Recent Reviews

Review #2 of 2: There and Back by Raul Garza, Ground Floor Theatre

Review #2 of 2: There and Back by Raul Garza, Ground Floor Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 12, 2018

Raul Garza's THERE AND BACK is a universal tale presented within the specific culture of Latin migrants. Performances by the three-person cast, with Karina Dominguez as the protagonist, draw in the audience firmly yet subtly. The design fields make for a brilliant play.

 

Have you ever felt your home was not really your home, even when it is merely a converted chicken coop? And have you been told by all around you that the land you work with your hands is not your country? This deep-striking sense of dislocation is one of the first conveyances of There and Back, assisted mightily by Ia Ensterä’s exploded set, centered on the aforementioned avian shelter. Raul Garza’s cry from the ...

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Review #1 of 2: There and Back by Ground Floor Theatre

Review #1 of 2: There and Back by Ground Floor Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on August 11, 2018

Karina's Dominguez's stamina and subtly modulated performance endow the protagonist with the transcendence required to represent decades and generations of Mexican women whose pure endurance leaves us all in awe.

  

Raul Garza's new work is a tribute to the courage and resiliency of Mexican women.

His story of Gloria, arrived in the United States without papers in the mid-50's, extends to the present day, and it touches upon some of the principal developments in U.S. migration policy. Scenes of prejudice, discrimination and violence are inevitable in those six deades and more, but they're handled deftly and briefly. The story is ...

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Review: The Audience/El Público by Paper Chairs

Review: The Audience/El Público by Paper Chairs

by Michael Meigs
Published on July 31, 2018

Elizabeth Doss's staging of her adaptation is a sensitive but vigorous and often absurdist work, portraying both Spain's greatest twentieth-century poet and the brutal intolerance of Franco's Falange that murdered him.

It's not possible to descry how much of paperchairs' The Audience/El Público is Elizabeth Doss and how much of it is Federico García Lorca, twentieth-century Spain's greatest poet. One can guess, of course, that the succession of poetic similes describing homoerotic love probably came from the gifted, tormented poet who was arrested and arbitrarily executed by Franco's Falange in 1936 when he was only 38 years old. Playwright Doss's savage ...

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Review: Beauty and the Beast by Zach Theatre

Review: Beauty and the Beast by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on July 26, 2018

Zach Theatre's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is familiar, polished, and entirely reassuring -- comfort food served in a lavish banquet.

 

With its seven-week-long production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Austin's Zach theatre sets the stage with its familiar flourishes and mastery of theatrical design for a lavish banquet of comfort food. It's a fun evening with beloved characters in a familiar story, where the sweet, bookish heroine prevails over her caddish, smug suitor and recognizes the true worth of the towering, rude and resentful beast who turns out to be ...

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Review: Alabama Story by Southwest Theatre Productions

Review: Alabama Story by Southwest Theatre Productions

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on July 23, 2018

The story is simple, the staging is top notch. ALABAMA STORY, eerily timeless, challenges the audience to ask themselves: has anything other than the period clothing changed?

 

Montgomery, Alabama in 1959, our enchanted southern kingdom, where the lemonade tastes sweeter because it was made by both our mamas together.

 

Montgomery, Alabama where people say things like piffle and you are in high cotton.

 

Montgomery where it is natural and normal to be married. The capital of mighty Alabama where people fight for their rights to protect things: their lifestyle, their church, their children and their books.

 

Alabama Story ...

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Review: The Lion in Winter by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: The Lion in Winter by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on July 20, 2018

The Gaslight Baker production of THE LION IN WINTER offers an intimate tale on an epic set; this is story telling of demanding engagement, all the more rewarding for the challenges it presents.

 

Great things occur in humble venues.

 

Over the past decade of theatre watching in Central Texas, I've seen that truism confirmed again and again. The current production of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter at the Gaslight Baker Theatre, just off Lockhart's central square, is another example.

 

There's a lot of 'great' to it, and not in the casual American sense of the word. Goldman's script took ...

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