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BWW Review: THE KING AND I on Tour at Bass Concert Hall BWW Review: THE KING AND I on Tour at Bass Concert Hall
by Kathy Strain - December 15, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein have been a household name for many years. Even younger generations know them as one of the greatest musical duo's in the history of Broadway. With the creation of THE KING AND I, Rodgers and Hammerstein proved that they would take their place in history amongst the greats.... (more...)
BWW Review: Ring in The Holidays with The City Theatre's CHRISTMAS BELLES BWW Review: Ring in The Holidays with The City Theatre's CHRISTMAS BELLES
by Joni Lorraine - December 13, 2017

In Fayro, there's a charming and pleasant climate where even the worst disputes can be resolved with a bit of hope and optimism. We can all use a bit of that.... (more...)
BWW Review: DRY LAND Is a Flawed But Savage Portrait of Female Teenaged Life BWW Review: DRY LAND Is a Flawed But Savage Portrait of Female Teenaged Life
by Frank Benge - December 12, 2017

DRY LAND is play by Ruby Rae Spiegel that concerns a seventeen year old high school girl who is exploring options for ending her unwanted pregnancy. With the right to choose being part of the current war on women that unfolds daily in our political arena, this subject matter is both timely and a sto... (more...)
BWW Review: POCATELLO - Defining a Family in Shifting Times BWW Review: POCATELLO - Defining a Family in Shifting Times
by Frank Benge - December 10, 2017

POCATELLO is a 2014 play from acclaimed playwright and MacArthur Fellow Samuel D. Hunter, that takes a darkly comedic look at the need for interaction and connection in an increasingly homogenized America. In a time when corporate stores are wiping out the uniqueness and the differences that separat... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Classic Radiocast Twinkles with Christmas Spirit in Round Rock, TX BWW Reviews: A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Classic Radiocast Twinkles with Christmas Spirit in Round Rock, TX
by Amy Bradley - December 10, 2017

A MIRACLE ON 34th STREET is presented as a classic radiocast that reignites our love for Santa Claus and examines the commercialized spirit in the heart of New York City during the busiest shopping crowds of the year - Christmas. Beginning with a drunken Santa too intoxicated to perform in the histo... (more...)
BWW Review: Dickens Meets 'Glee' in ZACH's A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A ROCKIN' FAMILY MUSICAL BWW Review: Dickens Meets 'Glee' in ZACH's A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A ROCKIN' FAMILY MUSICAL
by Frank Benge - December 09, 2017

Who doesn't know the story of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol'? The story is drummed into our heads every holiday season from the moment we're able to process speech. The story has been adapted a staggering number of times for film, stage, opera, and other media. 'A Christmas Carol in Prose, Be... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE A Delightfully Near Perfect Musical Treat BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE A Delightfully Near Perfect Musical Treat
by Frank Benge - December 08, 2017

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a parody of 20's musicals with a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a show within a show told by a middle-aged, asocial Broadway musical fan, known only as Man in Chair (Scott Shipman). Seeking to cure his 'non-sp... (more...)
BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERELY at Austin Playhouse is a Charming Holiday Comedy BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERELY at Austin Playhouse is a Charming Holiday Comedy
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - December 07, 2017

Austin Playhouse's production of MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, continues the season of holiday-themed entertainment in Austin. Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, but taking the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this play endeavours to be a potential sequel to the ... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premeire THE BRUTES Looks At Lost History Of The Booth Family BWW Review: World Premeire THE BRUTES Looks At Lost History Of The Booth Family
by Frank Benge - December 05, 2017

Casey Wimpee's new play, THE BRUTES, opens in 1861 and is set in 1864. It is a look at the storied theatrical family, the Booths. It examines not only John Wilkes Booth and his plans to assassinate President Lincoln, but also the people, known as Brutes, who conspired along with him in sympathy for ... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Austin Shakespeare's Romantic Comedy BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Austin Shakespeare's Romantic Comedy
by Lynn Beaver - December 01, 2017

Austin Shakespeare has long ruled the 'Bard scene' in Shakespearean production here in central Texas. Oh, sure, others produce a play or two, but Austin Shakes has been the top of the heap for decades. Their productions have always been filled with the best Austin has to offer and have delighted aud... (more...)
BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES is Quick-Witted Holiday Fun BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES is Quick-Witted Holiday Fun
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - November 30, 2017

Ringing in the holiday season is Georgetown Palace Theatre and their production of SANTALAND DIARIES. Originally written as an essay by humorist, David Sedaris, it was first read on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992. An instant crowd-pleaser, the essay gave Sedaris his first major brea... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Gets Thoughtful Loving Production BWW Review: THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING Gets Thoughtful Loving Production
by Frank Benge - November 27, 2017

