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Faster Than Sound: Black Fret Ball Returns to the Stage With $250K for Austin Artists
The latest on two homegrown music nonprofits looking to expand
"...Many making first appearances on the Moody Theatre stage, grant recipients went all in on two-song sets...."

Dec. 10, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Five Things to Relish About the Stage Over Thanksgiving
Plan your theatrical December
"...Lousy-ass pandemic's been borking our theatre and dance scene for long enough. It's finally time..."

Nov. 26, 2021 Arts Column by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ron's Gone Wrong
Number Five, er, Ron is alive in this animated tech fable for kids
"...because, boy, was I wracked with sobs in the theatre during Up, Toy Story 2, and The Iron Giant...."

Oct. 29, 2021 Movie Review by Sarah Jane

Review: Into the Woods is a Breath of Fresh Air
Zach Theatre's al fresco production is best at its most timeless
"...as the protagonists and occasional troublemakers in the new Zach Theatre production, the audience is immediately in safe hands...."

Oct. 22, 2021 Arts Post by Richard Whittaker

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events
Our weekly pick of the top art events to get you out of the house
"...Sun., Oct. 17, 3pm The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon $10 blipswitchmovement.com Conspirare: Path of Miracles..."

Oct. 15, 2021 Arts Column by Wayne Alan Brenner

What's in the Woods?
"...anyone is planning on reviewing the season opener at Zach theatre but just a heads up about the 2nd..."

Oct. 12, 2021 Postmarks

Ishida Dance Is Back at Last With Faraway, so close
Nineteen months after its debut, the company dances again
"...rehearse: different dance studios, the Nowlin Rehearsal Hall at Zach Theatre, even the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center...."

Aug. 11, 2021 Arts Post by Robert Faires

How Austin's Performing Artists Are Reopening Their Spaces
After months behind screens, the folks who run the city's theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs are welcoming audiences back inside
"...ersatz arts space on your computer but from actual theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs?..."

July 16, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Faster Than Sound: Spoon Returns On Full Blast
Reigning local rockers' surprise show at Mohawk and more music news
"...not in use for Freemason meetings or Hidden Room Theatre productions. "I'm trying to create a space where people..."

July 9, 2021 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...Clair (trombone), Derek Phelps (trumpet), Kullen Fuchs (trumpet), and Zach Varner (clarinet, saxophone). Thus, horns snake throughout like serpents..."

June 11, 2021 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Council Backs Parkland Preservation in Vote for New Dougherty Arts Center Site
Austin's oldest community arts venue would relocate to new facility in Butler Shores' southeast corner
"...venue in a new facility just west of the Zach Theatre in Butler Shores' southeast corner, with a new..."

May 28, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Robert Faires' Top 10 Works That Spoke to Me About 2020
Throughout 2020, performances and books seemed to contain messages about the year – its trials, its traumas, and its echoes in history
"...1) (RE)CURRENT UNREST (dance theatre X) Not even COVID could stop Charles O. Anderson..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Film Festival Adds Nine Days and Welcomes the WWE's Brothers of Destruction
New Winston Duke/Zazie Beets movie as opening night film
"...their on-screen personas for a historic conversation at Austin’s Zach Theatre as part of WWE’s “30 Years of The..."

Oct. 15, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

APD’s Secret Informants Eyeing Neighbors for “Suspicious” Activity, Leaked Documents Reveal
APD intel center puts spies among us
"...TLO's report, an individual was seen taking photos of Zach Scott's Topfer Theatre on Sept. 22, 2016. The report..."

July 24, 2020 News Feature by John Anderson

A Year Later, the Time Is Right for Another Conversation About Notes From the Field
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Zach Theatre streamed its staging of the 2019 production and led a discussion on Zoom
"...Part of what we value in theatre is the room it provides for ideas to be..."

June 19, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In Memoriam: Greg Easley
Remembering the beloved choreographer, dancer, and teacher
"...group of other dancers to found Texas National Dance Theatre, a company intended to give dancers and choreographers from..."

June 4, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re playing
"...With their Paramount Theatre release show and subsequent tour on hold indefinitely, Braun..."

May 22, 2020 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

This Is Who We Are #4: Zach Theatre's The Gospel at Colonus
A daily affirmation of Austin's creativity from the Chronicle archive
"...The Gospel at Colonus Zach Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541 www.zachtheatre.org Through April..."

May 7, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Invoke Quartet in Quarantine Times
Local foursome plays online, tosses polyhedral dice, and more
"...So, what are Nick Montopoli, Zachariah Matteson, Karl Mitze, and Geoff Manyin doing with their..."

April 7, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

In Memoriam: Terrence McNally
Covid-19 complications claim the distinguished playwright
"..."Nobody loves the theatre as much as Terrence."..."

March 25, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Cultural Cancellations and Postponements: The Big List
What's not happening around Austin, arts-wise
"...versions of some events Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards 4/15 – canceled Landmarks: Art All Night 3/26..."

March 24, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Area Cancellations and Other COVID-19 Updates
Gov. Abbott declares statewide public health disaster
"...reassess the performance situation after this weekend. • Penfold Theatre has postponed its production of the one-man show Vincent,..."

March 13, 2020 News Post by James Renovitch

Every Brilliant Thing
Zach Theatre's production gives audiences a reason to live – make that a million reasons
"...least that's how it feels with Kriston Woodreaux in Zach Theatre's production. The actor is welcoming and cordial, always..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Zach Theatre's A Night With Janis Joplin
This re-created rock concert with the legendary singer is so good, it may be better than the real thing
"...I've never said in all my years of reviewing theatre, and as my editor is my witness, I'll never..."

Feb. 7, 2020 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Austin Film Society, Austin Film Festival Get NEA Backing
Grants will go towards programming, archiving On Story
"...- $30,000 • Visions in Rhythm - $15,000 • ZACH theatre $10,000..."

Jan. 16, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

A Christmas Carol
Zach Theatre's musical version abounds in great voices, but it may drown out Dickens with songs
"...Well, if you're Zach Theatre: music. Lots and lots of music. Pop music...."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Review by Laura Jones

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows
"...4) NOTES FROM THE FIELD (Zach Theatre) Anna Deavere Smith trusted her documentary report on..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Trey Gutierrez's Top 10 Moments That Left Audiences Speechless in 2019
The year celebrated through moments when performers stunned their audiences into silence
"...3) KHALI MCDUFF-SYKES IN THE VINEYARD (Heartland Theatre Collective) A seemingly homeless McDuff-Sykes snapped, "I don't want..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Trey Gutierrez

Review: The Santaland Diaries
J. Robert Moore's take on Crumpet sends the Macy's elf to camp
"...the most enduring and endearing comic portrayal in Austin theatre history must be Martin Burke as "Crumpet" in David..."

Dec. 6, 2019 Arts Post by Paul Beutel

2019 B. Iden Payne Award Winners
Five shows share top honors with four awards each
"...For many in Austin's theatre community, they will remember, remember the fourth of November,..."

Nov. 6, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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