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Wise Up
For its staging of Sandy Asher's ironically titled children's comedy 'The Wise Men of Chelm,' Second Youth Family Theatre gets to bring the playwright to town
"...Wise Men of Chelm runs April 29-May 15 at Austin Playhouse's Second Stage, 3601 S. Congress. For more information,..."

April 29, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

High Baptismal Flow
In search of rock & roll's psychedelic pioneers, Austin's 13th Floor Elevators
"...descent began benignly enough: an e-mail query from former Austinite Joe Trybyszewski asking if the Chronicle had any interest..."

Aug. 13, 2004 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Arts Bullets
The ballet's box office heads downtown, and cabaret artists sing for life
"...Ballet Austin has moved its subscriber services and box office to..."

June 25, 2004 Arts Feature

Run for Your Wife
In Onstage Theatre Company's production of the farce Run For Your Wife, you get engaging performances, split-second timing, and a lot of laughs
"...Austin Playhouse, through Feb. 8..."

Feb. 6, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Titus Andronicus
Elena Manuela Araoz's minimalist staging of Titus Andronicus cleaves to the bosom of Shakespeare but ultimately loses its humanity.
"...Austin Playhouse, through Jan. 23..."

Jan. 16, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Emperor of the Moon
The Bedlam Faction's sci-fi, action-movie, musical upgrade of Aphra Behn's 17th-century comedy The Emperor of the Moon is a good time that's edgy enough for the wilder bunch and tame enough for conventional crowds.
"...The Emperor of the Moon Austin Playhouse, through Nov. 29 Running Time: 2 hrs...."

Nov. 21, 2003 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?
The Artists' Recent and Upcoming Projects
" Hyde Park Theatre, and Henry V by the Austin Shakespeare Festival at Austin Playhouse. She then traveled to..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Arts Feature

Julius Caesar
The Austin Shakespeare Festival's timely production of Julius Caesar, deftly directed by Paul Norton, features an effective, almost all-female ensemble whose depiction of the play's bold, rule-breaking politicians and opportunity-grabbing power brokers who send their enemies into disarray summons up parallels to the state of American politics.
"...Julius Caesar: Smooth OperatorsAustin Playhouse, through July 13..."

July 11, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

If It's Summer, It Must Be Shakespeare
Summer is the time for Shakespeare, so naturally here are a couple of the Bard's plays being staged in the Austin area -- Julius Caesar from the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Two Gentlemen of Verona from Different Stages -- and directors Paul Norton and Norman Blumensaadt to explain how they came to produce them this season.
"...season producing little but the Bard's plays, and the Austin area is no exception. Kicking off our local Shakespeare..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

King Henry V
With only 11 players, two musicians, and the sparest of stage trappings, the Austin Shakespeare Festival's production of King Henry V provides a sweeping panorama of life during wartime, one that has much to say to a nation at war today.
"...Austin Playhouse, through May 11..."

May 9, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Script Works has a changing of the bard, Austin officially becomes a capital of culture, and the Texas Fine Arts Association is renamed Arthouse.
" leaving his position as executive artistic director of Austin Script Works, which he's led since January 1998, following..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Arts Column 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.
"...Neulander emceeing the Paynes -- or in joining the Austin Circle of Theatres board, which he has also just..."

Aug. 30, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Homecoming Queen
Many actors leave Austin seeking a career on the stage and are never heard from by the folks in their old hometown. But Austin native Starla Benford has come home as the star of a national tour. She talks about starting out at Harvard, making her mark as a professional, and nine months on the road with The Vagina Monologues.
"...themselves on local stages take their final bows in Austin and set off in search of theatrical careers elsewhere...."

June 8, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Star Chambers
Take a peek behind the dressing room doors of Austin theatre through the lens of photographer Bret Brookshire.
"...begin there. In these hidden chambers, actors -- the playhouse's priests -- shed their everyday wear and don the..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dreaming ART
This year in Austin, autumn brings a Spring Storm, and with it Actors Repertory of Texas, the realization of the city's long-cherished dream of a locally based professional theatre company.
"...Spring Storm is receiving its world premiere production in Austin. Inside the B. Iden Payne Theatre, an opening-night crowd..."

Nov. 5, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

New Drama in Austin: The History Lesson
"...right, here's a backward look at new plays in Austin. The city has been blessed with playwrights for some..."

March 12, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Dream On
Austin Museum of Art Re-Examines Its Downtown Plans
"...The future home of the Austin Museum of Art at the corner of Third and..."

Jan. 30, 1998 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Summer of Laugh
This Year, Austin Comics Got Really Hot
"...paper to work with. For many years, your average Austin comedian's summer was like the go-nowhere kid's: just three..."

Oct. 3, 1997 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Art's New Address
Uptown Is Home to Austin's Latest Cultural District
"...Tribeca, Chelsea, the Village). In the last 15 years, Austin has seen the rise and fall of more than..."

July 4, 1997 Arts Feature by Rebecca S. Cohen

TV Eye
Mekka Lekka Hi-Mekka Hiney Ho!
"...Pee-wee's Playhouse is back on TV when it joins the Adult..."

July 7, 2006 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

Keeping Up With the Joneses
A century of Austin music in one arrangement
"...inside the Texas Music Museum, lies the key to Austin's musical history, and unlocking it for just a couple..."

June 18, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Public Notice
CASA Fiesta
"...were wee, we used to play in Jean S.'s playhouse, a rickety but functional number fashioned by her father..."

July 23, 1999 Column by Kate X Messer

Getting Online With Art
"...good friends in Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin. This Saturday, January 18, ALAA presents "Art in Cyberspace,"..."

Jan. 17, 1997 Arts Column

"...with the cliffhanger endings, the closure of Capitol City Playhouse by the Internal Revenue Service put the fate of..."

Dec. 13, 1996 Arts Column

Bunch Replies
"...Overall the piece ignores the role of thousands of Austin citizens who care enough to get involved and fight..."

Nov. 8, 1996 Column

311 Story in Error
"..."...The 311 club, which the Austin Police department says may have a lax door policy..."

Oct. 25, 1996 Column

Capital T Theatre's It Is Magic
This captivating staging of Mickle Maher's comedy debates theatre's enchantments where Macbeth meets "The Three Little Pigs"
"...prove it to the patrons of the Mortier Civic Playhouse with her new adult adaptation for the stage –..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

In Memoriam: Bill Fagan
"...with his wit and theatrical skills. He came to Austin in the Seventies to study drama at UT and..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

All the Hill Country's a Stage
No matter where you are in the Hill Country, you're never too far from a theatre. From Boerne to Kerrville, Marble Falls to Uvalde, community theatres are enthusiastically serving up choruses of "76 Trombones" and Odd Couples with a Lone Star twang, as well as some theatrical surprises.
"...returning to wife Susan's hometown of Kerrville and founding Playhouse 2000; and Jim Weisman, one of Austin's most acclaimed..."

May 9, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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