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Crafting the Song
Austin theatre actor Robert Fisher has the heart of a rock & roller, the work ethic of a medieval craftsman, and the style of a Bob Fosse. Either he's in the wrong business or he is, as playwright Kirk Lynn calls him, "a wonder."
"...Shawn Sides has one word to say about actor Robert Fisher: "Fosse."..."

March 16, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

Personal True Tales, Plus New and Returning Texas Legends at SXSW
Film festival director Janet Pierson gives us the 2014 rundown
"...get in bed by 9," said festival director Janet Pierson, "but that didn't happen."..."

Jan. 30, 2014 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Chronicle's Heather Barfield (theatre), Rachel Koper (visual art), and Robert Faires (arts). The Critics Table will present the awards..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
"...In Lola Pierson's irreverent take on Chekhov, those siblings pining for Moscow..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Mud
Salvage Vanguard Theater's staging of Maria Irene Fornes' Mud has plenty to compel our attention, most of it coming from the three gifted actors in the cast
"...them, inflaming their tempers. Jenny Larson, Jeffery Mills, and Robert Pierson collectively raise the temperature onstage with firm, steady..."

June 15, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Doug Rauss: In Memoriam
Remembering Doug Rauss, a dedicated arts patron and volunteer for several Austin theatre companies, who died Wednesday, Aug. 31
"...Rauss "saw everything by everybody," according to his friend Robert Pierson. "He didn't miss many shows and saw many..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Capital T Theatre's It Is Magic
This captivating staging of Mickle Maher's comedy debates theatre's enchantments where Macbeth meets "The Three Little Pigs"
"...theatre's magic, might seem to be a pushover for Robert Pierson's brutally jaundiced Ken, but she's shown a gift..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Capital T Theatre's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
This production of Edward Albee's play shows that hubris and catastrophe are as much a part of America now as in ancient Greece
"...more importantly, betrayed by his defense of it. Here, Robert Pierson brings such an earnestness to his portrayal of..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Strangerer
Bush 43 ponders murder and existentialism while debating Kerry in this ambitious comedy from Capital T
"...a 90-minute debate between Kerry (Ken Webster) and Bush (Robert Pierson), moderated by Jim Lehrer (Jason Phelps)...."

June 12, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Dream Cabinet
A haunted house that deals in the ghosts of regret, lost love, and dream
"...stairs, no talking, no touching the performers) and in-character (Robert Pierson's P.T. Barnum-esque huckster making a bizarre sales pitch..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Arts Review by Dan Solomon

Down at the Jinn Mill
Austin's dirigo group prepare to premiere the best new play one could wish for
"...the damn lamps smoking when they're supposed to, and Robert Fisher's doing the sound, and ... and it's all..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste
It might be hard to imagine that a story about a man who breaks wind for fame and fortune could be called "sweet," but Tongue and Groove Theatre's original musical Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste, about the extraordinary French vaudevillian Joseph Pujol, combines good humor, fun song, bawdy dance, and just enough ribaldry to make for an engaging theatrical show.
"...musical combo linger onstage to maintain the pleasant mood. Robert Pierson plays Pujol, striking that famous, slightly bent pose..."

June 22, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Lipstick Traces: Rock On!
With Lipstick Traces, the Rude Mechanicals have adeptly created a theatrical adaptation of Greil Marcus' legendary book that is loud, defiant, intelligent, funny, absurd, literate, physical, and fun, a rock concert for your head.
"...at once subtle and outlandish. Michael T. Mergen and Robert Pierson round out the cast with solid performances, notably..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Articulations
Leading off the new year with good news: an arts success story from the Paradox Players and grants for Austin artists from the NEA.
"...I misidentified the actor who played the titular inventor. Robert Newell was the chap who generated all the electricity..."

Jan. 9, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

"We'll Always Have 807 Congress"
The Raging of the Elements, or Indoor Theatre in Austin -- Al Fresco
"...Donald Sneed and Robert Pierson in Americana Arcana The Ghost..."

June 25, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Americamisfit
Discovering why a rockabilly singer is in the middle of a play about mass-murdering brothers in the American Revolution is one of many delights in Dan Dietz's genius play 'Americamisfit'
"...as a brooding stone of a man, and by Robert Pierson, who manages to play multiple characters, including Robert..."

Nov. 4, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Cherrywood
'Provocative' aptly describes the Rude Mechanicals' 'Cherrywood,' which thrusts you into a strange, relentlessly intense party that's never boring but never really engaging either
"...and it's an impressive and original display, as is Robert S. Fisher's sound design, which booms and rocks the..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Not Clown
You're not likely to enter a world as uniquely weird and vibrant as that of Physical Plant Theater's 'Not Clown' any time soon
"...Performers Robert Deike, Lee Eddy, Josh Meyer, Robert Pierson, Mark Stewart,..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

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.
"...members, including local favorites Mary Agen Cox, Barbara Chisholm, Robert Pierson, Leigh Anderson Fisher, and even Chronicle Arts Editor..."

May 23, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Working Worked Out
Theaterless Theater Corps, Rude Mechanicals, KAIROS! Co.
"...The Lab participants, and especially Lab Artistic Director Robert Blacker, recognized that in what Hancock was doing and..."

Aug. 27, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Hotel Vanya, or A Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness
For a getaway steeped in Chekhovian longing and ennui, The Hotel Vanya is the only place to stay
"...of the settee or scribbling down ideas for jokes, Robert Pierson's Vanya radiates a still-vital spark of joy, a..."

June 3, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Jinn
In Kirk Lynn's playful and wistful 'The Jinn,' three couples with magic lamps find out if what they wish for is really what they want
"...always helpful, and, particularly as played by the artful Robert S. Fisher, bristly jinn of the title – but..."

March 11, 2005 Arts Review 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.
"...Robert Pierson, Le Petomane..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Everything Is Possible ... Again
Seemingly unadaptable, Greil Marcus' 1989 opus Lipstick Traces proved to be the foundation for the Rude Mechanicals' strongest theatre work to date. As they revive their hit adaptation, the Rude Mechs reflect on its creation, its success, working as a collective, and being told by Marcus, "You staged the book I wanted to write."
"...a story on the show by Chronicle Arts editor Robert Faires. Lynn is up for the coveted M. Elizabeth..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

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
"...10) It's double-dipping, but ROBERT PIERSON re-entered (and reanimated) as a zombie with his..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Change of Venue
This year, FronteraFest is takin' it to the streets – and a chapel, a bookstore, a home ...
"...says company co-Artistic Director (and Chronicle Arts contributor) Adam Roberts. "But we also knew that the show's central themes..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The B. Beaver Animation
The Rude Mechs' re-creation of the Mabou Mines work is necessary but strange
"...the same spark. The nonlinear structure especially doesn't help. Robert Pierson as the stuttering title character handles a load..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Hillcountry Underbelly
You can feel Elizabeth Doss' new play rising from deep in her past and this land
"...includes Kelli Bland, Emily Tindall, and a brusquely paternal Robert Pierson as Pa, isn't shy about making the most..."

Aug. 19, 2011 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hedda Games
Two productions take a new look at Ibsen's troubled and troubling heroine
"...playwright rival August Strindberg, who has invaded his home. Robert Pierson's Ibsen, muttonchops exploding wildly from his cheeks, is..."

March 4, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Murder Ballad Murder Mystery
You'll be hard-pressed to find a riskier production in Austin this year than this strange string of ballads and mysteries
"...banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. And while, for me, Robert Pierson's growling father Tom and Hilah Johnson's detached and..."

Oct. 30, 2009 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

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