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FronteraFest 2003
It's time again for that annual performance jamboree FronteraFest, and time to mark its first decade of presenting Austin with adventuresome new theatre, comedy, dance, and spoken word by anyone with the courage or folly to take a stage.
"...Schwemmer (Jan. 15); Fireweed, by Kimberly Burke, directed by Ellie McBride (Jan. 22); The Anatomy of Language, by Zell..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Down at the Jinn Mill
Austin's dirigo group prepare to premiere the best new play one could wish for
"..."Kirk's play is all about desire," says Ellie McBride, who's directing it. "It's about what you want..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

'Minus Tide'
Austin playwright Kimberly Burke explains how her yearlong residency in Minneapolis helped shape her new play, 'Minus Tide'
"...pages" of a new play that she and director Ellie McBride (dirigo group's The Jinn) had workshopped in, well,..."

May 26, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Human Interest Story
In 'A Human Interest Story,' the dirigo group shows us a world lighted only by the dim glow of television, which makes us aware how much is lost in the dark
" The show opens in that familiar glow, with Ellie McBride bathed in a TV screen's serene light and..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Mercy Seat
With Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, the dirigo group takes us back to 9 / 11 and shows a couple laying bare their relationship against that day's monstrous tragedy
"...And in dirigo's production, neither Judson L. Jones nor Ellie McBride soften their edges. On the contrary, both find..."

March 26, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

En Route Productions' *some humans were harmed in the making of this show
CB Goodman's play is memorable for its exuberant satire, but an abrupt hairpin turn toward the serious makes the show even more memorable
"...stripes radiating from it. Holding forth from it is Ellie McBride's Helen, who weights her proclamations with all the..."

Oct. 5, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Capital T Theatre's Small Mouth Sounds
This hilarious and moving production reveals near deafening truths with barely a sound
"...Theatre's latest offering, genius actors Zac Thomas, Rebecca Robinson, Ellie McBride, Jason Phelps, Delante G. Keys, Theresa Baldwin, and..."

May 25, 2018 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Shrewd Productions' Hold Me Well
Playwright Eva Suter's reworking of Othello in a world without men depicts love in many forms with power and beauty
" replaced by/combined with Emilia in Amelia, played by Ellie McBride, whose rock-solid performance justifies her character's need for..."

July 22, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Rude Mechs' Fixing Timon of Athens
The theatre collective's latest repair job on a broken Shakespeare play is wildly accessible, welcoming, and enthralling
" understatement, with Austin heavy-hitters Barbara Chisholm, Elizabeth Doss, Ellie McBride, Robert S. Fisher, Lowell Bartholomee, Jay Byrd, and..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Adam Sultan
In marking the future deaths of local theatre artists, Physical Plant celebrates their community today
"...Look: Ellie McBride is excellent as the elderly Adam's alcoholic nurse,..."

April 5, 2013 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The B. Beaver Animation
The Rude Mechs' re-creation of the Mabou Mines work is necessary but strange
"...other actors: Adriene Mishler, Elizabeth Doss, Aron Taylor, and Ellie McBride. But as with so many nonlinear stories, the..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Minus Tide
In the provocative new drama Minus Tide by Austin playwright Kimberly Burke, distance can make it hard to tell clouds from mountains and abuse from love
"...way. That's also testimony to the care that director Ellie McBride and actors Liz Fisher and Colum Morgan have..."

June 2, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Jinn
In Kirk Lynn's playful and wistful 'The Jinn,' three couples with magic lamps find out if what they wish for is really what they want
"...any actor in the dirigo group's premiere production. Director Ellie McBride has seeded the clouds of desire here with..."

March 11, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Long Fringe Review: Don't Go in the House
A triple-megaton blast of power and cleverness.
"...the job-hunting travails of an apocalypse-obsessed woman portrayed by Ellie McBride, to the childhood-memoir-cum-film-critique "They’re Coming To Get You!,"..."

Feb. 1, 2012 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

FronteraFest Schedule
"...commission). A one-woman show featuring Melanie Dean, directed by Ellie McBride...."

Jan. 8, 2010 Arts Feature

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Ellie McBride, The Jinn..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

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

"...Bartholomee, adapted from the Shirley Jackson story, directed by Ellie McBride..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The scoop on the 2000-01 Austin Critics Table awards ceremony
"...the presence of cell phones during acceptance speeches. When Ellie McBride accepted Babs George's award for Actress in a..."

June 15, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Light Rail, Green Politics, and much ado about the city's growing pains.
"...Dudley, David Stokey, Edi Patterson, Gray Haddock, Claire Hamilton, Ellie McBride, Jessica Robertson, Ken Webster, Mark O'Brien, Jessie Schwartz,..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Column

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
"...Ellie McBride, The Butcher's Daughter..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery
With this debut, Melissa Lenhardt delivers a punchy page-turner with a real feel for life in small-town Texas
"...Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mysteryby Melissa Lenhardt Skyhorse Publishing, 304 pp., $24.99..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Arts Feature by Jessi Cape

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