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Matney vs. Cancer – FIGHT!
Artists and supporters from across Austin's theatre community unite behind actor Robert Matney to KO the Big C
"...the theatre community have swarmed to the aid of Robert Matney, the longtime local actor and tech visionary, upon..."

June 28, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2017
From monsters to mountains, wolves to wild horses, the year came alive with figures boldly created onstage
"...fired by Judd Farris' volcanic Hotspur and cooled by Robert Matney's deliciously louche, leisure suit-wearing Falstaff...."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

One-Two Cancer KO
Two benefits working to deliver a knockout to the Big C
"...is a homegrown effort to help a local artist, Robert Matney, the other a national drive, literally, by a..."

July 17, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Playing God – Literally
A smartphone's all you need to let loose your inner Zeus and control the action in Deus Ex Machina
"...of a discussion between Whirligig co-founders Liz Fisher and Robert Matney – who are married to each other –..."

Dec. 26, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In Houdini Speaks to the Living, Hidden Room Theatre resurrects two dead celebrities for a spirited battle
"...as created by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry and Robert Matney and the crafty crew of Hidden Room Theatre...."

Oct. 21, 2016 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

All Over Creation: Assumptions and Definitions
Seeing what's new in theatre requires letting go of old notions
"...Arts Alive and heard local theatre artist and technologist Robert Matney introduce the notion of digital interactive theatre as..."

March 23, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Delicious Collisions
What a difference a year makes with Ann Ciccolella at Austin Shakespeare's helm
"...picture was very different. At the end of Guy Roberts' five-season run as artistic director, Austin Shakespeare was in..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Arts Feature by Hannah Kenah

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
"...the "best guess of what Restoration actors would do." Robert Matney, Hidden Room actor and director of technology, playfully..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Arts Feature by Stephanie Carll

Invisible, Inc.
The Hidden Room Theatre's impressive new show is both a play about magic and a performance of magic
"...magician's troupe the play follows. Led by Sebastian Topflyte (Robert Matney), Invisible, Inc.'s team of tricksters – comprised of..."

Jan. 18, 2013 Arts Review by Dan Solomon

Thr3e Zisters
InThr3e Zisters, Salvage Vanguard disinters Chekhov's famous siblings in a beautiful, fascinating, cutting way
"...re-animated sisters bickering from window to window, or actor Robert Matney nervously munching on a pickle – and critical..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Are We on the Edge?
The Austin Shakespeare Festival's Will Power: The Course of Love, a compendium of Shakespearean scenes, songs, and sonnets, is as short and sweet as a chocolate heart
"...compendium of scenes, songs, and sonnets in which ASF's Robert Matney draws on no fewer than 21 of the..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Emperor of the Moon
The Bedlam Faction's sci-fi, action-movie, musical upgrade of Aphra Behn's 17th-century comedy The Emperor of the Moon is a good time that's edgy enough for the wilder bunch and tame enough for conventional crowds.
"...the show along at a pleasant pace with humor. Robert Matney's Dr. Balliardo is amusing, and Robert Stevens, as..."

Nov. 21, 2003 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
"...and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept...."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Booth's Richard III by the Hidden Room Theatre
Beth Burns and company unearths a fascinating theatrical time capsule with this version of Shakespeare's tragedy
"...a delight as King Henry VI and later Richmond. Robert Deike as Lord Stanley and Robert Matney as Buckingham..."

June 22, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters
This zombified take on Chekhov gets reanimated right when we need women who will bite back at the patriarchy
"...pontificating to Olga. Even the Prozorov brother Andrei – Robert Matney, hitting Chekhovian notes of listlessness and haplessness with..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Richard III / The Rivals
In its rotating repertory of 'Richard III' and 'The Rivals,' the Austin Shakespeare Festival shifts between polar extremes: violent tragedy and frothy romance
"...on his bloody path to England's throne. Directors Guy Roberts and Robert Matney play up this notion from the..."

March 17, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Wayne Alan Brenner's Top 10 Arts-Related Things I Enjoyed in 2017
Bold takes on history and art that moved around the city spoke to a growing, changing Austin this year
"...a glam-costumed spectacle that especially showcased the talents of Robert Matney as that delightfully dissembling goofball Falstaff...."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Hidden Room Theatre's Henry IV
Beth Burns' latest foray into Shakespeare will school you on how to present plays penned by the Bard
"...building, character switching, actor as musician, and advanced blocking. Robert Matney gives a master class in comedic performance as..."

Sept. 22, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In this drama featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, a debate on the talking dead springs to dramatic life
"...short, he makes this personal. Burns has wisely chosen Robert Matney to be her Doyle here, and he's so..."

Oct. 28, 2016 Arts Review 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
"...Steve, the white home-buyer in the present, an exquisite Robert Matney expertly conveys the white frustration that occurs when..."

June 3, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina lets audiences literally play god and choose what happens to the House of Atreus
"...opted into the new system by technologists Benjamin Bradley, Robert Matney, and Tim Thomas, you're on your way into..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Girl With Time in Her Eyes
Hidden Room Theatre's crafty techno-noir turned an ordinary audience into an army of smartphone-wielding detectives
"...had actually altered history, Dr. Hamner – a concerned Robert Matney – invited audience members to scan QR codes..."

March 15, 2013 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Uncle Vanya
The design impresses, but the actors struggle against a noisy air conditioner
"...actors in this show – Liz Fisher, Anne Hulsman, Robert Matney, and Matt Radford among them – but if..."

July 1, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Measure for Measure
Setting Shakespeare's play in 1920s Savannah makes for a more resonant and timely drama
"...into caricature. The exception that proves the rule is Robert Matney's Pompey. In his mustard shirt and rumpled seersucker..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Twelfth Night
Scottish Rite Theatre serves up Shakespearean comedy with actors who know their stuff
"...grocery list for next week. Olivia's obsequious manservant, Malvolio (Robert Matney), has irritated the entire household to the breaking..."

Aug. 15, 2008 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Pageant
With Patrick MacDonald's dark comedy 'Pageant,' Hyde Park Theatre takes us deep into the woods to consider the nature of beauty with a quartet of low-key comic Canucks
"...Abbott and Costello, comically at odds but oddly mellow. Robert Matney's Randy is likewise subdued, a mild-mannered Dr. Frankenstein..."

April 22, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Curieosity
Curieosity, writer-director-choreographer Sharon Sparlin's original work about Marie Curie and her physicist husband Pierre is an energetic collage of performance styles, with actors on the go like atoms smashing inside a supercollider and spraying their sub-atomic anatomies in every direction, in all manner of presentational genres.
"...isn't all that much chemistry between the two lover-physicists. Robert Matney is manic and amusing as the narrator, though..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Romulus
Gore Vidal's script for Romulus, from a play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, is as perceptive as they come, and the Bedlam Faction's production has more than a few things to recommend it, but the company's playing style often undercuts rather than enhances the drama.
"...screen), and some of the actors stand out, particularly Robert Matney, who plays Caesar Rupf with passionate gusto, and..."

June 7, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

As You Like It
The Scottish Rite Theatre does As You Like It the way Barry likes it
"...a character more grounded in reality, best exemplified by Robert Matney, who turns in the most accomplished performance of..."

Aug. 21, 2009 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...(classical music), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Shanon Weaver (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts); Central Texas Live Theatre's Michael Meigs (theatre)..."

May 14, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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