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This Is Who We Are #1: Rude Mechs' Big Love
A daily affirmation of Austin's creativity from the Chronicle archive
"...Sides speaks these words near the end of the Rude Mechanicals' production of Big Love, you may feel a..."

May 4, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Causing Trouble as We Smiled: A Dusty Story
Playwright Timothy Braun remembers the canine companion who changed his life
"...at 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

Rude Mechanicals' Not Every Mountain
This Rude Mechs performance piece shows us a mountain's lifetime in an hour and makes clear that nothing lasts forever
"...With their latest performance piece, the Rude Mechanicals theatre collective creates a broad portrait of time..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

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

Rude Mechs' Fixing Troilus and Cressida
The third show in the Fixing Shakespeare series makes his mess of a play about the Trojan War hilarious and even engrossing
"...Enter the Fixing Shakespeare series, courtesy of the Rude Mechanicals and Kirk Lynn as the credited writer. The..."

March 16, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

2017 Payne Theatre Award Winners
Lotta love for Nevermore, Drowning Girls, Agent Andromeda
"...Theatrical Event Requiem for Tesla, Rude Mechanicals..."

Oct. 25, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
"...(Sky Candy); and the theatrical event Requiem for Tesla (Rude Mechanicals). The most honored improv productions were the Eighties..."

Sept. 20, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Dusty-Danger Dog Day in Austin
Local Pooch Makes Good, Wins Friends, Influences People
"...Dusty-Danger Day … when, on that same day, the Rude Mechanicals designate Dusty-Danger as their canine-in-residence … and when..."

Aug. 16, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Secret History of the Off Center
Looking back at the former home of the Rude Mechs and why it mattered
"...Take the measure of the Off Center by the Rude Mechs, the venue's stewards from the fall of 1999..."

June 30, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Wayne Alan Brenner's Top 10 Arts-Related Program Activities of 2016
Uncommon combinations – dance with horses, music with robots, drama with a Tesla coil – made the year unforgettable
"...10) REQUIEM FOR TESLA (Rude Mechs) They brought it back. After more than a..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Q&A Hole: Why Isn't LSD Legal?
Trip on this with Lana Lesley, Denise Prince, Mickle Maher, and more.
"...Lana Lesley of Rude Mechanicals: I don’t know – I really, really think..."

Sept. 13, 2016 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: The Arts Commission Hustle
City group gets moving on policy plan for Austin creatives
"...right now. Up first was Madge Darlington of the Rude Mechanicals theatre collective who reminded the commissioners that the..."

Aug. 8, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: Arts Commission Special Meeting
Commission seeks creatives' input on city staff's recommendations
"...It's at the Off Center, the home to the Rude Mechanicals theatre collective for more than 16 years and..."

Aug. 2, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Production, Comedy Fixing Timon of Athens, Rude Mechanicals Missionary Position, Session 2: Pleasure Journeys for the..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Making Room to Play
Create Space Austin kicks off the drive to secure more performing venues in the city
"...Off Center will close in May 2017; resident company Rude Mechanicals are working on securing another facility but haven't..."

April 15, 2016 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

"Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place"
The final exhibit of this public art project shows how every district in Austin has had artists working for it
"...news film crew, with actor/playwright Hannah Kenah of the Rude Mechanicals playing a reporter, people receiving the plants were..."

April 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shawn Sides and Graham Reynolds: Rude and Golden
How two of Austin's top creative stars meld a busy life of art and love
"...and A Scanner Darkly, and a ridiculous number of Rude Mechanicals theatre productions. Sides is an actor and director..."

March 25, 2016 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Art or Parenting?
Four professional artists discuss how having kids has affected their careers and ways of working
"...University of Texas, author, co-producing artistic director of the Rude Mechanicals, and husband and father of two; and C...."

Oct. 30, 2015 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Touching Art and Not Dating Drummers
Four working artists share more thoughts on arts and parenting
"...University of Texas, author, co-producing artistic director of the Rude Mechanicals, and husband and father of two; and C...."

Oct. 28, 2015 Arts Post by Elizabeth Cobbe

Who Pays What
"...Rude Mechanicals $1,000 minimum for non-touring shows with four weeks..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Consummate Artistry
The 2013-14 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Fame (Big Medium, Blue Genie Art Industries, and the Rude Mechanicals) and distributed honors in 42 categories. Trouble Puppet..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"It Was a Difficult Choice, But..."
The Austin Critics Table named its tops in the arts for 2014
"...were: Big Medium, Blue Genie Art Industries, and the Rude Mechanicals...."

June 3, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Collective Strength
The 2014 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...in which their creations have made a huge impact. Rude Mechanicals..."

May 23, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...the Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along and the Rude Mechanicals’ premiere of Kirk Lynn’s Shakespearean reboot Fixing King..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Critics Table Awards 2014
Nominees announced, with top honors to a 'Vibrator,' a fixed 'John,' and a merry 'Roll'
"...the Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along and the Rude Mechs' premiere of Kirk Lynn's Fixing King John. (Since..."

May 9, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Outside of Society
Does Austin have enough room for two queer film festivals?
"...veritable Austin queer creative brain trust, including Madge Darlington (Rude Mechanicals), Dan­iel Alexander Jones (performance artist), Ron Berry (Fusebox),..."

May 2, 2014 Screens Feature by Kate X Messer

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
"...the possibility that the Off Center, home of the Rude Mechanicals since 1999, will no longer be available for..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

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

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat
The year's scenic designs proved especially appealing to the feline theatregoer
"...5) 'FIXING KING JOHN' (Thomas Graves, Madge Darlington for Rude Mechanicals) Platforms rigged for actors and audience made ideal..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Fixing King John
This loose and gangly treatment of Shakespeare's history is both remarkably original and fiercely energetic
"...The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo www.rudemechs.com Through Nov. 24 Running time: 2 hr...."

Nov. 22, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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