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Free Night of Theater: The List
These Central Texas theatre companies are offering free tickets as part of the national Free Night of Theater campaign
"...Pastorela; Tillery Street Theatre, 701 Tillery, 474-TIXS Dec. 1-3, 8-10Rude Mechanicals Second Stage Series: Pale Idiot, by Kirk Lynn;..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Arts Feature

Doug Rauss: In Memoriam
Remembering Doug Rauss, a dedicated arts patron and volunteer for several Austin theatre companies, who died Wednesday, Aug. 31
"...the dirigo group, doing house manager duties for the Rude Mechanicals' Cherrywood and Stadium Devildare, serving as dramaturg for..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Art in Public Places sets a fingerprint at the forensics lab, and Austin theatre is all over the map – of the U.S.
"...• Rude Mechanicals are headed to scenic Blue Lake, Calif., on..."

May 13, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Dress Suits to Hire
Winding up the Rude Mechanicals' Throws Like a Girl series, Holly Hughes' 'lesbian noir' 'Dress Suits to Hire' chills and excites in calculated disturbances
"...and one wonders why. This final installment of the Rude Mechanicals' Throws Like a Girl series chills and excites..."

April 22, 2005 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Maple Leaf Wags
If it's Hyde Park, this must be a quirky Canadian comedy.
"...they received from homegrown alternative theatre companies such as Rude Mechanicals, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Vortex Repertory Company, and Refraction..."

April 8, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Dream Come True
Back home in Texas, Lisa Scheps finally gets her place to play!
"...Cullum [at the Vortex] and all the folks at Rude Mechanicals and Blake Yelavich [at Arts on Real] and..."

March 18, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Our Motto: Be Depraved
'I Am Alpha' takes a darkly satirical look at a certain all-American youth group
"..."Loaded Gun Theory," I've yet to run across it. "Rude Mechanicals" comes close, but anyone familiar with theatre knows..."

Feb. 11, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

After a Fashion
Stephen does Dallas … No, wait, we mean Houston. Stephen does Houston. In a big way. With big names. At the Icon. Don't you wish you were this fabulous? Oh, and he does the State Board of Education, too. Don't they wish?
"...dear friend Bettie Naylor took me to see the Rude Mechanicals production of Cherrywood. I'm still having psychological repercussions...."

Nov. 19, 2004 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

'Provocative' aptly describes the Rude Mechanicals' 'Cherrywood,' which thrusts you into a strange, relentlessly intense party that's never boring but never really engaging either
"...opportunity. This particular party is being hosted by the Rude Mechanicals, with an original script by Kirk Lynn, who..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Arts Folks Nix Tex Tix Tax
When the Texas Legislature sought to pay for a property tax cut with a tax on performing arts events, local arts groups mobilized and made their opposition heard
"...state, artists and administrators started organizing in opposition. The Rude Mechanicals drafted letters for arts supporters to send to..."

May 21, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stadium Devildare
The Rude Mechanicals' Stadium Devildare, from a script by Ruth Margraff, offers a muscle-bound riff on reality game shows and superpatriotism, but its torrents of text eventually leave the brain numb
"...on Stadium Devildare, the latest theatrical creation by Austin's Rude Mechanicals from a script by sometime local Ruth Margraff...."

May 7, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Weird Science Takes the Stage
The strange but true tale of how a high school class turned a science textbook into a play
"...Shakespeare (which they worked on in 2002 with the Rude Mechanicals)...."

Feb. 6, 2004 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

Playwright Dan Dietz gets his second play staged at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Johnson / Long Dance Company heads to Hamburg, and Zach shuffles its season
"...choice for Austin artists on tour. Last summer, the Rude Mechanicals took their adaptation of Lipstick Traces to Salzburg...."

Jan. 23, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Trojan Women: A Love Story
A Chuck Mee play is a veritable playground for young artists, but while they put a lot of thought and effort into the UT Department of Theatre & Dance production of The Trojan Women: A Love Story, the students behind it only scratched the surface of his work.
"...of theatre makers over the past decade. Locally, the Rude Mechanicals and Zachary Scott Theatre Center have staged his..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

How Late It Was, How Late
How Late It Was, How Late, adapted from James Kelman's novel, finds the Rude Mechanicals depicting a sightless, Scottish ex-con's odyssey through the humiliating and confusing bureaucracy of Britain's welfare state with intensity, hilarity, and the company's outstandingly creative theatrical vision.
" Kirk Lynn in a production created by the Rude Mechanicals (Sarah Richardson taking the directorial reins this time..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

