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"...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..."
"...7) 'THE JUNGLE' (TROUBLE PUPPET THEATER COMPANY) Connor Hopkins distilled Upton Sinclair's novel of immigrants ground up by the meatpacking industry into a sepia-tinted tone poem, made hauntingly human by puppets of paper and string...."
"...What's crucial is that they be on by Aug. 15, when the next rental production, Tutto Theatre Company's I Witness, is set to load in..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...The Jungle, Trouble Puppet Theater Company..."
"...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..."
"...Instructors may include Jodi Langel (Broadway: Les Misérables, Cats), Jose Llana (Broadway: Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and Sheri Sanders (national tour: Urinetown). At the end of the camp, representatives from Broadway casting agency Telsey + Company will hold private auditions with each student..."
"...The Nina Variations, Gobotrick Theatre Company..."
"...Tutto Theatre Company has assembled an excellent cast of performers for this show. They work beautifully as an ensemble, to the extent that highlighting any one actor's performance is almost a shame, because all of them have great moments..."
"...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)..."
"...1) ANNE MCMEEKING FOR 'THREE DAYS OF RAIN' (PENFOLD THEATRE COMPANY) There was rain on stage. Like, actual falling water..."
"...5) The Red Balloon (Tongue and Groove Theatre) Our most whimsical stage company doing what it does best: infusing a work of theatre with a sense of wonder. This children's classic was delivered with a disarming innocence, theatrical ingenuity, gorgeous animation by Leah Sharpe, and a captivating score by Justin Sherburn...."
"...2) 'MURDER BALLAD MURDER MYSTERY' (TUTTO THEATRE COMPANY/VORTEX REPERTORY COMPANY) A hillbilly band, a pool of water, a fire in a night yard. Ladders and ramps, people swingin' from the ceilin', dancin', singin', murderin', and livin' to tell about it..."
"...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..."
"...Black Snow is tightly executed and full of energy, magic, and laughs. Tutto and Bulgakov are a wonderful marriage of zany energy and deep meaning, and I can only hope the company goes on to tackle his epic The Master and Margarita..."
"...2) IA ENSTERÄ'S SET FOR 'THE TWELFTH LABOR' (Tutto Theatre Company) The roof of the family house seemed to disintegrate into the fly space...."
"...Though that system was quickly scrapped in favor of mail-in ballots sent only to dues-paying members of the Austin Circle of Theaters, which sponsored the awards, it did little to lessen the grousing over who made it onto the ballot and who was left off, who ultimately won and who didn't. I served two stints on the awards nominations committee (in the early Eighties and late Nineties), and both times, major reform efforts were undertaken to try to bolster the credibility of the process, and the dressing rooms of stages across the city still buzzed with charges that committee members had biases toward this company and against that one, that their grudges against certain artists kept them from being nominated, how people voted for shows they didn't see, how the voting wasn't about quality but about popularity, yadda yadda yadda..."