Reviews for Vortex Repertory Theatre Performances

Review #2 of 2: Heartland by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review #2 of 2: Heartland by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on January 28, 2019

In the tradition of the best modern plays, HEARTLAND also tells several stories at the same time, tracks up-to-the-minute, and shows great heart. This latter quality is sure to make it evergreen.

Heartland, an important new play by Gabriel Jason Dean, is now up at the Vortex. The longish, heavily scripted work takes on geopolitics, especially the alt-tidal forces sweeping back and forth across Afghanistan and the United States. In the tradition of the best modern plays, Heartland also tells several stories at the same time, tracks up-to-the-minute, and shows great heart. This latter quality is sure to make it evergreen, some day to enter ...

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Review #1 of 2: Heartland by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review #1 of 2: Heartland by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on January 28, 2019

HEARTLAND is so exquisitely written, directed and acted that it's likely to sweep Austin theatre awards. See it, and give in to an evening that will take you out of yourself and into a better place.

Heartland is a small miracle of a play. Playwright Gabriel Jason Dean, aided by director Rudy Ramirez, reconciles the ache of loss by drawing a quiet, warm portrait of a chaste love affair in the impossible circumstances of Afghanistan and evoking those memories for us in the home of an ill and grieving father. They're memories of Getee, a U.S. citizen teacher murdered by the Taliban, and they belong to Nazrullah, a fellow ...

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Review: Atlantis, a puppet opera by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review: Atlantis, a puppet opera by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on September 11, 2018

Whether loose fantasia or a tale of history before history, ATLANTIS, A PUPPET OPERA offers an evening of soaring, magnificent operatic song and spectacle, enjoyable by families and all.

 

Things that are unique are hard to describe because there is nothing else for comparison.The best approach to Atlantis: A Puppet Opera, now playing at The Vortex on Manor Road, is to call it a composite uniqueness and merely describe the parts.  The Ethos-created show was premiered at The Vortex in 2016, and its return has been eagerly awaited.  As before, the show is directed to perfection by Bonnie Cullum.   ...

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Review: 893/Ya-Ku-Za by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Review: 893/Ya-Ku-Za by Vortex Repertory Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on January 31, 2018

There's a great deal of watchful waiting in the dialogue between these two characters, so much so that I found myself imagining this piece as a Japanese film in black-and-white, framed principally in closeups

 

The Generic Ensemble Company (GenEnCo) has mounted a starkly simple set on the Vortex Rep's inside stage, representing a private room in a Japanese restaurant or teahouse: sliding bamboo-and-paper partitions, mats, a low table and two cushions. By containing the hour-long performance of 893 YA-KU-ZA in this plain space, they're playing an evocative, reductionist game. Mia King and kt shorb meet here in an atmosphere of tense threat. King is Aya, female ...

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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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