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Hang the DJ
The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation
"..."Theatre gets to create a topic of conversation for a..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
"...Man, the American theatre is one seriously fucked-up place. Here's this company staging..."

March 30, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"My Uncle Has a Barn...."
Theatre Is Thriving in Some Surprising Places Outside Austin
"...illustration by Robert Faires Who needs a theatre for puttin' on a play... when wyou've a perfectly..."

June 20, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Whose House
Making a Place for Black Theatre in Austin
"...killing time, thumbing through the September issue of American Theatre that I had had in my bag for several..."

Jan. 17, 1997 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

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 elevating both the..."

March 8, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

What in Our House?
Theatrical perversity in Chicago: the Austin connection
"...recent story in the Chicago Reader titled "At Profiles Theatre the drama – and abuse – is real." The..."

July 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Year of the Booster
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...For anyone feeling down about the state of our city, the 24th edition of the Austin Critics Table Awards..."

May 25, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

A Streetcar Named Desire
Blanche may want magic and not realism, but in City Theatre's revival, it's realism that makes the magic
"...A Streetcar Named DesireCity Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870 Through Aug. 18 Running..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Live and Let Live
Too Much Bitching Can Be Hazardous to Theatre's Health
"...season again. The nominations for the B. Iden Payne theatre awards are out, and once the local stage set..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
"...over the game board in utter frustration. As the City of Austin arts funding system -- formally known as..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Arts Feature by Mary Jane Garza

Entrances & Exits
Comings and Goings on the Theatre Scene
"...the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers,..."

Sept. 5, 1997 Arts Feature

Terrence McNally on Art and Commerce
The Tony-winning playwright talks about the business of show
"...a half-century, Terrence McNally has had ample experience with theatre from both the artistic side and the business side,..."

June 6, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Past, Present, and FuturX of Latinx Performance in Austin
The current surge of Latinx theatre and dance in Austin speaks to both tradition and pioneering new directions
"...This past Friday, I was talking with a fellow theatregoer at the Mexican American Cultural Center about how that..."

Aug. 24, 2018 Arts Feature by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Wheels of a Dream
With the long-awaited Topfer Theatre, Zach races full-throttle into the future
"...a car on the Karen Kuykendall Stage inside Zach Theatre's new Topfer Theatre: a full-size automobile (albeit one built..."

Oct. 5, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

There Will Be Blood
... And bloodsuckers and zombies and ghosts and murderers all over our stages this week
"...sources. This year's Evil Dead: The Musical and Weird City Theatre's freshly adapted Nosferatu draw inspiration (not to mention..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Looking for Las Vegas
An Austin playwright discovers Sin City by going to Louisville
"...If I've learned one thing from life in the theatre, it's that miracles don't like questions...."

May 5, 2006 Arts Feature by Dan Dietz

An 'Our Town' for Our Town
With 100 Austin stories, Zach builds a city on a stage
"...we don't see it portrayed much in our national theatre. Plays in this country tend to focus on smaller..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stage Top 10s
Top Ten That's Really 13 (and Could Easily Have Been 20) Theatre Experiences of 1996
" Pieces, The Gospel at Colonus (Hopeful Monsters/Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Zachary Scott Theatre Center): What are the odds? In..."

Jan. 10, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Plays in Our Stocking
A Few Dramas We Want St. Nick to Give Austin Theatre
" 1996 has been pretty good to the Austin theatre scene, gift-wise. What with getting a new theatre downtown..."

Dec. 20, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Growing Pains
Austin Theatre for Youth Builds on First Season
"...upon a time, in the enchanted land of Austin, theatre companies believed that all they needed to do to..."

Dec. 6, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Nominees for the 2018-19 Austin Critics Table Awards Announced
The Critics Table's picture-perfect year
"...was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the..."

May 13, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Tyler Mount's Broadway Success
Playbill vlog king hosts High School Musical Theatre Awards
"...When the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards begin tonight, Broadway will be in the house...."

April 18, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak
Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners
"...with a squadron of new critics presenting awards, a city proclamation acknowledging the occasion that included a recipe for..."

June 6, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: The Arts Commission Hustle
City group gets moving on policy plan for Austin creatives
"...SRO crowd at the Off Center reacted to the city staff's "Music and Creative Ecosystem Stabilization Recommendations" regarding the..."

Aug. 8, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mother Courage
Melba Martinez's legacy at Mary Moody Northen Theatre
"...tenure as artistic director of the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Tackling epic works like the nine-hour Pulitzer Prize-winning drama..."

Aug. 13, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Get Real!
With the Arts on Real, Blake Yelavich has managed to do what many other theatre groups in the city have been attempting to do, some for years upon years: create from scratch the premier alternative theatre facility in Austin.
"...Blake Yelavich has been around Austin theatre for more than a few years. He's probably best..."

June 13, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Bad Dog's Good Deeds
Contrary to its name, the new Bad Dog Comedy Theater isn't a mean spoiler on Austin's comedy scene. It's about bringing things together, like improv / sketch comedy and stand-up, two veins of comedy that are almost always separate.
"...competing clubs, such as Rich Taylor from the Capitol City Comedy Club, Tyler Bryce from ComedySportz, and Austin Jernigan..."

Aug. 4, 2000 Arts Feature

Home for Heroes (and Others)
Transforming the storefront at 617 Congress into The Hideout, a multilevel arts venue, has been a learning process for proprietors Shana Merlin and Sean Hill. But after $250,000 of investment, the developer's dance of securing permits, and many hours of hard labor, they have created one of Austin's most user-friendly theatre spaces.
"...thorough cleaning of the interior, as they readied the theatre for opening earlier this year, turned up such artifacts..."

Aug. 4, 2000 Arts Feature by Phil West

`Tis the Season...
When Zachary Scott Theatre Center Flies With Angels
"...easy, not for Oedipus or for the Zachary Scott Theatre Center. The tragic king of ancient Greek drama took..."

June 27, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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