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A Theatre Mecca?!?
Honest, Some Folks Move to Austin for the Theatre
"...that I'm older and have ventured beyond my Steel Curtain heritage, I realize that that feeling is actually in..."

July 18, 1997 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year?..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Raising the Curtain for ASF
The Austin Shakespeare Festival has been invited by gaming guru Richard Garriott to perform regularly at the Curtain, his scaled-down replica of the Globe Theatre
"...recent performance on a scaled-down replica of the Globe Theatre a "dream come true." Now, it appears that the..."

May 4, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

City Theatre's Christmas Belles
At City Theatre, this comedy about the Christmas program at a small-town Texas church isn't the Southern-fried campfest it could be
"...to the disarray are the show's tech elements. City Theatre Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky handles the lighting and scenic..."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Process at the Hideout Theatre
This improvised spoof of a play in production conjured an old-school realistic drama with spot-on symbolism and overinflated egos
"...the Darkness is to have missed a work of theatre that, I feel confident saying, is unlike anything else..."

July 8, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Zach Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors
In every respect, this production of Richard Bean's updated farce artfully crafts an environment of laughter
"...One Man, Two Guvnors, first produced at the National Theatre in London in 2011, is an English adaptation of..."

June 17, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin's Paramount Theatre Turns 100
As the grande dame of Austin theatres turns 100, it matters more than ever
"...we cherish now as the grande dame of Austin theatres had at that point about as much life left..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Paramount Theatre Summer Film Classics
"...8/31 7:15Topaz 9:45Torn Curtain..."

June 4, 1999 Screens Feature

Theatre's Great Historian The Essential Oscar
"...Austin theatre has many heroes who are diligent and accomplished but..."

Dec. 8, 1995 Arts Feature

Paper Chairs Makes Theatre With a Little Lone Star Surregionalism
The Texas premiere of Will Arbery’s Plano play knows place like home
"...the lighting to fall to shambles shortly after the curtain rises...."

Sept. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Hyde Park Theatre's The Moors
This production of Jen Silverman’s play is an engaging cocktail of Gothic mystery, modern absurdity, and stunning surprises
"...Good evening. I trust you are well, Dear Theatre Patron. Please forgive the Victorian nature of my communications,..."

July 14, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

The Dumb Waiter
In Capital T's simple, elegant staging of the Pinter classic, it's what isn't said that matters
"...a great service. Her program notes for Capital T Theatre's run aptly refer to the play as a "comedy..."

Nov. 13, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Zachary Scott Theatre Center: Ciccolella's curtain call
After a successful eight-year run as managing director, Ann Ciccolella is making her exit from the Zachary Scott Theatre Center
"...our exits and entrances. Over at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, there's a major player who's making her exit..."

Feb. 2, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: The City Theatre's The Fantasticks
Reverential and sharp production of the classic musical
"...witnessed the mother of all missteps at L.A.'s Reprise Theatre Co. in 2009, where director Jason Alexander (yes, that..."

Sept. 9, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Zach Theatre's Hedwig and the Angry Inch
This revival gives the trans singer's identity crisis a punk lullaby with rockin' style
"...and cuffs, the sleeves dripping with fringe like a curtain of extra-long Twizzlers going all the way to her..."

Feb. 22, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Hidden Room Theatre's The Duchess of Malfi
In staging John Webster's revenge tragedy, the company strikes a delightful balance between historical authenticity and genuine emotion
"...this sort of versatility when discussing the Hidden Room Theatre's production of The Duchess of Malfi...."

Oct. 11, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance’s The Crucible
The department manages to elicit tension from Arthur Miller’s familiar drama, but not without a few flaws
"...the program for the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The Crucible. It gratefully acknowledges..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Hyde Park Theatre's John
In playwright Annie Baker's fun twist on haunted house tales, you learn what it is to be watched
"...genre in John, currently being produced by Hyde Park Theatre...."

March 17, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Heartland Theatre Collective’s Little Bird
The vulnerability of small things is at the heart of Nicole Oglesby’s drama of girls and ghosts in East Texas bayou country
"...can that Chekhovian gun firing before the play's final curtain. But Little Bird has more going on in it..."

June 15, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Behind the Curtain
The Texas Documentary Tour: Amy Grappell's 'Light From the East'
"...Light From the East, a play about the revolutionary theatre director Les Korbas, one of more than a thousand..."

July 8, 2005 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Lysistrata
The performance of this ancient Greek comedy is inconsistent, but the experience around it makes it worth a visit
"...LysistrataCurtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon www.thebaronsmen.org Through July 26 Running..."

July 18, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Flip Side
In Poor Shadows of Elysium's Richard II, a coin makes all the difference in what you see
"...you caught last summer's Rose Rage by Hidden Room Theatre, you know that Henry's actions have disastrous consequences a..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Arts Feature by Jillian Owens

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

Oct. 23, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Playing in a theatrical mecca
A dream comes true for the Austin Shakespeare Festival when it gets to perform the Bard's As You Like It in Richard Garriott's replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
"...the birthplace of William Shakespeare and see his Globe Theatre, the wooden "O" on the River Thames that served..."

April 6, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Noises Off!
In this screwball comedy, the behind-the-scenes activity of a traveling acting troupe threaten to bring down the play.
"...based on a British farce, is about a wacked theatre company banging around out in the hinterlands with a..."

March 27, 1992 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Spanish Tragedie
The Baron's Men make this revenge drama by one of Shakespeare's contemporaries an absolute joy to behold
"...The Spanish TragedieCurtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr. www.thebaronsmen.org Through Nov. 9..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

Bright Lights, Little City
It's maybe silly to fix a personality on a place, but something happens when you hook a left onto Austin Ave. and drive into Georgetown's historic district. Everything slows down, just a little bit, and then there's that marquee, neon and spangly, lighting up downtown. Welcome to the Palace.
"...... which shouldn't matter, but does nonetheless. Inside the theatre, two young girls have claimed front row center, in..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

The Great Artdoors
Summer's here, and the time is right for outdoor performances all over Central Texas
"...sweat with their culture, and there's a wealth of theatre, dance, and classical music being offered under the sun..."

May 17, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Illuminata
"...Sewell, Georgina Cates and Ben Gazzara. “It's a slender curtain between theatre and life,” blurts Celemene (Sarandon), as she..."

Aug. 20, 1999 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

Shakespeare Around Austin
Productions this fall show us there's no limit to how the Bard's plays get done
"...For three nights on the stage of the McCullough Theatre (and one night in the Theater Barn of the..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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