Reviews for Paper Chairs Performances

Review: The Repentance of St. Joan by Paper Chairs

Review: The Repentance of St. Joan by Paper Chairs

by David Glen Robinson
Published on March 26, 2018

The freshness of THE REPENTANCE OF SAINT JOAN is its freedom to change space, time, character, and tone from one phrase of dialogue to the next, thanks in large part to a gifted and flexible cast.

Judd Farris’ visage is a landscape.  He opens the play in monologue, speaking of what he did after the war—what war?—building villages, building churches, and working in granaries. He describes walking in snowy woodlands, and ascending a hill and its consequent aerobic effects on him. By the time he reaches the crest he has become the landscape he describes, and we trust his genuineness and authenticity.  It is time itself we cannot ...

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Review: Catalina de Erauso by Paper Chairs

Review: Catalina de Erauso by Paper Chairs

by David Glen Robinson
Published on September 20, 2017

A marvelous work of postmodernist theatre, frame-bending and highly metatheatrical, Elizabeth Doss's CATALINA DE ERAUSO bursts with the topsy-turvy irony of postmodern plays.

 

Catalina de Erauso produced by Paper Chairs is a marvelous work of postmodernist theatre, frame-bending and highly metatheatrical.  Playwright Elizabeth Doss takes on a historical theme as she has before (Mast, Poor Herman).  But in our time in which history is poorly regarded and even more poorly studied, Doss avoids a conventional treatment of her historical theme.  Rather than taking on history as a monolithic truth for source material, Doss sees ...

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Two Reviews: HOT BELLY by Diana Lynn Small, paper chairs at Austin Public, February 3 - 19, 2017

Two Reviews: HOT BELLY by Diana Lynn Small, paper chairs at Austin Public, February 3 - 19, 2017

by David Glen Robinson
Published on February 09, 2017

HOT BELLY is a slice of two lives that come together for a while and go their own ways much later. The insight is that coming apart is never really distinct and never final. Even final isn't final.

Two lesbians fall in love.  What’s new?  The premise no longer has any shock value, not even any surprise value.  The point that love is love regardless of sexuality has been made amply in our generation.Playwright and director Diana Lynn Small recognizes this and gets on with telling life stories in her new play Hot Belly.  Chili, shoes, facial hair, and ghosts:  these are the stuff of this play, the ...

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Review: Poor Herman by Paper Chairs

Review: Poor Herman by Paper Chairs

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 14, 2016

A beautiful, fresh theatrical experience, POOR HERMAN is bold, transgressive, and the best single choice among several good shows in Austin in May.

Poor Herman is a beautiful, fresh theatrical experience from paper chairs theatre company.  This group is more than a little committed to experiment, and its artists are surefooted in giving us new thoughts, new stagings, new feelings and, perhaps, some originality.  Last year’s Mast and this year’s Art/Model Show: Subject are evidence for this bold statement. In Austin only a few can claim the turf of the new. Among them are paper ...

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Review: Art/Model Show: Subject by Paper Chairs

Review: Art/Model Show: Subject by Paper Chairs

by Michael Meigs
Published on March 04, 2016

This session was anything but static. I slipped away into the cool Austin evening with the strong feeling that I had been somehow embraced.

I slipped away into the cool Austin evening after Art Model Show: Subject with the strong feeling that I had been somehow embraced. The performance wasn't lengthy. For just over an hour the spectators -- no, call us paying guests -- had sat quietly in the studio, clutching sketchbooks and pencils while taking in the huddle of six artists working at their easels and the five undraped figure models positioned variously on platforms before them. Four ...

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Review: MAST by Paper Chairs

Review: MAST by Paper Chairs

by David Glen Robinson
Published on July 27, 2015

Avoiding the overused theme of the scattering of lives in global war, Elizabeth Doss uses the ocean as her overarching metaphor. Lives drift, drown, sail or find new lands.

The Paper Chairs theatre collective has a reputation for innovative and experimental productions.  In almost six years of existence the company has gained skill and recognition in the Austin theatre scene, and MAST  by Artistic Director Elizabeth Doss may prove to be its strongest edge-dancing production yet, and artfully produced.

 

The play has at its core incidents and relationships in Doss’s family tree in World War II and the generation that followed, but ...

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