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A play with few words makes you feel as if you’re part of this spiritual retreat
 When you break it down to its most basic elements, narrative theater consists of actors saying words. Almost everything else
            — from venue, to content, to the type and style of the words — is up for grabs. What Bess Wohl’s 2015 play “Small Mouth Sounds”
            asks, though, is whether those words...

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When you break it down to its most basic elements, narrative theater consists of actors saying words. Almost everything else — from venue, to content, to the type and style of the words — is up for grabs. What Bess Wohl’s 2015 play “Small Mouth Sounds” asks, though, is whether those words...
‘Seminar’ is a vicious satire with no easy answers but plenty of laughs
 Some plays have become classics of the stage because they have a fierce moral center. Others have succeeded through the ways
            in which they deliberately comment on the lack of such a center in contemporary society.  Theresa Rebeck’s acclaimed 2011 black comedy “Seminar,” succeeds because it refuses to give any...

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Some plays have become classics of the stage because they have a fierce moral center. Others have succeeded through the ways in which they deliberately comment on the lack of such a center in contemporary society. Theresa Rebeck’s acclaimed 2011 black comedy “Seminar,” succeeds because it refuses to give any...
‘Cry It Out’ looks at motherhood, friendship and what it means to have it all
 Theatre en Bloc’s regional premiere of playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s “Cry It Out” is an exploration of parenting, motherhood
            and self-definition, couched in a suburban comedic drama. It is equally a play of ideas and a deep study of several interesting
            characters, with a wicked and wacky...

Posted: 13 days ago

Theatre en Bloc’s regional premiere of playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s “Cry It Out” is an exploration of parenting, motherhood and self-definition, couched in a suburban comedic drama. It is equally a play of ideas and a deep study of several interesting characters, with a wicked and wacky...
The real and surreal blend as ‘Trio’ makes its world premiere in Austin
 Much of playwright Sheila Cowley’s recent work has been an exploration of theatrical forms that combine traditional, dialogue-based
            drama with dance and movement. The first play she began this process with, “Trio,” has finally received its world premiere
            here in Austin, after a seven-year development...

Posted: 20 days ago

Much of playwright Sheila Cowley’s recent work has been an exploration of theatrical forms that combine traditional, dialogue-based drama with dance and movement. The first play she began this process with, “Trio,” has finally received its world premiere here in Austin, after a seven-year development...
Get to know the founders of Austin’s Indie Meme Film Festival
 The third annual Indie Meme Film Festival -- a celebration of  South Asian cinema -- opens April 19 at the Arbor theater. Thursday through Sunday, there will be screenings, parties and filmmaker Q&As so Austin audiences can become better acquainted with these diverse and socially conscious independent films. Three of the films will be making...

1:55 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

The third annual Indie Meme Film Festival -- a celebration of South Asian cinema -- opens April 19 at the Arbor theater. Thursday through Sunday, there will be screenings, parties and filmmaker Q&As so Austin audiences can become better acquainted with these diverse and socially conscious independent films. Three of the films will be making...
Texas State’s ‘Ragtime’ shows why musical is so timely today
 The late-1990s musical “Ragtime” has never been considered a major, “important” work of American theater, in the way that
            shows like “South Pacific,” “Rent” or “Hamilton” have. However, a new production of “Ragtime” by the Texas State University
         ...

6:30 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

The late-1990s musical “Ragtime” has never been considered a major, “important” work of American theater, in the way that shows like “South Pacific,” “Rent” or “Hamilton” have. However, a new production of “Ragtime” by the Texas State University ...
Sex, race and grackles — Fusebox Festival covers many moods
 Fusebox Festival is an arts celebration that feels uniquely Austin. The fest gathers a variety of innovative creators at more than 20 venues around the city to explore contemporary life and culture. Dance, music, gallery exhibitions, zines, performance art and immersive experiences — Fusebox has it all, and more. And it’s all...

5:00 AM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

Fusebox Festival is an arts celebration that feels uniquely Austin. The fest gathers a variety of innovative creators at more than 20 venues around the city to explore contemporary life and culture. Dance, music, gallery exhibitions, zines, performance art and immersive experiences — Fusebox has it all, and more. And it’s all...
‘Grounded,’ a one-woman shot about a military pilot, soars
 We’ve heard a lot about drone warfare in the past few years, from the constitutionality of such attacks to the level of secrecy
            associated with the programs. One thing that rarely gets discussed, though, is the effect that waging war from thousands of
            miles away has on the pilots and operators of those drones...

2:04 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

We’ve heard a lot about drone warfare in the past few years, from the constitutionality of such attacks to the level of secrecy associated with the programs. One thing that rarely gets discussed, though, is the effect that waging war from thousands of miles away has on the pilots and operators of those drones...
Free play an emotional and timely look at the immigrant experience
 In the year before World War II broke out in earnest in Europe, the British government established a policy that allowed for
            15,000 Jewish children to flee Nazi-controlled territory to find relative safety in U.K. foster homes, schools and other housing.
            This effort to evacuate these children was known as the Kindertransport...

7:48 PM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

In the year before World War II broke out in earnest in Europe, the British government established a policy that allowed for 15,000 Jewish children to flee Nazi-controlled territory to find relative safety in U.K. foster homes, schools and other housing. This effort to evacuate these children was known as the Kindertransport...
‘I and You’ puts a thoughtful and poetic spin on life as a teen
 “I and this mystery, here we stand.” These words, from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself,” are among the first lines uttered in Lauren Gunderson’s tight, funny,
            dramatic play “I and You,” now in a new production from Capital T Theatre and running through April 14 at Ground Floor...

