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Theatre en Bloc's Bright Half Life
For Tanya Barfield's two-character drama, Theatre en Bloc couples an intimate story with a relentlessly personal performance space
"...Magic needs a place to happen. Dimensions are irrelevant, so long as that place fits..."

April 8, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Theatre en Bloc's Neva
Asking what difference art makes in the face of revolution, Theatre en Bloc delivers an engrossing production
"...Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón receiving its local premiere from Theatre en Bloc. The line seems timely now, but in..."

March 3, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Theatre en Bloc's Cry It Out
This production tackles the huge challenge of exploring motherhood and class, and can't quite have it all
"...Cry It Out is taking on a huge challenge. In making a story about the experience of parenting..."

May 11, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Theatre en Bloc's Dance Nation
This production of Clare Barron's play invokes the experience of puberty for girls, in all its allure and terror
"...Indeed, you see so much that it's like some fiend is stalking the girls on the Liverpool, Ohio, competitive..."

Sept. 6, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Theatre en Bloc's The Secretary
Kyle John Schmidt's new comedy takes dead aim at our national gun obsession and hits it with laughs
"...Second Amendment, y'all!..."

March 30, 2018 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Theatre en Bloc's The Totalitarians
This ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race may be the only political play that can deliver laughs this election season
"...In the lead-up to every presidential election, theatre listings seem to include the typical handful..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
"...E.A. Poe may not have gotten much love in his lifetime, but he got a..."

Sept. 20, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2017 Payne Theatre Award Winners
Lotta love for Nevermore, Drowning Girls, Agent Andromeda
"...The theatre fans who voted for this year's B. Iden Payne..."

Oct. 25, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016
Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions
"...1) ZELL MILLER III In a year when extraordinary tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Examining the Sins and Virtues of Hypermasculine Theatre
When is violence in theatre too much?
"...This past June, a Chicago theatre company became the focus of national attention when the..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018
It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions
", its love of myth and ritual, and its audience – in a sprawling, immersive theatrical game that we..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
"...1) THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (National Theatre of Scotland/Texas Performing Arts) On a..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Jacob's Ladder
The hero of this Theatre en Bloc premiere wrestles with ethical issues while working for FDR
"...his vision of a ladder, a metaphor for his ascension to heaven. Theatre en Bloc is currently offering a..."

April 10, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Then There's This: Redemption, Texas
Theatre en Bloc Brings one gay rights activist's fight to the stage
"...James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, a young Austin theatre company is paying homage to the gay rights leader..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

'Austin Is a Place (You Are Here)'
Theatre en Bloc sparks a conversation about the city's growth on the gateway to the Eastside
"...doesn't change a damn thing," Derek Kolluri, co-director of Theatre en Bloc, says when talking about his company's new..."

April 19, 2013 Arts Feature by Dan Solomon

This Theatre en Bloc show depicts love as a fight and is as exhilarating and aggressive as a contact sport
"...CockThe Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/522-4083 Through Oct. 25 Running time:..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Bethany out of Saturn?
Theatre En Bloc's new show explores a world of economic desperation.
"...Last time Theatre en Bloc complicated the boards, it was with Derek..."

May 21, 2014 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
", concerts, and art exhibitions were mounted around town between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, and now,..."

May 22, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

What in Our House?
Theatrical perversity in Chicago: the Austin connection
"...There's an unusual tone in Kenneth Wayne Bradley's voice. It's far beyond sadness. It's a..."

July 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Art Par Excellence
The nominees for the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, the members..."

May 20, 2015 Arts Post

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
"...executive director six months of searching to find a venue to rent for Out of Ink, an annual show..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Pleasure of the Paynes 2015
Big wins for Am I White?, Heathers at the 2015 theatre awards
"...When your awards ceremony is being emceed by Zeus, you..."

Oct. 28, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

American Bear
In the subgenre of family reunion plays, this new entry struggles to compete
"...American BearThe Hideout Backstage, 617 Congress, 522-4083 Through Dec. 17 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."

Dec. 2, 2011 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Consummate Artistry
The 2013-14 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Zach Theatre's production of In the Next Room, or The Vibrator..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Is a Place (You Are Here)
Theatre En Bloc experiments with telling the story of our city's growth but fails to be specific about it
"...Austin Is A Place (You Are Here)Mexitas Event Center, 1107 N. I-35, 512/522-4083 Through May 12 Running..."

April 26, 2013 Arts Review by Dan Solomon

All Over Creation: Identity Crisis
Two concurrent stage productions show what happens when we define ourselves too narrowly
"...The circle on the floor should have been my first clue...."

Oct. 24, 2014 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Two Actresses, Fat and Thin
Staging Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig' is a heavy proposition
"...wait, the actress playing the fat-girl role isn't fat enough? Seriously?..."

Oct. 2, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
"...of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak
Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners
"...Critics Table marked its 25th year of recognizing outstanding achievements on the local arts scene with a squadron of..."

June 6, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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