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Payne Pleasures 2004
Sam Bass Theatre's Forever Plaid took top honors at the 30th anniversary B. Iden Payne Awards
"...On Monday, Sept. 27, the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its annual B. Iden..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

City Council adopts new guidelines for the Cultural Arts Funding Program, Michelle Schumann shoots off for a Canadian piano competition, and some 'palpable hits' to get your sweet William for Shakespeare's birthday
"...of only eight pianists competing? Hie thee to the Austin Lyric Opera Armstrong Community Music School, 901 Barton Springs..."

April 23, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

More trouble at Austin Lyric Opera as it fires seven staff members and eliminates its Young Artist Program.
"...has already been a painful and troubling season at Austin Lyric Opera grew even more so last week with..."

May 30, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The final exit for actress Patsy Goldwater, a home run for playwright Dan Dietz, a fair for your inner Frankenstein, and a training ground for aspiring critics
"...a stroke. She was 80 years old. Goldwater blessed Austin's stages with her presence for two decades, her charm..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

A Question of Equity
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
" contracts for local union members), Fort Worth, and Austin, as well as the play's producer...."

June 9, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

TV Eye
Austin Stories Chapter Ends
"...The MTV series Austin Stories is officially not being renewed. The decision was..."

June 5, 1998 Screens Column by Margaret Moser

Let's Fix That
How New Plays Are Developed in Austin
"...headed the New Play Development program at Capitol City Playhouse earlier this year. They don't allow the artist the..."

Oct. 18, 1996 Arts Feature by Brett Holloway-Reeves

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows
"...1) HAMILTON/JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Broadway in Austin/Texas Performing Arts) The 4-year-old phenom of musicals arrived like..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Long Story of East 11th and 12th Streets Takes a Turn
Austin’s historically black neighborhood continues to stand at the crossroads of growth
" to another. "A lot of those places, Charlie's Playhouse, the Deluxe Hotel, the Victory Grill, they were frequented..."

Oct. 18, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Restaurant Options to Pair With Smithville's Small-Town Charm
Things to do when you're out east of the big city
"...Head out east of Austin on Highway 71, past the airport with its international..."

May 15, 2019 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Organ Great James Polk Works Wonders Outside the Limelight
We speak with Austin’s esteemed multi-instrumentalist and former arranger for Ray Charles
"...sobering universality. One of these gentlemen, Dr. James Polk, Austin's esteemed multi-instrumentalist, world-class organist, and former arranger for the..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Boz Scaggs Doesn't Mean to Be Argumentative
The Texan parses blues, R&B, and rock & roll ahead of two Austin shows
"...weeks charting, Out of the Blues brings Scaggs to Austin on its accompanying tour. He headlines the Paramount Theatre..."

Oct. 19, 2018 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Paper Chairs' The Audience
Elizabeth Doss' adaptation of García Lorca's unfinished play is less a drama than a dream, unbound by logic, reason, or convention
"...Elizabeth Doss' new adaptation of El Público for the Austin theatre company Paper Chairs, won't end well for the..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend
Just, ah, watch out for those big ol’ motorbikes, mmmkay?
"...1) Austin Playhouse over there in the ACC Highland complex, they’ve..."

June 8, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Gay Place
Here and queer – UT Austin launches an LGBTQ Studies program
"...unrestricted and unapologetic art exhibit on the body. Featuring Austin's Ben Aqua, riel Sturchio, and Xavier Schipani, plus Brooklyn's..."

Jan. 26, 2018 Column by Sarah Marloff

A New Cuppa Tea in Tripoli
Actress Bernadette Nason takes tales of a year in Libya and brews a potent memoir
", Tea in Tripoli, for City Theatre's Summer Acts! Austin 2011 festival, where her tales were received as enthusiastically..."

Aug. 18, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Gay Place
Austin's evolution of drag
"...and makeover success. Putting Butch Queen on one of Austin's most popular stages – on a Friday, no less..."

Aug. 11, 2017 Column by Sarah Marloff

Sandy Carson Was There
Fund a unique photo op of ATX’s live music capital
"...first proper gig, Anthrax and Testament, at the Edinburgh Playhouse...."

Feb. 17, 2017 Music Post by Richard Whittaker

City Theatre's Bus Stop
Director Tracy Arnold stages William Inge's drama with humor and charm, but seems to fight against the script's darkness
"...the dark comedy element with great success. In 2014, Austin Playhouse converted Venus in Fur, David Ives' psychological/sexually political..."

March 25, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

2016 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and what that line’s going to be like
"...SXSW is with some serious know-how. We’ve got the Austin insider’s guide to film venues, the queue system, and..."

March 7, 2016 Screens Post

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
"...Raiford's eye-popping designs. 4) Tortoise & Hare (Summer Stock Austin)..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The musical delights again, thanks to Zilker Theatre Productions' stellar cast and quality staging
"...Fresh from a fantastic turn as Amos in Austin Playhouse's production of Chicago, Scott Shipman again wows audiences..."

July 17, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Showing Black Lives Matter
Facing race then and now onstage in Pretty Fire and Hands Up Hoodies Down
"...week sees a pair of theatrical productions opening in Austin that are doing their part to work for change,..."

March 13, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Theresa Duncan's Girl-Centric CD-ROMs Are Reissued for a New Generation
The games get their "21st century premiere" in Austin
"...To help in that regard, Rhizome looked to the..."

Feb. 27, 2015 Screens Feature by James Renovitch

Who Pays What
"...Austin Playhouse Min. AEA contract (3-5 per show): $222/wk Non-AEA:..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Top 10 Theatre Duos & Trios of 2014
Remembering a year in theatre in which performers distinguished themselves in twos and threes
"...BENJAMIN SUMMERS & J. BEN WOLFE IN THE LIAR (Austin Playhouse) The dynamic duo clowned it up in comically..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

Top 10 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
"...Hollingsworth in Chicago, Molly Karrasch in Venus in Fur (Austin Playhouse), Liz Beckham in Tartuffe (Mary Moody Northen Theatre),..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

If You Build It, They Will Come
Hump! Tour's DIY porn pit-stops in Austin
"...taken HUMP! on the road, including a stop in Austin (co-presented by The Austin Chronicle). The rolling roadshow of..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Screens Feature by Fernie Martinez

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat
The year's scenic designs proved especially appealing to the feline theatregoer
"...4) 'NOISES OFF' (Patrick Crowley for Austin Playhouse) Disregard the slamming doors, if you can, and..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Drama & Tonic
Why Austin theatres are adding mixed drinks to the mix, offstage and on
"...a simple enough question to answer at a local playhouse – I mean, if you had a thirst for..."

July 5, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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