Reviews for 7 Towers Theatre Company Performances

Review: All's Well That Ends Well by 7 Towers Theatre Company

Review: All's Well That Ends Well by 7 Towers Theatre Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on July 28, 2014

All’s Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare is not often produced but is commonly referenced by anyone with an interest in the Bard.  Now 7 Towers Theatre Company, that small band of Shakespeare specialists, has dropped it into its watch glass for all to examine in performance.

Director Christina Gutierrez, co-founder of the company, returns to Austin from her academic post in Arizona and chooses to reset the play in World War I in recognition ...

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Review: The Pillowman by 7 Towers Theatre Company

Review: The Pillowman by 7 Towers Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on July 23, 2013

Director Christina Gutierrez chose some of Austin's most muscularly intellectual actors to create the piece. Travis Bedard's Katurian is earnest, eloquent and sly; Aaron Black endows brother Michael with vulnerability, effusive reactions and innocence.

The Pillowman takes place in a dark, eerie world that Martin McDonagh created back in 2003 when he moved away from his dark Irish ethnic plays The Beauty Queen of Leenan and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. The Hyde Park Theatre staged this piece in 2007, winning Ken Webster a B. Iden Payne for direction and critics' table awards for actors Jude Hickey and Kenneth Wayne Bradley.  Both Southwestern University and the UT University Theatre ...

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Review: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by 7 Towers Theatre Company

Review: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by 7 Towers Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on July 09, 2012

Travis Bedard is almost ridiculously good at creating multiple characters -- but then, he has three characters so vastly different from one another that if he wasn't obliged to keep his abundant beard and shining pate you just might not recognize him from one to another.

At the intermission beneath the giant writhing oak tree behind the Cathedral of Junk my wife leaned over and whispered.  "These actors are really good."John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore is a tangled skein, for sure, and it builds inexorably from a canter to a gallop to a thundering bloody finish that's if anything bloodier and more devastating than that of Shakespeare's Hamlet, staged some thirty years earlier.  ...

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Review: Burn This by 7 Towers Theatre Company

Review: Burn This by 7 Towers Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 08, 2011

Aaron Black's frighteningly convincing portrayal of Pale is monumentally good -- the fierce solarization of the neutral males he embodied in Susie Gidseg's play di[verge] this past summer.

For this intimate, powerful urban drama the setting is superb: a balcony-level studio downtown with a kitchen, a vantage point from which one could study passing vehicles, lines of close-parked cars, and pedestrians hurrying to music venues nearby.  It's a "studio" in every sense of the word: with the addition of a minimum of furniture it represents a New York loft.  Situated in the Ballet Austin building at 501 West Third Street ...

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