Austin Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE AFTERPARTY Moves Through The Metaphor in East Austin, TX BWW Review: THE AFTERPARTY Moves Through The Metaphor in East Austin, TX
by Amy Tarver - June 19, 2018

Entering through a doorway into a hazy house, AFTER PARTY tells the story of young Claire Leverrier tormented by the death of her childhood crush Devon. Or is it? Written by Reina Hardy in its world premiere, AFTER PARTY moves through a love story creating a modern day mythological tale of how starg... (more...)
BWW Review: BOOTH'S RICHARD III - Gloriously Reborn BWW Review: BOOTH'S RICHARD III - Gloriously Reborn
by Lynn Beaver - June 18, 2018

Recreated from John Wilkes Booth's personal prompt book, The Hidden Room in conjunction with The Harry Ransom Center present a hybrid version of RICHARD III that hasn't been seen on stage since 1864. Gloriously reborn from the pages of history, this is the villain king like you've never seen him bef... (more...)
BWW Review: RUTHLESS! Unfortunately Misses The Mark BWW Review: RUTHLESS! Unfortunately Misses The Mark
by Frank Benge - June 18, 2018

RUTHLESS! is a musical spoof of show business with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley that not only spoofs Broadway musicals, but is also a satire of non-musical movies about showbiz such as All About Eve. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1992. The show won the 1993 New Yor... (more...)
BWW Review: RUDDIGORE - Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's Summer Grand Production BWW Review: RUDDIGORE - Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's Summer Grand Production
by Lynn Beaver - June 16, 2018

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin has a long, glorious past of traditionally amazing shows. Unfortunately their current production of RUDDIGORE is a mixed bag and doesn't come off as well as it likely could.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF LIZ - Different Stages Strikes Comic Gold
by Lynn Beaver - June 15, 2018

Different Stages has a reputation for bringing excellent theatre to the Austin stage and THE BOOK OF LIZ is no different. Supreme silliness and laughs galore fill the performance space at Trinity Street Theatre for the space 90 minutes of great, quirky entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: STATIC AN EVENING CASEY WIMPEE TRANSMISSIONS - A Work of Stunning Lyrical Genius
by Lynn Beaver - June 12, 2018

Theatre Synesthesia scores again with three short pieces by playwright Casey Wimpee. Directed by America Archer, and acted by a talented quartet of actors the evening of theatre is filled with a poetic rhythm that is awe inspiring and compelling.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Paints a Fantastic Piece of Theatre in Austin TX BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Paints a Fantastic Piece of Theatre in Austin TX
by Amy Tarver - June 12, 2018

Utilizing his own genius and artistic experiences, Stephen Sondheim paints the picture of an artist's life work through pointillist painter, George Seurat. In SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, George's characterizations are fictionalized by Sondheim, telling the story of the artist chasing his masterp... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Dazzles Under the Stars in Outdoor Performance in Round Rock, TX. BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Dazzles Under the Stars in Outdoor Performance in Round Rock, TX.
by Amy Tarver - June 11, 2018

Inviting guests to enjoy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the open air amphitheatre in downtown Round Rock, Penfold Theatre presents a delightful adaptation of this Shakespearean classic. Traditionally classified as a comedy, the comedic elements were matched note for note with somber country western style... (more...)
BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF Stylishly Executed Musical Souffle BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF Stylishly Executed Musical Souffle
by Frank Benge - June 10, 2018

LUCKY STIFF is a musical farce with lyrics and libretto by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, that is notable historically for several things. To begin with, It was the first collaboration for the team whose later collaborations include Ragtime and Once On This Island. It was created and per... (more...)
BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Can You Spell Awesome? BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Can You Spell Awesome?
by Lynn Beaver - June 08, 2018

The Georgetown Palace Theatre has a reputation for doing the big, classic musicals, those huge shows that are barely contained within the walls of the Springer Stage. In contrast 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a modern show with an ensemble cast of just nine actors (a very small cast by P... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann Theatre BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann Theatre
by Jesse Griffith - June 07, 2018

I specifically asked to see this show for three reasons. One - until last night I had never seen The Little Mermaid. (GASP!) There, I said it. Doubly strange perhaps since I actually know Jodi Benson, original star of the Disney classic. Two - I wanted to see the incredible Emily Ann Theatre & Garde... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Shines as Classic, Bright and Nostalgic Entertainment. BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Shines as Classic, Bright and Nostalgic Entertainment.
by Joni Lorraine - June 03, 2018

