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"...In the 13 years that Salvage Vanguard Theater has been rocking the local theatre scene, he's been the one constant. Whether the company was mounting shows in the Electric Lounge or Hogg Auditorium, whether it was staging edgy new dramas like Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces or retro sci-fi spoofs like The Intergalactic Nemesis, Jason Neulander was always at the helm, beating the drum for SVT...."
"...They started by doing it in bars. Then they were doing it in theatres though always other peoples' theatres..."
"...See, Neulander wants this to be a home not only for his company but for artists beyond his company. And artists beyond theatre, for that matter: musicians, improvisers, painters, filmmakers, and anyone else in need of a venue..."
"...Seems like only yesterday that a few drama school grads from Brown showed up in town, proclaimed themselves a theatre company, and aimed to prove it by staging some original rock musical thing called Kid Carnivore in the Electric Lounge. They had this audacious idea that you could get people under the age of 30 to go to theatre by treating plays like music: making 'em short and punchy, and performing 'em in clubs...."
"...If 2006 had Austin's artists dancing 80 feet in the air, what feats are in store for us in 2007? The Chronicle dishes about the future with three of the people who are sure to be big players in the year to come: actress Lee Eddy (Salvage Vanguard Theater/St. Idiot Collective), choreographer Robin Lewis (TexARTS/Zachary Scott Theatre Center), and actor/composer Adam Sultan (Salvage Vanguard Theater)...."
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year? a..."
"...Salvage Vanguard Theater's Christmas show at Little City coffeehouse was the first thing she saw, and it compelled her to dive into the scene herself. She saw that the Public Domain theatre company was doing her favorite play, Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo, so she walked across Congress Avenue to what was then the PD space..."
"...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)..."
"...Or maybe you think you're going to see shows you like but are in fact wasting good money seeing plays for which you aren't well-suited. Where, oh where, is the theatre company for you? Life without a theatre company to call your very own is difficult..."
"...It may or may not be any of these things, and the folks who have taken part in what have come to be called "RAT conferences" are pleased to debate the matter with you. What is most clear about RAT is that it is about theatre and at least in part about bringing together people who believe in theatre..."
"...Subject to ControlSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.americanberserktheatre.com Through June 4 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their eighth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1999-April 2000..."
"...1) The Flaming Idiots (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) The single most entertaining group of performers I've seen in around a decade...."
"...1) LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts)/THR3E ZISTERS (Salvage Vanguard Theater) In a year of monstrosities, monsters ruled the stage. Our regular Scots visitors (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Black Watch) blew into town with a distinctly Scandinavian chill: that of the 2008 Swedish film about young love and vampirism..."
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left town after two years as Capitol City Playhouse's artistic director; the imaginative, physically daring young company Troupe Texas, which dissolved after only a few brief seasons; the beloved performing space Chicago House, which moved from its longtime home at 607 Trinity; theatre artists Norman Miller and TJ Gaudette, who passed away after making many, but in the end too few, contributions to our art...."
"...Four months. That's how long Lisa Scheps expected it would take to resolve the code compliance issues that shut down Ground Floor Theatre, her performance venue on Springdale Road, in January 2016..."
"...Would you like to have a bunch of RATs invade Austin this August? That's RATs as in Regional Alternative Theatres, or Raggedy Ass Theatres, or Raving Anarchic Thespians, or whatever you call the national network of artists and independent theatre companies that's been building over the past two years and gathering in conferences in Iowa and Seattle. (See the Chronicle, Oct..."
"...So this is Dustin Wills' schedule: Thursday, June 26, he opened Tutto Theatre Company's production of Black Snow at Salvage Vanguard Theater here in Austin. The following Tuesday, June 30, he boarded a plane for a 16-hour flight to Italy..."
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress..."
"... Playwright Kirk Lynn had a chance to workshop his new play, Major Bang, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb (A Suspense Comedy With Magic), with New York's Foundry Theatre last fall, and this month the company is giving the two-hander about terrorism a full production at St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St., in Brooklyn..."
"...So Salvage Vanguard will finally have a home of its own. We'll have a 100-seat theatre, rehearsal space, artist studios, a costume shop, a scene shop, our offices; it's gonna be great! And we're gonna hire someone to run the programming for the facility, too, so the theatre space will be full six nights a week..."
"...Jason Neulander Experimental drama. Now, there's a term to conjure dread in the heart of a poor theatregoer..."
"...And, unless I'm misremembering here, some cooked form of rabbit that exuded an aroma compelling enough to make Mr. McGregor salivate in his garden was served up, in a completely unrelated event, by Eden East's Sonya Coté – at one of the many culinarily enhanced parties and fundraisers that SVT has hosted in its lobby, in its studio space, in its main theatre, over the years...."
