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Nominees Announced for 1st Annual Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards; Announcement Set for 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

After months of thought, debate and conversation, the staff and writers of Austin Entertainment Weekly with much assistance from Broadway World Austin's Editor Jeff Davis, have announced a new award system for the Central Texas Theatre Community.

BWW Reviews: We'd Be Lying If We Disparaged THE LIAR
by Jeff Davis - Mar 7, 2014

Honesty may be the best policy, but it's not the most fun one. Thank God 16th century playwright Pierre Corneille and modern day playwright David Ives have an affinity for the truth-challenged. Ives's modern take on Corneille's classic French comedy The Liar is an exhilarating and side-splitting mix of the old and new, and Austin Playhouse's production of it reminds us just how exceptional the Austin theater community is.

Austin Playhouse Presents THE LIAR, Now thru 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Austin Playhouse presents The Liar by David Ives, directed by Don Toner. The show will run tonight, February 7th - March 9th, 2014.

Austin Playhouse to Present THE LIAR, 2/7-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

Austin Playhouse presents The Liar by David Ives, directed by Don Toner. The show will run February 7th - March 9th, 2014.

Austin Playhouse to Stage VENUS IN FUR
by Tyler Peterson - Nov 29, 2013

Venus in Fur stars Austin Playhouse Acting Company members Molly Karrasch as Vanda and Gray G. Haddock as Thomas. The play is directed by Lara Toner, with set design by Patrick Crowley, lighting design by Don Day, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.

BWW Reviews: DEAD PRESIDENT'S CLUB is Alive and Well in Austin
by Jeff Davis - Oct 28, 2013

As a relative newbie to Austin, I have not seen The Dead President's Club until recently, but it's well known that Austin Playhouse's revivals of it are more frequent than political sex scandals. But while the later may induce eye-rolling and head-scratching, The Dead President's Club is met with uproarious laughter. Yes, the show gets revived frequently, but with popularity numbers that would greatly overpower any political candidate, it's easy to see why.

Austin Playhouse to Present THE DEAD PRESIDENTS' CLUB, Begin. 10/18
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 27, 2013

In this comic gem by the famed Texas playwright best known for The Night Hank Williams Died and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, four former presidents - Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Calvin Coolidge and Harry S. Truman- find themselves in an exclusive holding pen outside heaven awaiting the decision of an admissions committee. 'Just who is on that committee?' asks the recently arrived Nixon. 'That's the problem: a buncha narrow-minded damned saints!' Johnson replies. As the sanctified weigh the leaders' good deeds against their sins of omission and commission, 'Landslide Lyndon' and 'Tricky Dick' plot to get around the bureaucracy and go straight to the Boss.

BWW Reviews: MAN OF LA MANCHA at Austin Playhouse Is Eye-Catching But Slightly Lacking
by Jeff Davis - Sep 10, 2013

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, chivalry isn't dead, but it certainly has to fight to survive. As long as chivalry, kindness, and optimism are challenged, the story of Don Quixote will continue to be told. Perhaps that's one of the reasons behind Austin Playhouse's decision to open their 2013-2014 season with Man of La Mancha. Whatever the reason, the production is highly entertaining and a stunning feast for the eyes, though a couple performances could be tighter and more effective.

Austin Playhouse Opens 2013-14 Season with MAN OF LA MANCHA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

Austin Playhouse will open its 2013-14 season with Man of La Mancha next month, beginning tonight, September 6. The production will run through October 6, 2013, and play Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Photo Flash: First Look at MAN OF LA MANCHA at Austin Playhouse
by Jeff Davis - Sep 4, 2013

Austin Playhouse opens its 14th Season of professional theatre with the five time Tony Award winning musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Austin Playhouse to Open 2013-14 Season with MAN OF LA MANCHA, 9/6-10/6
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 6, 2013

Austin Playhouse will open its 2013-14 season with Man of La Mancha next month, beginning September 6. The production will run through October 6, 2013, and play Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Austin Playhouse Wraps 2012-13 Season with TRIUMPH OF LOVE, 6/14-7/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2013

Austin Playhouse Wraps 2012-13 Season with TRIUMPH OF LOVE, Now thru 7/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2013

Princess Leonide of Sparta has fallen hopelessly in love with Agis, the rightful heir to her kingdom. Unfortunately Agis has sworn to kill the Princess and reclaim his throne. In order to win his love, Leonide takes on a series of increasingly absurd disguises and woos not only Agis, but also his over-protective aunt and uncle. In the end she learns that true love means revealing her true self and hoping that love will indeed triumph.

Austin Playhouse Wraps 2012-13 Season with TRIUMPH OF LOVE, 6/14-7/7
by Tyler Peterson - May 28, 2013

NOISES OFF to Run at Austin Playhouse, 4/26-5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2013

Enjoyed by millions of people worldwide since it premiered in 1982 and hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever written, Noises Off, this award-winning backstage farce serves up a riotous double bill - a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed it follows the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance.

BWW Reviews: Austin Playhouse Stages Riotous Comedy NOISES OFF
by Jeff Davis - Apr 29, 2013

There is an old adage in the theater: "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." Comedy is certainly harder when the material is Noises Off, the ridiculously funny farce by Michael Frayn which was named "One of the Funniest comedies ever written" by the New York Post. Still, if the cast and crew at the Austin Playhouse had any difficulty with the neo-classic comedy, it certainly doesn't show. Their polished production is uproariously funny with each moment better than the last.

NOISES OFF Runs at Austin Playhouse, Now thru 5/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2013

Enjoyed by millions of people worldwide since it premiered in 1982 and hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever written, Noises Off, this award-winning backstage farce serves up a riotous double bill - a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed it follows the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance.

Austin Playhouse Opens NOISES OFF Tomorrow
by Kelsey Denette - Apr 25, 2013

Enjoyed by millions of people worldwide since it premiered in 1982 and hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever written, this award-winning backstage farce serves up a riotous double bill - a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed it follows the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance.

NOISES OFF to Run at Austin Playhouse, 4/26-5/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2013

Enjoyed by millions of people worldwide since it premiered in 1982 and hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever written, Noises Off, this award-winning backstage farce serves up a riotous double bill - a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed it follows the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance.

BWW Reviews: Solid Cast Deserves More Than Stale Script of DESERT CITIES
by Jeff Davis - Jan 28, 2013

Ever been to Palm Springs? It's that strange Californian land were a few glistening and brilliant buildings punctuate the otherwise cold, desolate and uninteresting landscape. The same can be said of the Palm Springs set play Other Desert Cities. While the play, now playing at the Austin Playhouse, has a few shimmering moments and features an incredible cast, the majority of the play is bleak, flat, and barren.

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