8:58 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

“I and this mystery, here we stand.” These words, from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself,” are among the first lines uttered in Lauren Gunderson’s tight, funny, dramatic play “I and You,” now in a new production from Capital T Theatre and running through April 14 at Ground Floor...
Immersive, interactive ‘Performance Park’ is unlike anything else in Austin theater
 Bonnie Cullum, producing artistic director of the Vortex Theatre, calls the company’s newest endeavor, “Performance Park,”
            “a once-in- a-lifetime, extraordinary piece — unlike anything else we have ever made or experienced.” As it turns out, this is not just hyperbole. “Performance Park&rdquo...

10:00 AM Friday, Mar. 30, 2018

Bonnie Cullum, producing artistic director of the Vortex Theatre, calls the company’s newest endeavor, “Performance Park,” “a once-in- a-lifetime, extraordinary piece — unlike anything else we have ever made or experienced.” As it turns out, this is not just hyperbole. “Performance Park&rdquo...
If you loved ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ the movie, you’ll probably like ‘Shakespeare in Love’ on stage
 A famous movie about a famous historical playwright co-written by a famous contemporary playwright is now a play adapted from
            that screenplay by a playwright best known for a screenplay. Which is perhaps only fitting for a play about a woman pretending
            to be a man so that she can act in a play written by the man she...

2:43 PM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

A famous movie about a famous historical playwright co-written by a famous contemporary playwright is now a play adapted from that screenplay by a playwright best known for a screenplay. Which is perhaps only fitting for a play about a woman pretending to be a man so that she can act in a play written by the man she...
Conspiracy and paranoia take center stage in 9/11-themed ‘Yankee Tavern’
 For better or worse, we live in a time filled with conspiracy theories. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum,
            there are outlandish stories dominating social media to suit your darkest beliefs about the secret masters pulling the strings
            behind our fraught, tenacious moment. Contributed But ours is not...

6:00 PM Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018

For better or worse, we live in a time filled with conspiracy theories. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, there are outlandish stories dominating social media to suit your darkest beliefs about the secret masters pulling the strings behind our fraught, tenacious moment. Contributed But ours is not...
Strong all-female cast delivers timely and clever satire about gun control debate
 Gun control is, understandably, a hot-button issue in America at the moment. There are a lot of ways to approach the topic,
            and you can see pretty much all of them on display at any given moment on a number of news channels. Anger. Vitriol. Sympathy. Comedy? Contributed by Errich Petersen That’s the approach taken by &ldquo...

2:29 PM Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018

Gun control is, understandably, a hot-button issue in America at the moment. There are a lot of ways to approach the topic, and you can see pretty much all of them on display at any given moment on a number of news channels. Anger. Vitriol. Sympathy. Comedy? Contributed by Errich Petersen That’s the approach taken by &ldquo...
City Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ questions tradition and incites debate
 In her director’s notes to City Theatre’s new production of Joshua Harmon’s play “Bad Jews,” Stacey Glazer explains, “What
            does it mean to be Jewish? Ask 12 Jews, you’ll get 45 answers. We are a people who question and debate everything.” It is
            this kind of debate, particularly...

2:36 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

In her director’s notes to City Theatre’s new production of Joshua Harmon’s play “Bad Jews,” Stacey Glazer explains, “What does it mean to be Jewish? Ask 12 Jews, you’ll get 45 answers. We are a people who question and debate everything.” It is this kind of debate, particularly...
In this comic musical, the bad guys always win
 If Edward Gorey and Stephen Sondheim ever teamed up to write a Broadway musical, it would look a lot like “A Gentleman’s Guide
            to Love and Murder.” From left, Briana Gantsweg as Miss Barley, Blake Price as Monty Navarro and James Taylor Odom as Asquith D’Ysquith Jr. in
               a scene from “A...

2:04 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

If Edward Gorey and Stephen Sondheim ever teamed up to write a Broadway musical, it would look a lot like “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” From left, Briana Gantsweg as Miss Barley, Blake Price as Monty Navarro and James Taylor Odom as Asquith D’Ysquith Jr. in a scene from “A...
Love music and movies? Keep an eye out for these four SXSW films
 Movies about music are a natural fit for South by Southwest and for film fans here in the Live Music Capital of the World;
            here are four that caught our critics’ attention. “If I Leave Here Tomorrow.” “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd.” This documentary from Stephen Kijak chronicles...

1:30 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Movies about music are a natural fit for South by Southwest and for film fans here in the Live Music Capital of the World; here are four that caught our critics’ attention. “If I Leave Here Tomorrow.” “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd.” This documentary from Stephen Kijak chronicles...
Six South by Southwest movies you’ll soon see in theaters
 Feeling some South by Southwest regret? Wishing you could have been a part of the full film experience? Well, I can’t promise
            that 
            Steven Spielberg will show up at your favorite cinema anytime soon, but I can tell you when you’ll have the chance to see these big-name movies that played
            during...

2:38 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Feeling some South by Southwest regret? Wishing you could have been a part of the full film experience? Well, I can’t promise that Steven Spielberg will show up at your favorite cinema anytime soon, but I can tell you when you’ll have the chance to see these big-name movies that played during...
Ground Floor Theatre’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ weds script, spontaneity and sassiness
 Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is a unique theatrical experiment, requiring that a different
            actor perform it every night and that the actor must not see the script prior to reading and performing it on stage. As such,
            the play serves in some ways as a three-way...

11:10 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is a unique theatrical experiment, requiring that a different actor perform it every night and that the actor must not see the script prior to reading and performing it on stage. As such, the play serves in some ways as a three-way...
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