Reviews for Vortex Repertory Theatre Performances

Review #2 of 2: A PERFECT ROBOT by Sarah Saltwick, Vortex Repertory, January 19 - February 5, 2017

Review #2 of 2: A PERFECT ROBOT by Sarah Saltwick, Vortex Repertory, January 19 - February 5, 2017

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on January 25, 2017

A PERFECT ROBOT offers stories and concepts on so many levels that you can spend hours contemplating the nature of the soul and the principal theme: whether love can indeed be replicated by a machine that is willing to listen to and argue with you.

 

 

Her robot work is uncanny. 

Please define. 

Uncanny, as in strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way. Synonyms include eerie, unnatural, otherworldly, ghostly, mysterious, abnormal, bizarre and surreal. 

You mean it was unbelievable? 

No, exactly the opposite, in fact. 

First sentence does not compute, please begin again.

Amelia Turner plays the robot, Mollybot, in the Vortex Theatre’s production of Sarah Saltwick’s new play A Perfect Robot and ...

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Review #1 of 2: A PERFECT ROBOT by Sarah Saltwick, Vortex Repertory, January 19 - February 11, 2017

Review #1 of 2: A PERFECT ROBOT by Sarah Saltwick, Vortex Repertory, January 19 - February 11, 2017

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 22, 2017

Sarah Saltwick's A PERFECT ROBOT is multi-layered and gives us robots, yes, but also a love story. Mollybot senses the world anew, imperfect in her highest functions and full of naïveté.

Anticipating Sarah Saltwick’s A Perfect Robot, we wonder what direction the play will take. Will it move toward robots and artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world imperfectly, as in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis?  Or will it take the deeper, heart-wrenching approach of that moral diamond in the rough, 1983’s Bladerunner, the film by Ridley Scott? The latter, especially, poses the question of what it means to have self-aware consciousness, what it means to be ...

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Review: Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review: Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 06, 2016

Cautionary play PRIVACY SETTINGS: A PROMETHEAN TALE focuses on real world issues from drones to cyber sex trafficking. The clever treasure hunt that follows bodily sucks the audience into a high-risk tale of Pandora's Box.

A slightly-built man dressed in T-shirt and slacks is led to a high black stone cube by law officers.  After gaining the top of the cube, the man is chained to it, arms and legs, by a high official in a suit.  The man says nothing as law enforcement officers and the suited man berate him as a traitor for releasing the files to, of all hideous groups, the American public. The officers ...

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Review: Terminus by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review: Terminus by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on January 27, 2016

Everything comes together magnificently in Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus, and director Rudy Ramirez, wizard-like, summons the arts and crafts to make it live.

Everything comes together magnificently in Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus to bring you to another place, another time and a situation as fraught, intense and haunting as those of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. The playwrght's dialogue is clever, sharp and memorable, and he has carpentered a framework and plot of great satisfactions. Director Rudy Ramirez, wizard-like, has summoned forth all the needed arts and crafts to make it live. 

 

Eller Freeman lives ...

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Review: Tartuffe by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review: Tartuffe by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 02, 2015

The all-teenage cast is fearless, they know their lines, they’re clear even when shouting, they dance sharply and well, and thus armed they dive straight into the world’s foremost play about hypocrisy and deception.

We’ve entered Austin’s hot summer of theatre.  Get involved, there’s Zach Theatre’s Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, the experimental and satisfying MAST at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, three musicals by Summer Stock Austin at the Long Center, Hairspray at Zilker Hillside  Theatre, Terence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! at City Theatre, 7 Towers’ Closer at the Dougherty Arts Center, and the new original The Tree Play by old Austin hand Robi Polgar coming soon to Ground Floor ...

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Review: Changelings, by Vortex Repertory

Review: Changelings, by Vortex Repertory

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 31, 2015

Reina Hardy establishes a secret land one can enter with the correct magic keys and incantations. Once there, characters fight fairies’ nasty habit of stealing mortal babies and raising them as their own, the changelings.

Reina Hardy’s Changelings, A Dark Fairytale Adventure, playing weekends until February 7 is the very paragon of the dark fairytale subgenre. I expect it will have success and long runs nationally after its performances at the Vortex Repertory on Manor Road in Austin.

 

Hardy, a young playwright and Michener Fellow from UT Austin, has already enjoyed recognition on the national level. She has typically pursued magical realism in her playwriting, notably in her Stars ...

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