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Get Your War On
The Rude Mechs' 'Get Your War On' provides a fresh reminder of the political outrages of the past four years and a fresh injection of the outrage we may have lost
"...The Rude Mechs' adaptation of David Rees' Internet sensation doesn't really..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Playing God … and W
Actress Shannon Grounds on tackling a pair of the ultimate power roles – at once
" Refraction Arts, Hyde Park Theatre, Physical Plant, the Rude Mechs, Salvage Vanguard, just to name a very few,..."

June 24, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Don't Drown
In Rebecca Beegle's imaginative Don't Drown, Judy Garland welcomes Mary Shelley onto her TV show to talk about an apocalyptic novel, and the result is a compelling portrait of souls suffering in isolation
"...shift in tone. And a bare-bones effort like this Rude Mechs Second Stage production can't be expected to deliver..."

Feb. 6, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Long Incubation of the Incubus
Playwright David Hancock and director Vicky Boone reveal how they developed the play The Incubus Archives over six years, through 11 sometimes radically different versions.
"...we weren't going to do it, and then the Rude Mechanicals said they were going to do it, then..."

Oct. 4, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More bouquets for Lipstick Traces in The New York Times, and Austin theatre critics continue to take over the world
"...Austin that was in New York this June: the Rude Mechs' "fabulous Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Theatre -- ALL CAPS, All the Time
There's nothing lower-case or lethargic about theatre director, actor, and producer Sharon Sparlin. She's bold, animated, even electric, and channeling all that high-voltage energy into creating equally energetic theatre all the time.
"...she says, referring to the esteemed member of the Rude Mechanicals troupe who directed acclaimed productions of Shakespeare's R&J..."

April 13, 2001 Arts Feature by C. Denby Swanson

Public Notice
"Public Notice" notes a few great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend by helping a good cause.
"...this moment, Sage is wondering what the heck her Rude Mechanical coaches are doing to her simple piece about..."

June 30, 2000 Column by Kate X Messer

Public Notice
Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers.
"...Lilliputians, HugoBallers, RottenJohnnys, and rude boys and girls might just feel welcome at the..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Column by Kate X Messer

Lipstick Traces: It's Only Rock & Roll ...
Reviews of recent and ongoing exhibitions and performances around Austin
"...Lipstick Traces, as adapted by the Rude Mechanicals from Greil Marcus' social history, lets us glimpse..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Austin Shakespeare Festival's second bout with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in four years offers much by way of manic disposition, but not much by way of substance
"...too smart to be hoofing it with the other rude mechanicals. The fairies look like supernatural creatures and writhe..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Causing Trouble as We Smiled: A Dusty Story
Playwright Timothy Braun remembers the canine companion who changed his life
" our condo catered by Home Slice, and the Rude Mechs named him their Canine-in-Residence. Since that day, Dusty's..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Arts Feature by Timothy Braun

2018 B. Iden Payne Award Winners
Top honors go to Drowsy Chaperone and Fixing Troilus
"...The Rude Mechs' third entry in its Fixing Shakespeare series, Fixing..."

Nov. 7, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Top 10 Creative Things I Lucked Into in 2013
Remembering the year thick with superlative works of art onstage and in galleries
"...beloved pet cat Wee Thomas; and 'FIXING KING JOHN' (Rude Mechanicals), Kirk Lynn's Deadwood-esque upgrade of Shakespeare, in which..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
"...Now Now Oh Now, Rude Mechanicals Direction..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More Tesla Than You Can Shake an Electric Pigeon At
The once-neglected eccentric genius is (finally) all the rage
" with Shawn Sides, who is one of Austin's Rude Mechanicals, and of course ......"

Sept. 7, 2012 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Hey, Jude
The talented Mr. Hickey deftly clambers up that old ladder (ladder, ladder, ladder) of success
"...There was also this pivotal moment of doing the Rude Mechs' The Method Gun. Because I'd held them on..."

June 8, 2012 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Kirk Lynn earns a $50K fellowship from United States Artists
" of the founding co-producing artistic directors of the Rude Mechanicals, has been all over the map, with the..."

Dec. 5, 2011 Arts Post by Robert Faires

A Talent for Deception
When Joey Hood is onstage, you want to buy whatever he's selling
"'s leading stage companies, Hyde Park Theatre and the Rude Mechanicals; and though he could work onstage pretty much..."

Feb. 19, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 9 Creative Arts, Ah, Things I Was Lucky Enough to Experience This Year
Theatrical and cartographic deconstruction plus improv pwnership equals a fine '09
"...1) 'THE METHOD GUN' (RUDE MECHANICALS) Even after all the months of hype and..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Top 9 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2009
A theatre year of crazy families, love lost and found, and lots of dancing
"...1) 'DIONYSUS IN 69' (RUDE MECHANICALS) Ritual performance. Sensuality, nudity, birthing. Group dancing, heterosexuality,..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Rube Goldberg Spins in Grave, Invents Coolest Coffin Ever
Notes on Rube Goldberg and "The Collector"
"...Burton for Pee Wee's Big Adventure (variations on similar rude, meal-time mechanicals appeared in Charles Chaplin's Modern Times and..."

July 23, 2009 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

Classics Comeback
Are the great dramas of yore reclaiming their place on Austin's stages?
"...surge in new play production began. The trifecta of Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein, by Marty Martin; Greater..."

July 3, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

If You Build It ...
Ah, you know the rest
" this issue tell the tale: companies from the Rude Mechs to Ballet Austin to ProArts Collective being hailed..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Favorite Arts Events Across the Disciplines (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Wayne Alan Brenner on his favorite arts events in 2008
"...5) Rude Mechanicals strike twice And thank Ceiling Cat for that,..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Texas loses a barbecue legend, Las Manitas closes its doors, the Rude Mechs celebrate a new adventure, and more
"...Sunset Valley farmers' markets... Austin's acclaimed theatrical troupe the Rude Mech-anicals ( has created the new members-only Oyster Club..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Luke Savisky: Creative Capitalist
Creative Capital helps Austin's projector of large-scale images get his work that much larger
"...the receiving end of Creative Capital's largesse, including the Rude Mechanicals, who received funding for their upcoming show, The..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Arts Feature by Rachel Cook

The Long Center: Who's playing
Austin's new performing-arts center releases the performance schedule for its first few months
"...Cherryholmes. The Rollins schedule is equally eclectic, including the Rude Mechs, Aztlan Dance Company, ProArts Collective, the Austin Shakespeare..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Stage Excitements of 2006
"...3) Decameron Day 7: REVENGE (Rude Mechanicals) After having a glass of wine and breaking..."

Jan. 5, 2007 Arts Feature by Patti Hadad

Free Night of Theater 2006: The list
Take your pick of 21 performances being offered at no charge with Free Night of Theater 2006
"...Nichols; The Scottish Rite Temple, 207 W. 18thThursday, Nov. 2Rude Mechanicals: Have You Ever Been Assassinated? by Rebecca Beegle..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Arts Feature

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Cherrywood, Rude Mechanicals..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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