511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529
Currently the oldest surviving independent theatre space in Austin, Hyde Park Theatre was an abandoned post office when local theatre legend Linalice Carey decided to convert it into a storefront stage in 1982. From the beginning, this intimate space – 75 seats, none of them more than 20 feet from the action – has been a home for Central Texas playwrights to premiere new works and daring directors to experiment. It's a chamber space featuring serious work by serious artists, despite its awkward L-shaped auditorium and low ceiling. Since the turn of the century, it's been run by longtime (and relentlessly award-winning) director Ken Webster, who regularly stages the best of what's contemporary by American, Canadian, and Irish dramatists with some of the best theatre artists this city has. Also home to the annual performance jamboree FronteraFest (mid-January to mid-February), where more original work is performed in a month's time than most theatre cities see in a year.
Street Corner Arts
is, in fact, damned proud to present this show – the full title of which is We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
– and proud they should be, as Jackie Sibblies Drury
's "stunning, self-referential theatrical collage" engages with abominable history
to tackle the subject of racism and the theatre community’s own (sometime self-serving) attempts at engaging with this subject
. That (award-winning
) Liz Fisher
directs a fine cast, but – is this show as powerful good as it sounds? Our reviewer Elizabeth Cobbe sure thinks so
. Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.