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Rude Mechs on the Move
Having left the Off Center, the theatre company is now planning to #crushAustin in all 10 council districts and opening new studios Downtown
Arts Story  June 29, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Let's see: The Rude Mechs moved out of the Off Center on May 15, and just six weeks later the company is opening a new 5,000-square-foot space and plotting a 21st season that will see them making mischief in every council district across Austin. So much for going the Scarlett O'Hara route of weepily wondering, "Where shall we go? What shall we do?"..."

Rude Mechs: How great it was, how great
The Rude Mechs' Bush-whacking version of Get Your War On nets raves and a festival prize at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe
Arts Story  August 31, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...With 2,050 shows being offered at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you'd pretty much expect just one to be lost in the crowd, especially if the one happened to be a little ol' show by a bunch of Yanks from deep in the heart of Texas. Well, that wasn't the case for our own Rude Mechs in presenting their Bush-whacking adaptation of David Rees' Internet comic strip Get Your War On..."

Rude Mechs' Requiem for Tesla
The Austin theatre collective's biography of inventor Nikola Tesla literally makes sparks fly
Arts Review  December 8, 2016, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...Nikola Tesla's life was truly extraordinary, and so is the Rude Mechs' staging of his biography. This kinetic and unique production (superbly directed by Shawn Sides) traces Tesla's arc from his humble beginnings in Croatia to riches and, at last, to rags, with the help of a few famous supporting characters, incredible production design, a hell of a lot of electricity, and just a pinch of theremin...."

Rude Mechs
Grrl Action is getting its very own space next to the Off Center: The Off Shoot
Arts Story  February 13, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...For more than nine years, the Rude Mechs have been giving young women the gift of self-expression through Grrl Action, a program that, through creative writing and performance, helps adolescent girls discover and develop their artistic voices in a safe space. This July, as the program marks its first decade, the Rudes will also be giving young women a physical space of their own in which to make those discoveries..."

Rude Mechs
The Rudes' next show gets tapped for a prestigious New Play Development Project
Arts Story  November 7, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The project that earned the Rudes this distinction is titled I've Never Been So Happy. As usual at this stage of development, the company is somewhat vague on what the show will be – maybe it's about the American folktale and "the frontier of parenthood" or maybe a sort of Western carnival with maybe a documentary film about the Rude Mechs' parents and maybe a margarita and/or salsa competition and maybe a dachshund race and maybe ....."

The Rude Mechs' Now Now Oh Now
Version 3.0 of this look at role-playing games tests how deeply we engage in our quests for beauty and truth
Arts Review  December 17, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...The Rude Mechs, ever ones to play with form and structure, take advantage of the ways in which stories are created in role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons (in which a game master rolls the dice and keeps track of the group's adventure) with their play Now Now Oh Now. As a collaborative theatre collective, they create worlds and plays and stories as a team anyway, as evidenced by the overlapping and confusing list of credits in the program..."

Okay Mountain/Rude Mechs
The two local art groups are off to make mischief at a pair of international festivals
Arts Story  November 27, 2009, by Robert Faires


The Rude Mechs' Field Guide
There's much to ponder in the second draft of the Rude Mechs' mash-up of Dostoyevsky, stand-up comedy, and spiritual belief
Arts Review  April 14, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Let's get this out there first: Attending Field Guide is not like attending a play. It might seem like attending a play, and after seeing it, a lot of people will go and tell everyone, "I attended a play." But seeing the current run of the Rude Mechs' Field Guide is actually halfway between seeing a polished play and sitting in on a rehearsal...."

The Rude Mechs' Fixing Timon of Athens
The theatre collective's latest repair job on a broken Shakespeare play is wildly accessible, welcoming, and enthralling
Arts Review  February 11, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Still, even I know it takes some softball-sized cojones to explicitly claim the work is broken – graduated to basketball-sized upon claiming you can fix it. But damned if that's not exactly what the Rude Mechs have done with Fixing Timon of Athens..."

Rude Mechs' Richardson to Read With Ethan Hawke
At his BookPeople appearance on Friday, Aug. 2, 7pm, Ethan Hawke and his Ash Wednesday will be joined by the Rude Mechanicals' mega-talented Sarah Richardson.
Books Story  August 2, 2002, by Shawn Badgley


Rude Studios Open for Rentals
The Rude Mechs hatch new rehearsal space on Lady Bird Lake
DAILY Arts  June 23, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Let’s see: The Rude Mechs moved out of the Off Center on May 15, and here it is, not even six weeks later, and the theatre collective is opening a new 5,000-square-foot space . So much for going the Scarlett O’Hara route of weepily wondering, “Where shall we go? What shall we do?”..."

