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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...."

Real Estate and Perfect Mates
The Year in Austin Culture
Arts Story  January 5, 2001
"...Robi Polgar: The union of the Paramount and State theatres to form the slightly misnomered Austin Theatre Alliance. Assuming the union lasts.Trend of the YearWayne Alan Brenner: Cyberspace..."

Arts Critics Poll BIGGEST ARTS STORY OF 1998
Arts Story  January 7, 1999
"...Robi Polgar - Palmer Auditorium retrofit gets the nod. (Most important story: No one really wants to pay for it.) ARTIST/COMPANY YOU ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO SEEING..."

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
Arts Story  July 28, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...-- Letter posted on the Rude Mechanicals' Web site to their advice-spouting Web god, LokiA School for Scandal When a review of Twelfth Night appeared in these pages in May of 1999, some in the community were taken aback by critic Robi Polgar's unabashed enthusiasm for the show and its director. Why? Because Robert Faires, who co-produced and directed Twelfth Night, is also the Chronicle's Arts editor...."

Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001
Arts Column  November 2, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...The Public Domain Theatre Company has taken its final bow. Official notice came in a postcard mailed to friends of the company in which Artistic Director Robi Polgar stated simply that "after eight seasons of producing plays, The Public Domain is going to cease operations." He offered no formal explanation, instead he used the space "to thank the greater Austin arts community and its patrons for helping support our work" and to express gratitude to the artists and audiences that enabled them to create, as Polgar modestly put it, "some quite good theatre over the years."..."

Theatre Baby In, Theatre Out
Arts Column  May 13, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin theatre community is a little bit bigger this week, owing to the birth of Kaitlin Elizabeth Polgar. The latest production from Michelle and Robi Polgar, founders of The Public Domain Theatre, made her debut at 1:11am Tuesday, May 11, at Seton Northwest Hospital after a couple of false alarm trips to the doc, then one frantic post-midnight dash crosstown and bona fide emergency entrance at the Seton Northwest ER..."

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
Arts Story  August 20, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Circle of Theatres' annual honors for excellence in local stage work are a deeply ingrained part of the local arts calendar, and with this, their 30th go-round (recognizing work mounted from August 2003 through July 2004), they're giving their loudest endorsement to a pair of homegrown musicals. Love Jerry, Megan Gogerty's difficult yet compassionate tale of a man who abuses his best friend's child and the repercussions of his act, and The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell's account of the living and working conditions of English miners reconceived by Chronicle Dance-Classical listings Editor Robi Polgar as a music hall entertainment, were both created in Austin and scored seven nominations each, including Outstanding Music Theatre Production, Original Script, and Original Score...."

Quips & Squealers
Monday, Apr 5
Arts Story  April 1, 1999
"...The Management: Emerging from the fog of San Francisco -- and stints with practically every comedy group therein -- The Management may do its best work in the dark! Peer into the lunatic mists of these four cool Bay Area big bangers for sketch comedy that has rocked SF like, well, like an earthquake, duh! (Esther's Pool, 10pm Tue; Maggie Mae's, 8pm Wed) --Robi Polgar WEDNESDAY, APR 7..."

Is That Another Raindrop?
Arts Column  July 29, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Last month, it was Ann Ciccolella leaving her longtime post as executive director of the Austin Circle of Theatres. Now comes word that Michelle Polgar (who is married to Austin Chronicle arts writer Robi Polgar) has resigned her position as executive director of Artists' Legal and Accounting Assistance of Austin..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...For the 12th time, local critics have put their heads – and pens – together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2003, to April 30, 2004, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Randy Harriman (music), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Molly Beth Brenner (theatre, visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), Rachel Koper (visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires (arts)..."

A Night at The Opera: Artists Sing Out at Arts Commision
Arts Story  June 17, 1999
"...King beckons me forward with the words that have killed innummerable vaudeville careers: "Well, Robi, you've got a hard act to follow." No kidding. No longer sure that I have anything useful to add, I say, "Hello, my name is Robi Polgar, and I am still the artistic director of The Public Domain Theatre Company, despite all efforts to the contrary." A little laugh from the commissioners and those in the house who know PD's current state..."

