding qualified designers in the area, he turned to Robert Schmidt, an established scenic designer and Associate Chair of the UT Department of Theatre & Dance. "With Robert Schmidt's help," he says, "I assembled a list of professional people who are making a living at designing -- and designing not just in Austin, but throughout the nation -- and are choosing to live in this city." The depth and breadth of professional design talent they put together is most impressive, ranging from such stars of the local design scene as set and costume designer Michael Raiford (Rockin' Christmas Party, Forever Plaid) and lighting designer Robert Whyburn (Five Guys Named Moe, The Water Principle) to longtime Southwest Texas State University faculty members Sheila Hargett (costume design: The Tempest, Hair) and Dan Hannon (scenic design: The Tempest, Playboy of the Western World) to UT faculty members Richard Isackes (scenic design, Boston's Huntington Theatre, Chicago Lyric Opera) and James J..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...Robert Whyburn, Evita/West Side StorySoundDuncan Robert Edwards, Oklahoma!..."

Theatre Critics Table Nominations 1997
Arts Story  May 9, 1997
"...M. January, Branson or Bust Robert Whyburn, The Gospel at Colonus/ Peter Pan/Woody Guthrie's American Song Costumes T'Cie Mancuso & Chad Sylvata, Panoptikon Sara Medina-Pape, Twelfth Night Bil Pfuderer, Das Barbecü Michael Raiford, The Gospel at Colonus/Ruthless! Simone Williams, Vinegar Tom Scenery Kim Koym, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery/ Unmerciful Good Fortune Christopher McCollum, Hedda Gabler/ Peter Pan/Sylvia Michael Raiford, The Gospel at Colonus/Ruthless! Leilah Stewart, Vinegar Tom Jim Weisman, Once Upon a Mattress Movement Rod Caspers, Branson or Bust Margery Segal, Enfants Perdus Dave Steakley, The Gospel at Colonus Scott Thompson & Richard Byron, Grease/ Peter Pan David Yeakle, A Saga of Billy the Kid Road Show Curiouser and Curiouser, UT Performing Arts Center Having Our Say, Paramount Theatre The Heather Woodbury Report, or Whatever, VORTEX Repertory Company slip, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre 12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Family III, VORTEX Repertory Company..."

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Holy conceptual contortions, Batman!
In his Austin Shakespeare Festival staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream, director Robert Tolaro creates a fantasy world of superheroes with a strong hint of modern Chicago 'burb, that pulls up a bit short conceptually, but is still a fun, rambunctious evening.
Arts Review  September 22, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...Lighting designer Robert Whyburn provides plenty of visual magic and, even in its very short appearance, Oberon's pseudo-Batmobile is a hot-rod hoot. Even wishing that Tolaro had pushed ever so slightly harder to fully engulf the stage in his comic book concept, this Midsummer Night's Dream still contains all the laughs of your favorite hijinks, capers, and shenanigans...."

Jumping on the Bard-wagon
With the arrival of September, Austin is again awash in Shakespeare. Five productions -- from a minimalist Romeo and Juliet to a deconstructed comedy goofing on all the plays -- are currently playing Central Texas stages.
Arts Story  September 17, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...Within are the trappings of the mid-1960s, not least of which is the cheery, youthful ensemble who appear to be enjoying the hell out of acting this play. Pamela Anson has clothed the cast in hippie duds, Dwight Markus has bedecked the stage with brightly colored shapes, painted, blobby flowers (Arden), or little Flash Gordon-like lightning bolts (the bad uncle's dukedom), Robert Whyburn goes to town with all manner of gobos and colored lights, and Stacey Harris' sound design is Top of the Pops, circa 1965-69 (no Beatles here, just a collection of ace contemporaries: the Kinks, Byrds, and Hendrix, to name only a few)...."

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...6. Robert Whyburn's uncountable lighting designs, including Girl Gone (Frontera@Hyde Park), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zilker Musical), and Five Guys Named Moe (Zachary Scott Theatre Center)...."

Girl Crazy
Austin Women Taking Center Stage
Arts Story  May 12, 1995, by Robert Faires and Barry Pineo
"...He also dissects the dark space with red clothesline, from which hang female body parts scissored from newsprint, dangling on hangers, and wrapped in plastic. Tiny shards of mirror are suspended from the ceiling, slowly rotating, catching and reflecting Robert Whyburn's lights: flickering fluorescents to banks of colored downlights to tiny spots that pick actors out of the blackness..."

A Man of the Theatre
Memories of Capitol City Playhouse's Michel Jaroschy
Arts Story  October 18, 1996
"...My first tour. My first experiences with Starla Benford, Julius Tennon, Billy Harden, Judy Edwards-Shabibi, Robert Whyburn..."

Crazy For You
With Crazy for You, Zilker Theatre Productions brings the grand songs of George and Ira Gershwin back to the park for the first time in 43 years, and the occasion seems to have inspired the artists involved to an infectious jubilation.
Arts Review  August 1, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...When they tilt back, lifting their right legs in unison, it looks like a single movement. Illuminated in one of designer Robert Whyburn's moonbeams, Stryker springs into a lift, and Addison seamlessly follows through with the carry upward, the two flowing into each other like water...."

Othello: Less Than Regal
In this week's section of Austin Chronicle arts reviews, Robert Faires reviews Austin Musical Theatre's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rude Mechanicals' Lipstick Traces, Sarah Hepola reviews the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's Shakespeare's R & J and Marshall Ryan Maresca's Slow Night at McLaughlin's, and Robi Polgar reviews Austin Shakespeare Festival's Othello and Physical Plant Theater's Fatigue.
Arts Review  October 1, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...Director Bill Sheffield and a top-tier design team create a stunning environment for a powerful drama of epic proportions:Dwight Markus fashions a Stonehenge-like set with towering grey slabs that arc gracefully around the rear of the stage, providing a geometrical focal point at center stage for the tragedy's business; Robert Whyburn amplifies this stoic, cold formality with blue and grey lighting, often enhanced with geometric patterns; Michael Hite lands the action in its period with sumptuous costumes that create giant figures of the players by altering their natural silhouettes with angular, textured, weighty fabrics; Julian Reed's evocative harpsichord underscore, while a little repetitive by play's end, provides a pleasant, stately sound...."

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