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The Vortex Repertory Company's Underground
Driven by Lisa B. Thompson's powerful text and masterful acting, this new drama drops a truth bomb
Arts Review  March 30, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...The Vortex Repertory Company's latest world premiere, Underground, explores the different paths from marginalization to liberation and asks some very difficult questions along the way. This very timely and important work does not shy away from asking things like: How thin is the line between an activist and a radical? Must taking a stand in the face of a culture that is oppressive and violent include violence to be effective? What happens to an organization (and its participants) when violence becomes part of its manifesto? Especially when the goal of said organization is social justice?..."

Vortex Repertory’s A Perfect Robot
Sarah Saltwick’s timely script elegantly explores the tension between idealized automatons and messy humans
Arts Review  January 26, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...However, in the Vortex Repertory Company's world premiere of A Perfect Robot, Diego (played by a very sincere Jesus I. Valles) is a roboticist who deals in the impossible..."

Help the Vortex Shine On
One more day to help fund the theatre's new lighting system
DAILY Arts  February 13, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Twenty-five years is long enough in a human's lifetime, but in a theatre lighting system's, it's Methuseluh territory. So the Vortex Repertory Company – which just hit the quarter-century milestone – isn't making light when it says it needs new illumination..."

Vortex Cosplay Expo
All week, Austin's masters of theatrical fantasy show you how to make an out-of-this-world look
Arts Story  August 7, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...And when the marketplace is working overtime to turn a buck on the popularity of people fashioning fantasywear, the announcement of a "Cosplay Expo" might warrant a bit of caveat emptor. Unless, that is, said Expo is produced by Vortex Repertory Company..."

Never Mind the Polar Kind, Austin Has Its Own Vortex
And that irrepressible powerhouse of theatre is about to turn 25
DAILY Arts  January 9, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And that was years before the company moved into their big old corrugated-steel warehouse off Manor Road, a warehouse since transformed into a fully operating theatre and an excellent neighborhood watering hole and all of it directed by the unstoppable Bonnie Cullum and her commited-to-theatre squad of creative commandos...."

Pleasure of the Paynes 2016
Annual theatre awards think Terminus is the living end
DAILY Arts  October 27, 2016
"...So it was at the 42nd edition of the B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards on Monday, where the Vortex Repertory Company production of Terminus received a total of 11 awards...."

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 26, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on Monday, winning three awards for its staging of the dark cockfighting comedy Year of the Rooster, but the night was just as exxx-cellent for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Vortex Repertory Company's Terminus, both of which also received a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors...."

What a Piece of Work Is Woman!
After four centuries of being berated, belittled, betrayed, bullied, battered, and butchered by the men in Shakespeare's plays, the women have had enough. They're ready to speak out, to give Will a piece of their minds. And in playwright Susan Kelso's Roses and Thistles, they do just that.
Arts Story  February 23, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Oh, our playwright hasn't a clue that that's where the evening is headed when he opens this Vortex Repertory Company production. He introduces his "roses and thistles" -- his terms for these women, the former being daughters of duty, the latter women of will -- with effusive pride; the face of actor Joseph Macdonald beams..."

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000
"...Or maybe you think you're going to see shows you like but are in fact wasting good money seeing plays for which you aren't well-suited. Where, oh where, is the theatre company for you? Life without a theatre company to call your very own is difficult..."

Changelings
The Vortex's staging of Reina Hardy's magical new play, Changelings, casts a uniquely compelling spell
Arts Review  January 22, 2015, by Elissa Russell


Articulations
VORTEX X X (Times Ten)
Arts Column  October 3, 1997, by Robert Faires
"...VORTEX Repertory Company is heading into its tenth season (I know what you're thinking, "Gee, time flies when you're presenting controversial performance artists and experimental work with lots of nudity."), and it's kicking it off with a party. Enjoy free food and beer, the "Fire and Brimstone Awards," and get the skinny on the company's upcoming productions of Fur, Triskelion, Macbeth, and visits by Karen Finley, Tim Miller, Annie Sprinkle, and Rob Nash..."

Land of 1,000 Dramas
Venues
Arts Story  March 11, 1999
"...Funky, renovated barn where VORTEX Repertory Company artistic director Bonnie Cullum recently crowed that this year's VORTEX season was composed entirely of new works. It's indicative of Cullum's fervor for material on the far side of tomorrow and the pride she takes in her theatre's status as an incubator of new drama..."

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
Arts Story  April 10, 1998
"...But in a refreshing twist, they like it that way. Not having all the resources of a major resident theatre company forces them to be innovative in the creation of onstage realities..."

Working Beauty
In spinning a fairy tale of gifts, outsiders, and thorns, Bonnie Cullum's own story gets told
Arts Story  March 11, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...In fact, one of the things that's distinguished her most in our arts scene is her exploration of myth and ritual in a theatrical context. In the earliest years of the Vortex Repertory Company, when it was housed in an abandoned three-theatre cinema on East Ben White, Cullum was tapping the power of myth in works such as Metamorpheus and Kassandra, and she's kept at it for 16 years and counting, right through 2003's Holy Well, Sacred Flame and the phenomenally popular Dark Goddess series..."

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
Arts Story  August 18, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne, who spent his later years in Austin at the University of Texas. This year, 59 productions by 30 different companies were honored with nominations, the most favored shows being the Austin Musical Theatre production of The Music Man (10 nominations) and the VORTEX Repertory Company production of Despair's Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio (eight nominations)..."

Warning! Nudity!
Austinites love to shed their clothes, and a number of them do it onstage -- what's up with that? Some of the city's most nakedness-prone actors, performance artists, and directors expose their reasons to arts writer Ada Calhoun.
Arts Story  April 14, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...When director Bonnie Cullum is doling out the nude roles at the Vortex, Dear is the first to raise her hand. She has disrobed for a number of VORTEX Repertory Company productions, including the cyber-operas of The X & Y Trilogy, Chad Salvata's film The Tetragons, and the recent ritual theatre piece Dark Goddess, in which she played the very naked Sumerian Goddess Inanna..."

The Grand Designs of Ia Ensterä and Jason Amato
PHOTO GALLERY  July 17, 2015
"...The Tempest, Present Company (2014). Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Set Design..."

The Frogs: Awkward Bawdy
Local Arts Reviews
Arts Review  July 28, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...The usual hazards of children's theatre are in full effect here at VORTEX Repertory Company's Summer Youth Theatre staging of Aristophanes' The Frogs. One boy was talking and rustling his program so loudly that I turned and glared at him with as much grown-up menace as I could muster, at which point he and his friend switched to crinkling their aluminum cans, seguing no doubt from making origami birds to fashioning a tire-slashing knife..."

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Founder of UT's Curtain Club d. First artistic director for an Austin theatre company..."

Y Ask X and Y?
Arts Story  December 31, 1998, by Sarah Hepola
"...About as pleasant as a car wreck and just as compelling, VORTEX Repertory Company's TheX and Y Trilogy seemed to elicit the same gape-mouthed response from each of its audience members. Coined a "cybernetic opera," this trio of trance-music musical dramas -- The Black Blood, Panoptikon, and Triskelion -- staged by VORTEX over the past three years is the theatrical equivalent of a four-tab acid trip, a twisted vision part Hieronymous Bosch, part graphic novel, and part video game..."

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