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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Smaller Than Life
Chronicle critic Ada Calhoun finds The Off Center's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead gasping for air..
"...The Off Center,..."

July 21, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Richard III
In the new production of Shakespeare's Richard III staged by the Disciples of Melpomene, it's the crafty and well-crafted portrayal of Richard by David Stahl that drives this show -- a performance built around performances by a master actor on the stage of life.
"...most pious expression; it gives him the reverent aspect of a plaster saint. He appears absorbed in the small..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Titus Andronicus: Dissecting Human Suffering
In tackling Shakespeare's most gruesome play, the Disciples of Melpomene prove themselves able to confront violence in ways that are simultaneously shocking and playful : and able to make an ancient story speak to modern times.
"...young torturer expresses his admiration for a certain play of Will's in which heads are cut off and a..."

April 7, 2000 Arts Review by Skipper Chong Warson

Macbeth
Director Marshall Ryan Maresca may lose the audience at times in the female-dominated world of his Macbeth, but he keeps hearts pounding on a trip through the supernatural world of Dunsinane and the many worlds of human psychosis.
"...Females dominate the Disciples of Melpomene production of Shakespeare's Scottish Play, the second..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Arts Review by Rob Curran

Articulations
Austin playwrights are drawing attention around the nation, and one theatre company is getting hit by the Macbeth curse smack in the face.
"...may not be the case for long. A number of the folks who pen dramas for our stages are..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
"...craft. The idea is to provide readers with more of a window into what artists do by having them..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Something Wicked This Way Comes ... Again!
Dueling Macbeths on the stages of Austin prove once again this Shakespearean killer's undying popularity.
"...He's the Jason of classical drama. Like some Elizabethan ancestor to the ruthless..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Theatre -- ALL CAPS, All the Time
There's nothing lower-case or lethargic about theatre director, actor, and producer Sharon Sparlin. She's bold, animated, even electric, and channeling all that high-voltage energy into creating equally energetic theatre all the time.
"...it also means "I'm not sitting here, the end of a run, thinking, 'What am I going to do..."

April 13, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...Recent Roles: Richard III, Richard III, Disciples of Melpomene, 2001; Ivan, Art, Zach, 2001; Third Witch,..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

Oleanna
Watching actors Travis Dean and Amy Hopper engage in bitter confrontations during the Disciples of Melpomene production of David Mamet's Oleanna brings home again the terrible difficulty we humans have in understanding each other and making ourselves understood.
"...that fly from their mouths like spears, until both of them, their faces lined with fury, are railing simultaneously...."

May 4, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
"...I have recently become concerned by the glaring conflicts of interest many of our local critics have. One critic..."

July 28, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

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