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Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
"...Betsy McCann, Tangled Tricksters..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
The Austin Circle of Theaters has handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2002 through July 2003.
"...Play for Youth: Brandon T. Harris, The King Stag Betsy McCann, A Dragon's Happy Day..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Oceana
The Vortex's latest theatrical immersion in myth sinks you down 20,000 leagues
"...such that we clearly understand the wonder expressed by Betsy McCann's Gulf Girl as she tours the undersea world...."

May 22, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Vortex's Vampyress
Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky
"...are at least partially nude from curtain to curtain. Betsy McCann Bromley plays Stephan Hapsburg, the Countess' lesbian lover..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Sarah Silver Hands
The magic in this new fairy-tale opera lies in its look more than its story
"...behest of evil Winter Kingdom owl-witch Spyril (Vortex regular Betsy McCann). Oh, and Spyril's agile hench-owls chop off Sarah's..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

'The Dragonfly Queen'
Composer Chad Salvata takes his Dragonfly Princess to the next stage of her evolution
"...Octax, part Fae and part Vampire Squid played by Betsy McCann, as she attacks the ship in a spectacular..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Actors' Equity honors Dirk van Allen, and the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards go to ...
"...certificates, now dubbed Standing Ovations, to Melissa Vogt and Betsy McCann for their ensemble performance in Wake for the..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

To Be Continued!
Something about 'hOle,' a new live theatrical serial in nine episodes, is bringing folks back to the Vortex every Tuesday night of this long, hot summer
"...only helped his shamans – Fowler, Jo Beth Henderson, Betsy McCann, Melissa Vogt, and Selina Wright – develop their..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Payne Pleasures 2004
Sam Bass Theatre's Forever Plaid took top honors at the 30th anniversary B. Iden Payne Awards
"...Betsy McCann (Tangled Tricksters)..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Good Woman of Setzuan
If Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan drags some, the actors in the Vortex Summer Youth Theatre production don't, and that keeps the evening engaging
"...Laird is an approachable and grounded Mrs. Yang. And Betsy McCann, who has a fine singing voice, finds humor..."

July 30, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Coriolanus
Lorella Loftus' staging of Coriolanus at the Vortex doesn't succeed in making Shakespeare's hero truly tragic or noble, but its fierceness of imagination and commitment would do the Roman general proud.
"...that you believe Coriolanus suckled it from her breast. Betsy McCann's soothing Menenius, meanwhile, is sheathed in pastel blues..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Medea
Playwright Liz Lochhead brings Euripides' tale of Medea and her hideous yet compelling vengeance into the present day, but delivers a surprisingly staid and familiar rendition of the tragedy, and while the this Vortex Repertory Company production offers some striking dramatic tableaux, it suffers from pacing problems, a lack of dramatic tension, and little effective storytelling.
"...and monstrousness. Shared by actresses Paula Gilbert, Wendy Goodwin, Betsy McCann, and Regina Yunker, this Medea is ungrounded. She..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Edward, the Owl & the Calico Cat
Austin playwright Emily Cicchini tells the true story behind Edward Lear's magical "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" in Edward, the Owl & the Calico Cat, and the Pollyanna Theatre Company production delivers it smartly, if at a somewhat breathless pace.
"...well, each filling both major and minor roles seamlessly. Betsy McCann is a standout as Grace, Edward's beloved puss...."

July 12, 2002 Arts Review by Kate X Messer

The Chimponauts and the Mechanical Phantom
It may help to know sci-fi B-movies, but this space spoof by Electronic Planet Ensemble is silly fun for everyone
"...and the Mechanical Phantom (a cardboard puppet operated by Betsy McCann, Joanna Wright, Katherine Wilkinson, and Rebecca Goldstein) who..."

May 10, 2013 Arts Review by Matthew Irwin

2008 B. Iden Payne Awards
A strong sense of community at possibly the funniest Payne Awards ceremony ever
"...Content Love Knowles, Betsy McCann, Kira Parra, Emerald Mystiek,..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

2007-2008 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Content Love Knowles, Betsy McCann, Kira Parra, Emerald Mystiek, Ashley Edwards, Leigh Shaw,..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

2008 Payne Awards Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Content Love Knowles, Betsy McCann, Kira Parra, Emerald Mystiek, Ashley Edwards, Leigh Shaw,..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

Blake Behind Bars
To write a parody of prison movies, Naughty Austin's Blake Yelavich sentenced himself to 27 films in the big house
"...Austin regulars like Doug LeBelle, local stage vets like Betsy McCann and Douglas Taylor, and hunky video stars Rush..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Dragonfly Princess
Despite its fairy-tale trappings, ethos' opera The Dragonfly Princess takes us down a dark path of intrigues, heresy, power struggles, and death
"...at least one breast throughout). Kristine Olson's Qlye and Betsy McCann's Vyn both project a stern menace – you'd..."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Full Monty
Naughty Austin's production of the musical The Full Monty gets off to a clunky start, but once it hits its stride, it generously delivers a fun night for its audience
"...performers treat the audience to such fine talent as Betsy McCann's first-rate voice, Quincy Kuykendall's first-rate dancing, and Michelle..."

June 8, 2007 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

2006 B. Iden Payne Awards: Payne, Payne, who got the Payne?
When the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its B. Iden Payne Awards for 2005-2006, it was 'American Fiesta' that, well, bowled over the rest of the nominees
"...for Chad Salvata's original score and the performances of Betsy McCann and Melissa Vogt. Theatre at the J took..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Betsy McCann, Tangled Tricksters II..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

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