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Our Town, Our Time
Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of The Laramie Project retells the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in a compelling, heartfelt way, but it also tells a town's story and gives us the opportunity to see our town in its reflection.
"...ever since. Those touches are deliberate, purposeful. They take advantage of the fact that hardly anyone gets through school..."

March 15, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Sandbox: Young at Heart
"...nephew Albert Feather, also proves himself up to the challenge as a dashing thief and playboy with schemes of..."

July 16, 1999 Arts Review

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
As produced by Austin Playhouse, Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' leaps and lands on its feet with aplomb
"...picked a perfect cast for this revival, led by Dirk van Allen as a cantankerous yet philosophical Big Daddy...."

Oct. 8, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Local Arts Reviews
"...Dinner, you scarcely need two minutes to realize that Dirk Van Allen is well-suited to play Sheridan Whiteside, the..."

June 7, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Actors' Equity honors Dirk van Allen, and the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards go to ...
"...• Actor Dirk van Allen has been named the recipient of Actors'..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Fantasticks
Although Austin Playhouse's revival of The Fantasticks is burdened with more than a few trips and stumbles, the show has evident charms, and here familiarity breeds not contempt but something warmer.
"...troupe, led by the likes of local stage stalwarts Dirk van Allen, Thomas C. Parker, and Everett Skaggs, milks..."

June 29, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

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
"...a party to which they'd otherwise not be invited. Dirk van Allen also gives a notable "there are no..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast
Penfold Theatre's well-executed show is old-fashioned in both the entertainment it re-creates and its sense of community
"...The only actor portraying the same role throughout is Dirk Van Allen, who makes for a convincing Saint Nick..."

Dec. 19, 2014 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Six actors play everyone in the holiday favorite, and they become Bedford Falls
"...This season, though, the miserly one is getting a challenge for the holiday drama crown from a man of..."

Dec. 19, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Richard III / The Rivals
In its rotating repertory of 'Richard III' and 'The Rivals,' the Austin Shakespeare Festival shifts between polar extremes: violent tragedy and frothy romance
"...about like some great ape, a restless silverback aggressively advancing on his rivals. This certainly adds an air of..."

March 17, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...only other comic relief of the show is veteran Dirk van Allen's Common Man, who comes off as more..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

A Flea in Her Ear
Seeing actor David Stokey in the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of A Flea in Her Ear, carrying off the spectacle of a man whose life has utterly unwound for the most preposterous of reasons, provides a refreshing reminder of the pleasures of farce.
"...form. The old-hand guest artists here have little trouble. Dirk Van Allen simply relaxes into the play's broad comedy..."

Oct. 3, 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.
"...and big comedy at that. Director Guy Roberts takes advantage of the play's farcical plot and stock comic characters..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Light Up the Sky
For the debut of his new Austin Playhouse company, Don Toner provides a time-travel trip back to 1948 with old Moss Hart and his play about putting on a play, Light Up the Sky. And the trip is one sure to leave a smile.
"...hypersensitive director, crying at the drop of a hat; Dirk Van Allen -- whose voice is so reminiscent of..."

Jan. 19, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Long Fringe @ the Hideout
"...6pm ($10)Mississippi on My MindWritten and Performed by: Suzanne Vance..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Arts Feature

New Direction at the State
"...its key actors (Babs George, Steve Shearer, Steve Fromholz, Dirk Van Allen, Thomas C. Parker, Janelle Buchanan, and Boni..."

Aug. 27, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
"...Austin American-Statesman staff reporters Michael Barnes and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires (arts),..."

May 18, 2001 Arts Feature

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
"...-- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola,..."

May 12, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...Austin American-Statesman staff reporters Michael Barnes and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); freelance writers Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Sondra..."

May 9, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...Dirk Van Allen..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

For the new year, resolve to support the new in the local arts scene. Here are several new projects that would welcome support.
"...Light Up the Sky, starring Toner colleagues Babs George, Dirk van Allen, Thomas C. Parker, Mary Agen Cox, David..."

Jan. 5, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

1999 Critics' Table Nominations
"...The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Feature

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Genghis Khan, Salvage Vanguard Theater..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
"...Jesse Galvan, Time Again in Oz..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Good Doctor: Chekhovian Longing
The State Theater Company production of The Good Doctor
"...a profoundly skeptical -- but also profoundly miserable -- Dirk van Allen is to be reminded of how naturally..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The winners are in for the 28th annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in Austin theatre from August 2001 through July 2002.
"...McMillan; performer Hans Mark (Lonely Highway), set designer Gary van der Wege, and puppet designer Brian Gaston...."

Oct. 4, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

2007 B. Iden Payne Awards: Prize night
Running down the winners at this year's awards from the Austin Circle of Theaters
"...produced this past year, wittily edited by Lowell Bartholomee. Dirk van Allen and M.J. Vandivier served as masters of..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Seagull
Breakin' String Theatre's take on Chekhov goes down like a shot of fine vodka
"...Konstantin's mother, Arkadina. It's quite a crippling cycle they've fallen into...."

Oct. 26, 2007 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

An Ideal Husband
The overall feel of the Austin Playhouse production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband is polite and relaxed, but the actors do provide gut-busting performances
"...subtext. Toner's direction, especially in the actions of the servants during scene changes, cleverly goes with the grain of..."

Feb. 2, 2007 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

Culture Flash!
Still time left to get some free theatre, laurels for historian Oscar Brockett and director Don Toner, and a new baby for the first couple of Salvage Vanguard Theater
"...• Belated congratulations to Salvage Vanguard Theater Artistic Director Jason Neulander and SVT board Chair..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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