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Review: Ground Floor Theatre’s Jenna & the Whale
Biblically inspired world premiere is a minor miracle
"...There are several small miracles concurrently on display in Ground Floor Theatre’s Jenna & the Whale...."

Aug. 22, 2023 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Ground Floor Theatre's Long Comeback
With Gibberish Mostly, Lisa Scheps' company makes its long-awaited return to the stage scene
" resolve the code compliance issues that shut down Ground Floor Theatre, her performance venue on Springdale Road, in..."

Sept. 22, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Lisa Scheps' Ground Floor Theatre
The tireless advocate for the underserved has built a home for their stories
"...Classy and a bit sassy, this woman of the theatre stands at center and begins her melody, a symbolic..."

Dec. 18, 2015 Arts Feature by Jenn Lewis

Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre's Next to Normal
In this collaboration between the two companies, having signing actors and speaking actors perform side by side provides a uniquely engaging experience
"...In keeping with Ground Floor Theatre's stated mission of theatre for underrepresented communities,..."

Dec. 13, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Ground Floor Theatre's Fun Home
Lisa Scheps’ production is invested with a level of care that makes this musical memoir movingly familiar
" perfect fodder for a company as ambitious as Ground Floor Theatre...."

Dec. 14, 2018 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Review: Ground Floor Theatre's Anna in the Tropics
Life imitates art in this tantalizing production of a Pulitzer-winning play
"...But it sure seems easy and elegant in this Ground Floor Theatre production, as actors fully embody these characters..."

Aug. 19, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Ground Floor Theatre's White Rabbit Red Rabbit
In Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, what happens is as much a surprise for the actor as for the audience
"...You know how you go into a theatre and you often know nothing of the script, and..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ground Floor Theatre’s Gibberish Mostly
This production of Max Langert’s brave play breaks the silence about autism and the stigma and shame surrounding it
"...production, directed by Lisa Scheps (founder and co-director of Ground Floor Theatre), makes the most of Langert's smart script,..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Ground Floor Theatre’s Unexpected Joy
Sitcom sheen overwhelms this musical’s stage pleasures
"...Joy checks quite a few boxes for East Austin's Ground Floor Theatre, whose mission mandates the production of works..."

Dec. 10, 2021 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Review: Ground Floor Theatre’s Dot
An authentic albeit imbalanced emotional journey into dementia
"...and is receiving a fine production from East Austin’s Ground Floor Theatre, revolves around a contentious, black, middle-class family...."

May 19, 2022 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Ground Floor Theatre's Dex & Abby
In this premiere production of Allan Baker's play, the bond of love between canines and humans is tenderly expressed
"...Despite its far-out premise, Ground Floor Theatre's world premiere, directed by Robert Tolaro, grounds..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Review: Ground Floor Theatre’s Jack & Aiden
Queer musical gets to the intimate, sexy heart of a relationship
"...(and whose reviews you’ve probably enjoyed previously). She’s a theatre kid, much more so than I, so I also..."

Dec. 12, 2023 Arts Post by James Scott

Ground Floor Theatre's black do crack
In this new solo show, writer-performer Florinda Bryant shatters the myth that black women must go it alone
"...– she is surrounded by helping hands. black do crackGround Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Through March 2 Running..."

March 1, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Ground Floor Theatre's There and Back
This new play by Raul Garza lets us spend a lifetime with an immigrant and all the decisions she makes
" and returns to the role here. For in Ground Floor Theatre's production, Garza and director Patti Neff-Tiven give..."

Aug. 17, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Sanctuary City Is Ground Floor for Compassion
Andrea Nuñez directs Martyna Majok’s theatrework for GFT
"...This weekend is your final chance to see the Ground Floor Theatre presentation of Martyna Majok's powerful depiction of..."

June 2, 2023 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ground Plan
Lisa Scheps' Christmas gift to the local stage scene is a new performance venue, Ground Floor Theatre
"...For most people who have run a theatre of their own, once is enough. The unrelenting pressures..."

Nov. 28, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Theatre Review: Always a Boy Is Never a Bore
Ground Floor Theatre production offers a tender trans portrayal
"...and his mother Rachel (Molly Fonseca), using them to ground the play as it jumps through time...."

Feb. 23, 2024 Arts Feature by Cat McCarrey

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018
It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions
"...imagery and deeply moving. In a year thick with theatre making the political personal, Jesus I. Valles' (Un)Documents and..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: Penfold Theatre's Vincent
Size matters when painting a portrait of Van Gogh
"...feet of Quonset hut with 60,600 frames of hi-def ceiling-to-floor projections of Vincent Van Gogh's Post-Impressionist oil paintings. Though..."

March 31, 2023 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Review: Penfold Theatre’s Box
Audacious retelling of an equally audacious life
"...Over its past 14 seasons, Penfold Theatre has been on a mission to give audiences “fresh..."

June 28, 2023 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Review: Penfold Theatre’s ‘Art’
New version of Yasmina Reza’s satire remains hysterically timely
"...One of the loveliest gifts a theatregoer can receive is to see a production fully realize..."

Nov. 10, 2023 Arts Post by Jasmine Lane

Review: Austin Rainbow Theatre’s Sordid Lives
Company’s inaugural production resurrects Del Shores’ queer Texas classic with gusto
"...and directed by Shores again. When I walked into Ground Floor Theatre in October 2023, another mark was made..."

Oct. 13, 2023 Arts Feature by James Scott

Review: Glass Half Full Theatre's Yamel Cucuy
Modern-day Mexican folktale rallies against things that go bump in the night
"...Glass Half Full Theatre has earned the reputation for creating intriguing bilingual (Spanish/English)..."

Oct. 28, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Top 10 Memorable Moments in Austin Theatre
Productions and performances, from the fantastic to the unfortunate
"...When we reflect back on a live theatre production, it's often one brief shining moment that we..."

Dec. 16, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Paper Chairs Makes Theatre With a Little Lone Star Surregionalism
The Texas premiere of Will Arbery’s Plano play knows place like home
"...2) nicely in sync with this new show at Ground Floor Theatre – and with the company's concept of..."

Sept. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Penfold Theatre's Crime and Punishment
In this stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, a fascinating glimpse into the more twisted corners of the human mind
"...Penfold Theatre has done us the great service of mounting a..."

April 5, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Capital T Theatre's I and You
Lauren Gunderson's play uses Whitman's "Song of Myself" as a vehicle for two teens on the cusp of adulthood to explore identity
"...For most of the Capital T Theatre production, it feels like two precocious, prickly teenagers collaborating..."

April 13, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Review: Penfold Theatre Co.'s A War of the Worlds
All's Wells that ends Welles in this uneven but innovative reenvisioning of a radio sci-fi landmark
"...could always indulge our not-quite-understood urge to see live theatre with some lesser production and not give a damn..."

June 10, 2022 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits
"...(here co-produced by McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions and Penfold Theatre Company), Poe and his partners never touch; their hands..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Top 10 Memorable Moments in Austin Theatre
Highs and lows from Austin’s stages in their first real post-pandemic year
"...After theatres shuttered in 2020 due to the pandemic and attempts..."

Dec. 15, 2023 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

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