Austin Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: BARE - ATP's Youthful Pop Opera Stunningly Beautiful BWW Review: BARE - ATP's Youthful Pop Opera Stunningly Beautiful
by Lynn Beaver - June 19, 2017

Austin Theatre Project's current production BARE, playing at the Trinity Street Theatre, is a work of love and stunning beauty.... (more...)
BWW Review: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Rarely Seen Shakespeare Brilliantly Presented BWW Review: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Rarely Seen Shakespeare Brilliantly Presented
by Lynn Beaver - June 17, 2017

Something For Nothing Theatre Company has a reputation for performing little known Shakespearean works on a shoestring budget, this year it's TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, and it's brilliant.... (more...)
BWW Review: Shrewd Productions' THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Where the Women Reign BWW Review: Shrewd Productions' THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Where the Women Reign
by Joni Lorraine - June 15, 2017

If every Reign of Terror turned out like this one, I suspect we'd revolt more often.... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS - ZACH Wows With Modern Classic BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS - ZACH Wows With Modern Classic
by Lynn Beaver - June 14, 2017

ZACH Theatre,Austin's premier regional theatre wows with their current production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony winning first musical with book by Quiana Agra Hudes.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE EFFECT Delivers A Powerful Message Powerfully Performed BWW Review: THE EFFECT Delivers A Powerful Message Powerfully Performed
by Frank Benge - June 05, 2017

Set in a drug study lab at Rauschen Pharmaceuticals, where volunteers are taking the experimental antidepressant RLU37; THE EFFECT, a new play by Lucy Prebble, examines two couples and the effects this new drug has on them. The play is not only a powerful and darkly funny indictment of Big Pharma, t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at City Theatre Misses The Mark With The Bard BWW Review: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at City Theatre Misses The Mark With The Bard
by Lynn Beaver - June 04, 2017

William Shakespeare's comedies have become a staple of summertime theatre the world over. City Theatre's production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is one of several of the Bard's best playing in Austin in the next few weeks. Unfortunately this lackluster presentation misses the mark on multiple levels.... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Austin Playhouse is  Lighthearted Fun. BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Austin Playhouse is Lighthearted Fun.
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - June 01, 2017

GUYS AND DOLLS is presented by Austin Playhouse as part of their 2016-2017 season. Directed by Don Toner and with musical direction by Susan Finnigan, this musical theatre gem tells the story of rolling the dice and taking a gamble on love. The musical, based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, or... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Is Great Witty Tuneful Fun BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Is Great Witty Tuneful Fun
by Frank Benge - June 01, 2017

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a musical comedy with a book by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Set in 1595, it tells the story of the Bottom brothers, Nick (Rob McClure) and Nigel (Pierce Cassedy), and their struggle to produce a show that isn't oversh... (more...)
LOVE GOES TOWARD LOVE: A Shakesqueerian Exploration of Love and Longing LOVE GOES TOWARD LOVE: A Shakesqueerian Exploration of Love and Longing
by Joni Lorraine - June 01, 2017

You can count on an evening of Shakespeare that will be performed with expertise and ease. It's a worthy experiment in which to participate.... (more...)
BWW Review: BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME is a One Of A Kind Sensory Experience BWW Review: BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME is a One Of A Kind Sensory Experience
by Frank Benge - May 30, 2017

NYC theatre company Aztec Economy teams with Austin theatre company Theatre Synesthesia to present Casey Wimpee's play BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME in this Austin premiere production. Directed by Leah Bonvissuto, who directed the original NY production, the play is a seventy five minute sensory exper... (more...)
BWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The Shadows BWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The Shadows
by Joni Lorraine - May 18, 2017

A powerful study in standing by principle at a time when it is most needed. We can all take value in understanding what it means to care for those of us who are different.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS - Austin Shakespeare's Hilarious Take On The Bard BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS - Austin Shakespeare's Hilarious Take On The Bard
by Lynn Beaver - May 10, 2017

Austin Shakespeare continues its 34 year tradition of bringing free Shakespeare to Zilker Park with an hilarious take on THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.... (more...)
BWW Presents: MY BIG FAT BAHOOKIE Tackles the Human Experience in Austin, TX BWW Presents: MY BIG FAT BAHOOKIE Tackles the Human Experience in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - May 05, 2017

