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Lacey Cannon Gonzales

Lacey Cannon Gonzales

Lacey Cannon Gonzales is a Creative Coach and Arts Educator based in Austin, Texas. She has been a contributing writer for BroadwayWorld Austin since 2016. Lacey was the co-artistic director of Oh Dragon Theatre Company from 2013-2015 and has directed several productions such as Veronica’s Room, The Normal Heart, and Songs For A New World. You can catch Lacey as a co-host on the podcast Fatal Femmes and host of the upcoming Art Failure.


BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP is an Exceptional Work of Modern Theatre
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 has only just begun. This galvanizing production by Paradox Players deftly marries art and activism and would be an excellent viewing opportunity for all theatre lovers.

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT is a Homegrown Retelling of the Beloved Shakespearean Classic.
November 27, 2019

AS YOU LIKE IT is a homegrown retelling of the beloved Shakespearean comedy. Austin Shakespeare succeeds in providing an excellent production that is both relatable and accessible to theatergoers. With an entertaining story and exceptional performances, AS YOU LIKE IT makes a great addition to your holiday or weekend festivities.

BWW Review: ADMISSIONS Highlights The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of White Liberalism
September 26, 2019

At the core of the play is a family examining what it means to benefit from white privilege in a racially biased society. Director, David Jarrott succeeds in turning Joshua Harmon's words into an accelerant that forces white progressives to reexamine themselves and where their allyship stands. This production starkly displays the characters' problematic views and statements while still leaving room for audiences to relate to the family's dynamic. In the end, the play is left unresolved and open-ended leaving plenty of room for discussion post-show.

BWW Review: DANCE NATION is Brash, Brazen, and Unabashedly Beautiful
September 5, 2019

DANCE NATION is a visceral, unyielding portrayal of the journey from child to adult. Barron's blistering new work marvels at the force and intensity of teenage girls and the subsequent undermining of that innate power. Brash, brazen, and unabashedly beautiful, it thrills and arrests audiences from start to finish. All together, the cast and creative team have perfectly captured the story's aching tenderness, biting humor, and undeniable life force.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Family-Friendly Summer Fun
July 25, 2019

In short, THE LITTLE MERMAID taps into the magic of Disney and brings it to Central Texas. It offers family-friendly summer fun that is accessible to all.

BWW Review: Different Stages' A DOLL'S HOUSE is an Excellent Rendering of the Ibsen Classic
June 27, 2019

As it did when it originally premiered, the drama holds a mirror up to what is considered acceptable in a society, without judgment or bias. The show's observant nature starkly highlights the place and power of women, a topic which still audibly resonates with audience members today.

BWW Review: North American Tour of CATS Epitomizes Excellence
May 9, 2019

This production of CATS epitomizes excellence in musical theatre. Putting a show of this caliber in the capable hands of this almost universally young cast is a move that pays off. With fresh, revitalizing energy, soaring music, and jaw-dropping choreography, CATS is sure to delight fans of the original show and a whole new generation of theatergoers. Hurry up and catch this spectacular show before it leaves Austin on May 12th.

BWW Review: TREASURE ISLAND IN THE BAY OF BENGAL Gives New Perspective To An Old Story
April 11, 2019

TREASURE ISLAND IN THE BAY OF BENGAL is currently playing at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The adaptation written by Zane Baker and Susan Gayle Todd is based on the 1883 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Treasure Island.' Directed by Susan Gayle Todd and Megan Moore Ortiz, the production infuses the classic tale of pirates and buried treasure with Bollywood style and South Asian culture.

BWW Review: THREE SHITTY SONS is a Production Worth Further Attention
March 21, 2019

THREE SHITTY SONS is a production worth further attention. While the play is sure to grow from this first staging, it possesses the bones of a well-crafted theatrical piece. Hilarious, fast-paced, and bizarre, this play is a brave and enjoyable new work.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA is a Dazzling Spectacle!
February 14, 2019

Whether you're a history buff, grew up with the film or are a newcomer to the mysterious story of the lost princess, you will find something to love. Run, don't walk to catch this instant musical theatre classic before it leaves Austin on February 17th.

BWW Review: SHATTERED is a Fascinating Unscripted Experience
January 24, 2019

Still, SHATTERED is a fascinating unscripted experience for theatre-goers. Given the nature of themes like mental health and grief, it was unclear how this new company would approach this concept. Fortunately, both cast and crew create a show that is original and entertaining to watch. Although its first appearance is not an entirely even one, this debut work from Fox Den Theatre Company is an intriguing introduction to Austin Theatre.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Perfect Holiday Entertainment!
December 13, 2018

In short, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is perfect holiday entertainment. This deeply affecting tale is filled with the redeeming power of love and the importance of charitable giving. Beautifully presented in a fun and festive package this production can be enjoyed by kids from one to ninety-two. Grab a cookie, a cup of hot cocoa and settle in to rediscover the story that made Christmas merry to begin with.

BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Mary Moody Northen is Must-See Theatre
November 15, 2018

MEN ON BOATS is hands down, must-see theatre! This production accomplishes what all plays aspire to, but few achieve - all-around excellence. The crew's journey, described by Sides as 'an apt metaphor for the peril faced by many in our society on a daily basis, ' is fraught with important meaning while still maintaining levity and fun. This 'rollicking' sometimes vulnerable show reminds its audience to find adventure in their own lives. After all, we only get one.

BWW Review: MACBETH Highlights The Might of Women and Folly of Man
November 1, 2018

All in all, MACBETH presented by Something For Nothing Theatre is an enjoyable evening of accessible theatre. Although the play falters in act two, the show itself is mostly well done. The talent of the women in this production is the undeniable force driving the show. While by no means are their characters innocent, one wonders if Macbeth would have fared better if he had listened to them a little closer.

BWW Review: ATLANTIS: A PUPPET OPERA is a Mesmerizing Experience.
September 13, 2018

ATLANTIS: A PUPPET OPERA, is a mesmerizing experience for the senses. Running just at an hour long, the production transports audiences into a world of myth, madness, and magic. In a culture of reboots and revivals, this original work is truly a rare gem and is an event that Austin theatre lovers should not miss.

BWW Review: REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES Is An Insightful Story Still Finding Its Footing
August 9, 2018

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is an insightful look at the realities of immigration and the standards placed upon Latinx women. It's also an entertaining story about the incredible bond that women share. While the show is still finding its footing, its place and relevance in our community are undeniable.

BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Has Appeal Despite Stumbling Blocks.
July 12, 2018

All things considered, ALL SHOOK UP does possess a certain amount of appeal largely in part to the talent of the cast and musicians and the timeless music of Elvis Presley. The visually impressive spectacle created by the brilliant scenic artists and designers is also something the whole family will appreciate.  While the show isn't without its stumbling blocks, Zilker Theatre Productions should be commended for providing free, accessible theatre for sixty years. This incredible accomplishment is a gift to the Austin community and is sure to continue delighting families for many years to come.

BWW Review: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is Good Shakespearean Fun
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.

BWW Review: Cabernet Cabaret's IT'S TOO DARN HOT is a Sizzling Success
May 7, 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.

BWW Review: TRIO Shows Potential Despite Uneven Debut
May 2, 2018

Even though the story itself is interesting, the script by Cowley seems to be in need of restructuring.