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Mary Stuart
Austin Shakespeare's staging of this historical drama is something special
"...manage to keep it real, none more so than Helen Merino as Mary. From her first entrance, Merino carries..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Belle of Amherst
Helen Merino is open and radiant as Emily Dickinson in this one-woman show about the reclusive poet
"...the show, she considered only one actor for Dickinson: Helen Merino. Breathtaking in range and pleasing to the eye,..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

Design for Living
Keen direction and outstanding performances bring us into Noël Coward's Thirties dandyism
"...Ciccolella's keen direction and outstanding performances from Martin Burke, Helen Merino, and Michael Miller as the ménage à trois..."

Feb. 15, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Madame X
In Madame X, playwright Ann Ciccolella dramatizes the events surrounding the creation of Sargent's famous portrait of Virginie Gautrau, using them as a springboard for an absorbing inquiry into the meaning and relationships of art, beauty, and society.
"...Helen Merino may not be a physical ringer for the..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Shakespeare fuses matter and art in a well-balanced take on the tragedy
"...held together by the boyish and mesmerizing urgency of Helen Merino, an Austin Shakespeare veteran reprising the role of..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

All Over Creation: Come Together
You're not alone in the theatre, and there's power in that
"...Having Helen Merino return to the role of Hamlet for Austin..."

Sept. 23, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Bad Dates
The day after opening in the solo comedy 'Bad Dates,' actress Helen Merino broke her foot, forcing director Dave Steakley to bring in Jill Blackwood as a ringer
"...category of Bad Dates, you can bet that actress Helen Merino now lists Sunday, March 12. That's when the..."

March 31, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a real horror show, making the clash of Edward Albee's middle-aged marrieds George and Martha both titanic and terrifying.
"...composed golden boy become a rumpled, smug satyr and Helen Merino crosses the line from timid spouse to shuddering..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hamlet: Words, Words, Words
Despite the presence of a talented ensemble, the Austin Shakespeare Festival production of what most of the English-speaking world considers the greatest play ever written is a thin Hamlet of watered-down performances and even more diluted directorial choices.
"...Helen Merino plays Hamlet, but she is not yet an..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Another Austin theatre company suffers a mid-performance disaster and responds to it with resourcefulness and pluck, and the Austin Community College Drama Department marks Shakespeare's 437th birth with an all-star "Billy Bash."
"...Osborn, Gillen, Guion, Martin Burke, Michael Costello, Don Howell, Helen Merino, Patricia Pearcy, and David Yeakle, ACC Drama Department..."

April 20, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

My Children! My Africa!: Schoolbells in the Revolution
" keep the audience from leaping to easy conclusions. Helen Merino makes an energetic, proud, and thoroughly likable Isabel...."

June 11, 1999 Arts Review

Gateway Theatre Project's Ghosts
This site-specific staging immerses its small audiences in Ibsen's bleak, tragic world via an Austin home
" is set in the living quarters of widow Helene Alving as she struggles with her past when her..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull
This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's beloved classic takes wing well enough but doesn't quite soar
"...are rich and nuanced, full of layer and texture. Helen Merino's Masha, for example, is lovely – fully realized,..."

Feb. 23, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth
This military-themed staging of the tragedy gets lost in a haze of design and technical issues
"...of "classical-acting vibrato" in some of his deeper speeches. Helen Merino's magnificent turn as Lady Macbeth is no surprise..."

May 13, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Shakespeare's Medea
This production of the Greek tragedy asks the audience to consider the whole story before passing judgment
"...aesthetic element, juxtaposing the idea of voiceless women with Helen Merino's strong voice of reason, speaking truth to power..."

March 4, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

2007 B. Iden Payne Awards: Prize night
Running down the winners at this year's awards from the Austin Circle of Theaters
"...a Comedy and honored for Jamie Goodwin's lead performance, Helen Merino's supporting performance, and Cliff Simon's set; Zach's revival..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Payne Pleasures 2005
Drama with a Gothic flair scored high in the nominations for the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards, as announced by Austin Circle of Theatres on August 15
"...Robertson's sound, and the performances of Janelle Buchanan and Helen Merino) and the Austin Shakespeare Festival's latest take on..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Payne Pleasures 2004
Sam Bass Theatre's Forever Plaid took top honors at the 30th anniversary B. Iden Payne Awards
"...Helen Merino (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Omnium Gatherum
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of 'Omnium Gatherum' starts as captivating, then rounds a hairpin turn to become compelling
"...His blunt jabs at Lydia are deftly parried by Helen Merino with withering sarcasm, offhandedly dropped, like a napkin..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Talking Through 'That Day'
Two plays – Omnium Gatherum and The Guys – try to express what happened on September 11
"...season theatre. The production stars Janelle Buchanan, Harvey Guion, Helen Merino, Carla Nickerson, Erik Parillo, Brian Coughlin, Tej Paranjpe,..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
"...Helen Merino, Crimes of the Heart..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pride's Crossing: Shimmering Waters
Script-wise, Pride's Crossing is PBS-esque : one of those wistful period pieces about a lively old woman looking back on her privileged youth : but throw a bunch of charming actors into the mix and hip director Sarah Richardson, and you get a show happily at odds with this Masterpiece Theatre-worthy tale.
"...breathy Catherine Glynn of the Rude Mechanicals, Greg Holt, Helen Merino, and newcomer Esther Gottesman. The cast of seven..."

May 5, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Tune In to Throwback Virtual Reading Sessions for Vintage TV Live
Scooby Doo, where are you? Online, in this new Vortex series
"...Cole, who played the slapstick Gilligan totally straight, and Helen Merino, who gave cartoony Wilma Flintstone a grounded naturalism...."

July 14, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...Helen Merino..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Helen Merino, The Belle of Amherst..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced To See in 2010
A theatre year of staged fantasies, musical fun, and crazy families
"...Friedrich Schiller's masterpiece, exquisitely translated by Peter Oswald, with Helen Merino luminous in the title role. Directed by Ann..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Helen Merino, Mary Stuart..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

2007 B. Iden Payne Awards
More than 60 shows scored nominations for ACoT's annual theatre honors
"...of a Comedy with recognition for actors Jamie Goodwin, Helen Merino, and Elizabeth Doss; set designer Cliff Simon; costume..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Present Laughter
You may think you know what a Noël Coward comedy is like, but the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Present Laughter is light years ahead of your expectations
"...who introduces us to the fact of Essendine's tomcattery; Helen Merino, the Great Man's secretary, is flawless as the..."

Feb. 9, 2007 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Nominations for the 2004-2005 B. Iden Payne Awards
A complete list of all Payne Award nominees.
"...Helen Merino, Omnium-Gatherum..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Feature

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