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The House That Don Built
"...South Austin may be a part of town where you can..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures & Pleasures of 2005
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite theatrical productions of 2005
"...her form, embodying people she's interviewed – including several Austinites – with uncanny skill. But more compelling was the..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Playboy of the Western World
As the weather cools, Different Stages brings the warmth of rural Ireland to town in its staging of J.M. Synge’s ‘The Playboy of the Western World’
"...Austin Playhouse, through Dec. 3..."

Nov. 25, 2005 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Out of Austin's primordial music past comes John Andrews with tales from the music hall of legends
"...of Redneck Rock in the first issue of the Austin Sun 30 years ago described the affliction in connection..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Music Feature by Bill Bentley

A Man for All Seasons
In Austin Playhouse's 'A Man for All Seasons,' David Stahl's immaculate Sir Thomas More stands his moral ground with humility, humor, and insight
"...Austin Playhouse, through Nov. 6..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

A Double Life
Napoleon Beazley was executed by the state of Texas, but he lives again in a new play
"...production of The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley at Austin Playhouse. The play was written by John Fleming, a..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Culture Flash!
See a show and aid local theatres, catch some more Crush, show some dramaturgs how to two-step, and read up on Austin artists in national mags
"...• Austin Playhouse's beguiling production of Enchanted April offers one more..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Enchanted April
Austin Playhouse's Enchanted April' taps the story's timeless charms and envelops you in a captivating glow, as warming as spring sunshine
"...Austin Playhouse, through Feb. 14Running Time: 2 hrs, 10 min..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Square One
Steve Tesich's bitingly funny, dark play Square One' posits an oppressive U.S. frighteningly close to our country today.
"...Austin Playhouse Second Stage, through Feb. 5..."

Jan. 21, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
As produced by Austin Playhouse, Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' leaps and lands on its feet with aplomb
"...Cat on a Hot Tin RoofAustin Playhouse, through Oct. 30..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Hail to the Chiefs
By popular demand, the boys of 'The Dead Presidents' Club' are back in town
"...because the show enjoyed such a hit revival at Austin Playhouse last summer that Artistic Director Don Toner has..."

July 16, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Private Lives
In Austin Playhouse's production of Private Lives, an excellent ensemble mines Noël Coward's witty wordplay and his characters' spectacular self-absorption with comedic aplomb
"...Austin Playhouse, through Feb. 29..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

The Winter's Tale
You should go to the Austin Shakespeare Festival's The Winter's Tale only if you'd like to see a truly magical story of hope from despair, joy from grief, and life from death
"...Austin Playhouse, through Jan. 24..."

Jan. 23, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Dead Presidents Club
In The Dead Presidents Club, Larry L. King brings together Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon in the afterlife for a lighthearted exploration of these American leaders' strengths and foibles, and the best part of Austin Playhouse's funny, entertaining revival is the inspired work of the excellent team of actors who fully embody these presidents.
"...Austin Playhouse, through June 22..."

June 13, 2003 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner

Arts Stalwarts
Twelve of Austin's cultural heroes will be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the 2003 Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony, and here is an introduction to them and some of their significant contributions to the local arts scene.
"...They are Austin's cultural heroes. They are individuals who have founded local..."

May 30, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Stuffed to bursting with outrageous characters, broad reactions, and slapstick, The Merry Wives of Windsor as mounted by the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Austin Playhouse is big on big comedy, and the crisp comic work of the cast makes it a sizable pleasure.
"...Wives of Windsor: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WhirlAustin Playhouse, through Feb. 16 Running Time: 2 hrs, 15..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Aidan's Bed
While each of the seven bedroom dialogues in Aidan's Bed, Blake Yelavich's tight comic subversion of melodrama, relates to a deadly sin, the play as produced by Naughty Austin, is harmless at worst and titillation at its best.
"...Aidan's Bed:Light ConfessionAustin Playhouse at Penn Field, through Dec. 14..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Arts Review by Rob Curran

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Local Arts Reviews
"...Once the lights come up on Austin Playhouse's production of The Man Who Came to Dinner,..."

June 7, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Blues in the Night
Austin Playhouse's production of the musical Blues in the Night pinpoints feelings of love and loss among three women all hurt in love, with singers Jacqui Cross, Janis Stinson, and Melanie Wilkinson blending their three strong voices into a mighty harmony and reclaiming blues music for their sex.
"...pokey hotel room wondering why his girl left him. Austin Playhouse's latest musical Blues in the Night opens up..."

March 29, 2002 Arts Review by Rob Curran

The Fantasticks
Although Austin Playhouse's revival of The Fantasticks is burdened with more than a few trips and stumbles, the show has evident charms, and here familiarity breeds not contempt but something warmer.
"...In the care of the Austin Playhouse, and more specifically, of Producing Artistic Director Don..."

June 29, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Perpetuating Preservation
Austin's Historic Victory Grill
"...of the most integral fixtures in the history of Austin music...."

Jan. 3, 1997 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

These Are the Days
Extolling an Exciting New Era of Austin Theatre
"...memorial service for Michel Jaroschy, founder of Capitol City Playhouse and its managing director for 14 years, in reference..."

Nov. 1, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Sudden, Silent Exit
Director Mark Ramont Leaves Austin
"...finished packing his belongings into a truck and left Austin, Texas, for good. He had told no one in..."

July 21, 1995 Arts Feature

Trey Gutierrez's Top 10 Moments That Left Audiences Speechless in 2019
The year celebrated through moments when performers stunned their audiences into silence
"...5) HUCK HUCKABY IN THE BOOK OF WILL (Austin Playhouse) Sitting in solemn reverence seemed the second-best option..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Trey Gutierrez

Blues Boy Hubbard Passes at 85
Guitarist and bandleader elemental to Eastside music history
"...Henry “Blues Boy” Hubbard, a one-man institution of Austin blues whose musical legacy stretches back to the Fifties,..."

Nov. 25, 2019 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

In Memoriam: Rhoda Winter Russell
Movement therapy pioneer who knew the greats of dance has died
"...On July 26, Austin lost a resident with an extraordinary history in dance...."

Aug. 1, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
"...Vortex Repertory Company) and Monty Python's Spamalot (Summer Stock Austin); the Theatre for Youth production El Paraíso de los..."

Sept. 20, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
"...2) FRANCHELLE STEWART DORN AS MEDEA (Austin Shakespeare)/HOLLAND TAYLOR AS ANN (Zach Theatre) Two towering figures..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Chicago
A cast of familiar faces conjures Kander and Ebb's Jazz Age classic in an entertaining way
"...a well-known work comes with its set of difficulties. Austin Playhouse's production boasts a talented group of familiar Austin..."

June 26, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Arlo & Julie
Steve Mims concocts a mischievous story about a happy, if rudderless Austin couple
"...Mims cast an Austin-bred skeleton crew of only a half-dozen speaking parts, and..."

May 8, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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