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How Austin's Performing Artists Are Reopening Their Spaces
After months behind screens, the folks who run the city's theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs are welcoming audiences back inside
"...some ersatz arts space on your computer but from actual theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs?..."

July 16, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hang the DJ
The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation
"..."Theatre gets to create a topic of conversation for a..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Sexy Beast
With a bold new take on Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, Austin Lyric Opera has a remarkable opportunity to lead the operatic pack and show the world the stuff it's made of.
"...takes on the heightened emotional quality of an operatic character expressing himself...."

Jan. 18, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Through the Eyes of a Kid
Bringing kids to adult theatre is uncool, but what's about children's theatre, where they belong? Ada Calhoun borrows a friend's three-and-a-half-year-old son to find out and discovers that theatre ain't all magic when you're a preschooler.
"...Bringing kids to adult theatre is uncool. In May, when Salvage Vanguard Theater revived..."

July 21, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
"...arts funding system -- formally known as the Cultural Contracts Program -- enters its ninth and final month for..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Arts Feature by Mary Jane Garza

Terrence McNally Knows About Lasting Impact
About to open a new play at Zach Theatre, the Tony Award-winning playwright talks about what endures
"...three artists being given a Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre honor at the 2019 Tonys. On June 14, Jeff..."

June 7, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Iron Man
Longtime local stage phenom Ken Webster has a record to rival that of a Baseball Hall of Famer
"...even if you didn't already know that for a fact, you could tell it from the confidence he exudes,..."

April 13, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

All About Joe (York)
" one of the leading lights in the city's theatre community. And make no mistake, this is a special..."

Jan. 24, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Plays in Our Stocking
A Few Dramas We Want St. Nick to Give Austin Theatre
" 1996 has been pretty good to the Austin theatre scene, gift-wise. What with getting a new theatre downtown..."

Dec. 20, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

As Charlie Jones Exits C3, He Traces His Journey From College Station to Founding ACL Fest
Leaving the music promotions empire he helped build, Jones begins his new events company, Four Leaf
"...from, you said, "I'm one of the few people actually from College Station." What did you mean by that?..."

Feb. 28, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees
"...since the Eighties. She's obtained a master's degree in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas, worked with..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Linklater/Hawke/Black: The Complete Transcript
"...Before the Devil Knows You're Dead – Sidney Lumet's last film and one of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman's..."

March 11, 2016 Screens Feature

Of Barbecue and Vampires
An interview with Todd Lowe, True Blood's Terry Bellefleur
"...Temps, La. is all that and more, thanks to actor Todd Lowe's portrayal of the character on HBO's True..."

June 13, 2013 Screens Post by R.U. Steinberg

Red Light Winter
The script's faults and poor production choices hinder Displaced Theatre's debut
"...of people who love the tortured, sensitive, intellectual guy characters who populate his works...."

Jan. 16, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

It's the Village, Idiot!
The latest casualty in Regal Cinemas' nationwide overexpansion isn't just another movie theatre.
"...No more, though. As of last Sunday, Feb. 4, the Village Cinema Art movie theatre..."

Feb. 9, 2001 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Fighting City Hall
What began as a play for Austin by a Ukrainian playwright has become a dispatch from the front lines of a war
"...see ourselves as pretty engaged politically – all that activity with neighborhood associations, local long-range planning initiatives, city commissions,..."

May 2, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

All Over Creation: Ode to Joy
In a week's worth of creative endeavors, delight proves illuminating
"...dated musical send-ups, with all their ridiculous plots, clueless characters, extravagant wordplay, and exquisite music, which shone through whenever..."

June 28, 2013 Arts Column by Robert Faires

All Over Creation: Award Fever
Whenever you feel like throwing a pillow over the Payne Awards, consider this
"...and threw a pillow at the TV while watching last week's finale of Project Runway. When Michael and Nina,..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Murder Ballad Murder Mystery
You'll be hard-pressed to find a riskier production in Austin this year than this strange string of ballads and mysteries
"...I have a feeling that some might react to this Vortex Repertory-Tutto Theatre Company co-production of Elizabeth..."

Oct. 30, 2009 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Lasting Commitments
The 2008 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...and whether their individual interests are comedy, music, architecture, theatre, or the visual arts, their devotion has been instrumental..."

May 23, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Yoga Drama
For a year, Austin will be practicing daily public acts of creative expression through the national festival 365 Days/365 Plays
"..."One percent is theory and 99 percent is practice. It is the 'doing' that brings the many benefits..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

The Distance Danced
Between its old and new versions of 'Swingin' Then & Now,' Tapestry Dance Company has swung a long way, baby
"...The last time Tapestry Dance Company presented the program Swingin' Then..."

April 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Twelfth Night
What the State Theatre Company's handsome but curiously reserved production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' lacks is that liberating light-headedness of intoxication
"...State Theatre, through March 5..."

March 3, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Double Life
Napoleon Beazley was executed by the state of Texas, but he lives again in a new play
" be executed by the state of Texas.No Second Act?..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Superstar Search
Three decades after its debut, Jesus Christ Superstar may not seem a radical piece of musical theatre, but Austin Musical Theatre's new production just may return the rock opera to its revolutionary roots.
"...Musical theatre isn't exactly renowned for theological discourse. Once you get..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Macbeth's Myriad of Misfortunes
The Scottish Play – still cursed after all these years
"...Having two separate productions of Macbeth running in Austin..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

This Is a Blogpost About Austin's Jennymarie Jemison
Partly because her movie's in the Seattle International Film Festival
"...director Rafael Antonio Ruiz, is following its appearance at last year's Fantastic Fest with a screening in Seattle's big..."

May 20, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Forgotten Radical
Thornton's plays are Wilder than you might remember
"...too many productions – in high schools and community theatres, mostly – that skim the play's surface, but something..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Beat the Clock
Rediscovering the Danger in Theatre Under the Gun
"...a heartbeat, and a much-needed thrill. That's really what theatre is all about for me, the thrill of a..."

Dec. 5, 1997 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Bard Choices
Two Directors on Making Shakespeare Contemporary
"...Ah, Shakespeare. He stands at the apex of the theatre, recognized across the globe as the supreme dramatist for..."

Aug. 16, 1996 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

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