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UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production
sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis
Arts Review November 12, 2004, by Heather Barfield Cole
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of
Crowns sings a joyous hosanna to the African-
American tradition of the church hat
Arts Review November 12, 2004, by Robert Faires
Waiting on Godot
Arts Review November 19, 2004, by Robert Faires
Arts Review November 19, 2004, by Barry Pineo
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Austin Shakespeare Festival's second bout with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in four years offers much by way of manic disposition, but not much by way of substance
Arts Review October 29, 2004, by Robi Polgar
Dracula: A Woman Scorned
With Dracula: A Woman Scorned, a gender-swapped variation on the classic vampire tale, it's tough to tell if a chick & a dude productions were going after sleepless nights or camp
Arts Review October 22, 2004, by Barry Pineo
I've Never Been So Happy
The Rude Mechs' musical tall tale leads to a song that leaves your jaw on the floor
Arts Review April 29, 2011, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It would do no good to write a conventional theatre review of the Rude Mechanicals' production of I've Never Been So Happy. If this were The Glass Menagerie, I could write that the play is about a displaced Southern family trapped by their mother's longing for past glories, and you'd get the idea..."
UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Building the Wall
UT Department of Theatre & Dance rushes to get Robert Schenkkan's timely political drama onstage
Arts Review September 7, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It's a brave playwright who writes about current events in 2017. The newsreel is running so fast, and our understanding shifts so much from week to week, that it's hard to write anything – even a review – that won't seem dated by next week..."
Anton Nel, Piano, With Martin Burke, Actor
A tremendously memorable day of music that showed the breadth of Nel's skills
Arts Review February 4, 2011, by Michael Kellerman
"...I've never thought Poulenc's musical vignettes truly captured the story of Babar, but nonetheless the performance was magical, the pairing delightful, and on several occasions their interplay drew bursts of laughter from the audience. (I know this isn't a theatre review, but forgive me for using this occasion to say: Martin, you killed in Zach Theatre's The Drowsy Chaperone.)..."
Review: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
National Theatre of Scotland serves up one helluva grand show
DAILY Arts February 15, 2014, by Robert Faires
Long Fringe Review: Drawing a Paycheck
An ode to local artists who still don't make a living at it
DAILY Arts February 1, 2012, by Jillian Owens
"...Annie La Ganga always knows what I need. I show up to review Drawing a Paycheck without a pen and hallelujah, she has carefully rubber-banded stubby pencils to the programs, which ask silly questions about arts & crafts and terrible business ideas...."
Arms and the Man
Different Stages' 'Arms and the Man' is an honest attempt at entertainment with a political edge, but it swallows or ignores the complex interpretation that this script deserves
Arts Review November 26, 2004, by Heather Barfield Cole
'Provocative' aptly describes the Rude Mechanicals' 'Cherrywood,' which thrusts you into a strange, relentlessly intense party that's never boring but never really engaging either
Arts Review November 5, 2004, by Barry Pineo
In the Pocket
Tapestry Dance Company's season premiere was a swingin' jazz affair that made the Paramount Theatre feel like a smoky little club between Birdland and heaven
Arts Review November 5, 2004, by Robert Faires
Ajax (por nobody)
Arts Review October 29, 2004, by Wayne Alan Brenner
History and friendship are the fulcrum on which Nightswim balances Steve Moore's impressionistic, profound look at famous friends Roy Bedichek, Frank Dobie, and Walter Webb
Arts Review October 22, 2004, by Barry Pineo
The Method Gun
With this play about theatre and tigers, the Rude Mechs earn their stripes forever
Arts Review May 1, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Should I begin this review with a question?..."
A Day at The Races.... One Hour at the Mixed Arts Panel Review Session
Arts Story May 27, 1999
"...Jim Bob McMillan, chair of the Mixed Arts panel, carries folding chairs into the meeting room in the Dove Springs Multipurpose Center, located a few miles east of I-35 off Stassney. Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the Cultural Contracts Program, picks a different venue for the review sessions; to the players, it must feel that each year sees them heading further and further afield...."
