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She Stoops to Conquer
Austin Playhouse brought out the impudence of this comedy of manners through a shared vision of sincere simplicity
"...this is not an uncommon theme in comedies of manners, which one could easily argue is the most fitting..."

March 13, 2015 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Payne Pleasures 2005
Drama with a Gothic flair scored high in the nominations for the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards, as announced by Austin Circle of Theatres on August 15
"...and the work of directors Guy Roberts and Ian Manners, costume designer Buffy Manners, sound designer Phillip Montoya, and..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: Austin Playhouse’s Murder on the Links
Agatha Christie’s 1923 mystery gets a surprising remake as a farce
"...minimal furniture and doors represented by empty frames, and Buffy Manners provides costumes to match, with most characters differentiated..."

Dec. 15, 2023 Arts Feature by Jasmine Lane

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
"...The Book of Will is a visual treat. Costumer Buffy Manners' intricate pieces, illuminated by lighting designer Chris Conard's..."

June 21, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Austin Playhouse's Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar-winning film makes a successful transition to the stage through Don Toner's marvelous production
" forge a perfect Elizabethan environment capped off by Buffy Manners' exquisite costume design. Toby Minor's fight choreography is..."

March 30, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice
"...(set by Mike Toner) wearing great clothes (costumes by Buffy Manners)...."

Dec. 15, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Explorers Club
Austin Playhouse's sublimely silly satire of Victorian pomposity ventures where other comedies fear to tread
"...hat and robes (among the many perfect costumes by Buffy Manners), leading an unseen army with guttural grunts, leaping..."

April 22, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing
The script for this baseball play is a bit wobbly, but Austin Playhouse fields a strong production for the win
"...could use some more time in the farm system. Buffy Manners' costumes are perfect, and the set is an..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Philadelphia Story
Don Toner's direction and a top-drawer cast make for a riotous evening in this version of Philip Barry's crisp comedy
"...Uncle Willy, sporting a referenced toupee by costume designer Buffy Manners, who drapes every actor in both character- and..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Real Thing
Tom Stoppard's play receives a remarkable revival with a seasoned cast
"...the actors pull us right back in. Legendary costumer Buffy Manners drapes her actors to match their station, most..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Tree Play
For this story of a rain forest over a lifetime, Robi Polgar created a living, breathing poem
"...around us, making each ray of light a gift. Buffy Manners' costumes worked very well, particularly for those actors..."

Aug. 14, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

A cast of familiar faces conjures Kander and Ebb's Jazz Age classic in an entertaining way
"...Lyn Koenning's musical direction and Buffy Manners' costumes punch up the razzle-dazzle and bring the..."

June 26, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Lady Windermere's Fan
Austin Playhouse's take on this Oscar Wilde treat is straightforward and buoyed by terrific performances
"...The production has minor flaws: Some of Buffy Manners' costumes are graceful, but others are mismatched; razor-edge..."

March 22, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Measure for Measure
Mary Moody Northen Theatre delivers a colorful version of Shakespeare's grayscale comedy that's worth seeing
"...brings oranges, purples, and greens into the picture. And Buffy Manners' hip costumes outfit the morally ambiguous supporting characters..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Austin Playhouse succeeds in booking a funny flight to Madcap Farce City
" acrobatics to bring the sometimes-too-predictable script to life. Buffy Manners' excellent and colorful costumes likewise heighten each character..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Playing 'House' (and 'Garden')
At Austin Playhouse, running Alan Ayckbourn's paired comedies side-by-side is double the pleasure, double the fun
"...plays a look. At the suggestion of costume designer Buffy Manners, he read House and Garden and, to his..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Christmas Carol
The State Theater Company brings its artistry to bear on that most conventional show of the season, 'A Christmas Carol,' and delivers a perfectly packaged production
"...playwright Neil Bartlett, set by David Potts, costumes by Buffy Manners, and sound by the Gunn Brothers, but it's..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

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
"...daughter Margaret (Lara Toner). They are dressed for refinement; Buffy Manners' ornate Tudor costumes, heavy with velvets, bullion, and..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Buffy Manners, Henry V/The Merry Wives of Windsor/Mrs. Warren's Profession..."

May 9, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Mrs. Warren's Profession
The State Theater Company's scintillating revival of Mrs. Warren's Profession moves George Bernard Shaw's characters beyond the politics for which they serve as mouthpieces and fills them with the breaths and gestures and expressions of people who live.
"...The production is lovely -- with Buffy Manners' sumptuous period costumes, Tony Tucci's handsome lighting, and..."

March 28, 2003 Arts Review 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.
"...this guise (realized in gloriously appalling fashion by costumer Buffy Manners), we can immediately see that his ego matches..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Twelfth Night
The latest production of Twelfth Night from the Austin Shakespeare Festival is full of such strange staging, acting, set, costumes, and sound that viewers end up with less a romantic comedy and more a mass of whirling, flailing confusion.
"...over Shakespeare's text more than a few times.) While Buffy Manners' costumes mixed pre-modern and modern silhouettes to interesting..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

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.
"...bare trees and accent strips patterned with leaves, and Buffy Manners has costumed the cast in sand, khaki, tan,..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Alone Again, Unnaturally
The isolation of the lighthouse-bound old couple in Ionesco's The Chairs is supposed to be shattering, but while there are some startling images in the State Theater Company's polished and professional production, the terror of being alone takes a back seat to an effort to play the script's comedy.
"...dressed in baggy, shabby, long-worn clothes provided by designer Buffy Manners, their long gray hair hanging in their faces...."

July 27, 2001 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

You know the way Dilbert can sometimes get the whole office / cyber scene down perfectly? That's what Tapestry Dance Company does in their new show .com, and just as cleverly -- but with dance. And with some real depth and beauty worked in there, too. It was like the best of Dilbert, but with Dilbert as drawn by one of the Wyeths.
" part of a video game. The costumes (by Buffy Manners) in that part were neat -- far more..."

June 8, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Virtual Devotion
Scott Kanoff launches his tenure as the State Theater Company's new producing artistic director with Eric Coble's Virtual Devotion, and while the performances and design work are laudatory, they're brought to bear on a lackluster script that looks poor in comparison to the least that, say, MAD TV has to offer.
" itself, the liquid silver business suit that costumer Buffy Manners has created for Reverend Pete might mesmerize runway..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

A Macbeth
In the State Theater Company production A Macbeth, director Guy Chandler Roberts strips the Scottish Play of its dramatic spectacle and boils it down into a compelling ritual of human evil, a Black Mass.
"...elements -- Christopher McCollum's stark and striking elemental set, Buffy Manners' baroque black battle armor and sleek, simple robes,..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Blood Wedding: Folk Tale Under a Glitter Moon
"...floor of the house façade is an imaginative stroke. Buffy Manners pulls together a huge costume design right out..."

April 30, 1999 Arts Review

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Austin Playhouse's production provides a pleasurable escape from our world of straight talk and minimal etiquette
" – a tragedy masquerading as a comedy of manners. The language is delicious to hear, and the characters'..."

Jan. 25, 2008 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Guy Roberts and Ian Manners, A Midsummer Night's Dream..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

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