Currently playing at The Vortex Theatre, MY BIG FAT BAHOOKIE challenges the treatment and attitude our modern culture has towards people who "dont fit inside the box". The box being no big fat 'bahookies'. This original work is written, directed and narrated by Lorella Loftus. The Vortex Theatre is ... (more...)
BWW Review: MADAM BUTTERFLY - Austin Opera Thrills With Stunning Production BWW Review: MADAM BUTTERFLY - Austin Opera Thrills With Stunning Production
by Lynn Beaver - May 02, 2017

MADAM BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa is a work of tragic beauty in the hands of Austin Opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID: A Hilarious Trip Down the Aisle BWW Review: ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID: A Hilarious Trip Down the Aisle
by Emily Perzan - April 25, 2017

Always a Bridesmaid is now running at the newly renovated Palace Playhouse in Georgetown,Texas through May 14th. This play is a comical journey of four friends and their high school promise to always be in each other's weddings, no matter how many times. At first glance the play reads like a chick ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Vocally Soars in Austin BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Vocally Soars in Austin
by Emily perzan - April 24, 2017

Now playing at the Bass Concert Hall through April 30th, is the 1986 classic Phantom of the Opera. This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, still running on Broadway as the longest running show in Broadway's history, has you humming as you leave the theater. Although many people criticize Andrew Lloyd Web... (more...)
BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA Dares to Dream at The Georgetown Palace Theatre BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA Dares to Dream at The Georgetown Palace Theatre
by Scott Shipman - April 16, 2017

The show, for those unfamiliar, is inspired by the seventeenth century literary masterpiece Don Quixote and its author Miguel de Cervantes. It is not a faithful retelling of that work, but rather presented as a play within a play as we see Cervantes himself and his fellow prisoners performing his s... (more...)
BWW Review: An Esteemed SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Austin Playhouse BWW Review: An Esteemed SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Austin Playhouse
by Joni Lorraine - April 13, 2017

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is well executed, entertaining, and quite worthy of attention.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is a Riveting Tour de Force BWW Review: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is a Riveting Tour de Force
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - April 13, 2017

THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is presented by The Paladin Theatre Company. Written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites, this one-man play is an adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic. The play first premiered at Frontera Fest in 2014 and later moved... (more...)
BWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE HERD BWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE HERD
by Joni Lorraine - April 11, 2017

Tolaro has brought together a fine cast for an intimate look at a family we can all understand in THE HERD.... (more...)
BWW Review: PERFECT MENDACITY a Dark Delight BWW Review: PERFECT MENDACITY a Dark Delight
by Frank Benge - April 10, 2017

It's the rare person who has never told a lie. Who hasn't pondered whether you could train yourself to beat a lie detector? What situation would bring you to lie? Would you lie if saving yourself or your loved one was at stake? Is it possible to craft a perfect lie? In Jason Wells' PERFECT MENDACITY... (more...)
BWW Review: Chanel Impresses as Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL BWW Review: Chanel Impresses as Billie Holiday in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Frank Benge - April 10, 2017

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is a play with music by Lanie Robertson, recounting key events in the life of Billie Holiday. The play originally premiered in 1986 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon played Off-Broadway. The play opened on Broadway in 2014. The play covers the ... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET is sultry and enticing at Mary Moody Northern Theater BWW Review: CABARET is sultry and enticing at Mary Moody Northern Theater
by Scott Shipman - April 09, 2017

CABARET playing at the Mary Moody Northern Theater at St. Edward's University is a vibrant, poignant and heart breaking rendition that the department has tackled with a wonderful spirit.... (more...)
BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT - Excellent Shakespeare In An Idyllic Setting BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT - Excellent Shakespeare In An Idyllic Setting
by Lynn Beaver - April 06, 2017

William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, by The Baron's Men and playing at The Curtain Theatre is an excellent production in a perfectly idyllic setting. Arguably Shakespeare's most complicated comedy, AS YOU LIKE IT, may not be as beloved as MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING or A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM but in t... (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. MANNERLY is a Sweetly Comic Story of Youth BWW Review: MRS. MANNERLY is a Sweetly Comic Story of Youth
by Frank Benge - March 27, 2017

MRS. MANNERLY, a memory play by Jeffrey Hatcher, takes inspiration from the playwright's memories of a childhood etiquette class that he took at the tender young age of ten. Walking with an etiquette book balanced on your head, learning complex table settings with a confounding array of flatware and... (more...)