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BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Stylish Evening of Wit and Musical Memories BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Stylish Evening of Wit and Musical Memories
by Frank Benge - March 23, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is a jukebox musical that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King with a book by Douglas McGrath, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others. Th... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMLET - Redux In Rep With Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead At City Theatre BWW Review: HAMLET - Redux In Rep With Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead At City Theatre
by Lynn Beaver - March 17, 2017

William Shakespeare's HAMLET is arguably one of the most universally popular plays ever written, but it's only one half of Redux in Rep at City Theatre. Along with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard, a play that comically deconstructs the iconic tragedy, the combination of the two... (more...)
BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Redux In Rep With Hamlet At City Theatre BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Redux In Rep With Hamlet At City Theatre
by Lynn Beaver - March 17, 2017

Tom Stoppard's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD opened last week at City Theatre alongside Shakespeare's HAMLET in REDUX IN REP, both shows with the same cast on alternate nights.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S OVO at HEB Center In Cedar Park is Family Friendly Thrills and Laughs BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S OVO at HEB Center In Cedar Park is Family Friendly Thrills and Laughs
by Frank Benge - March 17, 2017

Cirque du Soleil's OVO, currently playing at the HEB Center in Cedar Park is an immersive family friendly evening of acrobatic thrills wrapped up is a sweet and funny clown bug love story. The show is a look at an insect ecosystem teeming with life. The acrobats are dressed as insects and the acts, ... (more...)
 SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL Premieres at SXSW Film SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL Premieres at SXSW Film
by Kathy Strain - March 13, 2017

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL takes a look at making of a musical starring Todrick Hall and a host of characters. It explores the dreams of a young gay African American man growing up in Texas and how he overcame many obstacles in his life.... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN Is A Dark Comedic Gem BWW Review: JOHN Is A Dark Comedic Gem
by Frank Benge - March 13, 2017

JOHN, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker, is now receiving a Southwest Premiere production at Hyde Park Theatre, under the direction of Ken Webster. The production is so exceptional on so many multiple levels that I am likely to wear out my thesaurus. This is not the first p... (more...)
BWW Review: ROBOT DADDY - A Must See Rocking Multi-Media Experience BWW Review: ROBOT DADDY - A Must See Rocking Multi-Media Experience
by Lynn Beaver - March 08, 2017

Celebrating their 20th anniversary production with ROBOT DADDY, Electronic Planet Ensemble (ELP) gives an exciting performance at The Vortex theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN is Unapologetic and Unafraid at Austin Playhouse BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN is Unapologetic and Unafraid at Austin Playhouse
by Scott Shipman - March 06, 2017

With the current production of this show at Austin Playhouse the company requires, or even demands, that the audience leave the theater with a multitude of thoughts whirling in their mind. I left the theater in two minds about what I have seen. There were elements and moments that viscerally affec... (more...)
BWW Review: Fall in Love with MacTheatre in ME & MY GIRL BWW Review: Fall in Love with MacTheatre in ME & MY GIRL
by Michelle Hache - March 04, 2017

It is no wonder that director Joshua Denning enjoys the larger shows; he has the ability to do them well. Denning and the rest of this impressive faculty have achieved new heights with ME & MY GIRL; their cast has spoiled me for all others. Run, don't walk…catch one of the final performances before... (more...)
BWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE  at Crank Collective BWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE at Crank Collective
by Joni Lorraine - March 02, 2017

Crank Collective's PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZEis promising entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: OLD TIMES - Austin Shakespeare Presents Flawless Pinter BWW Review: OLD TIMES - Austin Shakespeare Presents Flawless Pinter
by Lynn Beaver - March 01, 2017

OLD TIMES is an enigmatic play by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter that centers on a trio of characters and produced flawlessly by Austin Shakespeare at Austin's Long Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of Gospel BWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of Gospel
by Lynn Beaver - February 27, 2017

Fledgling theatre company, RKJB Entertainment's production of an original work by Robert King, Jr, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA, currently playing at the Boyd Vance Theatre, has problems, but ultimately its message is poignant and important.... (more...)
BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A Buzz BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A Buzz
by Joni Lorraine - February 24, 2017

