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Shrewd ProductionsThe Revolutionists
This staging of Lauren Gunderson’s satire proves the pen is mightier than the guillotine
Arts Review  June 15, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...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?")..."

Shrewd Productions' Hold Me Well
Playwright Eva Suter's reworking of Othello in a world without men depicts love in many forms with power and beauty
Arts Review  July 21, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...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 Now
Shrewd Productions' Still Now provides a fresh perspective on cancer through butoh
Arts Review  September 25, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Still NowCity Theatre, 3823-D Airport, Through Oct. 4 Running time: 1 hr., 20 min."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Winners
Lotta love for Nevermore, Drowning Girls, Agent Andromeda
DAILY Arts  October 25, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
DAILY Arts  September 20, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Xmas Unwrapped: Doff we now our gay apparel
After a powerhouse first year of sold-out shows, critical awards, and company growth, the shrewd women of Shrewd Productions are returning to their debut effort, the holiday burlesque Xmas Unwrapped!
Arts Story  December 8, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...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..."

Trash Anthems
Each of the seven short plays written by Dan Dietz in Shrewd Productions' Trash Anthems unfolds like a gift being opened, full of surprising scenarios and sympathetic characters
Arts Review  May 11, 2007, by Hannah Kenah
"...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..."

Mi Casa Es Su Teatro: Home is where the art is
Time again to get your theatre outside the theatre and inside someone's home, via FronteraFest's one-day, site-specific fiesta, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Arts Story  February 9, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...This year, that Saturday is this Saturday, Feb. 10, and Shrewd Productions, which curated the 2007 Mi Casa, has lined up five intriguing shows...."

Stillborn: a bedtime story
The title of Monika Bustamante's 'Stillborn' is no pun but a promise of what is to come: two hours of anger, rape, murder, and stillbirth that is upsetting, dark, and, unfortunately, not illuminating
Arts Review  October 13, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...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..."

Playing God – Literally
A smartphone's all you need to let loose your inner Zeus and control the action in Deus Ex Machina
Arts Story  December 23, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Top 9 Ways to Decorate a Set
Looking back at 2009 through its most memorable scenic designs
Arts Story  January 1, 2010, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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...."

Gay Place: We Need Emma
Emma Goldman play opens just in time
Columns  May 7, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...I know we've let you down. Shrewd Productions presents a tribute to Emma Goldman (see Thursday). ON OUR GAYDAR..."

Reina Hardy
For this Michener Playwriting Fellow, autumn brings local premieres of two of her plays
Arts Story  August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The revival of this gender-play comedy still tastes freshly squeezed
Arts Review  September 16, 2011, by Adam Roberts
"...MilkMilkLemonadeThe Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Through Sept. 25 Running time: 1 hr., 20 min...."

With cheating so hip today, Andrea Skola and Shrewd Productions have put together eight original 10-minute plays that explore the contemporary nuances of being a cheat
Arts Review  May 12, 2006, by Patti Hadad
"...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..."

'Where Are They Now?'
Cyndi Williams is living a playwright's dream with her play 'Where Are They Now?,' which is being staged for the third time in 15 months
Arts Story  March 10, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...If you're a playwright, you're lucky to get a script produced a single time. Get two productions, you're really lucky..."

Reina Hardy's update on 'Beauty and the Beast' is fascinating, but the premiere is oddly lacking given the talents involved
Arts Review  September 6, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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...."

The Dragon Play
Jenny Connell's drama lets us see ourselves reflected in the mythical beast's scales
Arts Review  April 13, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Big Love
An ensemble of lovely, lovely actors makes this updated Greek drama great fun
Arts Review  November 25, 2011, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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..."

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced To See in 2010
A theatre year of staged fantasies, musical fun, and crazy families
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Barry Pineo
"...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...."

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