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Eastward (S)ho(w)!
The soon-to-be-built play! Theatre adds a seventh performing arts venue east of the interstate
"...ago, the Eastside was a lonely outpost for a theatre. When the Vortex Repertory Company reclaimed an old metal..."

July 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Outstanding!
Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...see, these scribes initially focused their attention solely on theatre, and that's what they handed out awards for. By..."

May 18, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...of it. That essentially describes the reaction of the Austin Critics Table to the last year in the arts...."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Swingle All the Way!
Stritch, Caruso deliver hit holiday cabaret from Birdland
"...Christmas at Birdland, you can find out this week. Cabaret all-stars Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, and Klea Blackhurst are..."

Dec. 20, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Review: Liz Callaway
Seeing is believing at Austin Cabaret Theatre season opener
"...during the first of her current two-night stand for Austin Cabaret Theatre, this Tony nominee would transform herself as..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards,..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards,..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...achievements in the visual arts, dance, classical music, and theatre. The nominations for the 2008 Austin Critics Table Awards,..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
"...Want to hear some good drinking stories? Ask theatre people. Between their research for playing soused characters, work..."

July 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Superlatives
The 2008-2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 1, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 5, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

I'd Like to Thank ...
The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 5, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 9, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Payne the Town Red
What might be considered the theatrical fringe in other cities is more and more the theatrical mainstream in Austin, an idea that was reinforced with the announcement of the nominations for the 2001-02 B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards.
"...who built his reputation on the phrase "I hate theatre." At least, that's the feeling on first hearing that..."

Aug. 30, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Diva's Best Friend
Stuart Moulton knows what becomes a legend most. Just ask Carol or Charo or Eartha or Elaine ...
"...Manhattan need not be worried that Austin is about to become the Live Cabaret Capital of..."

Aug. 29, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Class Act
Called by no less than The New York Times "the suavest of all male cabaret performers," Steve Ross is the personification of refined, romantic, elegant, and effervescent cabaret, and that makes him an ideal guest artist for the debut season of Austin Cabaret Theatre.
"...If the term cabaret conjures images of refinement and romance, elegance and effervescence,..."

Dec. 28, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway proved a wise choice to inaugurate the new Austin Cabaret Theatre. Her clear enthusiasm for the Great American Songbook and impassioned, intoxicating performances of selections from it made cabaret intimate, immediate, a real event.
"...Callaway: Gonna Love Her Like Nobody's Loved HerScottish Rite Theatre,..."

Nov. 16, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Karen Mason
'Sweetest of Nights' isn't just the title of Karen Mason's new CD, it's what you can expect from the musical sensation's Austin Cabaret Theatre appearance
"...the local debut of musical sensation Karen Mason via Austin Cabaret Theatre? Try the title of her new CD:..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Fine Romance
This Valentine's Day, Austin is blessed with opportunities to explore romance on stage, and here are some samples.
"..."So much of cabaret is about love. It's the emotion we're always trying..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Not Just Another Pretty Face
With the Naughty Austin theatre company, there's more than meets the eye.
"...Frank Kelly, receiving its local premiere from the Naughty Austin theatre company. The show sends up old-school beauty ......"

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 (plus one) Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2007
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2007, in the theatre
"...1) Present Laughter (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) "I've been to a marvelous party," sang Noël..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures & Pleasures of 2005
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite theatrical productions of 2005
"...3) An Evening With Anna Deveare Smith (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) This one-night visit to Zach revealed a master..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Carol You Don't Know
There's much more to Ms. Channing than Dolly and Lorelei
"...in a telephone conversation prior to her arrival in Austin this week to perform her new show, The First..."

July 22, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dream Come True
Back home in Texas, Lisa Scheps finally gets her place to play!
"...directing, eventually starting her own company and producing industrial theatre, which quite literally is musicals for business meetings and..."

March 18, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Toxic Audio
This a cappella quintet blows up cabaret with jaw-dropping vocals and irreverent humor
"...If all that "cabaret" conjures for you is performers in formal wear sidled..."

April 24, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Karen Kuykendall: In Memoriam
When this performer and friend of the arts died on Oct. 31, the city lost the grandest of its grande dames
"...Her roots in Austin ran about as deep as anyone's could. She came..."

Nov. 9, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Performances That Transported Me in 2004
Robert Faires lists his favorite theatre, dance, and classical productions of 2004
"...2) Hamlet (Ballet Austin) In the inspired hands of BA Artistic Director Stephen..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Just an Old-Fashioned Cat
Eartha Kitt is one funny dame
"...spent time on a sitting president's enemies list. And Austin Cabaret Theatre is bringing her to town for a..."

July 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Kate X Messer

In the Moment
Ann Hampton Callaway takes things 'Slow,' but she's more alive live than ever
"...two years since Ann Hampton Callaway last appeared in Austin, the New York-based cabaret singer-songwriter has been on a..."

Dec. 17, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
The influential artwork of Micael Priest blesses the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, and ACT wants State Theatre patrons to come to the cabaret – for free
"...an artist whose work helped shape an era of Austin history, gets his due this week with a serious..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Plays in Our Stocking
A Few Dramas We Want St. Nick to Give Austin Theatre
"...year, as 1996 has been pretty good to the Austin theatre scene, gift-wise. What with getting a new theatre..."

Dec. 20, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2008
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2008, in the theatre
"...1) Porgy and Bess (Zach Theatre) George Gershwin's 1930s folk opera rescored for the 21st..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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