Reviews for University of Texas Theatre & Dance Performances

Review: A Shadow Among Strangers by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: A Shadow Among Strangers by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 18, 2016

Lucien Douglas could have captivated us even if he'd performed this piece out at the intersection of San Jacinto and 23rd Street. Razzle-dazzle em -- and let 'em know they've been razzle-dazzled.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you just have to show them how it's done.

 

Lucien Douglas, professor of theatre at the University of Texas at Austin, has received plenty of acclaim: the College of Fine Arts award for excellence in teaching in 2012 and the UT Systems Regents' award for the same in 2014. His list of acting credits and theatre accomplishments, summarized in the program leaflet and on-line, would probably be as ...

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Review: Twelfth Night by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: Twelfth Night by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on March 04, 2016

The clever vigor of UT's undergraduate actors in a design evoking magic and transformation provides an entirely satisfying Twelfth Night for devotees and newbies alike.

Traffic was at a near standstill at the University of Texas campus in Austin last Saturday half an hour before the opening of Twelfth Night. I had to take a circuitous route, commit myself to a long line ol cars waiting to enter the parking garage near Longhorns Stadium and fork over a $10 'event parking' fee. But not because of the production at the 244-seat Oscar Brockett Theatre at the UT Department of Theatre ...

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Review: The Cherry Orchard by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: The Cherry Orchard by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 24, 2011

The acting in the piece is strong, a fact that gives one an ever greater wistfulness in the 'what if' realm.

What was Brant Pope thinking?

 

That's not just a curmudgeonly expostulation.  AustinLiveTheatre has an affection for alt-versions, augmentations and re-interpretations of the classics.  Relatively small audiences have benefited from the Shakespeare riffs of the Wondrous Strange Players, their antecedent Austin Drama Club and the annual inventions of the Weird Sisters Theatre Collective.  ALT applauds the current Hedda roll -- two modern language versions of Hedda Gabler from Palindrome Theatre, the SVT ...

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Review: Clybourne Park by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: Clybourne Park by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on May 11, 2011

Clybourne Park is horrible and funny and deadly accurate about the psychological transformation of America.

Clybourne Park was here and then gone, a self-combusting event that deserved a far longer run in this town -- or anywhere else, for that matter.

 

The UT Department of Theatre and Dance had seized upon plays by Bruce Norris of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre for MFA end-of-term showcase productions at the Lab Theatre.  Norris' 1994 The Pain and the Itch directed by Lee Abraham  played five times in the last week of April ...

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Review: The Threepenny Opera by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: The Threepenny Opera by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 24, 2011

Most memorable of all in an evening that thrashes and enchants its audience is the near-finale of Schnack's "Call from the Grave," as Mack stands with the noose about his neck, contemptuous and berating, with the chilling refrain, "If you forgive me, I will forgive you."

UT's The Threepenny Opera was an astonishing production, of such quality and depth that it deserved to run for months.  But the Oscar Brockett Theatre seats only about 200 and there were only seven performances.

 

I organized a group of 16 to attend the first Saturday performance, and they walked away bedazzled.  You can pity that one prospective group member who decided not to take up the offer because, he said ...

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Review: Our Town by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Review: Our Town by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 08, 2010

I didn't perceive that inner shift -- the gathering calm of resignation and understanding. As my silver-haired wife commented afteward, "But they're all young. How could they understand that yet?"

Stage Manager:

I've married over two hundred couples in my day. . . .

M . . . marries N . . . . millions of them.

The cottage, the go-cart, the Sunday afternoon drives in the Ford, the first rheumatism, the grandchildren, the second rheumatism, the deathbed, the reading of the will --

Once in a thousand times it's interesting.

[He now looks at the audience for the first time, with a warm smile that removes any sense of cynicism from the next ...

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