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The Mountaintop
Katori Hall's drama probes Martin Luther King Jr.'s mortality and legacy on the last night of his life
" an MLK with appetites and desires, and in Austin Playhouse's staging, under the steady hand of Producing Artistic..."

Jan. 16, 2015 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dramatic Turns of 2013
A look back at some of the year's most gripping performances
"...THE BEST PRIEST: SHORT PLAYS OF THE HAR­LEM RENAISSANCE' (Austin Commun­ity College Department of Drama) Like a living museum..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

A Walk in the Woods
Street Corner Arts revives this tale of Cold War arms negotiations with style, notably in the forest set
"...A Walk in the WoodsAustin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, 512/298-9776 Through..."

July 26, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Stats
"...and drive the decision-making process for the theatre's season. AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Arts Feature

Everything the Traffic Will Allow
"...Your Gun: through July 29, Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512/869-7469,"

July 20, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
A peek beneath the tutu from Austin's Mike McKinley
"...On Feb. 7, Austin balletomanes will meet their match. It appears that no..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Zach Theatre
Construction is starting on Zach's third performance space, its biggest yet
"...Theatre's new 420-seat stage. The show folk at this playhouse, however, would not be deterred from marking the momentous..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stones in His Pockets
With David Stahl and Michael Stuart playing everyone in County Kerry, this Irish comedy is a delight from beginning to end
"...The Austin Playhouse production runs like a well-oiled machine, and while..."

March 7, 2008 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie may have been done to death, but the strong cast of the Austin Shakespeare Festival production makes this masterpiece come alive again
"...Austin Playhouse, through March 18..."

March 9, 2007 Arts Review by Clayton Maxwell

The Night Hank Williams Died
Austin Playhouse's revival of 'The Night Hank Williams Died' boasts a strong script and acting but so carefully skirts anything ugly or messy that it's all surface: bloodless, polished, and clean
"...Austin Playhouse, through Nov. 19..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Culture Flash!
Police believe they have the killer of Esther's juggler Warren Ryder Schwartz, Jenny Hart puts 'Space Ghost's Brak in stitches, more stage hits are back by popular demand, and construction starts on Ballet Austin's new dance center
"...questioning, that he'd burglarized an apartment in the South Austin complex. A neighbor reported seeing Rubio, carrying a duffel..."

Aug. 18, 2006 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Stella Adler and the American Theater
UT's Harry Ransom Center, which acquired the complete archive of Stella Adler, celebrates her impact on American acting in the symposium Stella Adler and the American Theater
"...can see it not just in film, but in Austin right now. In the 1930s, Adler was a member..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Theatre: Classic Comeback
Throughout November, Austinites have the chance to see four plays that have stood the test of time: 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth,' 'The Way of the World,' and 'The Playboy of the Western World'
"...This coming weekend, and for a few weeks after, Austinites will have the chance to see four plays that..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road, Ballet Austin/Pollyanna Theatre Company..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

Arms and the Man
Different Stages' 'Arms and the Man' is an honest attempt at entertainment with a political edge, but it swallows or ignores the complex interpretation that this script deserves
"...Arms and the ManAustin Playhouse, Second Stage, through Nov. 27..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Culture Flash!
The UT Performing Arts Center is luring students into the voting booth with free tickets, and three local stage hits add extra performances
"...Austin Playhouse's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Romeo and Juliet
The trick in staging Romeo and Juliet has ever been keeping the suspense in the second half that the first half never really needs, and the Austin Shakespeare Festival almost manages it
"...Romeo and JulietAustin Playhouse, through May 15..."

April 30, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Trappakeepa & Girth
There are three things worth noting about Gypsy Baby Productions' premiere of this ostensible comedy by Lindsay Kayser, and that's all
"...Trappakeepa & GirthAustin Playhouse, through April 17..."

April 16, 2004 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Are We on the Edge?
The Austin Shakespeare Festival's Will Power: The Course of Love, a compendium of Shakespearean scenes, songs, and sonnets, is as short and sweet as a chocolate heart
"...Will Power: The Course of LoveAustin Shakespeare Festival..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The UT School of Music hires the Miró Quartet for its new resident string quartet, Charles Leslie succeeds Neil Barclay at the UT PAC, and Don Toner brings back those dead presidents one more time.
"...those dead presidents rest in peace. Last month, the Austin Playhouse producing artistic director brought back Cal Coolidge, Harry..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

A Christmas Carol
The Austin Playhouse-McCallum Fine Arts Academy co-production of Dickens' seasonal fable A Christmas Carol may be wafer-thin in substance, but the abundant goodwill of the entire company, from youngest to least-young, gives the show the warm, sweetness of a traditional holiday brew.
"...fable A Christmas Carol, and the joint production by Austin Playhouse and the McCallum Fine Arts Academy provides a..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

The Seagull
In the Austin Playhouse production of The Seagull, actors Christa Kimlicko Jones and David Stahl create a splendid tension between their characters and between art and life, but most of the rest of the production rolls by languidly, as just another visit with a crew of Chekhov's discontented Russians.
" Christa Kimlicko Jones and David Stahl in the Austin Playhouse production of The Seagull, this scene between the..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Having sat through a Tom Stoppard play, there comes the feeling that a return visit is required to better appreciate all his linguistic, historical, scientific, sexual, comedic, and theatrical flourishes. The Austin Playhouse production of Arcadia, featuring one of the best ensembles to be seen on an Austin stage, may, indeed, warrant repeat visits to fully enjoy its efforts.
"...depths of this playwright's riches. The ensemble in this Austin Playhouse production of Arcadia is certainly one of the..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

In the Austin Playhouse production of Mahalia!, director Don Toner has staged a neat chamber piece with a trio of talented actor / singers, allowing the singing to be spectacular and the rest of the play to operate simply.
"...Austin Playhouse's musical production of Mahalia! takes place, fittingly enough,..."

April 6, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

For the new year, resolve to support the new in the local arts scene. Here are several new projects that would welcome support.
" support the new in the local arts scene. Austin is blessed with artists who dare to explore uncharted..."

Jan. 5, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Nigel O'Hearn terminates Palindrome Theatre after three years, just as planned
", but O'Hearn is an unusual guy. A native Austinite and St. Edward's University graduate – he received degrees..."

Dec. 21, 2012 Arts Feature by Dan Solomon

Mr. Show Busy
Michael McKelvey's just a guy who cain't say no (to musicals)
"...You gotta figure that in Austin's arts community there must be a quintet of McKelvey..."

July 22, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Theatre in the Round (Rock)
Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be
"...plays in their own stage space somewhere in Central Austin. Most, certainly, but not all. Take, for instance, TexARTS,..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Take It to the Next Level
The Cultural Arts Division revives its series of summer workshops for pro creatives
"...Last summer, Austinites who work in the creative sector had the opportunity..."

May 28, 2010 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

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