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Penfold Theatre's Interactive Show The Control Group Lets You Fix the Future
The sci-fi drama by phone calls on you to correct a crisis in the time stream
"...That bulletin comes courtesy of our pals at Penfold Theatre, who have had plenty of their own excellent..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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

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

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows
"...4) NOTES FROM THE FIELD (Zach Theatre) Anna Deavere Smith trusted her documentary report on race..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Elizabeth Cobbe's Top 10 Arts Entrances of 2019
It was the onstage arrivals – some creepy, some hilarious, all welcome – that made this year distinctive
"...1) MATT HISLOPE entered, or rather re-entered, Austin theatre as a creepy, silent Faceless Ghost in Paper Chairs'..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

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

Penfold Theatre's Ghost Quartet
Among the threads of this darkling tapestry are spirits of malice and mayhem and longing and love
"...you go to see this Ghost Quartet show that Penfold Theatre is staging at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar..."

Oct. 25, 2019 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Penfold Theatre's Henry V
This production in the park makes Shakespeare’s epic history into a satisfying show for a summer evening
"...for war. Six actors make up the cast in Penfold Theatre Company's condensed version of Shakespeare's famous historical play,..."

June 14, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Penfold Theatre's Crime and Punishment
In this stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, a fascinating glimpse into the more twisted corners of the human mind
"...Penfold Theatre has done us the great service of mounting..."

April 5, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits
"...2016 (here co-produced by McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions and Penfold Theatre Company), Poe and his partners never touch; their..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Shanon Weaver's Top 10 Theatrical Performances of 2017 (the Second Half)
The year was well-served by actors who could channel spookiness, rebellion, despair, and dance fever
"...1) KRISTIN CHILES IN THE UNDERSTUDY (Southwest Theatre Productions) Chiles perfectly captured the look of sheer controlled..."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Woman in Black at Scottish Rite Theater
Skilled actors and atmospheric design combine to make this co-production a spine-tingler ideal for Halloween
"...chills and internally prodding base fears. This co-production by Penfold Theatre, 7 Towers Theatre, and Austin Scottish Rite Theater..."

Oct. 20, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Penfold Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days
This original, gender-bending theatrical take on Jules Verne’s adventure tale is a grand story told with delightful imagination
"...Thus begins Penfold Theatre's summer production, a goofy, family-friendly adaptation of Jules..."

June 23, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak
Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners
"...when the final honors were bestowed on the outstanding theatre productions...."

June 6, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the..."

May 22, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
"...tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no local theatre artist took to the front lines as often or..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Clybourne Park
This company has vibrant success with Bruce Norris' racial drama that shows how far we haven't come in 60 years
"...Pulitzer Prize as well as Olivier and Tony awards, Penfold Theatre Company has assembled an artistic team so strong..."

June 3, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

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 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

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

Hidden Room Theatre Resurrects King Lear
The once-popular but now obscure revision of Shakespeare's play by Nahum Tate is revived, complete with happy ending
"...oblivion. Burns and her team in the Hidden Room Theatre have been focused on a mystery: the unexplored practices..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Arts Feature by Stephanie Carll

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock takes a comic turn in Penfold Theatre's three-actor spin on the Holmes mystery
"...Not this time! Penfold Theatre Company mounts this new adaptation of The Hound..."

June 26, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Perfect Profile's Perfect Match
With Perfect Profile, old friends Jarrett King and Andrew Cannata try their hand at making a musical
"...Heddatron, Cannata in a host of musicals, from Zach Theatre's Les Misérables to Zilker Productions' Little Shop of Horrors..."

May 15, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Last Five Years
Penfold Theatre's remount of The Last Five Years tracks a failed romance with intimacy and polish
"...The Last Five YearsTrinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity www.penfoldtheatre.org Through April 12 Running time: 1..."

April 3, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

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
"...is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged."..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

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 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
"...1) THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts) On a Bass Concert Hall..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatre Duos & Trios of 2014
Remembering a year in theatre in which performers distinguished themselves in twos and threes
"...Top 10 Theatre Duos and Trios of 2014..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

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