Reviews for FronteraFest Performances

Review: Booger Red by Jim Loucks at FronteraFest

Review: Booger Red by Jim Loucks at FronteraFest

by David Glen Robinson
Published on February 03, 2019

Loucks's curated accounts of Southern life keep it personal all the way, with a degree of honesty seldom seen on stage. His memorable characters reside in his body as well as in his voice.

Storytelling is in good hands with Jim Loucks.  He is tall, many voiced, and gifted with outgoing generosity and the evident drive to create the finest one-person shows in this generation. Booger Red is another well-appointed household in the village of Loucks’ solo career.  

 

Booger Red is the performance tribute to Jim Louck’s father, Booger Red, a dynamic Baptist preacher in the mold of Billy Graham but without the stadium preaching series ...

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Review: Strip by FronteraFest

Review: Strip by FronteraFest

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 26, 2018

An impressive multimedia blitz of live music expertly performed, dance and video, STRIP succeeds in its triple focus on tumultuous, tragic lives of often overlooked, almost closeted twentieth-century performers Candy Barr, Lenny Bruce and Josephine Baker.

 

Strip, the Musical is a showcase of the old Austin performance community, revolving around the central figure of Amparo Garcia-Crow, who's the producer, director, and writer of this huge independent show. As one of a talented group of UT-Austin drama students in the 1980s, Garcia-Crow launched a lifelong national performance career of multimedia, multimodal performances that defied characterization as  only music, only theatre, or only dance.Her motto seemed to be “all of ...

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Review: And Still The Dead Lay Moaning by Anthony Bromberg, FronteraFest at Santa Cruz Studio Theatre, January 19 - 30, 2016

Review: And Still The Dead Lay Moaning by Anthony Bromberg, FronteraFest at Santa Cruz Studio Theatre, January 19 - 30, 2016

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 20, 2016

The show felt long and slow-paced but even so a satisfying and appropriate work of festival theatre.

We knew where this one was going from the title.  The writing challenge for Bromberg, a local talent, was to create a deepening mystery on the cause of death of the title character. Was it murder from a terrorist attack, a suicide, advanced cancer or something else? All these options were floated sequentially as the play progressed. It all deepened and unraveled, and resolution came much later with a fair amount of surprise despite ...

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Review: Liberté, Égalité, Adoptée by Maggie Gallant, FronteraFest at The Back Pack, January 19 - 31, 2016

Review: Liberté, Égalité, Adoptée by Maggie Gallant, FronteraFest at The Back Pack, January 19 - 31, 2016

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 20, 2016

Maggie Gallant's true courage in this first-person show is awe-inspiring.

The true courage of any one-person show performer is awe-inspiring.  To pull it all off successfully in performance doubles the kudos thrown to the performer. Maggie Gallant runs the table in her Liberté, Egalité Adoptée, showing at various times through January 31st at Ground Floor Theatre in east Austin as part of the Fronterafest Long Fringe festival.  

 

This show compares favorably to last fall’s Naked as a Gaybird, Jay Byrd’s skilled ...

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The Biscuiteater by Jim Loucks

The Biscuiteater by Jim Loucks

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 24, 2015

Loucks is an excellent performer, and the highest mark of his skill is his ability to flash back and forth between two characters in dialogue, a chameleon changing colors while trapped in a kaleidoscope.

 Austin’s newest theatre venue, the Ground Floor Theater, opened its performance doors to the world on January 19 with the first performances of the 2015 edition of FronteraFest Long Fringe. The theater is the brainchild of Lisa Scheps and Patti Neff-Tiven, producers who envisioned a theater to meet a dire need: an independent, community-collaborative theater to counter the recent shutterings of east side theaters.

 Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle has called the independent ...

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Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau by FronteraFest

Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau by FronteraFest

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 09, 2014

Vigorous, brash, opinionated and witty, Charles P. Stites would be an entertainment all by himself if you had regular access to him.  He posts frequently on Facebook, celebrating books, poems, actors, artists, authors, incidents of daily life, Half Price Books,  his favorite coffeeshop and family and friends.

Actor and director, he has appeared on Austin stages (most recently in La Bute's Fat Pig and in Shakespeare's Coriolanus but earlier for City ...

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