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In Memoriam: Frank Benge
Remembering the artist, critic, and man of the theatre
"...to need it to breathe. Theatre was oxygen to Frank Benge up to his last breath, which he took..."

March 18, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Women
Frank Benge, who's directing 19 women in a new staging of Clare Boothe-Luce's ever-popular 'The Women,' describes his relationships with the play and all those females
"...Frank Benge has been participating in Austin theatre for well..."

April 7, 2006 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
"...Frank Benge, An Ideal Husband..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Holes Before Bedtime
Dan Basila's 'Holes Before Bedtime' is an unsettling work of art; but it is a work of art, as opposed to a mere vulgar spectacle, and that's the really weird thing about it
"...Anthony Megie, Cole Wimpee, Susie Williams, Kristine Olson, and Frank Benge more than adequate at portraying such outlandish personalities,..."

June 17, 2005 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

An Ideal Husband
Different Stages' production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband is not just community theatre at its finest; it's just plain good theatre: entertaining, impressive, astounding, and delightful.
"...with her, and she wasn't an exception. Everyone, from Frank Benge's man-about-town Lord Goring to Aleta Garcia's sensible Mabel,..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Fuddy Meers
Different Stages' production of Fuddy Meers never quite manages the chaotic verve of a Warner Bros. cartoon to which it seems to aspire, but there are laughs to be had from David Lindsay-Abaire's consistently inventive and surprise-filled script and from these actors' handling of it.
"...of Looney Tunes -- sometimes complete with speech impediments! Frank Benge's limping, lisping kidnapper puts the voice of Sylvester..."

April 5, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Critics Table's Grand Tales
The winners of the 2018-19 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Grimm Tales. The contemporary ballet, drawn from artist Natalie Frank's distinctive visual interpretation of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, went..."

June 4, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Nominees for the 2018-19 Austin Critics Table Awards Announced
The Critics Table's picture-perfect year
"...Christine Spera (dance); Broadway World Austin's Lynn Beaver (theatre), Frank Benge (theatre), Joni Lorraine (theatre), Lacey Cannon Gonzales (theatre),..."

May 13, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Claire Spera (dance); Broadway World Austin's Lynn Beaver (theatre), Frank Benge (theatre), Lacey Cannon (theatre), and Michelle Haché (theatre);..."

May 22, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Going Over the Top and Other Outrageous Behaviors: Being melodramatic – on purpose
Karen Hastings, a specialist in melodrama and vaudeville, is offering locals a master class in acting the old-fashioned way
"...Earth's crust started cooling," says Hastings. "And so did Frank Benge, who is very well associated with Sam Bass...."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Frank Benge, Holes Before Bedtime..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Art Fun in the Summertime
May
"...The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum's fantasy of a Kansas girl transported to the..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Critics Table's Crème de la Crème
The winners of the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Claire Spera (dance); Broadway World Austin's Lynn Beaver (theatre), Frank Benge (theatre), and Lacey Cannon (theatre); Austin Entertainment Weekly's..."

June 5, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Claire Spera (dance); Broadway World Austin's Lynn Beaver (theatre), Frank Benge (theatre), and Lacey Cannon (theatre); Austin Entertainment Weekly's..."

May 14, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Garden District
Despite some flaws, Different Stages mounts two Tennessee Williams' dramas in riveting and entertaining fashion
"...production that its flaws stand out in sharp relief. Frank Benge's sound design for both plays is intrusive. For..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
In The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Edward Albee has created an intellectual car wreck, and Different Stages has executed it so skillfully, you can't tear your eyes away
"...performances are not on par with Robinson and Chamberlain. Frank Benge plays Ross, Martin's best friend, and his take..."

Feb. 2, 2007 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

365 Days/365 Plays: Weeks 3/4
The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven short plays presented at the Blanton Museum in Week Three and seven more by Different Stages in Week Four
"...Dec. 6, 8pm, at private apartment. Reading by actors Frank Benge, Aleta Garcia, Nicole Marosis, Norman Blumensaadt, Jennifer Underwood,..."

Dec. 1, 2006 Arts Feature

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Frank Benge, Pericles, Prince of Tyre..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
There's a sincerity and sweetness to Different Stages' production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre' that makes the show tender and touching
"...amiably at Marina, while her eyes sparkle with menace. Frank Benge projects stern integrity as Pericles' most trusted counselor..."

Jan. 21, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Payne the Town Red
What might be considered the theatrical fringe in other cities is more and more the theatrical mainstream in Austin, an idea that was reinforced with the announcement of the nominations for the 2001-02 B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards.
"...a first: dueling Sheridan Whitesides -- a nomination for Frank Benge for his performance in the Sam Bass Theatre..."

Aug. 30, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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