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING was a 1946 novel by Southern writer Carson McCullers. It took her five years to complete, although she did interrupt the writing for a few months to write the short novel The Ballad of the Sad Caf . The novel has been adapted for the stage, motion pictures, and television. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Southwestern Students Shine in Michael Frayn's NOISES OFF BWW Review: Southwestern Students Shine in Michael Frayn's NOISES OFF
by Joni Lorraine - November 24, 2017

Noises Off is an appealing night of relentless shenanigans that makes for delightful entertainment... (more...)
BWW Review: Jennifer Coy Jennings Dazzles in WILD HORSES BWW Review: Jennifer Coy Jennings Dazzles in WILD HORSES
by Frank Benge - November 19, 2017

Allison Gregory's WILD HORSES is a wickedly funny examination of the heady early teenage years. It is a stunning one woman monologue about the struggle for identity, independence and authenticity. It delves deeply into youth's search to find where and how you fit in a complicated world. Set in the 7... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Celebrates the Songs of Kander and Ebb BWW Review: THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Celebrates the Songs of Kander and Ebb
by Frank Benge - November 18, 2017

THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is an award winning musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. It won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. The revue takes its title from a tune the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli... (more...)
BWW Review: CARMEN - Austin Opera's Stunning Masterpiece BWW Review: CARMEN - Austin Opera's Stunning Masterpiece
by Lynn Beaver - November 18, 2017

Austin Opera continues its tradition of masterfully recreating classic operas with Bizet's CARMEN currently playing at The Long Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: UT Department of Theatre and Dance Casts A Spell with THE CRUCIBLE BWW Review: UT Department of Theatre and Dance Casts A Spell with THE CRUCIBLE
by Joni Lorraine - November 16, 2017

Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE is powerful, infuriating and heartbreaking, and the UT Department of Theatre and Dance does a mighty job of doing his script justice.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANON(YMOUS) but not unknown now playing at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX BWW Review: ANON(YMOUS) but not unknown now playing at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - November 15, 2017

Creating a show as captivating as Homer's Odyssey is no easy task. Playwright Naomi Lizuka attempts to capture the adventure and concept of home, while reimagining the long journey home as told in Homer's Odyssey. ANON(YMOUS), now playing at St. Edward's Mary Moody Theatre, is inspired by this ancie... (more...)
BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET is Great Escapist Fun BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET is Great Escapist Fun
by Frank Benge - November 12, 2017

I HATE HAMLET is a 1991 comedy by Paul Rudnick, who is best known as the author of Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. It is a supernatural fantasy inspired by the time when the playwright was living in an apartment in New York that was John Barrymore's old apartment. The play is a throwb... (more...)
BWW Review: ACT ONE An Epic Theatre Tale Beautifully Told BWW Review: ACT ONE An Epic Theatre Tale Beautifully Told
by Frank Benge - November 10, 2017

ACT ONE is the story of famed playwright-director Moss Hart, from his poor Bronx beginnings to his first Broadway hit Once in a Lifetime. Hart's autobiography, considered by many to be the best book ever written about show business, has been stylishly adapted for the stage by James Lapine, Tony Awar... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Makes A Brief Appearance in Lakeway, TX. BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Makes A Brief Appearance in Lakeway, TX.
by Amy Bradley - November 08, 2017

Lakeway Activity Center plays host to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fantastic musical comedy INTO THE WOODs. Beginning with the words, Once upon a time , the combination of twisted fairytales that follow, present moral lessons for all ages to enjoy. Pulling premises from the stories of Rapunz... (more...)
BWW Review: A TUNA CHRISTMAS Proves Sometimes Less is More BWW Review: A TUNA CHRISTMAS Proves Sometimes Less is More
by Frank Benge - November 05, 2017

It's Christmas in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol' on the brink of cancellation, it's a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Three actors play... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SEAFARER First Rate Irish Tall Tale BWW Review: THE SEAFARER First Rate Irish Tall Tale
by Frank Benge - November 05, 2017

THE SEAFARER is a 2006 play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Set on Christmas Eve in Baldoyle, a coastal suburb north of Dublin city, the play centers on James 'Sharky' Harkin (Steve Wright), an alcoholic who has recently returned to live with his blind, aging brother, Richard Harkin (Rick Felki... (more...)
BWW Review: Capital T's THE BROTHERS SIZE Simply Beautiful BWW Review: Capital T's THE BROTHERS SIZE Simply Beautiful
by Joni Lorraine - November 05, 2017

THE BROTHERS SIZE hits all the targets and shouldn't be missed!... (more...)
BBW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Familiar But Fresh BBW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Familiar But Fresh
by Frank Benge - October 31, 2017

Robert Harling's STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a 1987 comedy drama about the bond amongst a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana and is based on his experience with his sister's death. The title suggests that while women may be as delicate as magnolias they are also as tough as steel. The magnolia al... (more...)