Maplewood Elementary School
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...1) Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company) Full of magic moments and dramatic direction, Ophelia wowed this admitted Bardophile from start to finish...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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); ....."
"... 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 TherapyRollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664 www.tuttotheatre.org Through Aug..."
"...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...."
"...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); ....."
"...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...."
"...1) 'THE RED BALLOON' (TONGUE AND GROOVE THEATRE) A boy. A red balloon..."
"...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..."
"...Transcendent. Theatre at its absolute best..."
"...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...."
"...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)..."