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Dustin Wills' new play reconsiders Hamlet through a quintet of Ophelias
Arts Story November 7, 2008, by Hannah Kenah
"...The lovely, young, and heartbroken Ophelia is a prime example. The promotional material for Tutto Theatre Company's upcoming production of Ophelia describes her as "literature's most woefully underwritten female." Dustin Wills, who wrote the play and is directing this production, is fascinated by what Shakespeare doesn't tell us..."
Tutto Theatre Company
Artistic Director Dustin Wills opens a play here then bolts to Rome to mount another
Arts Story July 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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..."
Top 9 Theatre Productions of 2009 That Did Ascend the Brightest Heaven of Invention
A year of failed romances, Greek myths, and more that were staged so ingeniously
Arts Story January 1, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...1) 'BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA' (MARY MOODY NORTHEN THEATRE) Modern art's master of collage celebrated in a theatrical mash-up of chicken jokes, picnics, pingpong ball cloudbursts, lovers' spats, boot-scootin' Whitmanesque rhapsodies, and more. As offbeat, vibrant, and eager to see wonder in the mundane as Rauschenberg's work, this boisterous joyride was so exhilarating that when it ended, I wanted it to start all over again...."
Despite fire damage, the Eastside venue's managers say the show will go on
Arts Story August 6, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...One word you never want to hear associated with theatre: fire. It's laid waste to too many stages throughout history, from Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre to Esther's Follies' original Pool..."
Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre
Arts Story January 2, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
"...1) Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company) Full of magic moments and dramatic direction, Ophelia wowed this admitted Bardophile from start to finish...."
Deus Ex Analysis
Tutto Theatre's 'Zeus in Therapy' gives new voice to the late, great UT classics prof, Douglass Stott Parker
Arts Story August 16, 2013, by Katherine Catmull
"...Now Tutto Theatre Company has turned that unfinished cycle of wild, comedic poetry into a play, which runs Aug. 16-25 at the Long Center..."
2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
Four shows took home nearly half the honors at this year's ceremony
Arts Story November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Voters for this year's B. Iden Payne Awards may have had 56 productions to choose from, but when the honors were handed out at the Long Center's Rollins Studio Theatre on Monday, Nov..."
'The Dudleys!: A Family Game'
Video games fuse with live theatre with a little help from Tito's
Arts Story May 6, 2011, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Safe to say that Tutto Theatre Company is not the first group of dudes who have thought about combining vodka and video games. They are the first to have figured out this particular combination, however...."
Via dance, Tutto Theatre explores how witnessing can lead to awakening
Arts Story August 20, 2010, by Katherine Catmull
"...Tutto Theatre Company's I Witness, opening Friday, Aug. 20, at the Blue Theatre, uses dance, music, spoken word, and the audience's own lovely presence to explore witness..."
A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story May 14, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...For the 18th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 3, 2009, to May 2, 2010, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Claire Canavan (theatre), Clare Croft (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); ....."
A new theatre company gets Broadway vets to teach teens in Austin, and an older one gets a new artistic director and a new name
Arts Column May 30, 2008, by Robert Faires
"... Aspiring musical-theatre performers ages 13-18, take note: Auditions for Making It on Broadway, a weeklong intensive that features Broadway musical vets teaching acting, voice, and audition techniques, will be held Monday, June 2, 2-8pm. The newly formed Austin Children's Theater is bringing the New York City-based camp to Austin, which is one of only five cities in the nation offering the camp this summer..."
Zeus in Therapy
Tutto Theatre's stage adaptation of Douglass Stott Parker's poetry is less a play than a cool presentation of poems
Arts Review August 23, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Zeus in TherapyRollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664
Tutto Theatre and Bulgakov's satire are a wonderful marriage of zany energy and deep meaning
Arts Review July 10, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
"...In A Dead Man's Memoir (A Theatrical Novel), Bulgakov cast his satirical eye toward the famous Moscow Art Theatre. Tutto Theatre stages Keith Reddin's dramatic adaptation, christened Black Snow, in a two-hour whirlwind that follows beleaguered Sergei Maxudov from the inexplicable publication of his novel to its doomed theatrical adaptation...."
Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story May 15, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...For the 17th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2008, to May 2, 2009, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); ....."
Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2008
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2008, in the theatre
Arts Story January 2, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...1) Porgy and Bess (Zach Theatre) George Gershwin's 1930s folk opera rescored for the 21st century. Arranger Greg Bolin distilled the original's grand orchestra to an intimate combo, over which director Dave Steakley laid richly personal rhythms of jazz and gospel, as well as some deeply evocative visuals, to bring this American classic home with freshness and immediacy...."
Top 9 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2009
A theatre year of crazy families, love lost and found, and lots of dancing
Arts Story January 1, 2010, by Barry Pineo
"...Transcendent. Theatre at its absolute best..."
This Hamlet seen through the eyes of Ophelia – rather, five Ophelias – is astounding
Arts Review November 21, 2008, by Avimaan Syam
"...When delivering the tragic news of Ophelia's death in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Queen Gertrude calls her "one incapable of her own distress." Indeed, dealt the double loss of lover and father, bereft of the men who made decisions for her since she was born, Ophelia's descent into madness – and death – has been often discussed but not nearly as often questioned. Or, as in the case of Tutto Theatre Company's Ophelia, completely retold...."
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
"...1) 'THE RED BALLOON' (TONGUE AND GROOVE THEATRE) A boy. A red balloon..."
2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
The homegrown musical of mayhem in the swamp leads the nominations with 11
Arts Story October 8, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne Awards looks to be even longer. The Tutto Theatre Company/Vortex Repertory Company co-production received 11 nominations, the most of any show this year, for the annual awards handed out by the Greater Austin Creative Alliance (formerly the Austin Circle of Theatres)..."
The 2009-2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story June 11, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...In the awards themselves, this was not a year for sweeps. The most honored works were Forklift Danceworks' The Trash Project, which won three awards and a special citation, and Tutto Theatre Company's Black Snow, which was honored in four categories..."