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Performance Park Takes Over the Vortex
Bonnie Cullum’s dream wakes the Tarot into life in her company’s immersive theatrical experience
"...The Vortex Repertory Company, that provocative and often ritual-inspired theatre..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Help the Vortex Shine On
One more day to help fund the theatre's new lighting system
"...long enough in a human's lifetime, but in a theatre lighting system's, it's Methuseluh territory. So the Vortex Repertory..."

Feb. 13, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Vortex's Vampyress
Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky
"...If you're unfamiliar with the history of the 16th century "Bloody Countess" (Guinness World..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Vortex
The Eastside theatre bids farewell to a treasure: managing director Edna Parra
"...For six years, one of the key people keeping that pioneering Eastside theatre the Vortex..."

Dec. 12, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Vortex's Performance Park
Whatever you want to call this play/scavenger hunt/immersive live roleplay, it’s a one-of-a-kind, wonderful theatrical experience
"...Performance Park, now occupying the full Vortex compound (including the Butterfly Bar and Patrizi's..."

May 4, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Vortex’s Wild Horses
This staging of Allison Gregory’s new play takes you back to your 13th summer with all its freedom and fear
" felt to be 13? To be standing on the cusp of adulthood, awake to all its allure and..."

Dec. 1, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Vortex Repertory Company's Heartland
Gabriel Jason Dean's new drama makes a sensitive study of three people in two different countries and where they belong
"...who adopted her in Country Y when he taught there and brought her home with him to Country X...."

Feb. 8, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Performance Park Preview at the Vortex
"...On March 23, the Vortex Repertory Company opens the most ambitious production in..."

March 22, 2018 Photo Gallery

The Vortex Repertory Company's Underground
Driven by Lisa B. Thompson's powerful text and masterful acting, this new drama drops a truth bomb
"...Dixon and Kyle Brown are both well acquainted with the disadvantages of being black in America. Since their university..."

March 31, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

The Vortex's Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale
Ancient myth meets modern surveillance memorably in this devised work at the Vortex
"...As I quickly scanned the release form I was asked to sign before taking..."

June 10, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Ocean at the Vortex
In her solo show, Ebony Stewart makes a canvas out of herself and a beautiful gift we should embrace
"...The ocean means a lot in Ebony Stewart's one-woman show..."

Sept. 1, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Going Underground at the Vortex
Lisa B. Thompson's new drama digs deep into politics past and present, and asks us all: What are you gonna do?
"...Mason and Kyle sipping cognac while seated on a leather sofa in Mason's extensively renovated 19th-century brownstone, is to..."

March 24, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Vortex’s Ballot Eats the Bullet
This timely production’s extraordinary performers speak truth, as black women in America, that makes us see them
"...I'm a believer in black-girl magic. Ballot Eats the Bullet made me one. This intense meditation on the..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

All the Neighborhood's a Stage in the Drive-Through Vortex Odyssey
The Vortex keeps things safe, sacred, and mythically provocative in their newest stage spectacle
"...Here we are, six months into the big coronavirus pandemic shutdown of 2020, and cabin fever..."

Sept. 25, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Vortex Becomes Safe Haven for Protesters on Sunday as Part of Call for Theatres to #OpenYourLobby
“Police will not be allowed to enter”
"...The Vortex will open as a sanctuary for protesters needing..."

June 5, 2020 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Vortex vs. Coronavirus: The Shows Really Do Go On
Melissa Vogt explains the how and the why
"...Given the circumstances, is it surprising that the Vortex is presenting..."

Sept. 24, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Vortex Repertory Company's Storm Still
Gabrielle Reisman's script refashions King Lear into the daughters' story, and the Vortex stages it with admirable heart
"...Three sisters are cleaning out the house of their father, who has recently died. As..."

Sept. 15, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Review: Vortex Repertory Co.’s Ride the Wave
All foam, no fortitude in this surfer dude play
"...There’s a moral just waiting to surface in Mattie Barber-Bockelman’s..."

Jan. 18, 2023 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

The New Electric Ballroom
At the Vortex, the siblings of Enda Walsh's play can't move past a night from 50 years ago
"..."People are talkers," Breda postulates, her back to the audience. "You can't deny that. You could, but you'd..."

June 5, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

The Pacifier
Vin Diesel plays a Navy SEAL who draws diaper duty.
"...warm; he’s got a slight lisp. He can breakdance. There’s room for him in comedy. He seems sincere even..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Lake House
This tale of magical realism has potential for delightful originality, but the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves love story lacks heat and the science fiction premise spirals into senselessness.
"; it will make your head hurt. And if the movie stars Keanu Reeves, it's all the more reason..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Austin Theatres Are Moving the Stage Beyond Zoom
Companies thinking outside the boxes bring theatre to your radio, your mailbox, and your neighbor's yard
"...For the first six months of the pandemic, the two words..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Getting Kids Into the Act
Curtain up on GRRL Action and Vortex Summer Youth Theatre
"...The summer months give parents a unique challenge: what to..."

July 22, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Vortex Repertory Company's Last: An Extinction Comedy
The magic cast by the company of this devised show pulls laughs from the impending demise of the planet
"...The news from climate scientists is now dire. The political..."

April 12, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Never Mind the Polar Kind, Austin Has Its Own Vortex
And that irrepressible powerhouse of theatre is about to turn 25
"...A quarter of a century of presenting more ritual-based theatre, more cyber-operas, more transgressive takes on stage classics, more..."

Jan. 9, 2014 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Who Brings the Wondershow?
Is this Patrick Terry the Patrick Terry you're looking for?
"...unnerving when Patrick Terry turns out to be somebody other than who you think he is...."

March 20, 2015 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics..."

May 27, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

On the Stage, On the Screen: Austin's Theatres Embrace a Virtual Future
Ahead of Austin Playfest and the All Together Now! Revue, directors and producers discuss the challenges and potential they've found online
"...The rumors of the death of virtual theatre have been..."

Nov. 12, 2021 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Bullet Hole in the Butterfly Bar
This East Austin joint's a good story you could be part of
"...There's a bullet hole in the gorgeous wooden bar between..."

Jan. 11, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Vortex and New Manifest Theatre's good friday
Kristiana Rae Colón's shocking drama puts audiences at the intersection of gun violence and sexual assault, and makes us think about both
"...You know it's coming, yet there's no way to physically brace for it. Shots have..."

March 13, 2020 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

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