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"...Air Force, it turns out. Why bother with this research, you ask? Danko plays a fighter pilot in Grounded, the latest production by Street Corner Arts..."
"...The play's true genius lies in its thematic juxtaposition; at its heart, it's about crippling isolation and loneliness, yet it's set in an Italian restaurant during "Family Week." In Street Corner Arts' production, director Benjamin Summers finds all the nooks and crannies of each character's specific pain and, with pinpoint accuracy, guides a ridiculously talented cast through each verse-chorus-verse beat. The pacing of the script is important: One moment there may be a frenzy of activity and overlapping dialogue, the next a quiet stillness shared by any two of the show's 10 actors..."
"...Under Liz Fisher's direction, the Street Corner Arts production moves at an appropriately quick pace. Stephanie Carll and Ryan Hamilton are well-cast in their roles, adopting the British accents of Payne's script confidently..."
"...If someone is going, it's Tom. And Street Corner Arts' staging plays into that mindset, with Anders Nerheim making the character a disheveled, defensive bundle of tics and twitches in a dishwater suit, a nervous schlub who stands in high contrast to Devin Finn's sleek, slick Tony, a smug panther in his black suit, and Suzanne Balling's cunning, controlled Isobel, whose blood-red heels tell you all you need to know about her killer instincts..."
"...Every once in a while, though, a new band of theatre folk is somehow able to achieve one fantastically rockin' coming-out party. But rare indeed is the company whose debut is as deft and precise as Street Corner Arts' Men of Tortuga..."
"...1) So there’s, what, a play about a military drone pilot? About an active USAF fighter pilot who’s relegated to drone-pilot activities since she’s gotten pregnant and had a kid? Seriously. And seriously good, says our rather blown-away reviewer, who witnessed Sarah Danko’s star turn in Grounded, the new Street Corner Arts production that’s currently stunning the stage at Hyde Park Theatre...."
"...When I started "Corner to Corner," Austin had a bunch of neighborhoods of varying vitality and pride and power lurking beneath the surface of local politics. It now has a neighborhood scene, just like its music scene, arts scene, and enviro scene, and the scene is hot, hot, hot right now...."
"...You might have to scoot around a cluster of people in that art-filled gallery, though, because folks have crowded over from a beer tasting at the popular Hops & Grain Brewery just a little farther down the concrete-floored walkway. You could taste some of that beer yourself, too; but, if not immediately, then back at Mettle, where the brews are proudly stocked – or maybe during the next mixed-martial-arts bout at the Eastside Austin Elite training center that anchors the other end of the still-in-progress complex, because that local bastion of extreme physical fitness is likely serving up a refreshing Hops & Grain elixir in their VIP viewing area..."
"...Ken Webster's direction realizes the full potential of this script. It starts strong and stays strong, thanks in great part to the performances of Joey Hood and Liz Fisher..."
"...Over the past few seasons, the athletic young dancer with the large, soulful eyes has proven himself a chameleon of the ballet. He has dazzled us in serious parts well-suited to his age and skills -- in Ulysses, his Telemachus was a coiled spring of frustration -- but he's been equally striking in comic roles, crafting a coy, impetuous, otherworldly Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a sly, languid partner to Karen Kuykendall in a segment of Kisses, and a classic nerd awkwardly attempting balletic grace in the spoof The Nutzy Nutcracker..."
"..."The person was dressed pretty nicely and all, so I was like, whatever," Sherman recalls. "But I was watching and she walked through his gate and starts walking toward his car, and I had known that someone had broken into his car." Seconds later, Sherman heard his neighbor yell: "'Hey! What are you doing in my yard?'" Moments later, the wife chimed in: "'Those are my shoes!'" Sherman recalls hearing..."
"..."We're going to drink no matter what," said one bar-bound gal. And other young street-goers think the drinking age enforcement on Sixth is actually better than in other parts of the city..."
"...This year it was moved to the Dog & Duck Pub, where it drew respectable crowds with a diverse offering of Celtic music from Scottish bagpipes to Breton players. The in-town location was more accessible to passersby, who could also wander through tents sponsored by the Celtic Association and Gaelic League and check out a variety of Celtic arts, crafts, and books..."
"...The first part to Creative Research Lab's three-part summer master of fine arts exhibition, "Interchange," which ran the first two weeks of July, was frozen quiet. "The Burden of History" and "The Eternal Moment" both started things slowly and left time for contemplation..."
"...It's not true that David Berman met with Jill Schroeder last year, in some shadowy dive bar or otherwise, and said: "Look, I'm moving the D Berman Gallery to Wimberley in about a year, so I'd like you to open an Austin visual-arts venue of your own that's remarkably similar, in its spare elegance and generosity of display space, to what I'm vanishing from the ATX. By way of, you know, compensation."..."
"...Throughout the show's numerous vignettes, Street Corner Arts' ensemble delivers some remarkable acting. Of particular note is the aforementioned Stuart, who shifts in chameleon-like fashion among three disparate roles..."
"...The Great God PanHyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/298-9776 www.streetcornerarts.org Running time: 1 hr., 20 min...."
"...The crowd could hardly compete with the one packed into the Erwin Center for Paul Simon Monday night, but the one at Cap City Comedy Club was large enough to fill the showroom as the Austin Critics Table gathered for the 26th time to honor outstanding work in the arts – and prove, perhaps, that its members are still crazy after all these years...."