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BWW Review: Penfold Theatre spooks us with WOMAN IN BLACK BWW Review: Penfold Theatre spooks us with WOMAN IN BLACK
by Joni Lorraine - October 19, 2017

If your idea of celebrating Halloween season leans more toward the imaginative and cerebral, skip the line outside the House of Fright and head to Scottish Rite Theatre for WOMAN IN BLACK.... (more...)
BWW Review: RENT Touring Production A Near Perfect Presentation BWW Review: RENT Touring Production A Near Perfect Presentation
by Frank Benge - October 15, 2017

RENT is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson. It won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances, making it one of the longest running musicals of all time. The suc... (more...)
BWW Review: Ethos and Vortex Give Perfect Power to VAMPYRESS BWW Review: Ethos and Vortex Give Perfect Power to VAMPYRESS
by Joni Lorraine - October 11, 2017

VAMPYRESS is a near perfect production of the highest caliber.... (more...)
BWW Review: RHINOCEROS St. Edwards Stages Smartly Stylish Satire BWW Review: RHINOCEROS St. Edwards Stages Smartly Stylish Satire
by Frank Benge - October 09, 2017

RHINOCEROS was written by Eug ne Ionesco in 1959 and staged for the first time in 1960. Considered by many scholars as one of the best examples of The Theatre of the Absurd, this label was, in later years, rejected as too interpretatively narrow. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a s... (more...)
BWW Review: Filigree Theatre Delivers Icy BETRAYAL BWW Review: Filigree Theatre Delivers Icy BETRAYAL
by Joni Lorraine - October 05, 2017

Filigree Theatre Delivers Icy BETRAYAL... (more...)
BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Tap Happy Film Classic Delightfully Reimagined BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Tap Happy Film Classic Delightfully Reimagined
by Frank Benge - October 04, 2017

Who isn't familiar with SINGIN' IN THE RAIN? The classic MGM film musical is arguably a perfect film musical, full of great songs, amazing dancing and memorable characters. Setting out to put this film on stage is a monumental task that requires a faithful enough recreation that it doesn't disappoin... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WOLVES A Powerful Tale of Female Camaraderie BWW Review: THE WOLVES A Powerful Tale of Female Camaraderie
by Frank Benge - October 02, 2017

THE WOLVES is a 2016 play by Sarah DeLappe that looks at the experiences of nine high school girls during their soccer warmups. All of the play takes place during these successive warmups, where they navigate big questions and wage tiny battles like a pack of adolescent warriors. This portrait of li... (more...)
BWW Review: DRINKING HABITS - Palace Playhouse Presents Hilarious Comedy BWW Review: DRINKING HABITS - Palace Playhouse Presents Hilarious Comedy
by Lynn Beaver - October 02, 2017

The Georgetown Palace Playhouse has audiences rolling in the aisles with classically drawn farce DRINKING HABITS by Tom Smith.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE - TSU's Musical Is Sensational BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE - TSU's Musical Is Sensational
by Lynn Beaver - October 02, 2017

Texas State University's celebrated Department of Theatre and Dance produces game changing musical A CHORUS LINE with sensational style.... (more...)
BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Plagued By Problems BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Plagued By Problems
by Frank Benge - September 29, 2017

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a musical with a libretto by Terrence McNally and a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It follows the story of con artist named Frank Abagnale, Jr. The plot borrows heavily from the 2002 film of the same name, which in turn was based on Abagnale's 1980 autobiography. The... (more...)
BWW Review: GIBBERISH MOSTLY Has a Lot to Say at Ground Floor Theatre BWW Review: GIBBERISH MOSTLY Has a Lot to Say at Ground Floor Theatre
by Frank Benge - September 28, 2017

GIBBERISH MOSTLY, a new play by Max Langert, is an examination of a family dealing with a child suffering from a neurological disorder. In this case, we are talking about severe autism, and what is being examined is how and why choices are made. In the case of severe autism, it isn't that communicat... (more...)
BWW Review: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is a humorous, yet timely feminist piece BWW Review: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is a humorous, yet timely feminist piece
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - September 28, 2017

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is presented by Southwestern University's Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Written by Alan Ball, this comedy premiered in 1993 at New York's Manhattan Class Company. Although the play was written over twenty years ago and is set in the late 80's, it tackles many topics ... (more...)
BWW Review: PRODIGAL SON - Outstanding Performances Outshine Flawed Script BWW Review: PRODIGAL SON - Outstanding Performances Outshine Flawed Script
by Lynn Beaver - September 25, 2017

Jarrott Productions continue their tradition of producing quality shows with some of Austin's best actors in their production of John Patrick Shanley's biographical drama, PRODIGAL SON.... (more...)
BWW Review: CATALINA DE ERAUSO a Delightfully Wacky and Witty Feminist Adventure BWW Review: CATALINA DE ERAUSO a Delightfully Wacky and Witty Feminist Adventure
by Frank Benge - September 22, 2017

CATALINA DE ERAUSO, a new play by Austin playwright, Elizabeth Doss (Mast, Poor Herman), is a rollicking, comic adventure tale currently receiving its world premiere production. Doss's script crackles with wit and word play, with the occasionally recognizable contemporary phrase or saying thrown in.... (more...)
BWW Review: ENFRASCADA is an Engaging Story about the Magic of Women BWW Review: ENFRASCADA is an Engaging Story about the Magic of Women
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - September 21, 2017

