Reviews for Emily Ann Theatre Performances

Review: Godspell by Emily Ann Theatre

Review: Godspell by Emily Ann Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 12, 2015

As in most high-energy small-cast musicals, if you don't know individual cast members at the start, you'll feel that you do by the finale.

Medieval guilds and church clergy organized the mystery plays performed before cathedrals or in town pageants. The aim was devotional and pedagogical. Church services were conducted in impenetrable Latin, but festive costumes and drama of Bible stories vividly conveyed stories of the Old and New Testaments to populations that were devout but illiterate.

 

Of the three 'tribal' musicals of late mid-twentieth-century American theatre, the 1970 Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz is closest ...

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Review: The Tempest by Emily Ann Theatre

Review: The Tempest by Emily Ann Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 25, 2011

Bridget's Gang has a good time with their Shakespeare, and they're happy to greet the audience at the conclusion of the play. Like the institution of the EmilyAnn itself, they provide this community with a place of delight -- a magic island in the archipelago of the Hill Country.

In this hottest Texas summer on record you could be pardoned for suffering a touch of cognitive dissonance when you decide to drive through the beginnings of the Hill Country, 45 minutes southwest of Austin, to attend Shakespeare's last work, set upon a magical island surrounded by the Mediterranean.  Wimberley, Texas, is ranch country, and these days the rolling landscape is starkly dry.  Even the EmilyAnn's illustration reveals the situation: Laura ...

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Review: Grease by Emily Ann Theatre

Review: Grease by Emily Ann Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on June 17, 2010

These characters will continue to exist in our imaginations and in their never-never land, especially when they're revived by stagings as smooth, happy and professional as this one.

The EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley is not outside space and time, although from Austin you're going to take a leisurely 45-minute drive through the hill country to get there.  And Wimberley may be in ranch land, but it's anything but rural.  Witness the presence there of two lively and effective theatre organizations, the EmilyAnn with its outdoor amphitheatre and the Wimberley Players in their snug playhouse on Old Kyle Road.

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Review: The Elephant Man by Emily Ann Theatre

Review: The Elephant Man by Emily Ann Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 04, 2010

The confinement of the playing space emphasizes the confinement of the characters -- not only that of Merrick in his lamed body and hospital refuge but also those constraints placed upon others by their social roles and their institutions.

Director Bridget Farias and the EmilyAnn Theatre crew in Wimberley are running The Elephant Man Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for four weekends in January and February, an intrepid undertaking for a community-based arts group in a town with a population of only about 4,000. More impressive than their raw courage in taking on a tough script and slow-motion tragedy is the fact that they carry it out with grace and depth. The company creates a protected ...

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Review: Julius Caesar by Emily Ann Theatre

Review: Julius Caesar by Emily Ann Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on October 14, 2009

This production moves fast and far, regularly penetrating the audience space or plunging into the semi-lighted woods on either side of the stage.

The conspirators of the Ides of March are at work deep in the hills south of Austin, Texas.Wimberley is a township with a population of fewer than 4000 persons, but its EmilyAnn Theatre is currently staging a muscular, articulate Julius Caesar that is well worth the winding 45-minute drive through ranch country.Known principally for summer musicals and the long running annual "Shakespeare Under The Stars" for young people, the park and outdoor amphitheatre ...

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