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Last Act Theatre Company's Postville
In Don Fried's drama, small-town Midwesterners face a clash of cultures when Hasidic Jews move in
"...may sound, Don Fried's play Postville draws from an actual place and events: Back in 1987, a group of..."

Aug. 12, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Richard III
Last Act Theatre's all-female production takes this drama from the doldrums to dynamite for Women Who Act
"...roles it has for women are blatantly stereotypical and inactive. There's a witch, a queen, a few mothers, a..."

July 21, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Last Act Theatre's Seven
In this documentary play, seven women from around the world tell stories that are tragically familiar
"...thing, they come to us as testimony, as the actual experiences of women. The truth in their words compels..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows
"...evil twins and played at warp speed, the exceptional company made everything real – life brimming with heartache...."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Penfold Theatre Gives Live Readings of Radio Plays in the Ransom Center Archives
The company has dusted off radio adaptations of Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, and Thackeray for the 21st century to hear – live
"...When we last heard from Penfold Theatre Company, it was bringing the..."

Sept. 3, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Zach Theatre Lands Terrence McNally World Premiere
Tony-winning playwright revises Fire and Air into new drama
"...Zach Theatre was happy enough to be presenting the second-ever staging..."

March 5, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Sam Bass Community Theatre’s Flaming Idiots
Big heart propels the slamming doors and zippy one-liners of this production of Tom Rooney’s farce
"...The Old Depot Stage, home of Sam Bass Community Theatre, is an absolutely magical space with a history to..."

March 24, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Capital T Theatre's Year of the Rooster
Behind the black comedy of Eric Dufault's cockfighting play is a stunning indictment of hypermasculinity
"...Capital T Theatre Artistic Director Mark Pickell is, pardon my ineloquence, one..."

Sept. 4, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Filigree Theatre’s Trio
In Sheila Cowley’s new play, questions of identity arise for three people during the creation of a play
"...are you?" – a dangerous question to ask an actor, someone who routinely traffics in alternate identities. The reply..."

May 4, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Tapestry Dance Company's April Fools
This remount of the tap troupe's valentine to vaudeville brought the old art form back with delights in abundance
"...After last weekend, I don't so much care who killed vaudeville..."

May 11, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Jean Stapleton: On Theatre
"...Orchard and Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at American Conservatory Theatre) to musicals (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at New York..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Peer Gynt
Last Act Theatre Company provides a captivating introduction to Ibsen's epic
"...Peer GyntHOPE Outdoor Gallery, 1012 Baylor www.lastacttheater.com Through Nov. 2 Running Time: 3 hr., 5 min...."

Oct. 31, 2014 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
"...the show is slated to run at Trinity Street Theatre in summer 2014. "I'm hoping that's going to work..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Noises Off!
In this screwball comedy, the behind-the-scenes activity of a traveling acting troupe threaten to bring down the play.
"...based on a British farce, is about a wacked theatre company banging around out in the hinterlands with a..."

March 27, 1992 Movie Review by Louis Black

Change of Venue
This year, FronteraFest is takin' it to the streets – and a chapel, a bookstore, a home ...
"...every year, FronteraFest fans begin flocking toward Hyde Park Theatre and Salvage Vanguard Theater with the instinctive surety of..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Delights of the Latter Half of 2011
Recapping the fightin', spoonin', boppin' stage sensations of 2011's summer and fall
"...3) BLOOD, GUTS, AND FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY IN 'TITUS ANDRONICUS' (Last Act Theatre Company)..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Jillian Owens

Hustle and Show
City Theatre Company's first year is a lesson in building a new stage and mounting a season at breakneck speed
"...Some theatre companies plan for years to take over their own..."

July 20, 2007 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Actors From the London Stage
Who needs more than five actors to do a Shakespeare play? Not this troupe.
"...Now fall approaches with The Tempest from the EmilyAnn Theatre, Hamlet from Austin Shakespeare, Henry V from the Baron's..."

Sept. 23, 2011 Arts Feature by Jillian Owens

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
Giving a lot of sweet bouquets (and taking their sweet time doing it)
"...Stoppard's Arcadia, winning four awards. The UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Hyde Park..."

June 8, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Conscience Hesitatus
The interesting drama of a latter-day Woyzeck suffers from lack of experience among the creators
"...Buttross Properties, 7901 Cameron, #207 www.lastacttheater.com Through July 28 Running time: 1 hr., 30 min...."

July 20, 2012 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Road to Urinetown
Composer Mark Hollmann on the show's creation and success
"...of a title. They even had one of their characters mock it in the script. But even calling their..."

Aug. 30, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Drive, He Said
In its 13th year, Jason Neulander shifts Salvage Vanguard Theater into overdrive
"...as artistic director for the roughly dozen years the company's been in existence...."

April 14, 2006 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
"...Man, the American theatre is one seriously fucked-up place. Here's this company staging..."

March 30, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

On His Mark
Richard Linklater explores the rich contradictions of artifice and reality, theatre and film, love and desire in Me and Orson Welles
"...When entering a theatre to see any film by director Richard Linklater for..."

Dec. 11, 2009 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
"...I am a writer for Theatre in Austin, TX. I have recently become concerned by..."

July 28, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
"...Want to hear some good drinking stories? Ask theatre people. Between their research for playing soused characters, work..."

July 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

"We'll Always Have 807 Congress"
The Raging of the Elements, or Indoor Theatre in Austin -- Al Fresco
"...and howling gusts of rain-laced wind roared into the theatre. Closing the doors by hand secured the closer a..."

June 25, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
"...the B. Iden Payne Awards. The Austin Circle of Theatres' annual honors for excellence in local stage work are..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Race to Innovation
With $1,000 each and eight weeks, five teams compete to take theatre to a new level
"...production from scratch. Five of the teams have a theatre focus; the sixth is a combination of theatre artists..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Deus Ex Analysis
Tutto Theatre's 'Zeus in Therapy' gives new voice to the late, great UT classics prof, Douglass Stott Parker
"...Now Tutto Theatre Company has turned that unfinished cycle of wild, comedic..."

Aug. 16, 2013 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

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