Joni Lorraine

Joni Lorraine Joni joins BroadwayWorld after over twenty-five years of involvement in the Central Texas theatre scene. Most recently, she has worked as a company member and educator for Pollyanna Children's Theatre. She is a B Iden Payne nominated director whose acting and directing work has been seen in Austin with her own theatre company NxNW Theatre Company, Austin Children's Theatre, The Sam Bass Theatre in Round Rock, The Georgetown Palace, and The Temple Civic Theatre. Joni's diverse directing portfolio includes You Can't Take It With You, Steel Magnolias,The Marriage of Figaro, and the award winning I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change. As an actor, Joni has been seen in dozens of productions including Arcadia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Taming of The Shrew, and Hay Fever. Joni is also a trainer, lay chaplain and professional photographer,who recently published her first book entitled A Poet Danced Here, in partnership with her poet wife Tammy.


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BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A BuzzBWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
Posted: Feb. 24, 2017


BWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE  at Crank CollectiveBWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE
Posted: Mar. 2, 2017


BWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political SoulParadox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul
Posted: Feb. 16, 2017


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BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert HallBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
Posted: Jan. 30, 2017


BWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And DanceBWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And Dance
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off CenterBWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off Center
Posted: Dec. 15, 2016


BWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of HeavenBWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of Heaven
Posted: Sep. 28, 2016


BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH TheatreBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH Theatre
Posted: Dec. 6, 2016


BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A BuzzBWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
Posted: Feb. 24, 2017


BWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE  at Crank CollectiveBWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE at Crank Collective
March 2, 2017

Crank Collective's PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZEis promising entertainment.

BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A BuzzBWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A Buzz
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.

BWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political SoulBWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul
February 16, 2017

Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert HallBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
January 30, 2017

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

BWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE at En Route ProductionsBWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE at En Route Productions
January 16, 2017

So DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. Let me begin by heaping praise on female playwright Sarah Ruhl for bringing us a quirky and lovable female lead, and a story dominated by female characters. Second, thank goodness for En Route productions and their two female artistic directors, one of whom also directed the show, the other whom also designed the set. Third, credit is due to this theatre company for incorporating their work into the visual arts landscape to give us a double dose of worthy culture in a city where having a sandwich at Micklethwaite Meats is possibly as close as some hipsters will get to art or theatre.

BWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off CenterBWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off Center
December 15, 2016

The Rudes. They're like the cast of Star Wars or Star Trek, iconic and revered in that way that Trekkers love Leonard Nimoy or George Takei, but for Austin and its avid theatre going Rude fans, well, that, and their collaborative works with others from Helsinki to Cedar Rapids. And their current production, REQUIEM FOR TESLA, is, in its third incarnation, like a Star Trek reboot. While other theatres around town dust off the usual December holiday fare, The Rude Mechanicals, never to be usual, have resurrected REQUIEM FOR TESLA in celebration of their 20th anniversary season. It's obvious they've been around and drummed up an enthusiastic fan base. (Full disclosure: I'm one of them). On opening night for this particular production, one ebullient fan behind us waxed poetic to total strangers about each and every Rude production he'd seen (many of which I've seen myself) including the 2001 and 2003 iterations of REQUIEM FOR TESLA.

BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH TheatreBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH Theatre
December 6, 2016

ZACH's A Christmas Carol isn't the only game in town, ya know? Before Dave Steakley masterminded the mashup of the classic Dickens tale with contemporary hit music there was another staple of the Austin holiday theatre scene, ok? Martin Burke has been doling out shade on the holiday madness by way of David Sedaris' classic SANTALAND DIARIES since William Jefferson Clinton was in office. And there's practically no crying and sentiment and warm fuzzy Christmas cheer to be found in it, thank GOODNESS, fer CRYINOUTLOUD!

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE - A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Austin PlayhouseBWW Review: BASKERVILLE - A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Austin Playhouse
November 25, 2016

BASKERVILLE is a rollicking bit of fun, especially for the mystery fans among us.

BWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And DanceBWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And Dance
November 17, 2016

"Neverland was an awfully long time ago" In Kimberly Belflower's LOST GIRL, Wendy Darling takes center stage to give us her story of growing up and living in the shadow of the eternally youthful Peter Pan.

BWW Preview: Austin Playhouse Presents: BASKERVILLE By Ken Ludwig, 11/18BWW Preview: Austin Playhouse Presents: BASKERVILLE By Ken Ludwig, 11/18
November 3, 2016

The game's afoot! Austin Playhouse produces the Texas premiere of a famous Sherlockian tale, Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

BWW Review: Spectrum Gives Us Colorful Culture in ONCE ON THIS ISLANDBWW Review: Spectrum Gives Us Colorful Culture in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
October 26, 2016

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the product of bringing us a part of the African American experience, just as the Spectrum founders intend, and it's worth cultivating.

BWW Review: The McCallum Fine Arts Academy Nose Something About CYRANO THE MUSICALBWW Review: The McCallum Fine Arts Academy Nose Something About CYRANO THE MUSICAL
October 24, 2016

Students of McCallum Fine Arts Academy take on the story of the swashbuckling poet Cyrano in a challenging operetta.

BWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE PRICE is Worth The CostBWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE PRICE is Worth The Cost
October 12, 2016

THE PRICE is a beautifully executed piece of theatre that should be assigned viewing for any avid Austin theatre-goer.

BWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of HeavenBWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of Heaven
September 28, 2016

SILENT SKY rises above the rest to create a unique little slice of heaven right here in Austin.

BWW Review: The City Theatre Closes Season By Opening a LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSBWW Review: The City Theatre Closes Season By Opening a LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
August 25, 2016

'On the twenty-third day of the month of September in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places.' And so goes the prologue to the popular small cast musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Based on the 1960 movie directed by Roger Corman, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, is the marriage of a 60's love story and the apocalyptic sci-fi films of the era set to music. The result is a crowd pleasing intimate campy black musical comedy. Its success led to the musical being produced as a movie in 1986 with Rick Moranis, Vincent Gardenia, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin in the lead roles.

BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Lightens Up A Rainy AugustBWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Lightens Up A Rainy August
August 18, 2016

ALL SHOOK UP is just the right antidote for all the rain, politicking and back to school mayhem at the moment. Go see. It's fun.

BWW Review: Salomé Gets A Reprieve in Gale Theatre Company Production
August 11, 2016

Taking on a story of such biblical proportions (pun intended) as SALOME is a courageous act and The Gale Theatre Company, is a courageous ensemble. 'Everyone is safe but no one is comfortable,' is a commitment the company shares in the program for their interpretation of SALOME. Salome, the 'dancing woman' from the New Testament, has been depicted in all manner of artful medium - theatre, opera, poetry, film, ballet, even a video game. She is an icon, arguably more interesting even than the first woman Eve. And so it is that the Gale Theatre Company, under the direction of Katherine Wilkinson and choreography of Earl Kim, tackle this biblical figure made icon by playwright Oscar Wilde, portrayed in film by the likes of Theda Bara and Rita Hayworth. In this depiction though, we start at Salome's end, rather than her beginning. 'What does a woman do when she is left alone to grieve?'

BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE A Pleasant DiversionBWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE A Pleasant Diversion
July 28, 2016

SMOKY JOE'S CAFE is a light and fluffy diversion. It may be just what is needed in July of an election year.

BWW Review: THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT Treats Texans to a Taste of ThemselvesBWW Review: THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT Treats Texans to a Taste of Themselves
June 15, 2016

Tito Beveridge treats Texans to a taste of themselves in This Side of the Dirt.

BWW Review: Consider DEATH AND THE MAIDENBWW Review: Consider DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
June 7, 2016

Consider any country in Latin America wherein a dictatorship has preceded a democracy. Consider a woman has been held captive as political prisoner and tortured and raped by her captors in this country. Consider then, the effect that such trauma can have at every level. Consider then, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN.



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