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He Happy Is
For Mark Pickell, Capital T Theatre is a source of joy
"...To look at Mark Pickell, you wouldn't know he's just two days away..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance David Mark Cohen New Play Award..."

May 27, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Dumb Waiter
In Capital T's simple, elegant staging of the Pinter classic, it's what isn't said that matters
"...designed by the show's director, Capital T Artistic Director Mark Pickell, and lit starkly by designer Patrick Anthony, remains..."

Nov. 13, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Pain and the Itch
Capital T's trip to this dysfunctional family home for Thanksgiving is well worth taking
"...Pain and the Itch, though, Capital T Artistic Director Mark Pickell (who doubles as the production's set designer) has..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Pillowman
Hyde Park Theatre has mounted an excellent production of The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh's immensely challenging tale of gruesome crimes, accountability, and storytelling
"...characters as they tear apart the world around him. Mark Pickell takes on the toughest role, that of Katurian's..."

June 22, 2007 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Capital T Theatre's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
This production of Edward Albee's play shows that hubris and catastrophe are as much a part of America now as in ancient Greece
"...living room (the elegantly tasteful creation of scenic designer Mark Pickell), and vowing to bring him down as he..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Capital T Theatre's Small Mouth Sounds
This hilarious and moving production reveals near deafening truths with barely a sound
"...Katherine Catmull (under the purposeful eye of veteran director Mark Pickell) embark on a voiceless voyage to enlightenment that..."

May 25, 2018 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 crafty sumbitch. Prior..."

Sept. 4, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Actors' Inequity
The Cost of Art IV: The artists onstage in Austin aren't just not paid what they're worth, many aren't paid at all
"...Capital T Theatre Artistic Director Mark Pickell allows that that's often true for his group..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Hunter Gatherers
Modern couples revert to savagery in a savagely funny diorama come to life
"...The best news is that Capital T's Mark Pickell has chosen a fine cast to embody this..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Bug
Capital T's return to Tracy Letts territory hasn't the buzz of 2009's Killer Joe
"...and Joey Hood – also appeared in Joe, and Mark Pickell, Capital T's artistic director, directed both shows. But..."

June 11, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

La Dispute
The funny lead performances in Capital T Theatre's La Dispute, combined with Mark Pickell's manic, energetic staging, provide an hour that's as light as a feather and just as beautiful
"...However, we and director Mark Pickell are lucky; the show isn't about a dumb..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...The awards mark their 25th anniversary with an influx of new members..."

May 22, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Loves Me Zell Miller III, Hunger/Hands Up Hoodies Down Mark Pickell, The Strangerer/Year of the Rooster Andrea Skola Summers,..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Art To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Mark Pickell, Bug/Hunter Gatherers Acting in a Leading Role..."

June 10, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Brief History of Helen of Troy
Capital T Theatre Company's 'A Brief History of Helen of Troy' depicts a lot of brutality in a teenage girl's world, but ultimately it's about caring, connection, and love
"...This Capital T Theatre Company production, directed by Mark Pickell and written by Mark Schultz, is one of..."

June 30, 2006 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

boom
With this clever comedy, Capital T treats us to a kinder, gentler doomsday
"...with the smart staging by Capital T Artistic Director Mark Pickell. Marine biologist Jules, as played by Brad Price,..."

June 15, 2012 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hyde Park Theatre's A Doll's House, Part 2
Like its source material, this sequel from another mother entertains and inspires on its own terms
"...able to see glimpses of vulnerability that – most remarkably – make Nora a sympathetic character. Catmull's acting is..."

March 8, 2019 Arts Review by Bob Abelman

Capital T Theatre's The Hunchback Variations and ...Faustus
The company's pairing of two Mickle Maher one-acts gets lit about art in a sublime way
"...there is a work of stagecraft that is so remarkable, so fine-tuned, so skillful yet ridiculous, that it earns..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Hyde Park Theatre's Confessions of a Mexpatriate
Raul Garza's solo show tells us that finding your true self in another country isn't easy
"...a personal approach, though the wall that set designer Mark Pickell has created to represent the Mexico side of..."

Sept. 28, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hyde Park Theatre's The Antipodes
A ton of tales enliven this play by Annie Baker, but what do they tell us about the state of storytelling?
"...spun around the sturdy, stylish conference room table (designer Mark Pickell nails the high-gloss contempo-corporate vibe) may not earn..."

July 27, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...a liver transplant actually move around? Because Caroline seems remarkably vital...."

April 13, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Hyde Park Theatre's Wakey, Wakey
This production of Will Eno's solo show puts us at ease with our mortality through a captivating talk from a dying man
"...continues on a stark but not uninviting set by Mark Pickell. It seems to suggest a facility rather than..."

March 9, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Capital T Theatre's The Brothers Size
In this staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama, struggles with brotherhood and blackness play out against Yoruban ritual
"...The Warrior and the Hunter face off on Mark Pickell's simple but exquisite set – a wooden floor..."

Nov. 3, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Hyde Park Theatre's The Wolves
This fun, honest, real production of Sarah DeLappe’s play zeroes in on the best part of playing a sport: being on a team
"...Add in Mark Pickell's complete transformation of Hyde Park's iconic space into..."

Oct. 6, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Hyde Park Theatre's The Moors
This production of Jen Silverman’s play is an engaging cocktail of Gothic mystery, modern absurdity, and stunning surprises
"...respite, coupled with an illustrious set design courtesy of Mark Pickell and truly splendid costumes provided by Cheryl Painter...."

July 14, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Hyde Park Theatre's John
In playwright Annie Baker's fun twist on haunted house tales, you learn what it is to be watched
"...The set from Mark Pickell is intricate and yet another smart maneuvering of..."

March 17, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Wayne Alan Brenner's Top 10 Arts-Related Program Activities of 2016
Uncommon combinations – dance with horses, music with robots, drama with a Tesla coil – made the year unforgettable
"...7) "JAN HEATON: THE MARKET" (Davis Gallery) As stained glass is so often the..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Examining the Sins and Virtues of Hypermasculine Theatre
When is violence in theatre too much?
"...brutality on the stage has a long history, notes Mark Pickell, artistic director of Capital T Theatre, which has..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Song About Himself
Walt Whitman's spirit logs on to social media with imagination in this Mickle Maher drama
"...dread of that detachment. And Cap T Artistic Director Mark Pickell generates a similar disorienting disconnection and chilling unease..."

Nov. 11, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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