"...Hip young theatre company that built its rep staging edgy contemporary dramas in bars flirts with old-fashioned radio serials in a coffee shop. Nobody involved had any high expectations for this lark of a show..."
"...But then the company isn't out on the streets just yet. The theatre's current lease runs through June 30, which means that the theatre can complete most of the 2015-16 season at home – and by home, we mean the only home that Salvage Vanguard has ever had..."
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."
"...You're, like, not supposed to say "Macbeth" in a theatre...."
"...Concord, by Sonya Gonzales and Meason Wiley, stands on display outside of the theatre, rendering a mural-like projection with sonic accompaniment. Douglas Laustsen's Tonal Proximity sound installation features 48 small speakers and 24 MP3 players..."
"...It's curious that playwright Lola Pierson writes in her program notes that much of American theatre feels "slightly removed," because Thr3e Zisters comes across, in sum, as cutting, surprising, engaging, and more than slightly removed. It vacillates between pure sensation – the men dragging their weighed-down sled across frozen tundra, the three re-animated sisters bickering from window to window, or actor Robert Matney nervously munching on a pickle – and critical commentary that's so intellectual as to require a bit of prior knowledge to fully appreciate...."
"...For the past few years, the Alliance – the local membership organization that advocates for and makes connections among all of the city’s creative communities, from arts to film to live music and beyond – has made a point of paying tribute to individuals and organizations who have made sustained and substantial contributions to culture and creativity in Austin through the ACA Honors. You can get a sense of the breadth of these awards from a list of its prior recipients: former City Council Member Laura Morrison; DiverseArts Culture Works founder and cultural historian Harold McMillan; actor, educatior, and Spectrum Theatre Company co-founder Dr..."
"...Fans of physical comedy have a lot to celebrate here, though some of the bits could be typified as cheap shots. The Cherry Orchard is, after all, sacred ground in the theatre world..."
"...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..."
"...Bucci is the epitome of the twentysomething artist in Austin: from somewhere else, trying to do something else, blurring the boundary between two disciplines in an effort to force relevant meaning out of the same old shit. A transplant from Providence, Rhode Island and Brown University, the multi-faceted Bucci mixes music, scholarship, and theatre in a convenient package, complete with a pack of Parliaments..."
"...Four hours seems like a lifetime, a heartbeat, and a much-needed thrill. That's really what theatre is all about for me, the thrill of a live performance..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...I am a writer for Theatre in Austin, TX. I have recently become concerned by the glaring conflicts of interest many of our local critics have..."
"...Exhibit A: An Austin-born theatre piece wows audiences from Galway, Ireland, to Seattle, snags a top honor at the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and zooms briefly back to Austin before heading on to – well, obviously – Finland...."
"...Artists differ among themselves on answers to these questions. In 2002, Salvage Vanguard Theatre's motto, a mini-manifesto, was "No starving artists!" Says the theatre's director, Jason Neulander, "It's ridiculous that in Austin people can't make a living doing art..."
"...The Short Fringe at Hyde Park Theatre..."
"...Maybe not even twisted, maybe just an inevitable, arrow-straight kind of sense. Because improvisational theatre often dwells in the realms of fantasy, why not work the idea that channeling the voices of the dearly departed – even dearly departed strangers from earlier times – is something that can actually happen in this demon-haunted world?..."
"..."This was Kerri Lendo's idea, and it seemed appropriate to let her run with it. She's better known as a stand-up comic, but she's been doing sketch stuff at No Shame Theatre for years, and I know she harbors broader theatrical notions than you might think if you only knew her stand-up work."..."
"...The Orchid FlotillaSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886 Through Sept. 20, Thu.–Sat., 8pm Running time: 1 hr., 5 min. www.glasshalffulltheatre.com..."
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, 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 2014 Critics Table Awards...."
"..."Theatre gets to create a topic of conversation for a very small audience for a very small window of time. I think we should each use that window to talk about what is dearest to us..."
"...Iden Payne Awards remained a sunny affair. Indeed, so much love poured down on local theatre companies and artists, it seemed like Aphrodite was running the show...."
"...The building, owned by a Houston family since before Texas was a state, has been a saloon, a dry cleaning shop, a men's clothing store, and a pawn shop, among other things. A thorough cleaning of the interior, as they readied the theatre for opening earlier this year, turned up such artifacts as tin cans of beer, newspapers from the 1950s, and liver tonic bottles..."
"...Show folk love their libations, and one of the enduring rituals of the theatre is the company going out together for drinks after the performance. Many a friendship and romance – and not a few unfortunate hookups – have begun in the bar while cast and crew hoist a few..."
"...In May, Austin was one of four stops in the U.S. for a small group of theatre managers and artists from Russia exploring American performance and methods for making it..."