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Zach Theatre’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ has snazzy special effects but somewhat soggy story
 Since its release in 1952, the film “Singin’ in the Rain” has gradually gained cultural prestige as one of the greatest (if
            not the greatest) movie musicals of all time. Its mid-1980s adaptation to the Broadway stage is slightly less heralded but
            is also perhaps one of the most obvious and effortless...

9:43 PM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Since its release in 1952, the film “Singin’ in the Rain” has gradually gained cultural prestige as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) movie musicals of all time. Its mid-1980s adaptation to the Broadway stage is slightly less heralded but is also perhaps one of the most obvious and effortless...
Here’s how you can get a great deal to see ‘Rent’ in Austin
 Broadway hit “Rent” is coming to Bass Concert Hall for a short run Oct. 13-15, and you can score a great ticket for not a
            lot of dough. Seats in the first two rows of the orchestra section of every performance will be available for $25. Contributed by Carol Rosegg, 2016 Now, you do have to work a bit to get that deal...

5:04 PM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

Broadway hit “Rent” is coming to Bass Concert Hall for a short run Oct. 13-15, and you can score a great ticket for not a lot of dough. Seats in the first two rows of the orchestra section of every performance will be available for $25. Contributed by Carol Rosegg, 2016 Now, you do have to work a bit to get that deal...
The Vortex’s bloody ‘Vampyress’ is an adults-only Halloween treat
 According to Guinness World Records, the most prodigious female serial killer of all time was Countess Erzsebet Bathori, who
            lived in Hungary in the 15th and 16th centuries, where she is said to have tortured and murdered hundreds of young women.
            The dark, bloody story of Bathori is hardly fodder for light musical...

2:04 PM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

According to Guinness World Records, the most prodigious female serial killer of all time was Countess Erzsebet Bathori, who lived in Hungary in the 15th and 16th centuries, where she is said to have tortured and murdered hundreds of young women. The dark, bloody story of Bathori is hardly fodder for light musical...
Frightful fun: Get in the Halloween spirit all month long
 It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now. HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH Sure...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now. HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH Sure...
Trouble Puppet Theater ties history to today’s politics
 On May 4, 1886, a labor protest rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square turned deadly when somebody threw a bomb at the police
            officers assembled to disperse the crowd. The resulting Haymarket Square Riot led to the deaths of several people, as well
            as a railroading of justice that punished activists and speakers...

7:08 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

On May 4, 1886, a labor protest rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square turned deadly when somebody threw a bomb at the police officers assembled to disperse the crowd. The resulting Haymarket Square Riot led to the deaths of several people, as well as a railroading of justice that punished activists and speakers...
Secrets, lies and revelations in new theater company’s first production
 Austin is home to many theater companies but a dwindling number of performance spaces. That’s why, though it’s always exciting
            to see a new group arise from the city’s artistic stew, one approaches them a bit cautiously. Many are the first productions
            of brand new companies; fewer are the second productions...

7:01 PM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

Austin is home to many theater companies but a dwindling number of performance spaces. That’s why, though it’s always exciting to see a new group arise from the city’s artistic stew, one approaches them a bit cautiously. Many are the first productions of brand new companies; fewer are the second productions...
Five spooky performances to see before Halloween
 Even the arts community gets creepy in Austin in October. Here are some Halloween-themed theater, comedy and musical performances coming up this month; get your tickets now before they disappear like a ... well, you know. “Vampyress.” This Gothic opera, a tale of horror and magic, chronicles the downfall of Erzsebet Bathori, the...

12:00 AM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

Even the arts community gets creepy in Austin in October. Here are some Halloween-themed theater, comedy and musical performances coming up this month; get your tickets now before they disappear like a ... well, you know. “Vampyress.” This Gothic opera, a tale of horror and magic, chronicles the downfall of Erzsebet Bathori, the...
Don’t boo-crastinate: How to find Halloween fun all month long 
 It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now and all month long. Sure...

12:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 01, 2017

It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now and all month long. Sure...
WATCH: Taylor Kitsch is cult leader David Koresh in ‘Waco’ trailer
 When you think of Taylor Kitsch, you might picture him like this, as Tim Riggins in the 2006-2011 TV series “Friday Night Lights.” Or maybe like this: Or maybe you think of him like this: (Hey, who am I to judge?) Kitsch has gone on to other roles, including the ill-fated second season of “True Detective” (RIP, Colin...

8:36 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

When you think of Taylor Kitsch, you might picture him like this, as Tim Riggins in the 2006-2011 TV series “Friday Night Lights.” Or maybe like this: Or maybe you think of him like this: (Hey, who am I to judge?) Kitsch has gone on to other roles, including the ill-fated second season of “True Detective” (RIP, Colin...
Texas State’s ‘A Chorus Line’ is a singular sensation
 When it first hit Broadway in 1975, “A Chorus Line” was a critical and commercial sensation. Praised for providing a raw,
            realistic glimpse into the lives of Broadway chorus dancers, the musical won the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as multiple
            Tony Awards, and would go on to become the longest running...

