Reviews for Ground Floor Theatre Performances

Review: Fun Home by Ground Floor Theatre

Review: Fun Home by Ground Floor Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 25, 2018

For the sake of the artists, the theatre, and the significant thematics of FUN HOME, the reports of sold-out houses were encouraging. For me this story of intimate sensibilities and missed reconciliation was an acoustic mess.

 

There is a charming love story at the center of Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel's ground-breaking graphic novel of the same name. Taylor Flanagan, playing Bechdel, makes a new friend at Oberlin College when she hesitantly visits the Gay Students Union. Joan-- attractive, open and friendly -- is the bridge by whom Alison discovers love.  Meeting the sweet generosity of Joan, jumpy, inhibited Alison begins to see a way forward to ...

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Review #2 of 2: There and Back by Raul Garza, Ground Floor Theatre

Review #2 of 2: There and Back by Raul Garza, Ground Floor Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 12, 2018

Raul Garza's THERE AND BACK is a universal tale presented within the specific culture of Latin migrants. Performances by the three-person cast, with Karina Dominguez as the protagonist, draw in the audience firmly yet subtly. The design fields make for a brilliant play.

 

Have you ever felt your home was not really your home, even when it is merely a converted chicken coop? And have you been told by all around you that the land you work with your hands is not your country? This deep-striking sense of dislocation is one of the first conveyances of There and Back, assisted mightily by Ia Ensterä’s exploded set, centered on the aforementioned avian shelter. Raul Garza’s cry from the ...

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Review #1 of 2: There and Back by Ground Floor Theatre

Review #1 of 2: There and Back by Ground Floor Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on August 11, 2018

Karina's Dominguez's stamina and subtly modulated performance endow the protagonist with the transcendence required to represent decades and generations of Mexican women whose pure endurance leaves us all in awe.

  

Raul Garza's new work is a tribute to the courage and resiliency of Mexican women.

His story of Gloria, arrived in the United States without papers in the mid-50's, extends to the present day, and it touches upon some of the principal developments in U.S. migration policy. Scenes of prejudice, discrimination and violence are inevitable in those six deades and more, but they're handled deftly and briefly. The story is ...

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Review: Gibberish Mostly by Ground Floor Theatre

Review: Gibberish Mostly by Ground Floor Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on September 24, 2017

GIBBERISH MOSTLY by local playwright Max Langert shows us autism from the inside. The script has an economical sound and feel but leaves the audience weeping through the last half of the 90-minute story.

 

Gibberish Mostly is a wrenching play by local playwright Max Langert showing us autism from the inside. More than that, it is a gem of a play directed by Lisa Scheps to celebrate the reopening of Ground Floor Theatre (GFT) after 20 months of the City of Austin's blockage for permit violations and interminable waits for new permits.  Through it all, the GFT owners, Lisa Scheps and Patti Neff Tiven, have been ...

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Review: Parade by Ground Floor Theatre

Review: Parade by Ground Floor Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on December 03, 2015

Without elaborated stageplay, the music and storytelling of Parade seem condensed and enriched, adding to the power of a story about prejudice.

Parade by Robert Uhry and Jason Robert Brown is the story of the mob murder of Leo Frank, whose story ignited a powerful movement for justice in the early 20th centuryUnited States and led directly to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. The musical is up for a very short run now at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road in east Austin.  It's an impressive work of art and a compelling up-to-the-minute statement ...

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