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UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Building the Wall
UT Department of Theatre & Dance rushes to get Robert Schenkkan's timely political drama onstage
"...It's a brave playwright who writes about current events in 2017. The newsreel is running so..."

Sept. 8, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
"...The rise and fall of Houston corporate monolith Enron was a stain on American..."

March 2, 2018 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

UT Department of Theatre & Dance
The University of Illinois' Brant Pope is hired to lead UT's theatre/dance school
"...The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance has a new..."

May 28, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

UT Department of Theatre & Dance: Gotta sing! Gotta dance!
The new Musical Theatre Pilot Project aims to prepare UT undergrads for belting for Broadway
"...If you seek entertainment of the musical theatre variety in the Austin area, you..."

April 11, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance’s The Crucible
The department manages to elicit tension from Arthur Miller’s familiar drama, but not without a few flaws
"...insert is tucked into the program for the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance's In the Red and Brown Water
Multiple storytelling modes make Tarell Alvin McCraney's complex play operate as both theatre and ritual
"...In the Red and Brown Water delivers. The style of the play is so different from conventional Western storytelling..."

Oct. 14, 2016 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

UT Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance
Work after work in this program emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now
"...The word was spoken by one of the dancers in a cluster of about a dozen..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

UT School of Music
Ernest and Sarah Butler make the largest-ever donation to a music school at a public university
"...Of the many beautiful sounds heard around the University of..."

March 28, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

UT Hires Playwrights Annie Baker and Branden Jacob-Jenkins
MacArthur Fellows will teach in theatre department, Michener Center
"...Aspiring playwrights are about to have two new reasons to want to come..."

Jan. 30, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Diary of Anne Frank
Every element of this UT Department of Theatre & Dance production demands attention and respect
"...to focus on how Anne and her companions died, but rather (pardon the cliche) how they lived. The UT..."

Oct. 16, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of..."

May 14, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall..."

April 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Laboratory of Playmaking
Artists from different realms join forces to concoct new strains of performance in UT's New Works Festival
"...New Works Festival. This biennial event, organized by the UT Department of Theatre & Dance and named for the..."

April 6, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dance Repertory Theatre's Momentum
This program of dances informed by African American experiences and culture was highly physical and emotionally urgent
"...Sometimes universities feel like the most insular of places, ivory towers where eccentricities and pontifical discourse are..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

Dance Repertory Theatre's Fortitude
In this spring concert, a profound and moving tribute to a missing member of the Theatre & Dance Department community
"...A hand fluttering over a chest. Such a simple gesture, and yet..."

March 22, 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
"...Cullum marked her company's 30th anniversary with a celebration of everything Vortexian – its space, its artistic family, its..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018
In this year’s dance and classical offerings, extraordinary depictions of loss and suffering continue to haunt
"..."FOUR MORTAL MEN" (Ballet Austin) Stephen Mills' elegy for dancers he knew in Eighties New York created such tight..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2011
Remembering a theatrical year with superheroes, The Tempest, and a mash-up of the two
"...1) 'BLACK WATCH' (Texas Performing Arts) The National Theatre of Scotland used every weapon in theatre's arsenal –..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Church of the Passionate Cat'
Underbelly Theatre takes you down some delightfully mean streets in its immersive noir adventure
"...In March of 2013, a room that I was sitting in suddenly..."

May 9, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

School of Dance
Post-MFA, Ellen Bartel has a brand-Spankin' new choreographic point of view
"...The dancers were unhurried as they paced and pivoted, evoking the..."

May 11, 2012 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Top 10 (plus one) Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2007
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2007, in the theatre
"...1) Present Laughter (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) "I've been to a marvelous party," sang Noël..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

As Theatre for Children Matures
In 40 years of nurturing young people's love for the stage, Coleman Jennings has helped a profession develop, too
"...Jennings hasn't been a child for many, many years, but he has devoted his life to the child in..."

April 23, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Land of 1,000 Dramas
Venues
"...Planet Theatre: Tomorrowland..."

March 12, 1999 Arts Feature

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
"...1) 'THE DROWSY CHAPERONE' (ZACH THEATRE) A speakeasy's worth of cocktails couldn't match the intoxicating..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

UT Joins Pioneering New Plays Initiative
The UT Department of Theatre & Dance will gain even more access to new drama through a new program from the Playwrights' Center
"...When it comes to new plays, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance means business. Not only..."

July 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Guide to Austin's Musical Theatre Scene
"...Braun ig and shiny and fun. Want the essence of stage musicals? That's it. Just ask a kid. When..."

Aug. 1, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat
The year's scenic designs proved especially appealing to the feline theatregoer
"...cats wandered freely through the audience, making the whole theatre their set...."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Dance Repertory Theatre
UT resident student dance company Dance Repertory Theatre makes the leap to the national stage, as in the Kennedy Center, via the 2006 National College Dance Festival
"...This week, the young artists of Dance Repertory Theatre, UT's resident student dance company, will..."

May 12, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures & Pleasures of 2005
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite theatrical productions of 2005
"...1) Americamisfit (Salvage Vanguard Theater) Playwright Dan Dietz dusted off the lost saga of our country's first serial killers..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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