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Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
"...for Outstanding Drama, with nominations for its two actors, Corey Gagne and Paul Norton, and the spooky atmospherics provided..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

True West
The dirigo group production of Sam Shepard's True West sees Corey Gagne and Judson L. Jones swapping the roles of petty criminal Lee and screenwriter Austin every other night. While both are exceptional actors, offering plenty of sharp character work, both versions bring that pervading sense of threat that gives the show the violent inevitability of Greek tragedy.
"...high-testosterone slugfest, however, is the dirigo group's casting switcheroo: Corey Gagne began the run playing Lee to Judson L...."

July 19, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Shivering the Timbers
The Dirigo Group's 'Gypsy Chain' Speaks for the Trees
"...lowercase, all high talent. At the core: Laura Somers, Corey Gagne, Greg Gondek, Christa Kimlicko Jones, Judson Jones, and..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever
Like those Christmastime baskets full of cheese logs, summer sausages, miniature jars of jellies, etc., The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever features a diverse little gathering of tasty treats -- in this case, five-minute plays on a common theme -- and it's fun to snack on.
"...started us off on a sweet comedic note, with Corey Gagne, Shannon McCormick, and Ben Willcott playing the Three..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Three highly amusing and personable comic actors skewer, pun, and cook their way through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a show that launches the Austin Shakespeare Festival's 20th anniversary season with a bang, a few whacks, and a lot of laughs.
"...three highly amusing, personable comic actors -- Paul Norton, Corey Gagne, and Robert Faires (you might recognize his name..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

The Woman in Black
The power of little things to make spirits real drives The Woman in Black, a terrifically old-fashioned ghost story in the English tradition, and the State Theater Company production employs simple sights and sounds in effective ways that make us believe and be terrified.
"...a romantic flourish. The actors ease into the work, Corey Gagne's actor striding across the stage with the casual..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Tempest
In the State Theater Company's new staging of The Tempest, director Scott Kanoff offers a carefully considered, vividly imagined, and vividly theatrical exploration of Shakespeare's text, sounding its themes of family, aging, freedom, justice, and mercy.
"...Lennox song for Miranda and Ferdinand's wedding dance, costuming Corey Gagne's Stephano, a butler, as an early 20th-century chauffeur,..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...designer Buffy Manners, sound designer Phillip Montoya, and actors Corey Gagne and Jill Blackwood). Scoring five nods each were:..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Corey Gagne, Pageant..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Corey Gagne, A Midsummer Night's Dream/ Pageant..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pageant
With Patrick MacDonald's dark comedy 'Pageant,' Hyde Park Theatre takes us deep into the woods to consider the nature of beauty with a quartet of low-key comic Canucks
"...characters and situations instead of being oversold with schtick. Corey Gagne's sturdy, stolid Bud, with a deadpan worthy of..."

April 22, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Austin Shakespeare Festival's second bout with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in four years offers much by way of manic disposition, but not much by way of substance
"...Lysander that speaks to aching feelings never again considered; Corey Gagne's Bottom gets to indulge in gags up close..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Corey Gagne, The Woman in Black/Blue Surge..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Blue Surge
Director Ken Webster has made a career out of discovering quirky, funny scripts by young playwrights that entertain as they offer insight into our culture, and that describes Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge perfectly
"...in their silence, and they entirely held my interest. Corey Gagne's Curt is a likeable kind of schlub, confused..."

April 2, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Articulations
Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become the Little Peace Project That Could, the Long Center says "no thanks, after all" to the $25 million in Waller Creek tunnel bond money, and Austin Shakespeare Festival launches a new reading series.
"...directed by ASF Literary Manager Ian Manners and featuring Corey Gagne, Tom Green, Harvey Guion, Don Howell, Patricia Pearcy,..."

Feb. 28, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Post-Neanderthal Diet
The Post-Neanderthal Diet is a slight but enjoyable satire of quick-fix culture by Hans Frank (of Lonely Highway), in which guru Nubby Farnsworth Jr., a chain-smoking huckster who seems to have taken a swim in an oil leak, promises to improve your life with bizarre insights and a gag-inducing fruit-and-raw-meat smoothie.
"...Jones, Joey Hood, Catmull, and Rebecca Robinson -- and Corey Gagne bursts on the scene for the show's veil-ripping..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Review by Sarah Hepola

Blur
As produced by Hyde Park Theatre, playwright Melanie Marnich's Blur draws the audience along in a briskly-paced, dynamic ride.
"...to become the recipient of absolution. Joey Hood and Corey Gagne are warm and engaging as Dot's devoted boyfriend..."

April 5, 2002 Arts Review by M.B. Rice

The Gypsy Chain
While the dirigo group should be applauded for the scope of The Gypsy Chain, this ensemble-developed project about Earth First! activist David "Gypsy" Chain, who was killed defending the forests of Northern California from illegal clear-cutting, the onstage effectiveness of the work falls short of its sociopolitical message, while Gypsy's personal story is lost in the muddied construction of a play that isn't sure exactly what it wants to be.
"...over a variety of excesses. There are the cartoonish: Corey Gagne's bad capitalist, Uncle Charlie; or Amie Elyn's one-note..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

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.
"...The supporting actors -- Barry Miller as Jesus, and Corey Gagne and Lana Lesley in multiple roles -- also..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Body and Soul
The Subterranean Theatre Company production of John Mighton's Body and Soul is provocative and features a talented cast, but it never lets us get to know the play's characters.
"...plenty to the table as performers. In multiple roles, Corey Gagne, with his slightly manic enthusiasm, often steals the..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Desire: Cold Comfort Farm
Ada Calhoun covers Laura Somers' desire, a "reconsideration" of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms.
"...Judson L. Jones and Corey Gagne looked eerily similar as the dumb and vaguely..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Exhibitionism
The Soldier Dreams: Misreading Clues Around a Deathbed
"...As the ambulatory access-to-the-past version of David, Corey Gagne is certainly charismatic, though a little cartoonish. His..."

May 14, 1999 Arts Review

Exhibitionism
New Paintings By Sarah Higdon: Nonsense and Sensibility
"...Kranes as Treadwell, Stephanie Swenson as wife Laura, and Corey Gagne as The Saboteur -- all give solid, committed..."

April 23, 1999 Arts Review

MoM's Kids
A Partial Who's Who at MoMFest 2000
"...on the way by another Dirigo member, the exuberant Corey Gagne. The result was short but heartfelt: "Say what..."

Sept. 29, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

Fugitive Pieces
The Salvage Vanguard Theater production of Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces is a nowhere road reminiscent of the Tom Waits milieu, with vagabonds hopping trains to anywhere other than where they are now. But while it's not for everyone, it's worth the journey.
"...Corey Gagne takes on multiple roles -- a scarecrow, a..."

March 1, 2002 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

End of an Arts Era
The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

10 That Get 10s in 2003
"...Rachel Magee (props), the Gunn Brothers (sound), and actors Corey Gagne and Paul Norton, all excellently directed by Michelle..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Articulations
Naughty Austin makes a new home for itself on the Eastside, and Katie Pearl and Lisa D'Amour return to the Grove on Lamar.

April 4, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Real Estate and Perfect Mates
The Year in Austin Culture
"...Corey Gagne's own hands roughly bossing him around in Dan..."

Jan. 5, 2001 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Fool For Love/Cowboy Mouth: Nighttime Hollering and Thumps
Local Arts Reviews
"...an archaic street poet groove, and, as directed by Corey Gagne, endlessly pose the rhetorical question: Why walk by..."

June 23, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

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