'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' – This Is Not a Review
Celebrities and other people you don't know: Live and in-person.
DAILY SXSW March 9, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We're here to see the actors of the movie introduce that movie, live and in-person, and then to see them do a little Q&A action after the movie's over. But they're not just actors – and this isn't a review, but I'm going to tell you that these actors did a terrific job, that they totally sold what was already a funny, inspired-goofball of a film – no, these actors are also celebrities...."
A Boone to Austin Theatre
In 10 years of leading Frontera productions, Vicky Boone has touched many lives and changed the community.
Arts Story May 4, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...That should be enough of a round to demonstrate that Frontera, like George Bailey, has touched many, many lives in its time and had a profound effect on its hometown. It's surprisingly easy to lose track of that fact through the years, to let slip one's sense of all the contributions, large and small, that a company or an individual has made to a community, and it seems only fair to review the record and seek to restore that sense of the larger picture when the person or group reaches a crucial moment of passage..."
This dance/spoken-word production embodies our waking, sleeping dream
Arts Review August 27, 2010, by Barry Pineo
"...I must subjectively experience what I see while allowing room to objectively evaluate it for the reading public. The public wants my opinion – that's why they read the review..."
Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
This drama about the Texas writer is informative, entertaining, and inspiring
Arts Review February 4, 2011, by Avimaan Syam
"...I'll confess I'm not a huge fan of politics. By and large, the topic depresses me, and the closest I like to get to politics and journalism is deciding whether to review a show that my colleagues are in..."
Despite its faults, City Theatre's staging stirs up strong emotions
Arts Review November 5, 2010, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Also, given the specter of hangings, whippings, and corporal punishment for the slightest infraction, their hysteria over the devil's influence wasn't hard to fake. A life lived in the very legitimate fear of authority, sickness, and murderous raids by American Indians (whose lands you've conveniently stolen, but that's material for another review) is a life easily manipulated...."
Everything That's Wrong with Austin Theatre
Calling a Halt to the Blame Game
June 9, 1995
"...I've been amazed this year by the number of theatre
people I've talked to who have avoided taking responsibility for any problems
in or adverse reactions to their work. It doesn't matter if the topic is an
unfavorable review or low attendance, public funding or poor turnouts at
auditions, nearly everyone rushes to lay blame somewhere other than themselves:
The papers didn't give us the right kind of press..."
Anton in Show Business
Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business satirically skewers everything in modern theatre, and the Vestige Group's production will have your cheeks sore from laughing
Arts Review April 27, 2007, by Patti Hadad
Keepin' It Weird
It is a rare piece of theatre that can be uplifting, enlightening, and disturbing all at once, and 'Keepin' It Weird' is such a piece
Arts Review September 1, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde
Crank Collective revives Texas' most infamous outlaw couple in a short and folksy musical that mixes fact and fiction
Arts Review February 12, 2015
"...I flashed back on a previous Crank Collective production at City Theatre, Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operetta. In my review of that show, I commented that it would be "particularly suited ....."
The Threepenny Opera
Inventive direction and fun acting make a wonderful spectacle of Brecht's dark world
Arts Review February 25, 2011, by Avimaan Syam
"...Halena Kays' relentlessly inventive direction really makes Threepenny a delight: I could fill the entire review with a list of the magical moments and props this show offers. The strong sense of world-building flows through some beautiful design and a well-knit, enjoyable ensemble, punctuated by Amanda Morish's sweet singing as Pirate Jenny and Alexis Scott's wonderful comedic timing as Jacob...."
Like its confused hero, this rock musical doesn't seem to know what it really is
Arts Review December 12, 2008, by Elizabeth Cobbe
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Underneath its vulgar, profane surface, Bert V. Royal's look at the Peanuts gang as teens still honors its source material
Arts Review May 30, 2008, by Hannah Kenah
"...In his review of a New York City production, Matthew Murray wrote that Dog Sees God "evinces not a shred of love or respect for, or understanding of, the original." That is an easy but inaccurate assessment. Remember how mean those kids were in Schulz's world? It only makes sense that they would be similarly cruel when thrust into Royal's version of the real world..."
