Reviews for Zach Theatre Performances

Review: The Ballad of Klook and Vinette by Zach Theatre

Review: The Ballad of Klook and Vinette by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on April 29, 2019

A continuous song interspersed with plot, this BALLAD has writing that's incredibly on point, and these characters are like two meteors colliding in the vast, dark emptiness of space.

 The Ballad of Klook and Vinette tells the tale of a modern love story of “lost souls” trying to find happiness after trying times. The story is regaled through a well-balanced mix of dialogue and original R and B tunes that run the emotional gamut from breezy, to seductive, to playful, to heart-wrenching. It begins with a solid dose of comedy as two strangers banter back and forth, slowly realizing that though they do ...

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Review #2 0f 2: Matilda, the musical by Zach Theatre

Review #2 0f 2: Matilda, the musical by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 20, 2019

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL is a bit of a mess in the telling, especially if you've read Dahl's tale either to yourself or to a younger generation, but it's a whirlwind of entertainment. Congratulations to all those young talents on stage valiantly interpreting the story.

 

Austin's Zach Theatre has thrown all of its considerable artistry into the stage musical version of Roald Dahl's Matilda, and the result is a big bright shining noisy ball of fun. Directors Nat Miller and Abe Reybold scooped up young performers from the theatre's pre-professional company to assemble two casts, orange and blue, for the spectacular and demanding dancing and clowning that create this fantasy world. The young artists hit their ...

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Review #1 of 2: Matilda, the musical by Zach Theatre

Review #1 of 2: Matilda, the musical by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on April 13, 2019

Whether you know Roald Dahl's 1988 children's novel or not, this present production is a fervent tribute to his vision of inanity.

 

The Tony- and Olivier-award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical! is playing at Zach’s Topfer Theatre until May 12th. It is not part of their ongoing Theatre for Families series, as one might expect, but the company recommends it for ages 6 and above. Presentations in Theatre for Families generally have earlier showtimes, shorter runtimes, and longer runs (Wake Up, Brother Bear!, aimed for the very young, opened at Zach Theatre North last October ...

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Review: NOTES FROM THE FIELD by Anna Deavere Smith, Zach Theatre

Review: NOTES FROM THE FIELD by Anna Deavere Smith, Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on March 05, 2019

Culled from the interviews with real people, the texts are filled with words that are passionate, well-spoken, and as colorful as any a playwright might wish to craft. NOTES FROM THE FIELD is an intrepid work of art.

Using empirical evidence and recorded interviews, playwright-actor Anna Deavere Smith tells the personal stories of those dealing with the difficult communities challenged to escape what they describe as “America’s school-to-prison pipeline.” There is mature content in these stories, and Zach Theatre recommends that audience members be at least 14 years of age.

 

Smith originated Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education as a one-woman performance. She's a famous actor, playwright, and ...

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Review #1 of 2: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by Zach Theatre

Review #1 of 2: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on January 29, 2019

A cycle of three songs by Hedwig is a most beautiful battering of the audience’s psyche. It's unmistakably puissant, powerful, and gratifyingly self-indulgent. The story of Hedwig is a modern-day fable that deserves retelling as Zach Theatre has done.

Inside all that fabulousness there is so much pain. 

 

During The Long Grift, Hedwig tries and tries to finish the opening when s/he senses a breakdown. S/he throws out some banter and attempts to restart the song, but it is not to be. S/he storms off stage and becomes a quiet rainstorm in the distance. The audience is subdued, but only momentarily, since Leslie McDonel as Yitzhak steps to the ...

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Review #2 of 2: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by Zach Theatre

Review #2 of 2: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on January 29, 2019

Director Dave Steakey and star Daniel Rowan prove that Hedwig, already larger than life back in 2002, can be scaled up to a needy, appealing, viciously funny and achingly vulnerable monster who towers over Zach Theatre's Karen Kuykendall stage like King Kong in a tanga and high heels.

Hedwig is twenty years older now than when s/he first came out on American stages, but in the magic bubble of theatre s/he hasn't aged a day. Director Dave Steakley put on an Austin version of the 1998 Broadway musical in 2002, at just about the same time the movie version premiered, and it played in the snug Whisenhut theatre in the round for months. In his Austin Chronicle review Wayne Alan ...

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