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Culture Flash!
The UT Performing Arts Center is luring students into the voting booth with free tickets, and three local stage hits add extra performances
Arts Column  October 29, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...The Vortex Repertory Company is giving you a little more time to party with Antonin Artaud by holding over Wake for the Dark Poet – its tribute to the French theorist and artist using marionettes, masks, and shadow puppets – for three performances: Nov. 4-6, Thursday-Saturday, 8pm..."

Articulations
The winners are in for the 28th annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in Austin theatre from August 2001 through July 2002.
Arts Column  October 4, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...The site of this year's ceremony was once again the State Theater, where David Potts' impressive two-story house set for Proof provided a homey backdrop for Jason Neulander's deft emceeing, musical merriment from Carol Channing (as channeled by Stuart Moulton), and just over two hours of honors and exceedingly brief thank-you speeches. The Vortex Repertory Company dominated the win column with eight awards (including one for absentee artistic director Bonnie Cullum, off honeymooning with groom Chad Salvata)..."

Articulations
Ratgirl drops her tights to comment on Wayne Alan Brenner's review of Uncaged.
Arts Column  July 6, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Some have said she resembles the accomplished local actor Stephanie Swenson, but as I've yet seen the two together at the same time I'm unable to verify that comparison myself. In any case, Ratgirl was the host for the recent Vortex Repertory Company workshop production Uncaged..."

Articulations
Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.
Arts Column  March 9, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...The B. Iden Payne Award-winning musical by Austin playwright-performer Kirk Smith, as produced by the Vortex Repertory Company, is in the midst of a two-week run at the HERE arts center in New York City, and will play a weekend at McNeese State University in Louisiana before returning home..."

Articulations
The winners of the 26th annual B. Iden Payne awards for local theatre..
Arts Column  September 22, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The three-and-a-half hour presentation just about wore out the attendees, but those who stuck it out were rewarded with more sincere, touching acceptance speeches than any ceremony in recent memory. This year's runaway winners were VORTEX Repertory Company's production of Despair's Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio, which took home five of the eight awards for which it was nominated; the drama desire, an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, produced and directed by Laura Somers, which received four awards for its four nominations; and Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre's production of Curb Appeal, which won awards for Steven Tomlinson's performance and for his script, as well as Outstanding Production of a Comedy..."

Head of the Class
With Senioritis, the conclusion to his quartet of plays set at a Catholic high school in Houston, solo performer Rob Nash is all set to graduate -- to Off-Broadway, says Robi Polgar.
Arts Story  December 24, 1999, by Robi Polgar


Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Heather Woodbury's As the Globe Warms, Heather Woodbury/Vortex Repertory Company..."

The Game-Changers
The 2009 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  May 29, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Much of Cullum's perseverance has to do with her abiding belief in theatre's power to change lives, whether by addressing current social issues or tapping ancient myths. Both have been driving forces in the work of her own Vortex Repertory Company, which she co-founded in 1988, and in the work of the many artists whose work she has presented and championed, from the internationally known Annie Sprinkle, Tim Miller, and Karen Finley to locals Zell Miller III, Rob Nash, and Chad Salvata (to whom Cullum is married)..."

Beirut
Vortex's revival confronts issues of the body – as object, as weapon, and as prison – head on
Arts Review  January 18, 2008, by Avimaan Syam
"...This is the world of Vortex Repertory Company's production of Beirut, set in a near-future, apocalyptic New York, where the big What If has occurred: What if a virus like AIDS has broken out in our society? Bowne's predictions are decidedly grim. Hollywood is closed, doctors are run out on rails, and the rich folk have gone gallivanting to the French Riviera in search of safety..."

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings that I Chanced to See in 2007 (A Hierarchical List)
Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo on the most memorable moments onstage in 2007
Arts Story  January 4, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...4) Dance Carousel (Spank Dance Company/Austin Independent Choreographers) Spank's annual FronteraFest contribution. Always different, always innovative, always entertaining..."

Articulations
In Memoriam
Arts Column  May 8, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...On Sunday, May 3, Mike Martin, one of the founding members of Physical Plant Theater, took his own life in Chicago. Martin formed the local theatre company with his friends Steve Moore and Daniel Aukin after the trio moved to Austin together..."

Calendar Listings
  June 9, 1995
"...Listings are printed on a space-available basis. Photos which accompany listings submissions MUST have info on the back or they WON'T be used...."

The Bullet Hole in the Butterfly Bar
This East Austin joint's a good story you could be part of
DAILY Arts  January 11, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There's a bullet hole and there's a story that goes with the bullet hole, and Bonnie Cullum – artistic director of Vortex Repertory Company, owner of the multipurpose Vortex compound near where Chestnut Avenue intersects the restaurant-studded stretch of Manor Road – Bonnie Cullum is telling me that story...."

In Memoriam
Remembering one of the Vortex Repertory Company's most stalwart supporters
Arts Story  February 6, 2009, by Hannah Kenah
"...Vortex Repertory Company is dedicating its current season to Shekhar Govind. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb..."

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
Arts Story  May 27, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Nightswim, State Theater Company..."

Rats Saving a Sinking Ship
America's Alternative Theatres Unite
Arts Story  October 13, 1995
"...In a sense this theatre already exists, in the small companies producing their own personal brands of theatre in cities across the country. You know the kind; Austin is home to many such groups: Frontera/Hyde Park Theatre, Physical Plant Theatre, The Public Domain, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Troupe Texas, Vortex Repertory Company, to name a few..."

The Play's the Thing
Nine local directors on the secrets of season selection
Arts Story  September 14, 2012, by Adam Roberts
"...At the Playhouse, the proceedings are slightly more complex. At an annual meeting, members of the acting company pitch titles to be considered for the following season..."

The Stats
Arts Story  September 14, 2012
"...20-25), Video Games Live (Jan. 5) PENFOLD THEATRE COMPANY..."

Sing Muse
The cast sings together with ease, but this new work hasn't yet found its voice
Arts Review  August 10, 2012, by Jillian Owens
"...Like many a new play, Sing Muse has its inconsistencies. Ramirez and company give each muse a spotlight scene, which works well to showcase the actress' dramaturgical work but hinders the narrative..."

Sleeping Beauty
The strength of Vortex's original musical adaptation is in its imagination
Arts Review  April 30, 2010, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...They pack 19 enthusiastic actors, plus musicians, onto a not-so-humongous stage. The company stretches the imagination by reaching to the world of fairies and sprites for a new dimension to the age-old story...."

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