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Austin Playhouse's Tiny Beautiful Things
There's excellent work in Austin Playhouse's production about Cheryl Strayed writing an advice column, but where's the humility?
"...the beauty of Tiny Beautiful Things, onstage now at Austin Playhouse. The production offers proof that even when the..."

Jan. 24, 2020 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Austin Playhouse Opens New Venue with Lowell Bartholomee’s Previews of Departing Attractions
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll … possibly think of Walter Matthau?
"...Lowell Bartholomee is an Austin playwright who’s been making people laugh for decades...."

Aug. 5, 2022 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Austin Playhouse’s The Catastrophist
Aptly timed return to the stage for a meditation on science and risk
"...profiles her virologist husband, Nathan Wolfe, portrayed by the Austin Playhouse's Ben Wolfe (surprisingly, no relation). Audiences follow Nathan..."

April 1, 2022 Arts Feature by Ellen Daly

Austin Playhouse
The theatre plans to take off from Penn Field and make a new home at Mueller
" announce the formation of a new theatre company, Austin Playhouse. Ten years later to the month, Toner made..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse
Once more with feeling: It's yet another temporary space for the theatre's new season
"...So Austin Playhouse is about to open a temporary theatre facility..."

Dec. 7, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse
The theatre company makes a temporary home for itself in an industrial tent
"...The stretch of time between Austin Playhouse's departure from its old home in Penn Field..."

Nov. 18, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse's Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar-winning film makes a successful transition to the stage through Don Toner's marvelous production
"...Most established theatre companies in Austin have a distinctive "voice" to their work, and Austin..."

March 30, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Review: Austin Playhouse's Previews of Departing Attractions
Twenty years in the making, Lowell Bartholomee's latest collection of short plays is worth the wait
"...more, featuring B sides and previously unreleased material." The Austin Chronicle noted that the writing "blazes like a klieg..."

Aug. 12, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's The Book of Will
Playwright Lauren Gunderson shows how the Bard’s works came to be collected in a story of devotion and loss
" an engaging narrative all its own, one which Austin Playhouse stages with ample amounts of heartbreak and camaraderie..."

June 21, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Austin Playhouse's The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This musical production makes for an effervescent alternative to that other Dickens holiday show
"...Austin Playhouse checks all these boxes. The company last staged..."

Nov. 30, 2018 Arts Review by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's She Loves Me
This old-fashioned rom-com musical oozes charm and earns its Pollyanna platitudes
"...Mail. So agreeable in tone and temperament is this Austin Playhouse production that it is not hard to imagine..."

Dec. 6, 2019 Arts Review by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's Summer and Bird
This world premiere production gives audiences of all ages the chance to travel to a mythical land of wonders
"...and Bird, the new theatre for youth production at Austin Playhouse, is no different. Based on the middle grade..."

May 10, 2019 Arts Review by Laura Jones

Austin Playhouse's Death of a Salesman
Marc Pouhé creates a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Willy Loman in a production starring African-American actors
"...In this Austin Playhouse production, directed by Peter Sheridan, the roles of..."

March 3, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Review: Austin Playhouse’s The (One-Act) Play That Goes Wrong
An evening of side-splitting schadenfreude
"...In the one-act work, currently being performed by Austin Playhouse, we witness the underfunded, inept, and accident-prone Cornley..."

Nov. 23, 2022 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's Holmes and Watson
The joy in this staging of Jeffrey Hatcher's play is seeing the good doctor deduce which of three Sherlocks is the real deal
"...In Austin Playhouse's production, much of the fun is in the..."

Sept. 13, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse's Copenhagen
In the conversations of this Michael Frayn drama, we learn that history is broken, just like us
"...front of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, now in production at Austin Playhouse, you confront a stark stage with three wooden..."

April 19, 2019 Arts Review by Laura Jones

Austin Playhouse’s The Immigrant
The company delivers a powerful and timely account of foreigners making a new home in the U.S.
" attendant Leigh Fisher mentioned as I arrived at Austin Playhouse. "The Harelik family is in the audience tonight!"..."

Jan. 12, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice
"...first refrains from serious consideration of the play and Austin Playhouse's production, and the second indulges in critical work...."

Dec. 15, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Baskerville at Austin Playhouse
Austin Playhouse's staging of the Sherlock Holmes farce generates enough laughter to fill an empty mall
"...As I descended on the escalator toward Austin Playhouse's performance space in the remains of Highland Mall,..."

Dec. 16, 2016 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Silent Sky at Austin Playhouse
This luminous staging of Lauren Gunderson's play brings wonder to the universe and makes it at once vast and intimate
" the theatrical firmament given a luminous staging by Austin Playhouse...."

Sept. 30, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Explorers Club
Austin Playhouse's sublimely silly satire of Victorian pomposity ventures where other comedies fear to tread
"...The Explorers ClubAustin Playhouse at ACC Highland campus, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084"

April 22, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's Disgraced
Ayad Akhtar's drama delivers a raw, powerful conversation about race without the usual distractions
"...With his 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, now gracing the Austin Playhouse stage, playwright Ayad Akhtar perfectly frames his narrative..."

Jan. 22, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Philadelphia Story
Don Toner's direction and a top-drawer cast make for a riotous evening in this version of Philip Barry's crisp comedy
"...Austin Playhouse has called many venues "home" during its lifetime,..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Review: Austin Playhouse's Indecent
Passionate tribute to a landmark lesbian kiss is a warning from history
"...New York Times). The same can be said for Austin Playhouse’s current production under the thoughtful direction of Lara..."

April 24, 2023 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Review: Austin Playhouse's Nightbird
Timely treatise on the space between Black America's past, present, and future
"...Eric Thomas' Nightbird, getting its world premiere production at Austin Playhouse under director Marcus McQuirter. The play focuses on..."

March 10, 2023 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's Monroe
In Lisa B. Thompson's tender drama, young African-Americans work out where they belong in the world
"...Lisa B. Thompson's Monroe, given its world premiere by Austin Playhouse, we see Kriston Woodreaux as Clyde James step..."

Sept. 21, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music
Wonderful musical numbers, strong voices highlight Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music
"...quite universal but are (perhaps unfortunately) universally understood, and Austin Playhouse delivers a production that's solid, though somewhat by-the-numbers...."

June 24, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Norwegians
C. Denby Swanson's comedy with nice hit men is a blast of cool fun, with a hint of danger just below the ice
"...gentleman scribes, it should be noted. With The Norwegians, Austin playwright C. Denby Swanson flips the script. Instead of..."

Oct. 30, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Real Thing
Tom Stoppard's play receives a remarkable revival with a seasoned cast
"...most brilliant of works. So then, what happens when Austin Playhouse pits a top-notch cast against a renowned wordsmith..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse’s Bloomsday
Steven Dietz’s rumination on a great love lost lacks some of the vivid passion it needs in this staging
"...In this script from Austin playwright Steven Dietz, the pair return 35 years later..."

Jan. 20, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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