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Requiem for Tesla
Local mavericks Rude Mechanicals have plundered biographies and scientific history to give us the whole story of maverick inventor Nikola Tesla, and their production Requiem for Tesla, with its unnervingly choreographed lights, arresting video, beautiful period costumes, original score on theremin, strange dance numbers, and working Tesla coil, literally crackles with current.
"...unnervingly choreographed lights by Zach Murphy, arresting video by Michael Mergen, beautiful period costumes by Leslie Bonnell, a soundscape..."

March 2, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

'Pale Idiot': Return to the Rudeness That Started It All
As a celebration of 10 years of rudeness, the Rude Mechanicals are reviving the show that started it all, Kirk Lynn's absurdist comedy 'Pale Idiot'
"...show that started it all, and we asked director Michael Mergen about this latest, very special production...."

Dec. 2, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Payback as Comeback
The Rude Mechs boost a resurgence with 'REVENGE!'
"...Fisher, Thomas Graves, Heather Hannah, Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht, Michael Mergen, Leilah Stewart, Lynn, and Sides – actors, designers,..."

April 14, 2006 Arts Feature by Steve Moore

Pale Idiot
The 10th-anniversary revival production of playwright Kirk Lynn's 'Pale Idiot' smartly unsnarls a taut knot of text and form
"...Director Michael Mergen smartly unsnarls a taut knot of text and..."

Dec. 9, 2005 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Reefer Madness
The Bedlam Faction tackle the cult hit 'Reefer Madness' with a postured, exaggerated approach that's totally intentional and often quite funny
"...display, the primary purveyor of this smoky insanity is Michael Mergen as Ralph, a local boy who has a..."

April 22, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Are We on the Edge?
The Austin Shakespeare Festival's Will Power: The Course of Love, a compendium of Shakespearean scenes, songs, and sonnets, is as short and sweet as a chocolate heart
"...a moon-faced Orlando, Nicole Zook as a pensive Juliet, Michael Mergen singing beautiful songs with original music by Zita..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...May 2, 2009, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Erin Keever (visual arts),..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...were assembled by the following writers: the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

I'd Like to Thank ...
The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...2005, to April 30, 2006, were the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre/music), Clare Croft (dance),..."

June 9, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Have You Ever Been Assassinated?
Rebecca Beegle's 'Have You Ever Been Assassinated?' plays out like a fever-dream version of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' deliriously mashing up vaudeville acts with American history
"...action: Joey Hood's Abe Jr. turning acrobat on scaffolding, Michael Mergen's Abe and Douglas Taylor's Redhead doing a soft-shoe..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

More Words From Winedale
Additional life lessons and meditations from students in the Shakespeare at Winedale program

July 23, 2004 Arts Feature by Clayton Stromberger

Lipstick Traces: Rock On!
With Lipstick Traces, the Rude Mechanicals have adeptly created a theatrical adaptation of Greil Marcus' legendary book that is loud, defiant, intelligent, funny, absurd, literate, physical, and fun, a rock concert for your head.
"...film presentation is comedy at once subtle and outlandish. Michael T. Mergen and Robert Pierson round out the cast..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Big Love
Charles Mee's Big Love swirls almost madly from brainy discourse to visceral activity to contemplative imagery and back again, like a manic dance or, well, life, and the Rude Mechanicals, who are always up for a good dance, take Mee's play and tear up the floor with it.
"...episode that is echoed by their counterparts, Robert Newell, Michael T. Mergen, and Atticus Rowe, doing push-ups, squat thrusts,..."

Sept. 14, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

This Is Who We Are #1: Rude Mechs' Big Love
A daily affirmation of Austin's creativity from the Chronicle archive
"...episode that is echoed by their counterparts, Robert Newell, Michael T. Mergen, and Atticus Rowe, doing push-ups, squat thrusts,..."

May 4, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Reefer Madness
Local Arts Reviews
"...meant to (wink, wink) rally all good citizens against. Michael T. Mergen probably doesn't have time to know; he's..."

Nov. 8, 2002 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Articulations
The first weeks of 2002 show that Austin artists are still busy taking their art to other parts of the country, and Physical Plant Theater needs your leaves.
"...cast members Ehren Conner Christian, Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht, Michael T. Mergen, and Robert Pierson, with Jason Phelps joining..."

Jan. 4, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...ended April 30 -- were Austin American-Statesman staff reporters Michael Barnes and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and freelance..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Lipstick Traces: It's Only Rock & Roll ...
Reviews of recent and ongoing exhibitions and performances around Austin
"...our senses, while every cast member -- Ehren Christian, Michael T. Mergen, Gavin Mundy, Robert Pierson, Liebrecht, and Lesley..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Exhibitionism
"...sidekick, Moods. Playing Grammy and Grandaddy, Madge Darlington and Michael T. Mergen put the most energy and foot-stompin' enthusiasm..."

Nov. 27, 1998 Arts Review

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