Reviews for Zach Theatre Performances

Review #2 of 2: ANN, by Zach Theatre

Review #2 of 2: ANN, by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on August 06, 2019

Libby Villari was firing away on all cylinders, creating the feeling of a southern revival in the Topfer Theatre. The audience laughed, pumped up and not afraid to call out with applause and shouts of approval.

There was never any doubt Libby Villari could hold the audience entranced with her snappy accent, comically vitriolic outbursts, clever banter, and engaging storytelling, but this production of Holland Taylor’s Ann is well paired with a great set and spot on lighting design. Lghting designer Sarah EC Maines emphasized the three-act arc of the story -- pre-Governor, Governor, and post-Governor-- with a subtle but deft shi the lightfts between lighting schemes. They evojke the moody but ...

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Review #1 of 2: ANN by Zach Theatre

Review #1 of 2: ANN by Zach Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 06, 2019

This gem is an extended encomium to Governor Ann Richards of Texas. Some of the production choices in this 100X magnification level of scrutiny of Gov. Richards are almost mysterious.

Ann Richards would have been proud to be called First Hometown Girl of Texas. That much is clear in Act I of Ann, the new play by Holland Taylor currently up on Zach Theatre’s Topfer stage.  Also clear in Act I, Richards was explicitly proud to claim the title of Second Female Governor of Texas (after Ma Ferguson). 

 

Benjamin Endsley Klein directs this gem as an extended encomium to Governor Ann Richards ...

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Review: Immortal Longings by Zach Theatre

Review: Immortal Longings by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on June 24, 2019

Steven Epp's Diaghilev is unrelenting, explosive, and -- one imagines -- exhausting. He embodies the grace of a ballet instructor with a mischievous streak that enlivens his performance.

Terrence McNally was born in the 1930s and has had a distinguished career spanning multiple decades, which include four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Obie Awards, only to mention a few. It is no surprise he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in the 90's, and yet he's still producing great work. McNally is famedfor his plays and librettos including Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master ...

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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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