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BWW Review: HOUSE Walks Through the Pain of One Man's Experience Photo BWW Review: HOUSE Walks Through the Pain of One Man's Experience
by Amy Tarver - March 05, 2020

Now playing at Hyde Park Theatre, HOUSE written by modern playwright Daniel Macivor, stars Austin's own artistic titan Ken Webster as the volatile and witty main man, Victor. HOUSE is a one-man show, running 65 minutes and is a pressure cooker for any performer. However, this production of HOUSE is ...
BWW Review: ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM Slays at The Hidden Room Theatre Photo BWW Review: ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM Slays at The Hidden Room Theatre
by Sabrina Wallace - March 02, 2020

Rooted in a comical but tragic murder mystery and aided by a colorful set of characters and an intelligent book, ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM is a hidden gem at The Hidden Room Theatre. A classic Elizabethan comedy of errors where dark desires drive people to make wrong decisions that turn into misadventures ...
BWW Review: Austin Shakespeare's HEDDA Directs Its Destiny Photo BWW Review: Austin Shakespeare's HEDDA Directs Its Destiny
by Madelyn Geyer - February 28, 2020

Forty-five minutes into Austin Shakespeare's production of Henrik Ibsen's HEDDA, the eponymous main character finally answers a question we've all been waiting for her to answer: why in the world she married her new husband, the well-meaning but blissfully dense professor to be, George Tesman. Georg...
BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP is an Exceptional Work of Modern Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP is an Exceptional Work of Modern Theatre
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - February 26, 2020

THE MOUNTAINTOP is a captivating story and exceptional work of modern theatre. While the proceedings are fictitious, the message at the center is as true today as it was in 1968. Featuring emotional and powerful performances, THE MOUNTAINTOP reminds its viewers that the fight for equity and equality...
BWW Review: GLIDERS Soars at Trinity Street Playhouse Photo BWW Review: GLIDERS Soars at Trinity Street Playhouse
by Sabrina Wallace - February 24, 2020

BWW Review: GLIDERS Soars at Trinity Street Playhouse with a story that illustrates the unimaginable pain, courage, and strength required by generations of women to overcome misogyny and abuse. Beautifully performed by an outstanding 'mostly' female cast that fits together as a true family....
BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at ZACH's Whisenhunt Stage Photo BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at ZACH's Whisenhunt Stage
by Sabrina Wallace - February 21, 2020

Directed by the brilliant Nat Miller and delivered with aching sensibility by Kriston Woodreaux, EVERY BRILLIANT THING is nothing but extraordinary. This heart-gripping play sparks a conversation about life, mental illness, suicide, and human connections and it gives us all a million reasons to appr...
BWW Review: The Precise Compassion of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TI Photo BWW Review: The Precise Compassion of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at St. Edward's University
by Madelyn Geyer - February 21, 2020

When overwhelmed, we all have different coping mechanisms. Maybe you fall silent, take a nap, or settle into a comforting movie. Christopher, the spectacularly intelligent main character in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, precipitously counts prime numbers to self-soothe. Or he co...
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Simply Shines at Texas Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Simply Shines at Texas Performing Arts
by Joni Lorraine - February 19, 2020

Gift yourself with the Tony nominated COME FROM AWAY.  It's simply marvelous....
BWW Review: Shaw's THE MAN OF DESTINY Delights at the Archive Theatre Photo BWW Review: Shaw's THE MAN OF DESTINY Delights at the Archive Theatre
by Joni Lorraine - February 13, 2020

Shaw's THE MAN OF DESTINY Delights at THE ARCHIVE THEATRE. This theatre company is taking a lead on delivering Austin with some top notch classics....
BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Austin Playhouse Photo BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Austin Playhouse
by Sabrina Wallace - February 13, 2020

In TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, a woman sits on a couch typing away advice to strangers she will never meet in person. The three strangers that invite themselves into her living room represent an array of characters that write anonymous letters to Dear Sugar. The play masterfully connects them all through...
BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Captivates at ZACH Photo BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Captivates at ZACH
by Joni Lorraine - February 04, 2020

