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"...Gaelic League and check out a variety of Celtic arts, crafts, and books. Here's to a successful fourth!..."

Sept. 15, 2000 Best of Austin Feature

Arts Bullets
It's Edinburgh for 'Bolero,' the Big Apple for 'Flawed' and 'St. Enid,' and AMOA for PR guy David Wyatt
"...in Scotland. The work features live dancers interacting with projected images of dancers to the music of Ravel's Bolero...."

June 18, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Up in the Old Hotel
The delights of Refraction Arts Project's 'Up in the Old Hotel' are many, but the creators seem to assume that you already know a lot about 'New Yorker' writer Joseph Mitchell
"...noted above if you visit the Blue Theater for Refraction Arts Project's Up in the Old Hotel (also the..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Assumption
'The Assumption' is Refraction Arts Project's very modern and entertaining take on 'Hamlet' – a Shakespearean satire of all things hillbilly and all things Eastern, set to a rock & roll beat
"...directed by Sonnet Blanton and Julia M. Smith, is Refraction Arts Project's very modern take on Hamlet, and while..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Building a City on a Stage
Epic is not something often attempted in the theatre, much less by small arts groups, but with Orange, Refraction Arts Project is telling the epic history of a fictitious city across three time periods in four overlapping storylines, with the participation of 15 playwrights and 25 actors.
"...When I first heard about Refraction Arts Project's new play Orange, I thought the title..."

May 23, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Art Burn
An early-morning blaze at Guadalupe Arts Center displaces 75 artists
"...Fire hit the Guadalupe Arts Center late Sunday, causing an estimated $650,000 in damage..."

Feb. 4, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The North Project
Local theatre genius Ron Berry and his talented friends of the Refraction Arts Project have turned the Blue Theater into a snowed-under tundra, with an amazing array of multimedia effects, live performers, sounds, and moments real and imagined, all inspired by the frozen North.
"...The North ProjectBlue Theater, through Nov. 22 Running time: varies..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Celebrity Crush '03
In the best Hollywood tradition, the good folks at Refraction Arts Project have created a sequel to 2002's Celebrity Crush, and the new series of sketches and films about obsessions with and fixations on various celebrities, old and new, has as much to recommend it as the old.
"...year at about this time, the good folks at Refraction Arts Project presented Austin with a series of sketches..."

March 21, 2003 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever
Like those Christmastime baskets full of cheese logs, summer sausages, miniature jars of jellies, etc., The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever features a diverse little gathering of tasty treats -- in this case, five-minute plays on a common theme -- and it's fun to snack on.
"...associated with Hyde Park Theatre and Rude Mechanicals and Refraction Arts Project and others. So there's diversity, as in..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
José Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot is a magical love story in which nature reflects human relationships, and this Refraction Arts Project production is beautiful to look at with several stand-out performances.
"...story in which nature reflects human relationships, and this Refraction Arts Project production is beautiful to look at, most..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Orange
Refraction Arts Project's production of Orange is a true accomplishment, with interlaced stories weaving an explosive tale about the destruction of humanity
"...of economic matrix based on the exchange of currency. Refraction Arts Project has been working on Orange for two..."

May 21, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Six Degrees of Ron Berry
With another acting job in a new play, his own new theatre about to open, his own stage company that champions theatre as something fun as well as substantive, and a lot of friends to help him make "good stuff" onstage, is Ron Berry the Happiest Man in Austin?
"...bust a little tail and get dirty with a project -- I love it, I mean you've gotta bust..."

June 16, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Taking the World Stage
How more theatre made Here is getting Out There and what that means
"...worldwide have watched and quarreled over the Latino Comedy Project's 300 parody on YouTube – not to mention thousands..."

Sept. 21, 2007 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...30, 2005, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts),..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Break-In at the Blue
Thieves broke into the Blue Theater last week and made off with more than $6,000 worth of technical equipment
"...worth of technical equipment, leaving the venue's home company, Refraction Arts Project, in the lurch just as it was..."

Nov. 12, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Performances That Transported Me in 2004
Robert Faires lists his favorite theatre, dance, and classical productions of 2004
"...with the performers courage never yielding, it tore our hearts...."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Outstanding!
Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...the honors to include the rest of the performing arts – i.e., dance and classical music – and the..."

May 18, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Performances of 2004 That I Ruminate Over After the Dust Has Settled
Heather Barfield lists her favorite stage performances of 2004
"...2) Catherine Berry in Spin (Refraction Arts Project) Berry was engaging, exciting, and fantastically silly..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Heather Barfield Cole

Austin at FringeNYC: Big Apple Bouquets
Austin's three entries in this year's New York International Fringe Festival earned some real attention, ranging from the respectable to the rave
"...Refraction Arts' The Philomel Project grabbed the brass ring: a..."

Sept. 2, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...Austin Critics Table to the last year in the arts. As the informal affiliation of local arts writers gathered..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Off-Off-Broadway Bound
An Austinite's account of taking the stage in New York City
"...from a chick & a dude productions; The Philomel Project: a barbarous pleasure, from Refraction Arts Project; and Wade,..."

July 29, 2005 Arts Feature by Lowell Bartholomee

The Emperor Jones
"...photograph by Kenny Braun David Jones stands onstage, listens,..."

April 30, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

The Butcher's Daughter
"...here last summer for a staged reading by the Refraction Arts Project. After that, "it was done as a..."

June 16, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

The Electric Exchange
Theatre, dance, music, and film meld and get supercharged in the Fuse Box Festival
"...between different kinds of art – keeping the visual arts apart from dance and classical music apart from theatre..."

April 25, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
See a show and aid local theatres, catch some more Crush, show some dramaturgs how to two-step, and read up on Austin artists in national mags
"...Vanguard Theater, which lost its office to the Guadalupe Arts Center fire two weeks ago; and to Arts on..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001
"...he used the space "to thank the greater Austin arts community and its patrons for helping support our work"..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Won't You Come In?
For four years, playwright Lisa D'Amour and director Katie Pearl have forged an uncommon bond with audiences through the welcoming, intimate quality of their theatre work. They've also forged an uncommon bond with each other, a mutually fulfilling creative partnership that will continue for the rest of their lives.
"...and Pearl have been employing this distinctive approach in projects in Austin, Minneapolis, and New York City, and in..."

May 11, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Onstage Works of Wonder in 2002
Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable productions in the performing arts for 2002.
"...1. The Laramie Project (Zachary Scott Theatre Center): This theatrical mosaic, crafted by..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Art in Public Places sets a fingerprint at the forensics lab, and Austin theatre is all over the map – of the U.S.
"...Plant Theater, with its unnerving slapstick fable Not Clown; Refraction Arts Project, with its inventive reinvented myth The Philomel..."

May 13, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Top 10 Pratfalls of 2006, Plus Some Shining Examples of Physical Comedy
"...2) The duel in The Assumption (Refraction Arts Project) Is it still a duel if all..."

Jan. 5, 2007 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

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