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The House That Don Built
"...All of which is to say that Don Toner was taking a chance when he moved his..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Never Give Up
Don Toner's 13 years as producing artistic director of the State Theater Company have been full of struggles, but in Toner's world, struggles are good. They bring understanding, richness, beauty, and in his case, a new theatre and a loyal company.
"...When people say that Don Toner built the State Theater Company, they aren't just..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...keeps changing, the quality onstage remains consistent. Artistic Director Don Toner knows his audience, what they want, and exactly..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar-winning film makes a successful transition to the stage through Don Toner's marvelous production
"...delivery here lifted straight from the film – director Don Toner and assistant director Lara Toner Haddock apparently having..."

March 30, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Playing 'House' (and 'Garden')
At Austin Playhouse, running Alan Ayckbourn's paired comedies side-by-side is double the pleasure, double the fun
"...But according to Don Toner, who's currently producing Alan Ayckbourn's twin comedies House..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Question of Equity
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
"...its own Equity liaison area, it would probably be Don Toner. The tenacity and long-term vision of the State..."

June 9, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Home Improvement
Live Oak Theatre and the Overhaul of the State
"...reveals just how much the Live Oak company has done to make the building viable as a venue for..."

Dec. 19, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
An honor for Don Toner at the State Theater.
"...Don's Work Room..."

April 28, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Actors' Inequity
The Cost of Art IV: The artists onstage in Austin aren't just not paid what they're worth, many aren't paid at all
"...Flash forward 30 years. I've done more than 65 productions since then and been paid..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Character Generator
Why Tom Parker Never Looks the Same Way Twice
"...has become so adept at transforming himself and has done so in such a broad range of ways that..."

Jan. 16, 1998 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
New Direction at the State
"...of its biggest artistic shift in a dozen years. Don Toner, Producing Artistic Director of the company since 1987..."

Aug. 27, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Director Don Toner makes his exit from the State Theater Company, and Austin creeps back into the pages of American Theatre magazine.
"...Toner's Exit..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Director Don Toner announces a new theatre company for himself, David Stevens announces his departure from Chorus Austin, and UT's Department of Art & Art History announces a rare meeting of critical minds.
"...Toner's Next Step..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Austin Playhouse's The Norwegians
C. Denby Swanson's comedy with nice hit men is a blast of cool fun, with a hint of danger just below the ice
"...of his own ex, Betty). The set by Mike Toner is perfectly proportioned: Tor and Gus' modest hideout (hunting..."

Oct. 30, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Playhouse's The Real Thing
Tom Stoppard's play receives a remarkable revival with a seasoned cast
"...from location to location on a set by Mike Toner, beautifully deceitful in its intricate simplicity. Several rotating walls..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Foreigner
Austin Playhouse does right by this popular American comedy, mining all the laughs and also making its point
"...its treatment of Larry Shue's comedy is no exception. Don Toner's excellent direction smartly treads the tightrope of farce:..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Austin Playhouse
The theatre plans to take off from Penn Field and make a new home at Mueller
"...In November 2000, Don Toner held a gathering at his home to announce..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Arcadia
Having sat through a Tom Stoppard play, there comes the feeling that a return visit is required to better appreciate all his linguistic, historical, scientific, sexual, comedic, and theatrical flourishes. The Austin Playhouse production of Arcadia, featuring one of the best ensembles to be seen on an Austin stage, may, indeed, warrant repeat visits to fully enjoy its efforts.
"...Lara Toner and Gray Haddock play Thomasina and Septimus, and when..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Other Desert Cities
A talented, fiercely committed cast makes this drama of a family homecoming arresting
"...much on the mind of Austin Playhouse Artistic Director Don Toner at the moment, and not only because the..."

Feb. 8, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Austin Playhouse's The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This musical production makes for an effervescent alternative to that other Dickens holiday show
"...The play takes place in Victorian London, where a rowdy music hall theatre troupe is mounting..."

Nov. 30, 2018 Arts Review by Bob Abelman

Austin Playhouse's Disgraced
Ayad Akhtar's drama delivers a raw, powerful conversation about race without the usual distractions
"...Artistic Director Don Toner realizes that the play's the thing with Disgraced...."

Jan. 22, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

And Then There Were None
With Christie's classic, Austin Playhouse delivers a fun evening of good, old-fashioned whodunitry
"...Director Lara Toner's stylized staging for Austin Playhouse's production wittily highlights the..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Tying the Knot: A Drama
Yes, the merger of Austin's Paramount Theatre and State Theater Company is a business affair, but since theatres traffic in stories, human dramas that talk to us about life, this historic event deserves to be looked at as a story, the story of a wedding between two neighbors.
"...getting together, and when we think about theatres, we don't think about quarterly earnings and portfolio diversification; we think..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Impossible Dream
Should Public Money Go to Private Theatre?
"...Theater president Susan Walker adn Live Oak artistic director Don TToner say the city ought to invest in their..."

Sept. 19, 1997 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

The Underpants
To get into The Underpants, as it were, director Don Toner has deployed a reliable ensemble of able actors, who deliver a friendly poke in the ribs about matters a little farther south
"...who causes the commotion when a wayward knot comes undone as she's viewing a parade for the Kaiser. Down..."

May 28, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Time Stands Still
Austin Playhouse finds the raw pain in this drama of a photojournalist wounded in the Iraq War
"...Time Stands Still, the 2009 play by Pulitzer winner Donald Margulies, is a meta one since it centers on..."

Oct. 10, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Boeing-Boeing
Austin Playhouse succeeds in booking a funny flight to Madcap Farce City
"...an airline hangar of sorts. Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and his team have done a truly remarkable..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Travesties
Tom Stoppard's Travesties mixes early 20th-century history, European politics, and Oscar Wilde into a typically brilliant work, and the cast of Austin Playhouse's production rises to the intellectual challenges of the script and appears to be having a fine time playing with it.
"...scenes that might prove wildly (Wilde-ly?) hilarious otherwise. Director Don Toner might have considered conducting the play, to ensure..."

Oct. 10, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

She Stoops to Conquer
Austin Playhouse brought out the impudence of this comedy of manners through a shared vision of sincere simplicity
"...Lara Toner-Haddock and Don Toner teamed up to provide solid direction...."

March 13, 2015 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Liar
Austin Playhouse's colorful production gives heightened dimension to an already heightened farce
"...and Lucrece (mistaken in identity), Hildreth England and Lara Toner, respectively, are as affably cartoony as Summers, Wolfe, and..."

March 7, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

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