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The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Actor/director Norman Blumensaadt, dance artists Kathy Dunn Hamrick and Anuradha Naimpally, and philanthropists Jeanne and Michael Klein join the ranks of cultural heroes
"...Here is a brief introduction to these cultural heroes. Norman Blumensaadt..."

May 25, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Crafting the Song
Austin theatre actor Robert Fisher has the heart of a rock & roller, the work ethic of a medieval craftsman, and the style of a Bob Fosse. Either he's in the wrong business or he is, as playwright Kirk Lynn calls him, "a wonder."
"...Fisher has worked with a variety of directors now: Norman Blumensaadt on Arcadia, David Jones on Travels With My..."

March 16, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

The Cripple of Inishmaan
The company of Different Stages' production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan bring the script to life, but to in the eyes of reviewer Rob Curran, they work too hard to get a chance to enjoy it.
"...language requires no accent to give it color. Director Norman Blumensaadt should not have to expend time and energy..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Arts Review by Rob Curran

If It's Summer, It Must Be Shakespeare
Summer is the time for Shakespeare, so naturally here are a couple of the Bard's plays being staged in the Austin area -- Julius Caesar from the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Two Gentlemen of Verona from Different Stages -- and directors Paul Norton and Norman Blumensaadt to explain how they came to produce them this season.
"...been in my mind.Different Stages' Two Gentlemen of Verona Norman Blumensaadt has been producing plays in Austin for 23..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Forgotten Radical
Thornton's plays are Wilder than you might remember
"...Town are astonishing plays," says Different Stages Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt. They premiered in a time when most dramatic..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Garden District
Despite some flaws, Different Stages mounts two Tennessee Williams' dramas in riveting and entertaining fashion
"...produced by Different Stages and directed by Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt. In the first and considerably shorter of the..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

On the Right Path
Playwright Tom White reflects on his latest work, The Misses Overbeck, and on the 30 years of playwriting that preceded it
"...wrote the next play, and nothing really happened until Norman [Blumensaadt, artistic director for Different Stages and director of..."

May 21, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Uncle Vanya: Finding Humor in Wasted Lives
Skipper Chong Warson examines Different Stages' new take on Uncle Vanya.
"...make a meal of the play's comic subtleties, particularly Norman Blumensaadt as Vanya and Beaumont Paul as Dr. Astrov...."

Dec. 3, 1999 Arts Review by Skipper Chong Warson

When the Rain Stops Falling
Strong writing and a robust cast make Different Stages' production stay with you
"...the somewhat eerie coincidence was pointed out by director Norman Blumensaadt during his curtain speech. But water droplets are..."

July 10, 2015 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

A Number
Half the fun of Different Stages' absorbing production is talking about it later
"...The play presents two men onstage. Salter (Norman Blumensaadt) is trying to reassure his son (Marc Balester)..."

May 8, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

'What I Want Right Now': Title Match
Titling a play can sometimes be a tenuous proposition, as was the case with Tom White's most recent work
"...Vortex. "The name has gone through many combinations," says Norman Blumensaadt, Different Stages' artistic director as well as the..."

June 27, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Hollow
Although Different Stages' production of Agatha Christie's mystery The Hollow demands all one's focus and concentration, its stylish design, strong acting, and surprises make it worth it in the end
"...speak so quickly. It's as if they or director Norman Blumensaadt are worried that the audience is going to..."

July 7, 2006 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Misses Overbeck
Different Stages' production of The Misses Overbeck generates an affectionate quality that personalizes the particular objects surrounding all of us
"...Prolific Austin director Norman Blumensaadt and Texas playwright Tom White have resurrected and..."

June 4, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

An Ideal Husband
Different Stages' production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband is not just community theatre at its finest; it's just plain good theatre: entertaining, impressive, astounding, and delightful.
"...course, this simply is not the case, and director Norman Blumensaadt obviously has communicated to his actors exactly what..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Devil's Disciple
Director Norman Blumensaadt's rendering of The Devil's Disciple for Different Stages may be uneven in the quality of the performances, but the actors deliver Shaw's text clearly, and there's more than a little something to be said for that.
"...If I could say only one thing about director Norman Blumensaadt's rendering of The Devil's Disciple for Different Stages,..."

April 13, 2001 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Merton of the Movies: Gone Soft
In 1922, George Kaufman and Marc Connelly's Merton of the Movies was a pointed satire of Hollywood, but 80 years have softened the play's sharpness, so the Different Stages revival is little more than nice.
"...Director Norman Blumensaadt's vision for this Different Stages production sets the..."

June 30, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Good People
In wrestling valiantly with David Lindsay-Abaire's tough play, the artists of Different Stages prove themselves good people
"...this has to do with something that Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt once said to me: "All theatre should be..."

May 3, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Different Stages’ Yankee Tavern
This production of Steven Dietz’s play offers a deep dive into what we choose to believe and a stimulating evening of theatre
"...executed well in the script and in performance. Director Norman Blumensaadt has assembled a good cast for the Different..."

April 6, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Different Stages' John Gabriel Borkman
The pleasure of this production of Ibsen's drama comes in the complex exchanges among the deeply committed actors
"...of understanding of a story full of complex exchanges. Norman Blumensaadt's direction of the action, though strong in the..."

July 8, 2016 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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
"...It may mean starting small. Norman Blumensaadt of Different Stages has just begun paying actors..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

The Language Archive
Different Stages' production explores the difficulty of articulating not just love but also marriage
"...She and her partner Resten (Norman Blumensaadt) have a "successful" marriage. Far from the idyllic..."

Jan. 17, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

Arsenic and Old Lace
This classic American comedy plays murder for escapist fun, which Different Stages delivers capably
"...the Brewster sisters with delight at the characters' absurdity. Norman Blumensaadt's direction is likewise solid, although a few transitions..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Quills
Different Stages doesn't light up the dark corners of this gothic comedy about the Marquis de Sade
"...belly laugh. Unfortunately, in the hands of Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt, the unsettling story falls somewhat limply into the..."

Jan. 11, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Well
Despite the author's absence, Different Stages delivers a fine production
"...As Different Stages Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt indicated during his curtain speech, Lisa Kron is..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Night of the Iguana
Different Stages can't surmount the deeply flawed nature of Tennessee Williams' play
"...when the company of actors – assembled by director Norman Blumensaadt – is up to it, they're quite up..."

March 25, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Humble Boy
With this comedic riff on Hamlet, the production's strength is in the acting
"...to channel a bit of that most famous prince. Norman Blumensaadt brings a gentle, fascinated, knowing vulnerability to the..."

Jan. 14, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Morning's at Seven
A fine cast and expert staging transport us back to a more gracious America
"...scholar, Norman Blumensaadt, always provides notes that give great insight into..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Carpetbagger's Children
Horton Foote's drama blows in like a breeze from the gulf, warm and whispery
"...light wind off the gulf, warm and whispery. Director Norman Blumensaadt made a wise choice of venue in the..."

March 26, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Wharton Dancer
The flourishing legacy of the late Lone Star dramatist Horton Foote
"...It's a criticism familiar to Different Stages Artistic Director Norman Blumensaadt, who is staging a production of The Carpetbagger's..."

March 12, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Eurydice
The best way to describe Different Stages' retelling of the myth: beautiful
"...the living, with the help of her deceased father (Norman Blumensaadt)...."

Jan. 22, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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