How Austin's Theatrical Couples Keep Romance Alive Love's Labors Won
Arts Story  February 9, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...Which brings me to the curious thing I've noticed about theatrical twosomes, at least ones in this town: A lot of them make a long go of it. Of the two dozen thespian duos that I know, most are couples of longstanding, by which I mean several years: directors Michelle Metcalfe (Sherlock Holmes) and Robi Polgar (The Beggar's Opera): five years; actors Janelle Schremmer (Water Into Light) and Troy Schremmer (Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet): five years; actor Lorne Loganbill (The Homecoming) and actor/composer Sterling Price-McKinney (The Late 20th-Century Love Affair): seven years; actor/musical director/composer Allen Robertson (Trio) and actor Meredith Roberston (Trio): 10 years; actor Katherine Catmull (The Homecoming) and actor/director Ken Webster (The Homecoming): 11 years; actors David Stahl (Tons of Money) and Hans Venable (Shear Madness): 13 years; writers/actors/directors Freddy Carnes (The Shoemaker and the Elves) and Mary Alice Carnes (The Beggar's Opera): 14 years; and that's just the tip of the valentine..."

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
"...But the artists behind Robin Hood: An Elegy and The Tree Play think that's selling local theatregoers short. "I think audiences will seek out a good story no matter the content," says Robi Polgar, The Tree Play's writer-director..."

King Lear
In the Public Domain Theatre Company's production of King Lear, director Robi Polgar and company bring Shakespeare's play into the present with high tech and high fashion, and the smooth execution of the concept create a novel version of this familiar tragedy with a striking proximity to our lives.
Arts Review  March 9, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Of course, the trick then becomes keeping the tragedy that immediate and personal through Lear's final howl. It's a considerable challenge, but director Robi Polgar and his company in this Public Domain Theatre Company production rise to it, largely sustaining the opening's striking proximity to our lives..."

Related Reading
Arts Story  July 6, 2001, by Robert Faires
"..."Playing the Cultural Contracts Game," a four-part series by Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza:..."

The Road to Wigan Pier
Despite its focus on the bleak lives of English coal miners in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier, with its live music, film, and skits, is a ridiculous amount of fun
Arts Review  January 23, 2004, by Molly Beth Brenner
"...But the reason I'm telling my friends to go see this show is simple. Despite its focus on a bleak slice of history with a less than happy ending, regardless of its depiction of inhumane working and living conditions, and in spite of the suffering of its lovable characters, this play, penned and directed by the Chronicle's own Robi Polgar, is a ridiculous amount of fun...."

Critix Pix
Arts Column  May 20, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Michelle Polgar took time out from new-mom duties to jog our memory on The Public Domain's founding referred to here last week. In addition to her and hubbie Robi Polgar, the founders included Ken Westerman, Robert Wagner, Christian Dauer, and Michael Camenisch..."

The Thing in the Lake
Arts Story  February 4, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...And in the absence of reliable facts, it is the silences that sizzle. In the case of the Public Domain production, there may be too many sizzling silences; director Robi Polgar and company seem to be taking liberty with the spaces between words, so that a pause doesn't produce much effect by the play's end..."

UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis
Arts Review  November 12, 2004, by Heather Barfield Cole
"...Director and Chronicle arts writer Robi Polgar finely tunes this production by layering choices with complex ambiguities. During a scene change, a waiter drops a prop, seemingly by accident..."

Crafting the Song
Austin theatre actor Robert Fisher has the heart of a rock & roller, the work ethic of a medieval craftsman, and the style of a Bob Fosse. Either he's in the wrong business or he is, as playwright Kirk Lynn calls him, "a wonder."
Arts Story  March 16, 2001, by C. Denby Swanson
"...They bring all of those out, each one just has a different focus. Robi [Polgar, Public Domain artistic director and Chronicle contributor] is really good at the use of space..."

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