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Articulations
Theatre Baby In, Theatre Out
"...this week, owing to the birth of Kaitlin Elizabeth Polgar. The latest production from Michelle and Robi Polgar, founders..."

May 14, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Art of Parenting With Art
Trying to find ways to make art while sustaining a family is no easy road.
"...Until a few months ago, Katie, Ari, their mom Michelle, and I were all still happily ensconced in a..."

June 22, 2001 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Articulations
Is That Another Raindrop?
"...the Austin Circle of Theatres. Now comes word that Michelle Polgar (who is married to Austin Chronicle arts writer..."

July 30, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

"We'll Always Have 807 Congress"
The Raging of the Elements, or Indoor Theatre in Austin -- Al Fresco
"...heartbreaking final scene in Cyrano de Bergerac, making sweet Michelle cry like that!..."

June 25, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Personnel Department: New Hires at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Personnel changes at local arts organizations continue, with the arrivals of a new executive director at Conspirare and a new business manager at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
"...company March 19. Meanwhile, over at St. Edward's University, Michelle Polgar is the new business manager for the Mary..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
Critix Pix
"...Michelle Polgar took time out from new-mom duties to jog..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Three Musketeers
A contemporary script, powerful acting, and fantastic swordplay combine to create a heroic journey that's fun and easy to get lost in
"...retold many times before, the vibrant world that director Michelle Polgar creates via mindful casting and sharp choreography encourages..."

Feb. 22, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

'bobrauschenbergamerica'
Like the artist it salutes, this theatre piece is a wild mash-up of iconic Americana
"...Charles Mee wrote bobrauschenbergamerica for Anne Bogart's SITI Company. Michelle Polgar, managing director of MMNT, saw the original production..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Arts Feature by Hannah Kenah

A Christmas Carol
The State Theater Company brings its artistry to bear on that most conventional show of the season, 'A Christmas Carol,' and delivers a perfectly packaged production
"...and step into the State Theatre, where artistic director Michelle Polgar and her company are bringing their artistry to..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

A Christmas Carol
Two rather different versions of 'A Christmas Carol' illustrate the power still to be tapped from Charles Dickens' ghostly little book
"...Stahl knows just when to thaw him, and director Michelle Polgar gives him the time and space to reveal..."

Dec. 17, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Time for Magic
The State Theater Company feels the time is right for magic, and so has a gift to offer this holiday season: the tale of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince told in story and song by John Scoullar and Rick Cummins.
"...Without giving anything away, company artistic associate Michelle Polgar assures me that Kanoff does it all, in..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Articulations
Adios to longtime arts service organization Artists' Legal and Accounting Assistance of Austin, and real-life election shenanigans give Zach's Evita a boost.
"...an injustice. After all, as former ALAA Executive Director Michelle Polgar says, "ALAA provided Austin's arts community with a..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
"...Theatre Center. Last week, we reported on Number Two, Michelle Polgar (spouse of Austin Chronicle arts writer Robi Polgar),..."

Aug. 6, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Our Bodies, Our Selves
An unusual convergence of dramas dealing with women and disabilities prompts a conversation among four actors about what playwrights are trying to say through characters who are disabled, and how actors approach playing a disability.
"...places where she makes positive choices -- and [director] Michelle Polgar was very helpful in finding them. Christopher McCollum,..."

March 22, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's ANON(ymous)
At St. Edward's, this reworking of Homer's Odyssey gives names to the nameless in today's immigrant crisis
"...And under the direction of Michelle Polgar, the St. Ed's theatre department does Iizuka's script..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

2016 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...by choreographer Danny Herman (left) and MMNT Managing Director Michelle Polgar at the 2016 Austin Critics Table Awards on..."

May 26, 2016 Photo Gallery

The Government Inspector at Mary Moody Northen Theatre
The St. Edward's University Theatre Department delivers Gogol's Russian satire with gigagags at top speed
"...Director Michelle Polgar's vision of Jeffrey Hatcher's 2008 adaptation begins slowly..."

Feb. 19, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Hamlet
The melancholy Dane gets fierce in this most professional staging by Mary Moody Northen Theatre
"...Director Michelle Polgar incorporates the ledges over the theatre's four exits..."

Nov. 21, 2014 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Measure for Measure
Mary Moody Northen Theatre delivers a colorful version of Shakespeare's grayscale comedy that's worth seeing
"...and mercy, but it's also surprisingly colorful in director Michelle Polgar's hands. An arresting sapphire stage dominates Lisa Laratta's..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Eurydice
This show doesn't the plumb the depths of eternal love but is solidly staged
"...wish I could see this production (with direction by Michelle Polgar) again in the future, after all of the..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Cyrano de Bergerac
This worthy production of Rostand's play reveals the rock star in its romantic hero
"...Michelle Polgar directs this three-hour symphony of language with skill...."

Feb. 20, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

State Theatre: Shows canceled over flood, repairs
In addition to ruining the State Theatre stage, basement, and much valuable equipment, the June flood of the arts venue has washed away most of the State's 2006-2007 season
"...most staffers will be laid off. State Artistic Director Michelle Polgar will remain in order to work with Stein..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

State Theatre Company
It's a new year, and the State Theater has a new artistic director, who has announced some new additions to the theatre's season
"...that means much that's new, including the artistic director. Michelle Polgar, who was appointed acting artistic director following the..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

State Theater Company: Kanoff Terminated
Just two weeks into what was to be his sixth season with the State Theater Company, Scott Kanoff was booted from his job as producing artistic director
"...expected at the theatre. For now, we know that Michelle Polgar has been named acting artistic director and that..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Three Scrooges
Three different stage versions of 'A Christmas Carol' are playing this season, and one of them is sure to please the discriminating Dickens-lover in your household
"...a hit in Dickens' homeland a few years ago. Michelle Polgar directs David Stahl as the miser who's as..."

Dec. 3, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Woman in Black
The power of little things to make spirits real drives The Woman in Black, a terrifically old-fashioned ghost story in the English tradition, and the State Theater Company production employs simple sights and sounds in effective ways that make us believe and be terrified.
"...Director Michelle Polgar masterfully orchestrates this mood and menace, keeping a..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Proof
In David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof, mathematicians are shown to be unsure about many things -- the work they do, the methods they use, their lives, even their sanity -- and the State Theater Company's production beautifully captures the uncertainty of this world.
"...on this old back porch is, as staged by Michelle Polgar, a delicate dance of insecurities -- abnormally bright..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Glass Menagerie
If any 20th-century American play deserves to be called "classic," it is Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie but the State Theater Company's puzzling production seems to ignore what is most obvious in the play, only rarely connecting with the story.
"...or with each other. I don't know what director Michelle Polgar was thinking, but for me, Tom is not..."

March 29, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Arts Funding Matrix: Reloaded
Arts Commission's FY 19 funding adjustments head to Council
"...on Sept 24, commissioners engaged in what Vice Chair Michelle Polgar characterized as "a triage effort." Funding was pulled..."

Oct. 2, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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