A great production with a stellar lead giving us an incredible voice that may be as close to the real thing as we can get....
BWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW at Filigree Theatre: An Intimate Little Haunt Photo BWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW at Filigree Theatre: An Intimate Little Haunt
by Madelyn Geyer - February 04, 2020

I walk into the Romy Suskin Photography Studio serving as the venue for The Filigree Theatre's THE TURN OF THE SCREW. A darkened room and dimly lit candles greet me while classical music playing from a small speaker in the corner blankets the space with paranoia-tinged peacefulness. With just two ac...
BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW at The Kleberg At ZACH Photo BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW at The Kleberg At ZACH
by Sabrina Wallace - February 01, 2020

Under the direction of Shannon Fox, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a perfect way to introduce the little ones to live theatre. Colorful puppets and delightful puppeteers team up to bring to life four of Eric Carle's most beloved stories....
BWW Review: CLICK Envisions the Future of #MeToo at The VORTEX Photo BWW Review: CLICK Envisions the Future of #MeToo at The VORTEX
by Amanda England - January 27, 2020

What can two women do to fight back when one becomes the victim of an attack that is witnessed by the world? That is the question asked by playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger in CLICK. And in this #MeToo story, the women retaliate by harnessing the power of digital media....
BWW Review: TRADE WITH KLAN at Southwest Theatre Productions At Santa Cruz Theatre Photo BWW Review: TRADE WITH KLAN at Southwest Theatre Productions At Santa Cruz Theatre
by Lynn Beaver - January 22, 2020

Ah the good old days! Back when the sky was clear, the water was clean and the red, white and blue of the 48 star spangled banner still waved true. Only not so much for people of color and immigrants who came to the 'land of opportunity'. Prejudice and racism is as American as apple pie as Southwest...
BWW Review: THE NICETIES - Jarrott Productions at Trinity Street Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE NICETIES - Jarrott Productions at Trinity Street Theatre
by Lynn Beaver - January 21, 2020

Do you remember your American history class? I know I do, I loved history. We were told that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were men of outstanding quality who believed that 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with ...
BWW Review: FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE Photo BWW Review: FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE
by Jesse Griffith - December 20, 2019

Titles are, as a rule, somewhat useless as labels go, so when I was invited to attend FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE, I suspected I might be in for a comedy, possibly a farce, and hopefully some sort of cult classic. I was delighted to discover that the play hits all those bases....
BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at The Whisenhunt At ZACH Photo BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at The Whisenhunt At ZACH
by Sabrina Wallace - December 18, 2019

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a pure comedic indulgence. Irreverent, contemptuous, hilarious! J. Robert Moore delivers Davis Sedaris' work with impeccable artistry. A must-see this Holiday season!...
BWW Review: THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO at Street Corner Arts is Cozy Yet Sinister Photo BWW Review: THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO at Street Corner Arts is Cozy Yet Sinister
by Madelyn Geyer - December 13, 2019

Pull out your best butcher knife, pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee, and prance over to the Hyde Park Theatre to experience Street Corner Arts' production of THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO. Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn fashions a world where the snow is white, the blood is red, and the humor is as black a...
BWW Review: Broadway In Austin's DEAR EVAN HANSEN Tour Hits Right In The Heart Photo BWW Review: Broadway In Austin's DEAR EVAN HANSEN Tour Hits Right In The Heart
by Lynn Beaver - December 11, 2019

If you have never seen Broadway smash hit, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, you're in for an emotional roller coaster wrapped up in a multimedia work of art....
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at The Mastrogeorge Theatre, Austin Texas Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at The Mastrogeorge Theatre, Austin Texas
by Jesse Griffith - December 10, 2019

Based on the beloved 1956 classic by the same title, The Alchemy Theatre's production of A Christmas Memory (at the Mastrogeorge Theatre) is a lovely adaptation of what is in my opinion, Truman Capote's finest masterpiece. Although Capote published far fewer books than his contemporaries, his body o...