Joni Lorraine

Joni Lorraine Joni joins BroadwayWorld after over twenty-five years of involvement in the Central Texas theatre scene. Most recently, she has worked as a company member and educator for Pollyanna Children's Theatre. She is a B Iden Payne nominated director whose acting and directing work has been seen in Austin with her own theatre company NxNW Theatre Company, Austin Children's Theatre, The Sam Bass Theatre in Round Rock, The Georgetown Palace, and The Temple Civic Theatre. Joni's diverse directing portfolio includes You Can't Take It With You, Steel Magnolias,The Marriage of Figaro, and the award winning I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change. As an actor, Joni has been seen in dozens of productions including Arcadia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Taming of The Shrew, and Hay Fever. Joni is also a trainer, lay chaplain and professional photographer,who recently published her first book entitled A Poet Danced Here, in partnership with her poet wife Tammy.


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BWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HEREBWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
Posted: Jul. 27, 2017


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BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert HallBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
Posted: Jan. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A BuzzBWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
Posted: Feb. 24, 2017


BWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And DanceBWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And Dance
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The ShadowsBWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The Shadows
Posted: May. 18, 2017


BWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of HeavenBWW Review: SILENT SKY - A Little Slice of Heaven
Posted: Sep. 28, 2016


BWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HEREBWW Review: Vortex SYT Tackles the Timely and Relevant: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
July 27, 2017

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE is a well-executed, tight, and engaging production.

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Gilbert And Sullivan AustinBWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Gilbert And Sullivan Austin
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 this last Saturday when I viewed the production, showed theirs in a true sense of a special occasion. I can recall the respect I was expected to display, and the authentic excitement I felt anytime I attended a play or musical back in the day. Back in the Ice Age, when I simultaneously became a teenager and discovered theatre, it was considered an event just shy of your cousin's wedding to attend the theatre. People got dressed up, showed up on time and applauded civilly after each musical number back then. Why, no one stood for an ovation even unless the production was spot on literally flawless.

BWW Review: Shrewd Productions' THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Where the Women ReignBWW Review: Shrewd Productions' THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Where the Women Reign
June 15, 2017

If every Reign of Terror turned out like this one, I suspect we'd revolt more often.

LOVE GOES TOWARD LOVE: A Shakesqueerian Exploration of Love and LongingLOVE GOES TOWARD LOVE: A Shakesqueerian Exploration of Love and Longing
June 1, 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.

BWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The ShadowsBWW Review: Agape Theatre's BONHOEFFER'S COST Sheds Light in The Shadows
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.

BWW Review: An Esteemed SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Austin PlayhouseBWW Review: An Esteemed SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Austin Playhouse
April 13, 2017

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is well executed, entertaining, and quite worthy of attention.

BWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE HERDBWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE HERD
April 11, 2017

Tolaro has brought together a fine cast for an intimate look at a family we can all understand in THE HERD.

BWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE  at Crank CollectiveBWW Review: PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZE at Crank Collective
March 2, 2017

Crank Collective's PROHIBITION - A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE WAR ON BOOZEis promising entertainment.

BWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A BuzzBWW Review: Southwestern's IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY Creates Quite A Buzz
February 24, 2017

It's a bold and courageous and even an educational thing to produce IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Southwestern has nothing to be ashamed of with this production.

BWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political SoulBWW Review: Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul
February 16, 2017

Paradox Player's THE TAMING Soothes The Battered Political Soul

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert HallBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
January 30, 2017

Mamma Mia is not Les Miserables, but it's loads of fun, and who cares, because: Abba!

BWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE at En Route ProductionsBWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE at En Route Productions
January 16, 2017

So DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. Let me begin by heaping praise on female playwright Sarah Ruhl for bringing us a quirky and lovable female lead, and a story dominated by female characters. Second, thank goodness for En Route productions and their two female artistic directors, one of whom also directed the show, the other whom also designed the set. Third, credit is due to this theatre company for incorporating their work into the visual arts landscape to give us a double dose of worthy culture in a city where having a sandwich at Micklethwaite Meats is possibly as close as some hipsters will get to art or theatre.

BWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off CenterBWW Review: REQUIEM FOR TESLA at The Off Center
December 15, 2016

The Rudes. They're like the cast of Star Wars or Star Trek, iconic and revered in that way that Trekkers love Leonard Nimoy or George Takei, but for Austin and its avid theatre going Rude fans, well, that, and their collaborative works with others from Helsinki to Cedar Rapids. And their current production, REQUIEM FOR TESLA, is, in its third incarnation, like a Star Trek reboot. While other theatres around town dust off the usual December holiday fare, The Rude Mechanicals, never to be usual, have resurrected REQUIEM FOR TESLA in celebration of their 20th anniversary season. It's obvious they've been around and drummed up an enthusiastic fan base. (Full disclosure: I'm one of them). On opening night for this particular production, one ebullient fan behind us waxed poetic to total strangers about each and every Rude production he'd seen (many of which I've seen myself) including the 2001 and 2003 iterations of REQUIEM FOR TESLA.

BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH TheatreBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES at ZACH Theatre
December 6, 2016

ZACH's A Christmas Carol isn't the only game in town, ya know? Before Dave Steakley masterminded the mashup of the classic Dickens tale with contemporary hit music there was another staple of the Austin holiday theatre scene, ok? Martin Burke has been doling out shade on the holiday madness by way of David Sedaris' classic SANTALAND DIARIES since William Jefferson Clinton was in office. And there's practically no crying and sentiment and warm fuzzy Christmas cheer to be found in it, thank GOODNESS, fer CRYINOUTLOUD!

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE - A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Austin PlayhouseBWW Review: BASKERVILLE - A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Austin Playhouse
November 25, 2016

BASKERVILLE is a rollicking bit of fun, especially for the mystery fans among us.

BWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And DanceBWW Review: LOST GIRL Shines at UT Theatre And Dance
November 17, 2016

"Neverland was an awfully long time ago" In Kimberly Belflower's LOST GIRL, Wendy Darling takes center stage to give us her story of growing up and living in the shadow of the eternally youthful Peter Pan.

BWW Preview: Austin Playhouse Presents: BASKERVILLE By Ken Ludwig, 11/18BWW Preview: Austin Playhouse Presents: BASKERVILLE By Ken Ludwig, 11/18
November 3, 2016

The game's afoot! Austin Playhouse produces the Texas premiere of a famous Sherlockian tale, Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

BWW Review: Spectrum Gives Us Colorful Culture in ONCE ON THIS ISLANDBWW Review: Spectrum Gives Us Colorful Culture in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
October 26, 2016

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the product of bringing us a part of the African American experience, just as the Spectrum founders intend, and it's worth cultivating.

BWW Review: The McCallum Fine Arts Academy Nose Something About CYRANO THE MUSICALBWW Review: The McCallum Fine Arts Academy Nose Something About CYRANO THE MUSICAL
October 24, 2016

Students of McCallum Fine Arts Academy take on the story of the swashbuckling poet Cyrano in a challenging operetta.

BWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE PRICE is Worth The CostBWW Review: Jarrott Productions THE PRICE is Worth The Cost
October 12, 2016

THE PRICE is a beautifully executed piece of theatre that should be assigned viewing for any avid Austin theatre-goer.



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