The debut of UT's Musical Theatre Pilot Project is a visual treat, well performed, and with plenty of fun moments
Arts Review April 18, 2008, by Avimaan Syam
Songs for a New World
For fans of the contemporary musical, City Theatre
Company's production of the Jason Robert Brown revue
Songs for a New World is a welcome opportunity
for fresh, engaging entertainment
Arts Review May 25, 2007, by Iris Brooks
Rubber Repertory's 'Red Cans' is an experiment in new realms, one that puts you in another world, and so long as you bring your curiosity, you'll be surprised how engaging this world is
Arts Review August 18, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
The Intergalactic Nemesis Trilogy
Salvage Vanguard Theater's repertory revival of all three parts of its popular Intergalactic Nemesis series parodying science fiction radio serials delivers three evenings of gluttonous intergalactic delectation
Arts Review June 16, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...For those of you who might not understand the fuss, join the club. I hadn't seen a single episode of the trilogy until I saw the third part, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, and while the word "Trilogy" appears in the title of this review, I must admit I didn't actually see the entire trio..."
NY (hearts) U
Arts Story January 13, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...As noted in last week's look at 2005 in review, Austin arts groups kept getting the attention of the national arts scene. Now, here we are just weeks into 2006, and the trend continues with three theatrical productions making a splash in New York...."
This fierce work of theatre feels like unrehearsed life at its most casual and intense
Arts Review April 6, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Georgetown Palace's Dirty Rotten is anything but
Arts Review August 26, 2011, by Adam Roberts
Canción del Cuerpo
The UT-Colombian dance collaboration proved more about process than product
Arts Review March 12, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
Alice in Wonderland
A straight-up, well-executed adaptation of Lewis Carroll's book from City Theatre
Arts Review September 5, 2008, by Hannah Kenah
The first production by the new Penfold Theatre Company reveals a company of fine actors capable of very fine work
Arts Review June 6, 2008, by Elizabeth Cobbe
In the St. Edward's University production of Christopher Durang's redundantly titled 'Durang/Durang,' canonized American plays transform into comedic farce
Arts Review April 7, 2006, by Heather Barfield Cole
Fantastic Fest Review: Original Copy
An affecting profile of one of the last Indian film poster artists
DAILY Screens September 25, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Usually seen shirtless and with a cigarette continuously between his fingers, he barks orders to his assistants like an Old World master in his atelier. In other moments, he reviews the paintings while philosophizing for the camera about how he followed his father into this field yet now his sons want nothing to do with the trade, and how the old ways of making movie posters – and movies, themselves – were so much better than in the present day..."
In the subgenre of family reunion plays, this new entry struggles to compete
Arts Review December 2, 2011, by Adam Roberts
A Behanding in Spokane
This black comedy delivers everything you expect from a Hyde Park Theatre show
Arts Review May 6, 2011, by Barry Pineo
Aerialists add theatrical magic to the myths here, but a Texas twang sounds off
Arts Review September 10, 2010, by Barry Pineo
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
A strong acting ensemble plays this Neil Simon comedy like there's no tomorrow
Arts Review December 11, 2009, by Barry Pineo
Three Days of Rain
Few young stage companies risk as much or succeed as well as Penfold Theatre Company does
Arts Review October 2, 2009, by Elizabeth Cobbe
City Theatre Company updates Molière's satire in a cheeky yet entertaining fashion
Arts Review July 31, 2009, by Hannah Kenah
Yellow Tape's over-the-top, rockin' homage to sci-fi is damn entertaining and funny
Arts Review March 6, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
The Last Five Years
Jason Robert Brown's musical anatomy of a relationship gets a tender, wistful staging
Arts Review January 9, 2009, by Robert Faires