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Wayne Alan Brenner's 10 Favorite Arts-Related Things of 2019
Kinetic performances and galleries mounting great show after great show kept the year exciting
"...3) GHOST QUARTET (Penfold Theatre Company) Dave Malloy's complex musical ghost tale was..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Getting to Oz Through Austin Arts
Area arts events make a Yellow Brick Road to The Wizard of Oz in Zilker Park
"...Balloon. Now, that novel isn't being dramatized locally, but Penfold Theatre has created a new adaptation of Around the..."

May 19, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ordinary Days
This chamber musical about two male-female duos in NYC is a refreshingly modern study of intimacy
"...The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/850-4849 Through April 6 Running time: 1 hr., 25 min...."

April 4, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

I Love You Because
This funny, naughty musical is the perfect show for a Sunday afternoon
"...Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 479-7529..."

June 24, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Holmes for the Holidays
Spend the yuletide at 221-B Baker Street, where the library is stocked with new books about Sherlock
"...had the chance to see the detective onstage in Penfold Theatre's The Hound of the Baskervilles.) And for many,..."

Dec. 25, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Going With Jenny
Like the couple in it, this new play about marriage has charm but could use a spark
"...Public Library, 216 E. Main Ave., Round Rock, 512/850-4849,"

Jan. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Cultural Cancellations and Postponements: The Big List
What's not happening around Austin, arts-wise
"...versions of some events Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards 4/15 – canceled Landmarks: Art All Night 3/26..."

March 24, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Charles Dickens' Prolific Work Comes to Several Austin Stages
There's more than Scrooge on Austin stages this holiday season – which is just as his creator would want it
"...addition to a familiar pair of Carols – Zach Theatre's original musical adaptation with contemporary pop songs threaded through..."

Nov. 23, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2008
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2008, in the theatre
"...1) Porgy and Bess (Zach Theatre) George Gershwin's 1930s folk opera rescored for the 21st..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Making Room to Play
Create Space Austin kicks off the drive to secure more performing venues in the city
"...Two things happen when a roomful of Austin theatre artists gather with no audience present: They start on..."

April 15, 2016 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Stats
"...that contextualize and drive the decision-making process for the theatre's season. AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Arts Feature

Culture Class
The 2009-2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...won three awards and a special citation, and Tutto Theatre Company's Black Snow, which was honored in four categories...."

June 11, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The 2008-2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...The most honored work was the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of Cyrano de Bergerac, which won four awards...."

June 5, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat
The year's scenic designs proved especially appealing to the feline theatregoer
"...cats wandered freely through the audience, making the whole theatre their set...."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Two Actresses, Fat and Thin
Staging Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig' is a heavy proposition
"...Vaughn, taking on the role of Helen in the Theatre En Bloc production of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, opening..."

Oct. 2, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Culture Connectors
The 2013 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...their pioneering efforts in nurturing the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music, and for helping them to flourish...."

May 31, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Who Pays What
"...From my survey of 11 local theatre producers, here is a rough look at what they..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012
Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs
"...2) IA ENSTERÄ'S SET FOR 'THE TWELFTH LABOR' (Tutto Theatre Company) The roof of the family house seemed to..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Top 10 Belly Laughs of 2008
Chronicle Arts writer Elizabeth Cobbe remembers the sweetest comedic moments in 2008
"...plant over her head in The Clean House (Zach Theatre) You almost saw me get onstage and dump one..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Austin Area Cancellations and Other COVID-19 Updates
Gov. Abbott declares statewide public health disaster
"...will reassess the performance situation after this weekend. • Penfold Theatre has postponed its production of the one-man show..."

March 13, 2020 News Post by James Renovitch

The Last Five Years at the Institution Theater
Sherrod Curry Productions' staging of the Jason Robert Brown musical is gracefully performed and wildly cathartic
"...twice already over, well, the last seven years, with Penfold Theatre's productions in 2009 and 2015. A third staging..."

April 1, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

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