Austin Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - A Jubilant Evening Of Rockabilly BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - A Jubilant Evening Of Rockabilly
by Lynn Beaver - August 05, 2017

For decades ZACH Theatre has been the jewel in Austin's crown of arts, setting the tone for others with style and quality, once again they have brought the best live entertainment around to the Topfer Stage in collaboration with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma located in Oklahoma City. MILLION DOLLAR QUAR... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Familiar Fun For The Whole Family BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Familiar Fun For The Whole Family
by Frank Benge - August 03, 2017

Who doesn't know THE WIZARD OF OZ? And even if by some strange coincidence the multiple books of L. Frank Baum have managed to escape you, the classic MGM film (on which this production is based) has been a television staple and family viewing tradition for decades.... (more...)
BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Darkly Delivers Laughs at The City Theatre in Austin, TX BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Darkly Delivers Laughs at The City Theatre in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - July 27, 2017

Few modern plays have experienced the immediate love and adoration Tracy Letts garnished from her 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Originally premiering at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago close to a decade ago, the story of the dysfunctional Weston family has travell... (more...)
BWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE BWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
by Joni Lorraine - July 27, 2017

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE is a well-executed, tight, and engaging production.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE is an intimate tribute to a musical giant. BWW Review: A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE is an intimate tribute to a musical giant.
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - July 27, 2017

Considered by many to be one of the top country artists of all time, Patsy Cline was a pioneer for women in country music and as a crossover artist. Her story is one of personal struggle and determination, overcoming obstacles from poverty to a devastating car accident; but none of that comes to min... (more...)
BWW Review: RICHARD III - Last Act Theatre's All Female Version Inspiring
by Lynn Beaver - July 26, 2017

Shakespeare's RICHARD III, is one of his best in terms of sheer drama, but Last Act Theatre takes it a step further by filling the traditionally male dominated world with an all female cast; the result is dazzling and inspiring.... (more...)
BBW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Highlights a community's struggle at The City Theatre BBW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Highlights a community's struggle at The City Theatre
by Amy Bradley - July 13, 2017

The City Theatre Company presents Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART, with compassion and care to the tragic subject matter. This mostly autobiographical tale from Kramer, shines a light on the HIV crisis that hit the gay community in New York City in the early eighties. With the horrifying illness gai... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks The Palace BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks The Palace
by Lynn Beaver - July 10, 2017

The Georgetown Palace Theatre has long been known as a place to see classic musical theatre sprinkled with a few Disney shows over the years, but with ROCK OF AGES they venture into the modern adult musical world and the result is not only brilliant, it's hilarious and hugely entertaining.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MOORS Darkly Delightful Gothic Twist BWW Review: THE MOORS Darkly Delightful Gothic Twist
by Frank Benge - July 10, 2017

Jen Silverman's black comedy THE MOORS is an interesting concoction; a black comedy about love, desperation and visibility. Set in the thick of the English literary landscape, Silverman spoofs the Bronte sisters with a bit of a queer twist. She uses all the expected elements of the Gothic (diaries, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DRESSER - Different Stages Perfect Gem Shines BWW Review: THE DRESSER - Different Stages Perfect Gem Shines
by Lynn Beaver - July 06, 2017

THE DRESSER by Ronald Harwood is a powerful piece by itself, but in the hands of Different Stages it is a rare and perfect gem.... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER PAN - An Entertaining Evening BWW Review: PETER PAN - An Entertaining Evening
by Lynn Beaver - June 29, 2017

Lake Travis Musical Theatre production, the iconic 1954 musical PETER PAN, makes for an entertaining evening.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Gilbert And Sullivan Austin BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Gilbert And Sullivan Austin
by Joni Lorraine - June 22, 2017

Since 1976 the Gilbert and Sullivan Austin has dedicated itself to providing the city with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan not so much by reinvention but by recreating how a production might have been staged originally. There is a respect due this sort of commitment, and the audience in attendance... (more...)
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: NUNSENSE Irreverently entertains at The City Theatre in Austin, TX BWW Review: NUNSENSE Irreverently entertains at The City Theatre in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - May 17, 2017

The somewhat obscure 1985 musical NUNSENSE, is now playing at The City Theatre on the east side of Austin. Holding the title of the second longest-running Off-Broadway show in history, NUNSENSE will delight all audiences, but has the best entertainment value for the catholic-lite audience. Taking pl... (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...)