The latest offering from Austin's Teatro Vivo is ENFRASCADA, a comedic tale of love, heartbreak, and the magical relationships of women. Written by Tanya Saracho, this dark comedy premiered as a part of the 2011 Clubbed Thumb Summerworks in New York City under the direction of Jerry Ruiz.... (more...)
BWW Review: HENRY IV - Hidden Room Rocks Shakespearean History BWW Review: HENRY IV - Hidden Room Rocks Shakespearean History
by Lynn Beaver - September 18, 2017

Shakespeare's HENRY IV (Part 1) is easily the most entertaining of his history plays and Hidden Room pulls out all the stops to wring every moment of excitement from the story. Director Beth Burns, using a script cut by American Shakespeare Center's Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen, presents a stellar cast at t... (more...)
BWW Review: YOU CAN'T DO THAT DAN MOODY Wins Its Case at the Georgetown Palace Theatre BWW Review: YOU CAN'T DO THAT DAN MOODY Wins Its Case at the Georgetown Palace Theatre
by Scott Shipman - September 11, 2017

The Georgetown Palace Theatre has teamed up with The Williamson Museum to mount a production of YOU CAN'T DOTHAT DAN MOODY at the beautiful and historic Williamson County Courthouse. A story of the significant trial and ruling that resulted in the first conviction of KKK members for vigilante 'just... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS RANDOM WORLD Soars at Austin Playhouse BWW Review: THIS RANDOM WORLD Soars at Austin Playhouse
by Scott Shipman - September 10, 2017

This Random World, the new Steven Dietz play that kicked off Austin Playhouse's 18th season on September 8th, is a well paced and finely built show. The production at Austin Playhouse, utilizing a handful of skilled actors and minimalistic set, deftly crafts a consistently interesting and entertain... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: BUILDING THE WALL Just Offers More Questions BWW REVIEW: BUILDING THE WALL Just Offers More Questions
by Frank Benge - September 09, 2017

Robert Schenkkan, who has created a name for himself as a chronicler of American politics with his plays All The Way and The Great Society, is currently having a Regional Premiere of his new play BUILDING THE WALL at UT in the Oscar G. Brockett theatre. However, unlike his historical plays, this new... (more...)
BWW Review: A PERFECT LIFE is a touching new musical with potential. BWW Review: A PERFECT LIFE is a touching new musical with potential.
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - September 08, 2017

A PERFECT LIFE is presented by Austin Theatre Project as part of its 2017 season. This world premiere is based on the musical, One Man Band by Tony and Emmy Award winner Larry Hochman, Marc Elliot, and James Lecesne. The original One Man Band enjoyed a well-received New York run in 1985. Original co... (more...)
BWW Review: Jason Phelps Charms in TITLE AND DEED BWW Review: Jason Phelps Charms in TITLE AND DEED
by Frank Benge - September 05, 2017

TITLE AND DEED has much the same structure as playwright Will Eno's brilliant Thom Pain, but what it doesn't have, is the same degree of anger. Instead, this solo performance piece is a sharply funny meditation on life in all of its absurd glory. In ways, it seems the sole character, Man (brilliantl... (more...)
BWW Review: THE UNDERSTUDY Features a Trio of Stellar Performances BWW Review: THE UNDERSTUDY Features a Trio of Stellar Performances
by Frank Benge - September 05, 2017

When you choose a three-person show it doesn't leave you much room for error or less than stellar acting. The current Southwest Theatre Productions company of Nicholas Kier, Devin Finn and Kristin Chiles under the direction of Joni Lorraine delivers nothing short of perfection, each character has be... (more...)
BWW Review: TWENTYEIGHT a Fascinating Look at Dystopian Racist Space BWW Review: TWENTYEIGHT a Fascinating Look at Dystopian Racist Space
by Frank Benge - August 26, 2017

TWENTYEIGHT, a 2014 play by Tyler English-Beckwith, is a look at eight laborers who are trying to finish the shuttle that will carry them to the Liberian Space Station. This Space Station (also known as the L.S.S.) is a refuge for people of color. It seems that in this very Dystopian future, things,... (more...)
BWW Review: ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE at Georgetown Palace Theatre Leaves You Humming All The Way Home BWW Review: ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE at Georgetown Palace Theatre Leaves You Humming All The Way Home
by Joni Lorraine - August 24, 2017

As I hear it, The Palace in Georgetown was due to produce Grease in the spot where LOVE ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE resides now. All I'll say about that is, thank goodness it worked out this way! This production is adorable and entertaining from start to finish. I smiled through most of the show, and even l... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO at The City Theatre Lacks the Razzle Dazzle BWW Review: CHICAGO at The City Theatre Lacks the Razzle Dazzle
by Scott Shipman - August 21, 2017

CHICAGO opened at The City Theatre this past weekend, and despite the fact that the show can work well in a small, minimalistic setting I am very sorry that I have to say that for me the potential for this production is clear, but the execution is lacking.... (more...)