It's a bold and courageous and even an educational thing to produce IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Southwestern has nothing to be ashamed of with this production.... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S, WE ARE IN A PLAY - Delightfully Brings Beloved Books To Life BWW Review: ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S, WE ARE IN A PLAY - Delightfully Brings Beloved Books To Life
by Lynn Beaver - February 24, 2017

ZACH Theatre's production of ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S, WE ARE IN A PLAY delightfully brings characters from the popular early reader's book series by Mo Willems to life.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre En Bloc's NEVA is Must-See Theatre BWW Review: Theatre En Bloc's NEVA is Must-See Theatre
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - February 23, 2017

NEVA is the latest offering from Austin's Theatre En Bloc. Written by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon, this politically charged play is a brutally honest and timely look at the precarious relationship between art, politics, and social justice. Set in Russia at the dawn of the revolution, this... (more...)
BWW Review: Beautifully Sung WEST SIDE STORY BWW Review: Beautifully Sung WEST SIDE STORY
by Frank Benge - February 20, 2017

WEST SIDE STORY is historically one of the most important of American musicals, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Its conception as a heavy dance piece came from original choreographer and director Jerome Robbins and is loosely based on Willia... (more...)
BWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul BWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul
by Joni Lorraine - February 16, 2017

Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY - A Dazzling Debut BWW Review: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY - A Dazzling Debut
by Lynn Beaver - February 14, 2017

Texas State University Musical Theatre Department has long been an exemplary program, but with the debut of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY, they move into the realm of the best professional companies around.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT Marries Tradition and Contemporary Opera BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT Marries Tradition and Contemporary Opera
by Amy Bradley - February 14, 2017

Austin Opera's second show this season, THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT welcomes Marie (performed by Rachele Gilmore) and 1,500 adopted fathers known as the 21st Regiment. The Long Center's stage is vast, however the regiment is fabulously represented by a chorus of  30 men with sergeant Sulpice at the... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN enchants at The EmilyAnn Theatre BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN enchants at The EmilyAnn Theatre
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - February 09, 2017

Nestled away in the hills of Wimberely, the EmilyAnn Theatre is its own kind of secret garden. Standing as a lasting tribute to the memory of Emily Ann Rolling, this landmark of the community has been fulfilling its mission of 'Reinvesting in the human spirit through the performing arts' since 1998.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON - An Enchanting Tale BWW Review: PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON - An Enchanting Tale
by Lynn Beaver - February 07, 2017

Scottish Rite Theatre has long been one of Austin's premier children's theatres, PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON continues their rich tradition of excellence with an enchanting tale.... (more...)
BWW Review: THR3E ZISTERS Is In Your Face Brilliance BWW Review: THR3E ZISTERS Is In Your Face Brilliance
by Frank Benge - February 06, 2017

THR3E ZISTERS by Baltimore-based playwright Lola Pierson was conceived and directed by Yury Urnov of D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth and was first mounted by Salvage Vanguard Theatre in 2015. That smash hit is currently receiving a remount at The Off Center. The original production won 4 Austin Critics Table ... (more...)
BWW Review: Paper Chairs Presents World Premiere HOT BELLY BWW Review: Paper Chairs Presents World Premiere HOT BELLY
by Frank Benge - February 06, 2017

HOT BELLY, a new play by Diana Lynn Small, is receiving a rolling world-premiere between paper chairs, happening first here in Austin, and then by the NYC/Chicago based company, The Syndicate. While Small has been a frequent paper chairs collaborator, this is the company's first time to produce one ... (more...)
BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW A Charming Winner BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW A Charming Winner
by Frank Benge - February 06, 2017

TITLE OF SHOW is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show is pretty much the Urban Dictionary definition of "meta". It not only chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, it also chronicles the struggles of the ... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
by Joni Lorraine - January 30, 2017

Mamma Mia is not Les Miserables, but it's loads of fun, and who cares, because: Abba!... (more...)