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BWW Review: POLLY MERMAID: APOCALYPSE WOW! Invites Austinites to the Depths of Plastic Destruction in East Austin, TX. BWW Review: POLLY MERMAID: APOCALYPSE WOW! Invites Austinites to the Depths of Plastic Destruction in East Austin, TX.
by Amy Tarver - June 03, 2018

The Glass Half Full Theatre at The Vortex in East Austin, is currently an ocean chock full of plastic. In a special event for World Oceans Day on June 8th, POLLY MERMAID: APOCALYPSE WOW! examines how humans create and use plastic in a destructive way. These plastic items humanity continues to use fl... (more...)
BWW Review: CTHULHU Beach Party BWW Review: CTHULHU Beach Party
by Jesse Griffith - May 29, 2018

Ah, Commedia dell'arte, how I love it - the zanier the better. Austin's La Fenice (the phoenix) has been delivering the genre since 2010, a rebirth of the former Austin Commedia Society (1999 - 2003).... (more...)
BWW Review: Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS Shatters the American Dream at The City Theatre in Austin, TX BWW Review: Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS Shatters the American Dream at The City Theatre in Austin, TX
by Amy Tarver - May 24, 2018

Beginning with small talk near a white picket fence, and dramatically escalating as the Keller family's skeletons reveal themselves, Arthur Miller examines the aftermath of the war within the home front. Currently running at The City Theatre, ALL MY SONS tackles the moral code of a small family and ... (more...)
BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Packed With Superb Performances BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Packed With Superb Performances
by Frank Benge - May 21, 2018

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS is a new play from Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl that looks at how we address life's biggest questions when you can't use words. Under the watchful eye of their unseen guru, six people (who are about as different from each other as one can get) have gathered for a week-long re... (more...)
BWW Review: Jarrott Productions' SEMINAR Makes All the Write Moves BWW Review: Jarrott Productions' SEMINAR Makes All the Write Moves
by Joni Lorraine - May 17, 2018

This is a show executed by each practitioner in such a professional fashion it's definitely worth its brisk, entertaining 90 minutes.... (more...)
BWW Review: UPSTAGED - Extraordinarily Entertaining
by Lynn Beaver - May 16, 2018

The current production of UPSTAGED at the Back Pack is absolutely one of the most creative, surprising and entertaining pieces of theatre I've seen in years.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN is Delectably Demented BWW Review: AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN is Delectably Demented
by Frank Benge - May 13, 2018

Sheldon Allan 'Shel' Silverstein was a decidedly American writer who has been translated into more than 30 languages, and whose books have sold over 20 million copies. He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Silverstein created a remarkab... (more...)
BWW Review: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is Good Shakespearean Fun BWW Review: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is Good Shakespearean Fun
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - May 10, 2018

Attending performances at Zilker's Hillside Theatre is always a delight because of the wonderful experience offered. That combined with an entertaining production with laugh out loud antics, makes this perfect outdoor entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre en Bloc's CRY IT OUT - A Superb Look at Motherhood BWW Review: Theatre en Bloc's CRY IT OUT - A Superb Look at Motherhood
by Joni Lorraine - May 10, 2018

CRY IT OUT is a superior production - well worth the 90 minutes spent in the theatre. Theatre en Bloc's generous, pay it forward ticketing model should eliminate any financial excuse one might have to missing such a worthwhile show. Catch it while you can.... (more...)
BWW Review: WISH - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is Wise, Witty and Wonderful BWW Review: WISH - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is Wise, Witty and Wonderful
by Frank Benge - May 09, 2018

WISH is a world premiere new musical for young audiences that is set 100 years in the past and uses a highly theatrical and presentational storytelling style that successfully combines magic, music and youthful optimism with action and adventure. This unique and original story imagines the America o... (more...)
BWW Review: Cabernet Cabaret's IT'S TOO DARN HOT is a Sizzling Success BWW Review: Cabernet Cabaret's IT'S TOO DARN HOT is a Sizzling Success
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - May 07, 2018

Cabernet Cabaret's production of TOO DARN HOT is a sizzling success. This carefully crafted evening of musical theatre sets the standard for other theatrical special events in the area.... (more...)
BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA - Austin Opera's Glittering Tragedy Dazzles BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA - Austin Opera's Glittering Tragedy Dazzles
by Lynn Beaver - May 02, 2018

Austin Opera never fails to dazzle, but their current production of LA TRAVIATA is so incredibly stellar, superlatives fail to describe its glittering pageantry.... (more...)