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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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Review: A SHERLOCK HOLMES CHRISTMAS at The Archive Theatre
December 2, 2022

This charming show brings on the holiday CHEER without screaming IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! did our critic think of A SHERLOCK HOLMES CHRISTMAS at The Archive Theatre?

Review: THE (ONE ACT) PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Austin Playhouse
November 23, 2022

THE (ONE ACT) PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, five stars; Murder at Haversham Manor, one star, would not recommend. Well done, Austin Playhouse, well done.

Review: CHICAGO THE MUSICAL Still Dazzles at Bass Concert Hall
November 3, 2022

What did our critic think of CHICAGO THE MUSICAL Still Dazzles

Review: BLUE MAN GROUP at Texas Performing Arts Center
October 30, 2022

Michael Dalen directs Blue Men Mike Brown, Meridian, Josh Wills, and Blue Man Captain Adam Zuick for the tour that bangs the drums at Bass Concert Hall.

Review: THE PACT at Jarrott Productions is a Sweet Deal For Austin
October 4, 2022

Langert’s THE PACT is a fun launch for Jarrott Productions after a three year unplanned pandemic hiatus.

Review: THE INHERITANCE PART 2 at ZACH
September 23, 2022

We returned this week for Part 2 of ZACH's production of THE INHERITANCE. As I sat ensconced as comfortably as possible in my seat for Part 2, I felt the warmth of familiarity with the characters I'd come to know from Part 1 and thought to myself how lovely a well written serial piece might go over in the world of live theatre. It's an investment, there are many reasons it wouldn't work, and as the history of theatre has shown us, the rare six hour production had best be epic. This was true of ANGELS IN AMERICA, but it's not always the case with Lopez's THE INHERITANCE.

Review: THE INHERITANCE PART I on ZACH's Kleberg Stage
August 23, 2022

What did our critic think of ZACH'S THE INHERITANCE PART I at ZACH Kleburg Theatre? As a young Puerto Rican growing up in Florida, playwright Matthew Lopez read in a magazine about the acclaimed Merchant Ivory film adapted from E.M. Forster's novel Howards End, and asked his mom to take him to see the film. Since his outlets as a young man were books, theatre and movies, it stands to reason that Howards End and E.M. Forster play such a literally integral role in Lopez's sprawling theatrical adaptation of the novel. His mother later also bought Lopez the book. He fell in love with it, and fell in love with Forster or, more specifically, Forster's queerness.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at ZACH Theatre
December 8, 2021

Treat yourself to ZACH’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It’s like flipping the switch on the Times Square Christmas tree — it illuminates the season!

BWW Review: SONGS UNDER THE STARS 'GOSPEL DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE' at ZACH
April 6, 2021

There's a silver lining for theatre fans during this pandemic stuff, and it's ZACH's Spring Concert series SONGS UNDER THE STARS. I attended last week, and you have one more weekend to catch Austin theatre icons Judy Arnold, Kia Dawn Fulton, Roderick Sanford, and Janis Stinson for the 'Gospel Down by the Riverside,' segment in the SONGS UNDER THE STARS series.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Simply Shines at Texas Performing Arts
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
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: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Captivates at ZACH
February 4, 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: SHE LOVES ME Charms at AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE
November 29, 2019

SHE LOVES ME is a rare gem in the 21st century. 

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at TEXARTS
October 16, 2019

Based on the 1960 movie directed by Roger Corman, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, is the marriage of a 60's love story and the apocalyptic sci-fi films of the era set to music.

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Dazzles at Bass Concert Hall
October 11, 2019

50TH anniversary JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR dazzles at Bass Concert Hall

BWW Review: RED, WHITE, AND TUNA Delights At The Georgetown Palace
October 3, 2019

A delightful start to the Georgetown Palace's 2019-2020 season.

BWW Review: Archive Theatre's CYRANO DE BERGERAC Delivers Epic Experience
September 5, 2019

Archive Theatre's CYRANO DE BERGERAC Delivers Epic Experience

BWW Review: Shrewd Productions LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL MEGAN Charms and Delights
June 27, 2019

It's a funny and satisfying evening worth of validation for women and those who love them.

BWW Review: Treehouse Players THIS IS OUR YOUTH is Totally Rad
June 13, 2019

Go see THIS IS OUR YOUTH. Don't miss some great theatre by one of our newest companies!

BWW Review: ZACH's THE BALLAD OF KLOOK AND VINETTE Sings with Charm and Shine
May 2, 2019

In the bittersweet end, Klook and Vinette are loving, lovable and loved.