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Pythia Dust
The Vortex's star-spanning musical is out of this world, but it doesn't really go anywhere
"...version, which featured the same cast: Jo Beth Henderson, Melissa Vogt, and Eryn Gettys, as well as the original..."

March 6, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Different Stages' Dracula
Despite atmospheric design work and some strong acting, the production never quite realizes the sensuality and lyrical ferocity in Steven Dietz's script
"...Director Melissa Vogt makes some curious choices throughout the production, however,..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Vortex Cosplay Expo
All week, Austin's masters of theatrical fantasy show you how to make an out-of-this-world look
"...Tue: Fantasy Makeup Design and Application (LaVergne, Melissa Vogt-Patterson)..."

Aug. 8, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Vortex's Performance Park
Whatever you want to call this play/scavenger hunt/immersive live roleplay, it’s a one-of-a-kind, wonderful theatrical experience
"...to miss a visit with High Priestess Baba Yaga (Melissa Vogt) ... unless you are a tasty young child,..."

May 4, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Shanon Weaver's Top 10 Theatrical Performances of 2017 (the Second Half)
The year was well-served by actors who could channel spookiness, rebellion, despair, and dance fever
"...4) MELISSA VOGT IN VAMPYRESS (Vortex Repertory Company) Belting to the..."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera
This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual
"...The puppets, engineered and constructed by Vortex Managing Director Melissa Vogt and Trouble Puppet Theater Company Artistic Director Connor..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Beirut
Vortex's revival confronts issues of the body – as object, as weapon, and as prison – head on
"...The couple, played by married couple Matthew Patterson and Melissa Vogt-Patterson, aren't part of the intelligentsia but everyday New..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Vampyress
October is a fitting time for the Vortex to premiere Chad Salvata's opera 'Vampyress,' about a ghoulish countess who killed 600 women so she could bathe in their blood
"...(as paradoxical as that may be), but it is Melissa Vogt's show. Erzsebet bestrides this opera as Richard III..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Good Woman of Setzuan
If Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan drags some, the actors in the Vortex Summer Youth Theatre production don't, and that keeps the evening engaging
"...finds humor in the understated, terribly serious Second God. Melissa Vogt plays central character Shen Te, as well as..."

July 30, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Performance Park Preview at the Vortex
"...stands with Baba Yaga, embodied by Vortex Managing Director Melissa Vogt...."

March 22, 2018 Photo Gallery

Performance Park Takes Over the Vortex
Bonnie Cullum’s dream wakes the Tarot into life in her company’s immersive theatrical experience
"...doing a lot of the dance. And we've got Melissa Vogt, who's an amazing Baba Yaga. And Content Love..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Vortex's Vampyress
Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky
"...to tread. Leading the charge is Vortex Managing Director Melissa Vogt who brings a commanding presence and powerful voice..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Renaissance Austin’s My Big Fat Bahookie
Lorella Loftus’ really funny new play preaches that everybody’s got back, and that’s just great
"...with a slew of memorable characters courtesy of castmates Melissa Vogt, Eva McQuade, Jacob Rosenbaum, Heidi Penix, Dillon Yruegas,..."

April 28, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Mauritius
Theresa Rebeck's play about stamps has surprsingly high stakes, but they aren't always realized in Different Stages' production
"...pick up on certain dimensions of their respective characters. Melissa Vogt's Jackie is fierce and tireless in her pursuits,..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

The Elementals: Earth
Vortex Repertory Company's ritualistic celebration of earth may make you want to dig your toes into the dirt
"...our dead go into. At the outset, cast members Melissa Vogt-Patterson, Anderson Dear, and Mindy Rast-Keenan are literally buried..."

March 29, 2013 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Quills
Different Stages doesn't light up the dark corners of this gothic comedy about the Marquis de Sade
"...Kanne) prolifically writes – and disseminates, via chambermaid Madeleine (Melissa Vogt-Patterson) – the sort of inflammatory novels that got..."

Jan. 11, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Sarah Silver Hands
The magic in this new fairy-tale opera lies in its look more than its story
"...courtesy of Salvata and Talena Martinez, ostentatious masks by Melissa Vogt-Patterson, the fantastic lighting design we've all come to..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

The Dragonfly Princess
Despite its fairy-tale trappings, ethos' opera The Dragonfly Princess takes us down a dark path of intrigues, heresy, power struggles, and death
"...of serenity suited to their religious state. As Mala, Melissa Vogt-Patterson must begin as something of a joyful innocent..."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Actors' Equity honors Dirk van Allen, and the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards go to ...
"...also dispensed special certificates, now dubbed Standing Ovations, to Melissa Vogt and Betsy McCann for their ensemble performance in..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

To Be Continued!
Something about 'hOle,' a new live theatrical serial in nine episodes, is bringing folks back to the Vortex every Tuesday night of this long, hot summer
"...his shamans – Fowler, Jo Beth Henderson, Betsy McCann, Melissa Vogt, and Selina Wright – develop their own movement..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Sleeping Beauty
The Vortex Repertory Company's 'Sleeping Beauty' shows the company in a playful mood, delivering a musical adaptation that is fanciful, lighthearted, and disarmingly sweet
"...Pond – a bubbly, curious creature as portrayed by Melissa Vogt – rewrites the curse into a hundred-year nap...."

March 25, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Ghost From a Perfect Place
Blending eerie reminiscence and the trappings of outright hostility, Vortex Repertory Company production of Ghost From a Perfect Place feels as if it ought to be more provocative than it is
"...to see, making Travis seem too remote. As Rio, Melissa Vogt comes on with a bang, literally, but it's..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Pythia Dust
The folks at ethos boldly go where no one has gone before with Pythia Dust, an outer space musical revue that feels at once brand new and yet curiously familiar
"...has the ferocious expressions and fierce vocals to match. Melissa Vogt's Hypernica, all in red, is pure fire, her..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

2007-2008 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Melissa Rentrop (Crimes of the Heart)..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

2008 Payne Awards Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Melissa Rentrop (Crimes of the Heart)..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

10 Recommended Arts Events This Fall
So much creative energy flowing to quench your cultural thirst
"...Chad Salvata, puppets designed by Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt, a talented cast working the puppets and giving..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Chron Events Post

The Critics Table's Crème de la Crème
The winners of the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Good Enough to Eat Award Melissa Vogt for her portrayal of Baba Yaga in Performance..."

June 5, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Five Arty Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 22-24
Not too many, right? Just enough. Just enough for the city.
"...to sustain her youth and beauty. But Austin’s own Melissa Vogt is that red-handed countess, in this weekend’s return..."

Sept. 21, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Chimponauts and the Mechanical Phantom
It may help to know sci-fi B-movies, but this space spoof by Electronic Planet Ensemble is silly fun for everyone

May 10, 2013 Arts Review by Matthew Irwin

2006 B. Iden Payne Awards: Payne, Payne, who got the Payne?
When the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its B. Iden Payne Awards for 2005-2006, it was 'American Fiesta' that, well, bowled over the rest of the nominees
"...original score and the performances of Betsy McCann and Melissa Vogt. Theatre at the J took home the prize..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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