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Cultural Cancellations and Postponements: The Big List
What's not happening around Austin, arts-wise
"...As noted elsewhere on this site, Austinites are wasting no time in taking their art online,..."

March 24, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day Trips & Beyond: Santa Fe, N.M.
Art and food in the enchanting city of Santa Fe
"...the art cooperative to experiment with building the innovative playhouse. The group is now looking to expand to Denver,..."

Nov. 12, 2019 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

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
"...club 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

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

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

Soul Stunner Miss Lavelle White Turns 39 (or So)
“I had a hard life, but it channeled into the music”
"...Bland on regional revues. Meanwhile, her earliest appearances in Austin put her on bandstands at thriving black clubs like..."

July 5, 2019 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

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
"...is 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

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees
"...What keeps Austin's cultural scene among the liveliest in the nation is..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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

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

2019 Arts Hall of Famers Announced
Bravo, Harden, Kinney, and Sawyer to be inducted this year
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the 18th group of individuals..."

May 7, 2019 Arts Post 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

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

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

Charles Dickens' Prolific Work Comes to Several Austin Stages
There's more than Scrooge on Austin stages this holiday season – which is just as his creator would want it
"...a Different Stages' production of Great Expectations and Aus­tin Playhouse's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood are filling..."

Nov. 23, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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

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

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

Spectrum Theatre Company's Juneteenth Chronicles
With this play, Crystal Bird Caviel honors ancestors who were slaves and her colleague, the late Dr. Billy F. Harden
"...April 10, was deeply felt in many communities throughout Austin. He was mourned at the Metropolitan AME Church, where..."

June 15, 2018 Arts Feature 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

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events this Weekend
Instead of just staring dully at that Roseanne reboot, right?
"...two about putting on a show, insists that the Austin Playhouse production of Shakespeare in Love – a staging..."

March 29, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

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

In Memoriam: Ken Johnson
Remembering the versatile theatre artist, who died March 2
"...One of Austin's most versatile theatre artists and a key player in..."

March 8, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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

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