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The Tree Play
For this story of a rain forest over a lifetime, Robi Polgar created a living, breathing poem
"...nurtured from seedling to sapling and beyond by writer-director Robi Polgar, clears a path through the passion and the..."

Aug. 14, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Real Estate and Perfect Mates
The Year in Austin Culture
"...Robi Polgar: The union of the Paramount and State theatres..."

Jan. 5, 2001 Arts Feature

Arts Critics Poll BIGGEST ARTS STORY OF 1998
"...Robi Polgar - Palmer Auditorium retrofit gets the nod. (Most..."

Jan. 8, 1999 Arts Feature

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
"...some in the community were taken aback by critic Robi Polgar's unabashed enthusiasm for the show and its director...."

July 28, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

Articulations
Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001
"...to friends of the company in which Artistic Director Robi Polgar stated simply that "after eight seasons of producing..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Theatre Baby In, Theatre Out
"...this week, owing to the birth of Kaitlin Elizabeth Polgar. The latest production from Michelle and Robi Polgar, founders..."

May 14, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
"...of English miners reconceived by Chronicle Dance-Classical listings Editor Robi Polgar as a music hall entertainment, were both created..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Quips & Squealers
Monday, Apr 5
"...duh! (Esther's Pool, 10pm Tue; Maggie Mae's, 8pm Wed) --Robi Polgar WEDNESDAY, APR 7..."

April 2, 1999 Arts Feature

Articulations
Is That Another Raindrop?
"...Austin Circle of Theatres. Now comes word that Michelle Polgar (who is married to Austin Chronicle arts writer Robi..."

July 30, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...(visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Night at The Opera: Artists Sing Out at Arts Commision
"...the words that have killed innummerable vaudeville careers: "Well, Robi, you've got a hard act to follow." No kidding...."

June 18, 1999 Arts Feature

How Austin's Theatrical Couples Keep Romance Alive Love's Labors Won
"...mean several years: directors Michelle Metcalfe (Sherlock Holmes) and Robi Polgar (The Beggar's Opera): five years; actors Janelle Schremmer..."

Feb. 9, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy
Two new Austin plays tackle timely subjects
"...its brief run (Aug. 6-8) at Ground Floor Theatre, Robin Hood: An Elegy premieres at the Vortex. Running Aug...."

Aug. 7, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

King Lear
In the Public Domain Theatre Company's production of King Lear, director Robi Polgar and company bring Shakespeare's play into the present with high tech and high fashion, and the smooth execution of the concept create a novel version of this familiar tragedy with a striking proximity to our lives.
"...Lear's final howl. It's a considerable challenge, but director Robi Polgar and his company in this Public Domain Theatre..."

March 9, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Related Reading
"..."Playing the Cultural Contracts Game," a four-part series by Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza:..."

July 6, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Road to Wigan Pier
Despite its focus on the bleak lives of English coal miners in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier, with its live music, film, and skits, is a ridiculous amount of fun
"...this play, penned and directed by the Chronicle's own Robi Polgar, is a ridiculous amount of fun...."

Jan. 23, 2004 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner

Articulations
Critix Pix
"...Michelle Polgar took time out from new-mom duties to jog our..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Thing in the Lake
"...production, there may be too many sizzling silences; director Robi Polgar and company seem to be taking liberty with..."

Feb. 5, 1999 Arts Feature by Sarah Hepola

Cabaret
UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis
"...Director and Chronicle arts writer Robi Polgar finely tunes this production by layering choices with..."

Nov. 12, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

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."
"...those out, each one just has a different focus. Robi [Polgar, Public Domain artistic director and Chronicle contributor] is..."

March 16, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

Exibitionism
The Life of Galileo:body, Motion, Color
"...man's universe keep sliding all over the place. Director Robi Polgar stages all this Big Top style, in a..."

May 1, 1998 Arts Review

Positively Operatic
The Year in Austin Culture
"...Robi Polgar: The good story is the$20 million arts gift..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Arts Feature

Personnel Department: New Hires at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Personnel changes at local arts organizations continue, with the arrivals of a new executive director at Conspirare and a new business manager at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
"...March 19. Meanwhile, over at St. Edward's University, Michelle Polgar is the new business manager for the Mary Moody..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Tortoise & Hare, Summer Stock Austin The Tree Play, Robi Polgar The Wild Party, UT Department of Theatre and..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
"...Robi Polgar: When we did The Road To Wigan Pier..."

July 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Hang the DJ
The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation
"...takes the form of a cozy, superinsulated trance. Playwright Robi Polgar, whose 2004 The Road to Wigan Pier (on..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Articulations
More budgetary bloodshed in the UT College of Fine Arts, as Daniel Johnson, nationally renowned early music specialist and director the UT Early Music Ensemble for 17 years, has been cut loose from the School of Music.
"...possible, if funding issues are resolved. Classical listings Editor Robi Polgar has also weighed in on the matter in..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become a global phenomenon, and Governor Rick Perry and Austin Mayor Gus Garcia speak out in favor of the Long Center.
"...stormed the small space for the reading staged by Robi Polgar. Katherine Catmull, as Lysistrata, schemed with Bernadette Nason..."

March 7, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become the Little Peace Project That Could, the Long Center says "no thanks, after all" to the $25 million in Waller Creek tunnel bond money, and Austin Shakespeare Festival launches a new reading series.
"...in one show again. They'll all be reading Drue Robinson Hagan's new "woman's translation" of Aristophanes' Lysistrata under the..."

Feb. 28, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Local theatre artists join a planetwide call for peace with the Lysistrata Project, the UT PAC's associate director leaves for Pittsburgh, and the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center gets a room of its own.
"...with the reading (directed by Chronicle Classical/Dance Listings editor Robi Polgar) complemented by art exhibits, dance performances, and live..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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