3:51 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

When it first hit Broadway in 1975, “A Chorus Line” was a critical and commercial sensation. Praised for providing a raw, realistic glimpse into the lives of Broadway chorus dancers, the musical won the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as multiple Tony Awards, and would go on to become the longest running...
Young actor gives star turn as troubled, tempestuous ‘Prodigal Son’
 Playwright John Patrick Shanley, despite a long career that includes winning an Academy Award for the screenplay to the 1987
            Cher film “Moonstruck,” is perhaps best known these days for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Doubt,” which was also turned
            into a critically acclaimed movie starring...

1:00 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

Playwright John Patrick Shanley, despite a long career that includes winning an Academy Award for the screenplay to the 1987 Cher film “Moonstruck,” is perhaps best known these days for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Doubt,” which was also turned into a critically acclaimed movie starring...
Girl power puts ‘The Wolves’ ahead of the pack
 In theater, as in film and television, we often find a significant lack of quality roles for female performers. Fortunately,
            most Austin theater companies are well aware of this imbalance in so many classic dramatic texts, and they work hard to choose
            works that showcase diversity. From left, Sydney Huddleston, Annika...

5:31 PM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

In theater, as in film and television, we often find a significant lack of quality roles for female performers. Fortunately, most Austin theater companies are well aware of this imbalance in so many classic dramatic texts, and they work hard to choose works that showcase diversity. From left, Sydney Huddleston, Annika...
Watch: Pennywise from ‘It’ dancing to pop music may make you reconsider your clown phobia
 “It” -- the film adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling novel -- continues to dominate the box office. And as is so often the case in our social media-immersed culture, once something become popular, it gets turned into a meme. In this case, terrifying, child-chomping clown Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgaard) is ... dancing...

7:31 PM Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

“It” -- the film adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling novel -- continues to dominate the box office. And as is so often the case in our social media-immersed culture, once something become popular, it gets turned into a meme. In this case, terrifying, child-chomping clown Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgaard) is ... dancing...
Glam rock meets the Bard in Hidden Room’s ‘Henry IV’
 When one reads Shakespeare’s history plays, the soundtrack that comes to mind usually isn’t David Bowie. Yet in the Hidden
            Room’s new production of “Henry IV,” playing through Oct. 1 at the York Rite Masonic Hall, glam rock seems as natural to the
            play as the traditional corsets and doublets...

6:22 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

When one reads Shakespeare’s history plays, the soundtrack that comes to mind usually isn’t David Bowie. Yet in the Hidden Room’s new production of “Henry IV,” playing through Oct. 1 at the York Rite Masonic Hall, glam rock seems as natural to the play as the traditional corsets and doublets...
Bill Murray coming to Austin for Long Center show — just in time for SXSW
 We’re always excited to see what the Long Center has in store for the upcoming season, but Thursday’s announcement of its
            winter/spring 2018 shows had an extra-special surprise. Bill Murray is coming to the Long Center in 2018. Contributed by Peggy Sirota That’s right, folks — actor, funnyman 
        ...

6:48 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

We’re always excited to see what the Long Center has in store for the upcoming season, but Thursday’s announcement of its winter/spring 2018 shows had an extra-special surprise. Bill Murray is coming to the Long Center in 2018. Contributed by Peggy Sirota That’s right, folks — actor, funnyman ...
Austin Playhouse’s ‘This Random World’ reveals the hidden ties that bind us
 Austin Playhouse has started its new season with, fittingly, a new work by playwright Steven Dietz. “This Random World” receives
            its local premiere at the venerable company under the direction of producing artistic director Don Toner, with a cast of some
            of Austin Playhouse’s best actors. J. Ben Wolfe...

2:01 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Austin Playhouse has started its new season with, fittingly, a new work by playwright Steven Dietz. “This Random World” receives its local premiere at the venerable company under the direction of producing artistic director Don Toner, with a cast of some of Austin Playhouse’s best actors. J. Ben Wolfe...
‘Storm Still’ explores family dynamics through one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies
 As one of Shakespeare’s most popular — and most performed — plays,  the tragedy “King Lear” is familiar to many theater patrons,
            at least the broad outlines. An elderly king asks his daughters how much each of them loves him, banishes the only daughter
            to speak truthfully and is destroyed...

1:33 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

As one of Shakespeare’s most popular — and most performed — plays,  the tragedy “King Lear” is familiar to many theater patrons, at least the broad outlines. An elderly king asks his daughters how much each of them loves him, banishes the only daughter to speak truthfully and is destroyed...
Puppets, shadows and live music combine for low-fi Long Center show
 Chicago-based theater troupe Manual Cinema brings its unusual brand of artistic expression to the Long Center this week. “Lula Del Rey” is described as “a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story inspired by the desert landscape and the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline.” Manual Cinema...

1:00 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

Chicago-based theater troupe Manual Cinema brings its unusual brand of artistic expression to the Long Center this week. “Lula Del Rey” is described as “a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story inspired by the desert landscape and the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline.” Manual Cinema...
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