One Extreme to the Other
For every creative triumph in the Austin arts community in 2002 -- and they were plentiful -- there seemed to be a corresponding defeat, usually tied to the economic downturn and its problems for the arts community.
" the city's typically tempestuous arts funding process. The Rude Mechanicals continued their world takeover with Midwest and West..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Way We Were
On the eve of his move to New York City, playwright and Austin Script Works Artistic Director John Walch reflects on the development of Austin's theatre scene during his time here.
"...there, I've heard about them," or "Oh yeah, the Rude Mechanicals are there. They're great." Or Hyde Park Theatre..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Arts Feature by Molly Beth Brenner

The Incubus Archives
With The Incubus Archives, playwright David Hancock, director Vicky Boone, the show's designers, and a group of actors as fierce and committed as they come have crafted a theatre-sized dreamscape, in which subjects seem to bubble up from the darkness of the subconscious and bizarre images erupt into view to ponder the nature of evil.
"...This Rude Mechanicals/Hyde Park Theatre co-production comes at you with the..."

Oct. 18, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Best of Cinematexas 2002
"...Co-op, the Center for Young Cinema, Blue Screen/Refraction Arts, Rude Mechanicals, the Austin Film Society, and Houston's Aurora Picture..."

Oct. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cinescape offers a weekly home to microcinema.
"...Cinemaker Co-op, the Center for Young Cinema, Blue Screen, Rude Mechanicals, the Austin Film Society, and Houston's Aurora Picture..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Screens Feature by Will Robinson Sheff

The Best of Aurora Picture Show: Vol. 1
"...several organizations, including the Cinemaker Co-op, Blue Screen, the Rude Mechanicals, the Center for Young Cinema, and Houston's Aurora..."

Sept. 3, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...Tilt Angel, Salvage Vanguard TheaterProduction, ComedyBig Love, Rude Mechanicals..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

City Water Tunnel #3
If the Department of Environmental Protection hired someone to explain New York's City Water Tunnel #3, the largest non-defense public works project in the Western Hemisphere, that someone couldn't do a better job than performer Marty Pottenger, who delivers the truth of the project, as plain and raw as the earth that's being tunneled, as bright and ragged as the people tunneling.
"...performing City Water Tunnel #3 as part of the Rude Mechanicals' Throws Like A Girl series, is not going..."

March 8, 2002 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

To Infinity and Beyond!
The year 2001 saw a host of local cultural types taking journeys beyond their homes, traveling to other communities to share their art and finding new venues locally in which to produce their work and expand their creative sensibilities.
"...of choice for many of these arts travelers. The Rude Mechanicals took the town by storm with their adaptation..."

Jan. 4, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The first weeks of 2002 show that Austin artists are still busy taking their art to other parts of the country, and Physical Plant Theater needs your leaves.
"...The Rude Mechanicals are touring the Midwest with their award-winning stage..."

Jan. 4, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The National Endowment for the Arts puts federal grants in the stockings of nine Austin arts organizations, and Ben Bentzin takes leave of Arts Center Stage.
"...Rude Mechanicals, which received $5,000 to support the workshop development..."

Dec. 28, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever
Like those Christmastime baskets full of cheese logs, summer sausages, miniature jars of jellies, etc., The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever features a diverse little gathering of tasty treats -- in this case, five-minute plays on a common theme -- and it's fun to snack on.
"...artists more usually associated with Hyde Park Theatre and Rude Mechanicals and Refraction Arts Project and others. So there's..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ailing actor Douglas Taylor is on the mend, actors Babs George and Lowell Bartholomee get the recognition they deserve (from the Payne Awards), and choreographer Deborah Hay wants you to spend the weekend with her.
"...Robert Pierson, one of the shining lights in the Rude Mechanicals' Lipstick Traces, graciously stepped into the role and..."

Oct. 12, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...MVP for: Rude Mechanicals..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

Big Love
Charles Mee's Big Love swirls almost madly from brainy discourse to visceral activity to contemplative imagery and back again, like a manic dance or, well, life, and the Rude Mechanicals, who are always up for a good dance, take Mee's play and tear up the floor with it.
"...Sides speaks these words near the end of the Rude Mechanicals' production of Big Love, you may feel a..."

Sept. 14, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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