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Cultural Cancellations and Postponements: The Big List
What's not happening around Austin, arts-wise
"...is canceled now, but you may have questions about when or if some arts happenings are coming back. Well,..."

March 24, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018
It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions
"...family, 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

Review: Until the Flood
Theatre en Bloc makes a sacred space for us to hear Ferguson
"...There is a serenity to the space, with its dozens of glowing candles,..."

Nov. 7, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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 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

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

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

The Secret History of the Off Center
Looking back at the former home of the Rude Mechs and why it mattered
"...Oh, no mistake, there was plenty about the Off Center not to like. A rumbling..."

June 30, 2017 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

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...productions, 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

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

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

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

Austin Opera Takes Aim at the Election With Its Adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell shoot to thrill in their opera based on Richard Condon's Cold War classic
"...In this most unconventional of election years, why not have an unconventional opera,..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Politics Upstaged
This election year brings out the political in Austin's arts
"...Everyone is talking about the election this year, and when we say everyone, we mean artists, too. This fall,..."

Sept. 13, 2016 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

Street Corner Arts' Bull
Street Corner Arts turns a corporate office into a ring where fighting for your job is a bloodsport
"...a china shop. "Bull" is also a most apt assessment of what streams from the mouths of his team..."

April 22, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Making Room to Play
Create Space Austin kicks off the drive to secure more performing venues in the city
"...Two things happen when a roomful of Austin theatre artists gather with..."

April 15, 2016 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

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

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

The Austin One-Minute Play Festival Is Back!
ScriptWorks presents another round of locally penned 60-second dramas – 70 staged back-to-back
"...It's amazing what happens in 60 seconds: 255 babies are born. A hummingbird..."

Aug. 14, 2015 Arts Feature by Stephanie Carll

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the..."

June 5, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Everything Is Exemplary
The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...For 22 years, the critics have been the ones handing out the honors at their annual..."

June 3, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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

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

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

Cock
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 www.theatreenbloc.org Through Oct. 25 Running time:..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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

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