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Growing Pains
Austin Theatre for Youth Builds on First Season
"...Scene from ATY's production of The Reluctant Dragon..."

Dec. 6, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Let's Fix That
How New Plays Are Developed in Austin
"...Rod Caspers wears a crew-cut and projects a bossy demeanor..."

Oct. 18, 1996 Arts Feature by Brett Holloway-Reeves

UT Department of Theatre & Dance: Gotta sing! Gotta dance!
The new Musical Theatre Pilot Project aims to prepare UT undergrads for belting for Broadway
"...no small thing in terms of space, faculty money, production resources. What I thought would be really useful for..."

April 11, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Honk!
Mary Moody Northen Theatre's production of 'Honk!' reimagines the ugly duckling in a musical that's long and uneven but offers some excellent acting and moments of unquestionable magic
"...Edward's University's Mary Moody Northen Theatre are billing their production of Honk! as "a musical comedy for the whole..."

April 29, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Bats Left, Sings Right
With help from Esther's Follies, Austin Lyric Opera turns Strauss' Viennese waltz into a Texas two-step
"...18-wheeler, scattering pitches, notes, and rhythm in his wake. Parodies of classical music have been part of the Follies..."

May 30, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Really Rosie
In the Second Youth Family Theatre production of the Maurice Sendak-Carole King musical Really Rosie, a cast of young performers brings a gang of rowdy Brooklyn kids to life with a spark and sass that suits their streetwise scrappiness and executes the show's musical numbers with the polish of much more experienced stage performers.
"...those of us watching this Second Youth Family Theatre production of the Maurice Sendak-Carole King musical Really Rosie have..."

May 10, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

O Rooster, Where Art Thou?
As Second Youth Family Theatre revives its original musical version of The Bremen Town Musicians, set in 1930s America with a country, bluegrass, and gospel soundtrack, writer / lyricist / composer Allen Robertson reflects on the show's creation 12 years ago.
"...Second Youth?). While a lot of theatres in town produce pieces aimed primarily at children, no organization does it..."

June 6, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Fantasticks
A sluggish pace hinders but doesn't spoil this classic Shakespeare-esque musical
"...Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' The Fantasticks, now in production from the University of Texas Department of Theatre &..."

Oct. 22, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Try To Remember
How two kids from UT changed the course of the American musical
"...the Department of Drama focused on classical training and producing no musicals, students who wanted to do a little..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Music Man
Even in the record heat, Zilker Theatre Productions' revival delivers a good time
"...  Zilker Theatre Productions delivers. Under the direction of Rod Caspers, The Music..."

July 24, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Bat
ALO's hometown take on Die Fledermaus with wit, affection, enthusiasm, and style from all parties
"...was clearly understood by every artist involved in the production of The Bat, Austin Lyric Opera's resetting of Strauss'..."

June 6, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Assassins
The debut of UT's Musical Theatre Pilot Project is a visual treat, well performed, and with plenty of fun moments
"...Sondheim would have you believe in Assassins, the first production by the University of Texas Department of Theatre &..."

April 18, 2008 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Ah, Wilderness!
Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, is given a lavish treatment at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, resulting in a dream production full of bright, endearing charm
"...played on a jangling player piano. Despite this, the production succeeds utterly and is actually a welcome reminder of..."

April 20, 2007 Arts Review by Iris Brooks

The Secret Garden
Despite its seemingly morose story, Zilker Theater Productions' The Secret Garden is most assuredly uplifting, even moving
"...Zilker Theatre Productions has done well with this sobering yet touching story...."

July 16, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Time Again in Oz: Right on Time
Time Again in Oz, a new musical version of Ozma of Oz by Suzan Zeder and Richard Gray, takes Dorothy Gale back over the rainbow to learn the value of time, and based on the production by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, the creators may have produced a tale that's timeless.
"...rocky Nome King with a deep, rumbling menace. Director Rod Caspers has coordinated all of it into its own..."

April 21, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
Payne Pleasures 1999
"...August 1998 through July 1999. A total of 40 productions from 24 companies won nominations in 23 categories covering..."

Aug. 13, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Exhibitionism
Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
"...warning in the playbill for this year's Zilker Theatre Productions summer musical suggests that in place of a strong..."

July 30, 1999 Arts Review

Theatre Critics Table Nominations 1997
"...Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997...."

May 9, 1997 Arts Feature

Exhibitionism
"...a cozy venue -- makes for a perfect theatre production, doesn't it? It does at the Santa Cruz Center..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Arts Review

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free. THEATRE Production, Drama..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

2007-2008 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Production..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

2008 Payne Awards Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
"...Production..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free. THEATRE Production, Drama..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...8120 Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free. Production, Drama..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

May I Have the Envelope, Please?
The 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...This year's awards saw no single production or exhibit as a runaway favorite, but three shows..."

June 10, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...8120 Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free. Production, Drama..."

May 27, 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.
"...Tilt Angel, Dan DietzProduction, DramaThe Dinosaur Within, State Theater Company..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

B. Iden Payne Award Nominations, 1999-2000
"...Austin at the University of Texas. This year, 59 productions by 30 different companies were honored with nominations, the..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
"...Children, My Africa!, Zachary Scott Theatre / First Stage Productions..."

June 2, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
This year's recipient of the UT College of Fine Arts' E. William Doty Award.
"...heartfelt and succinct than this one from local director Rod Caspers: "More than any other individual, she shaped and..."

May 19, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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