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UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance's In the Red and Brown Water
Multiple storytelling modes make Tarell Alvin McCraney's complex play operate as both theatre and ritual
"...One could be forgiven for expecting something very different than what In the..."

Oct. 14, 2016 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Oscar Brockett
Remembering the world's foremost theatre historian
"...A scholar and a gentleman – the phrase is as apt a one as..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
"...practices that ruined the lives of 20,000 employees and grifted billions of dollars from countless investors. It also serves..."

March 2, 2018 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

UT Theatre & Dance's The Wild Party
In this Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe musical, gin, sin, and skin collide in a debaucherous 1920s requiem to the ego
"...Take one part bathtub gin. Add equal parts has-beens and wannabes. Throw in a..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Review by Stephanie Carll

As Theatre for Children Matures
In 40 years of nurturing young people's love for the stage, Coleman Jennings has helped a profession develop, too
"...Coleman Jennings hasn't been a child for many, many years, but..."

April 23, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dance Repertory Theatre's Momentum
This program of dances informed by African American experiences and culture was highly physical and emotionally urgent
"...where eccentricities and pontifical discourse are sheltered from the urgency of everyday life. But other times, as with Dance..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

UT Theatre & Dance's 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)
In a work more poetry than story, playwright Caridad Svich has drowned Ophelia resurface, freed from Hamlet's shadow
"...Ophelia is a tantalizing character for a modern playwright to revisit. She follows all the rules, but Hamlet's..."

Oct. 11, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Spring Awakening
This staging of the hit musical blends the old and new, petticoats and punk, with a power and seductiveness that enraptures
"...In the opening moments of the UT Depart­ment of Theatre & Dance production of Spring Awakening, 14-year-old Wendla (a..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Arts Review by Laura Jones

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance’s The Crucible
The department manages to elicit tension from Arthur Miller’s familiar drama, but not without a few flaws
"...A small, unassuming insert is tucked into the program for the University of Texas Department of Theatre &..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

UT Theatre & Dance's Lost Girl
Kimberly Belflower's new play is a snapshot of a woman consumed by love long lost
"...has rendered her a sad and isolated adult who clings desperately to his memory and cannot move on. Despite..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Theatre's Great Historian The Essential Oscar
"...Austin theatre has many heroes who are diligent and accomplished but..."

Dec. 8, 1995 Arts Feature

The Diary of Anne Frank
Every element of this UT Department of Theatre & Dance production demands attention and respect
"...Things will not end well for Anne Frank...."

Oct. 16, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Staging Mr. Burns, a post-electric play With Zero Waste
A UT student production of Anne Washburn’s play shows how to make theatre the sustainable way
"...– the First Family of Television. Homer feasts on doughnuts at his job as a nuclear power plant safety..."

Dec. 14, 2018 Arts Feature by M. Brianna Stallings

In honor of this week's commencement ceremonies at UT, here's a roundup of recent college-related honors for theatre historian Oscar Brockett, composers, Kent Kennan and Kevin Putz, late playwright David Mark Cohen, and UT theatre department alum Marcia Gay Harden. Plus, the 2001 Funniest Person in Austin is Rich Gabe.
"...roundup of recent honors for our friends in the groves of academe:..."

May 18, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Method Gun
The Rude Mechs' play both affirms and dismantles everything your own guru taught you
"...The Method GunOscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd Sept. 13..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Cherry Orchard
The crises facing Chekhov's characters feel very current in UT's staging
"...The Cherry OrchardOscar G. Brockett Theatre, 23rd & San Jacinto, 477-6060"

Sept. 23, 2011 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Big Love
UT energetically takes on Charles Mee's update of an ancient Greek drama and makes it very here, now
"...Big Love..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Try To Remember
How two kids from UT changed the course of the American musical
" which Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt first worked together, the initial step in their journey to a place..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Director David Charles Goyette uses an army of actors to stage Brecht's epic of war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and his constant movement of them, along with the impressive design work, gives the impression of a huge and hungry populace, but much of the story is lost in the broad acting of much of the UT student cast.
"...The Caucasian Chalk Circle: Army on StageOscar Brockett Theatre, UT campus, through Nov. 17..."

Nov. 22, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Trojan Women
A version that shows us in the women of Troy the brutalized women of our own time's wars
"...Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, through Nov. 8..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Free Night of Theater 2006: The list
Take your pick of 21 performances being offered at no charge with Free Night of Theater 2006
"...Thursday, Oct. 19Austin Improv Collective: Thursday Night Awesome; The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Arts Feature

All Over Creation: The Persistence of Penguins
And Then Came Tango stirs up a fuss, but its birds fly after all
"...What do penguins and cross-dressing country boys have in common?..."

Nov. 30, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back
The play 'Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back' seeks to honor the New Orleanians affected by Hurricane Katrina, but the level of intensity in the UT staging often makes it hard to connect to
"...Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Our Country's Good
As staged by UT, this drama of convicts making theatre in colonial Australia is fascinating to watch
"...Our Country's GoodOscar G. Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd, UT campus, 512/477-6060..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

360 (round dance)
Steven Dietz's new adaptation of Schnitzler's Reigen is solid and intriguing
"...360 (round dance)Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 23rd & San Jacinto, 471-5793"

Nov. 18, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Threepenny Opera
Inventive direction and fun acting make a wonderful spectacle of Brecht's dark world
"...Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, 23rd & San Jacinto, 477-6066..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

'Emergency Prom'
Playwright Steve Moulds tailors the tale to the actors, not vice versa
"...Most playwrights tend to finish a script, then find actors to..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Our Town
Tears await you in UT's current staging of the Thornton Wilder classic
"...Oscar G. Brockett Theatre,..."

April 9, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Culture Flash!
Still time left to get some free theatre, laurels for historian Oscar Brockett and director Don Toner, and a new baby for the first couple of Salvage Vanguard Theater
"...• Don't forget: Free Night of Theater is under way this week...."

Oct. 20, 2006 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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
"...out its B. Iden Payne Awards honoring achievements in theatre for the 2005-2006 season, it was American Fiesta that,..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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