"...And now you know the plot of The Revolutionists, a thoughtful and utterly delightful take on the importance of telling stories set against an utterly horrific period of French history. Rudy Ramirez directs Shrewd Productions' latest offering, which features a flawless ensemble composed of actors Sarah Marie Curry (whose Olympe de Gouges is equal parts artist and mad scientist), Valoneecia Tolbert (as an extremely engaging, graceful, and quick-to-quip Marianne Angelle), Gricelda Silva (a scrappy and stab-happy Charlotte Corday), and Shannon Grounds (who comically softens Marie Antoinette, taking her from "Let them eat cake!" to "Aren't there any more snacks?")..."
"...In its Shrewd Productions premiere, Suter's script replaces "space" with a dystopian Central Texas in which an undetailed disaster some 17 years prior killed every male on the planet. The only traces of these "Gone Men" are their "seed" – remaining stocks from sperm banks – and the memories held by the women who loved them, particularly on each year's "Remembrance Day." A handful of women inhabit an outpost near Killeen, charged with guarding one of the precious, dwindling stockpiles of sperm..."
"...Still NowCity Theatre, 3823-D Airport, Through Oct. 4 Running time: 1 hr., 20 min. www.shrewdproductions.com..."
"...The theatre fans who voted for this year's B. Iden Payne Awards seemed to love a number of productions from the 2016-17 season, but as became clear at the 43rd annual awards ceremony, held at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater Monday, those they loved they loved a lot..."
"...Iden Payne Awards Council Monday. When the theatre group announced the nominees for the 2016-17 season, Doctuh Mistuh Productions' staging of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe received 11 nominations...."
"...Shrewd Productions took 2006 by storm. The company introduced itself to the Austin theatre scene in 2005 with Xmas Unwrapped! A Holiday Burlesque, which played to sold-out houses..."
"...Shrewd Productions' Trash Anthems, an evening of seven short plays by Dan Dietz, has perfect pitch from the opening moments in which a man slumps into his Las Vegas hotel room and pulls out a letter cartoonishly labeled "SUICIDE NOTE." As he reads the note aloud, we learn that he is the unluckiest man in the world. He can't take it anymore, and he is going to end it tonight..."
"...This year, that Saturday is this Saturday, Feb. 10, and Shrewd Productions, which curated the 2007 Mi Casa, has lined up five intriguing shows...."
"...In Shrewd Productions' latest effort, Paul Davis' set design is nothing if not thorough. The moment you walk into the theatre, you get the sickly feeling that all will not be well in this play..."
"...Said humans are the seriously effed-up tragic figures from the House of Atreus – Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra, Orestes, Cassandra, Aegisthus – but they won't have to follow the narratives laid out by Aeschylus if these new "gods" vote to change them up. The play has enough intervention points built into it to foster a dozen storylines, say the masterminds at Whirligig Productions, creating a choose-your-own-adventure structure that they swear contains more than 12,000 different ways the drama could play out...."
"...5) ROBERT FAIRES AND DIRECTOR CATHERINE WEIDNER FOR 'HENRY V' (RED THEN PRODUCTIONS) Simple is not only effective but brilliant in this minimalist, one-man production by Chronicle Arts Editor Faires...."
"...I know we've let you down. Shrewd Productions presents a tribute to Emma Goldman (see Thursday). ON OUR GAYDAR..."
"...Most playwrights are more familiar with the latter – i.e., no one is staging the scripts they keep penning – but this fall, Reina Hardy will be enjoying the former, with two of her plays premiering on local stages. This week, Shrewd Productions opens Glassheart, Hardy's irreverent update of Beauty and the Beast, in which its cursed monster, having never met Beauty, is still shaggy but has been reduced to sharing a one-bedroom flat near a 7-Eleven with his last magical servant, the lamp..."
"...MilkMilkLemonadeThe Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress www.shrewdproductions.com Through Sept. 25 Running time: 1 hr., 20 min...."
"...Hanging on the skirts of Frontera's fringe, Andrea Skola has collaborated with Shrewd Productions to put together eight 10-minute themed plays just to explore the contemporary nuances of being a cheat. A doughty adherent of these piecemeal collaborations, Skola who also assembled a chick & a dude productions' similarly structured StallGraffiti ATX ran around with scissors, gathering playwrights' pint-sized scripts, then glued them together like a collage of autonomous scenes with corrupt morals as the main prop, adding choreographed vignettes to indie music plus auto-dramas by the cast members between the pieces..."
"...If you're a playwright, you're lucky to get a script produced a single time. Get two productions, you're really lucky..."
"...Fans of speculative fiction will appreciate the simple question at the core of Glassheart, from Shrewd Productions: What if, back in the day, Beauty never showed up to rescue the Beast? Reina Hardy's original script projects the pitiful, ageless Beast (Michael Miller) and his one remaining servant, a lamp (Carolyn Kramer), into modern-day Chicago, where they have found an apartment to rent. It turns out that the landlady is a witch (Lana Dieterich), and the new neighbor (Shannon Grounds) has some beauty of her own to offer...."
"...In her directorial debut, Shrewd Productions Artistic Director Shannon Grounds keeps well-focused on the drama's emotional stakes, a task she's aided in by actors with a deep sensitivity to feelings. (To those already mentioned, add Rommel Sulit, giving a man-on-a-wire turn as the workaday husband uneasily watching his wife's ardor reignited by a stranger from her past.) Thus this fable of the fantastic feels very grounded, its heartrending choices all too real..."
"...To fulfill the potential of his language, you need a group of actors with some serious chops. Shrewd Productions has fortunately cast its production of Big Love with a lovely, lovely group of actors who fit their parts well..."
"...5) 'MILKMILKLEMONADE' (SHREWD PRODUCTIONS) A daring theatrical oddity: an elementary-school gay love story starring a talking chicken – told with charm and grace. Directed by Jason Hays...."