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Theatre -- ALL CAPS, All the Time
There's nothing lower-case or lethargic about theatre director, actor, and producer Sharon Sparlin. She's bold, animated, even electric, and channeling all that high-voltage energy into creating equally energetic theatre all the time.
"...sit, get some tea, don't do anything until noon," the Austin actor and director says. She has to practice..."

April 13, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

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."
"...Fisher's Austin acting résumé includes stints in productions like the Public Domain Theatre Company's tense, dark staging of Howard..."

March 16, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
"...weekend and just feel like you're not well-matched with the shows you're seeing. Or maybe you think you're going..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Arts Feature

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left..."

Jan. 5, 1996 Arts Feature

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
"...Nothing is more grueling than the final stage of a Monopoly game. Long hours have..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Arts Feature by Mary Jane Garza

Public Notice
Kings of the Hillel
"...Think we're just being clever with the name? Heck no. Texans for Israel and the Hillel..."

Feb. 19, 1999 Column by Kate X Messer

A Night at The Opera: Artists Sing Out at Arts Commision
"...Like most everyone else at the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) on Monday, June 7, I..."

June 18, 1999 Arts Feature

Art Fun in the Summertime
May
"...organization for committed dramatists. Two plays each night: Lea Matthews/John Walch Thu; C. Francis Blackchild/Amparo Garcia Crow Fri; Paulette..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Not Just the Goofy Guy
The Actor Behind the Antics of Michael Stuart
"...The world's greatest detective and the world's greatest criminal mastermind..."

Aug. 2, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Thing in the Lake
"...The Homecoming "Not understanding Pinter is a very great pleasure...."

Feb. 5, 1999 Arts Feature by Sarah Hepola

The Many Worlds of Author Marshall Ryan Maresca
The Austin-based maestro of Maradaine writes and sells at a steady and impressive pace
"...Marshall Ryan Maresca's debut novel, The Thorn of Dentonhill, came out from DAW Books in..."

Aug. 28, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Art of Parenting With Art
Trying to find ways to make art while sustaining a family is no easy road.
"...Midcommute and the younger daughter, Katie, has finally settled down from an..."

June 22, 2001 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

A Theatre Mecca?!?
Honest, Some Folks Move to Austin for the Theatre
"...Robert Faires When I was growing up in Pittsburgh, there was an advertising campaign that showed lovely aerial shots..."

July 18, 1997 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy
Two new Austin plays tackle timely subjects
"...Theatre in summer can often feel like just a thicket..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shivering the Timbers
The Dirigo Group's 'Gypsy Chain' Speaks for the Trees
"...24-year-old activist named David "Gypsy" Chain was killed in the Headwaters Forest in Northern California: This is a matter..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Raving About Theatre
A Swarm of Wily, Unruly Theatre Types Meet in the Heat
"...You've been out in it. The heat. That blister-raising, synapse-frying Austin August heat. It's ghastly...."

Aug. 9, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
"...after week, just to hear myself talk, you've got another think coming. It's time to find out who's been..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...The personnel changes at local arts organizations continue. In addition..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
"...Want to hear some good drinking stories? Ask theatre people. Between their research for playing soused characters, work..."

July 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Public Notice
Comestibles Festivals
"...Who needs a social life, when Austin's public service community provides soooooooo many options for eating, drinking,..."

Feb. 27, 1998 Column by Kate X Messer

Public Notice
Go Granny Go!
"...senior citizens and permanently disabled citizens may qualify for the Senior Wheels Program. The program makes power and manual..."

July 4, 1997 Column by Kate X Messer

Changes in the Weather
As Burnt Orange cools down, UTFI heats up
"...Bryan Poyser was driving to the wrap party for The Cassidy Kids in 2005 when..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

A Day at The Races.... One Hour at the Mixed Arts Panel Review Session
"...Jim Bob McMillan, chair of the Mixed Arts panel, carries folding chairs into the meeting..."

May 28, 1999 Arts Feature

The Great Critic Test
How Much Do You Really Know About These Freaks?
"...one likes a critic. Largely, critics are viewed as the killjoys, the tomato lobbers, the heartless shrews who dare..."

Feb. 27, 1998 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
"...(With this article, the Chronicle Arts section inaugurates a new series featuring conversations..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

The Emperor Jones
"...listens, watches. An elegant figure, almost regal, Jones commands the audience's attention, even when he's standing still. There is..."

April 30, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

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
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards..."

June 2, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Exhibition Switch
"...fall exhibition, "Guillermo Kahlo 1872-1941," a retrospective look at the career of this important photographer (and father of Frida..."

Aug. 2, 1996 Arts Column

Public Notice
This Kind of Love
"...made even mushy big-hearted peaceniks like us seriously consider the positive aspects of armed insurgence as possible means of..."

Jan. 22, 1999 Column by Kate X Messer

The Sound and the Fury
Local theatre Alamo Drafthouse teams silent films with live musical scores by favorite Austin acts.
"...The house lights are still up as the crowd files..."

Sept. 10, 1999 Music Feature by Jerry Renshaw

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