Shawn Sides and Graham Reynolds: Rude and Golden
How two of Austin's top creative stars meld a busy life of art and love
Arts Story  March 24, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Reynolds is a composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and general all-around maestro of works complex and classical; he's the man who did the music for, among other things, Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and Cult of Color: Call to Color, Forklift Danceworks' The Trash Project and The Trees of Govalle, Salvage Vanguard Theater's The Intergalactic Nemesis, Richard Linklater's films Bernie and A Scanner Darkly, and a ridiculous number of Rude Mechanicals theatre productions. Sides is an actor and director and one of the co-producing artistic directors of that Rude Mechs company responsible for such heady, internationally acclaimed spectacles as Lipstick Traces, Requiem for Tesla, The Method Gun, Now Now Oh Now, and Stop Hitting Yourself..."

Rude Mechanicals
The Rudes blast off for the final frontier with this year's Eye Ball
Arts Story  August 21, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Man, those are so not the droids I'm looking for. Which makes this summer's annual fundraiser from the Rude Mechs a welcome trip back to the future: The Sci-fEye Ball – continuing the event's unshakeable tradition of eyeball puns – taps the future of the past, when every story was truly amazing, the final frontier was fun and stylish (not to mention sexy), and you couldn't wait to blast off..."

'Bacchae' to the Future
How in (a Greek) god's name can the Rude Mechs re-create Dionysus in 69 in '09?
Arts Story  November 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Madge Darlington, one of the collective's six co-producing artistic directors (co-PADs for short) and a co-director of the Rude Mechs' re-creation, describes the project as a way for the Rudes both to pay tribute to the artists whose work has influenced them and to gain a deeper sense of how they accomplished what they did by doing it themselves. "What are these shoulders we're standing on?" is the question the Rudes asked themselves..."

The Secret History of the Off Center
Looking back at the former home of the Rude Mechs and why it mattered
Arts Story  June 29, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...It isn't the structure itself that defines a dwelling's worth or meaning or significance; it's the people who inhabit it and what happens while they're there that determines that. Take the measure of the Off Center by the Rude Mechs, the venue's stewards from the fall of 1999 through the spring of 2017, and how they made use of it – what they created there as well as what they encouraged and enabled others to create – and you will find a home, one to love, to prize, to treasure...."

At Long Last Love
Love will get you when you least expect it. So it goes in Charles Mee's Big Love, a vigorous update of the ancient Greek drama The Suppliants, and so it went when the Rude Mechanicals theatre company saw the play. They fell unexpectedly and unabashedly head over heels for it and are staging it now in what they describe as "a huge love affair."
Arts Story  August 31, 2001, by Robert Faires
"..."Instantaneously. Not after, but during I thought, 'This is a Rude Mechs show.'" Lesley says, "We immediately ran to the bar and all suggested it at once for our company..."

Who Is Stella Burden, and Why Are They Saying Those Terrible Things About Her?
When the Rude Mechs do a show about acting, they find madness in the Method
Arts Story  March 28, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...In fact, so few facts about her survive that it's almost as if she never really existed. But the biographical minutiae of Stella Burden wasn't what drew the Rude Mechs to her; it was what she was – a mythic counterpart to the more stellar Stella, her soap-operatic evil twin, a dark, snarky doppelgänger like that goateed Spock in the mirror universe episode of Star Trek – and the way she courted death in the pursuit of her art..."

Brawl in the Family
It's Round 10 of the Rude Mechanicals' annual fundraiser, and the Black Eye Ball promises to pack enough punch to send a herd of Santa Gertrudis to Slumberland
Arts Story  August 19, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...20, 7pm until the swelling goes down, at the Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo. For more information, call 476-7833 or visit www.rudemechs.com...."

Two Generations, One Art
Like twins who have grown up apart and are finally reunited, writer-performer Terry Galloway and the Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals are creative soulmates who have at last discovered their kinship through their collaboration on Galloway's dark comedy In the House of the Moles.
Arts Story  February 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...And around the mind, there's that unmistakeable literary bent and relentless drive to be better. These artists are related, all right, and watching them prepare for the Rude Mechs' premiere of Galloway's play In the House of the Moles, opening this week at the Off Center, you might easily suppose that these and the other traits they share -- the fondness for being loud, messy, and nasty; the kick they get from throwing their bodies around; the smartness (and smart-aleckiness); the jones for collaborative work; the fascination (or maybe obsession) with Shakespeare -- are the result of years of the Rude Mechanicals and Galloway working side by side, the one absorbing something of the other's aesthetic, the other's way of working rubbing off on the one..."

Everything Is Possible ... Again
Seemingly unadaptable, Greil Marcus' 1989 opus Lipstick Traces proved to be the foundation for the Rude Mechanicals' strongest theatre work to date. As they revive their hit adaptation, the Rude Mechs reflect on its creation, its success, working as a collective, and being told by Marcus, "You staged the book I wanted to write."
Arts Story  September 1, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...So seemingly unadaptable, what with its plentiful sidebars, its sweeping scope, Marcus' 1989 opus proved to be the foundation for the Austin theatre collective's strongest and most successful work to date. Sides, Lynn, Lesley, and the rest of the Rude Mechs are proud as punch of their translational feat, and rightly so..."

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