Recent Reviews

Review: Next to Normal by Ground Floor Theatre

Review: Next to Normal by Ground Floor Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on December 13, 2019

This collaboration between Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre is unique, and it's groundbreaking in the effectiveness of both concept and execution. Highly recommended; one of the must-see theatrical performances of the year.

 

Diana, portrayed simultaneously by Megg Rose and Kerry McGinnis, is suffering from bipolar disorder. Her psychic struggles spread out and ensnare all those near and dear to her. First affected are  her husband and daughter; from there her crisis reaches  her doctor, her daughter’s boyfriend, and — most frightening of all — the ghost of Gabe, her long lost first born.

 

The brilliant dual casting of most parts with two distinct performers, one ...

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Review: A Christmas Memory by Alchemy Theatre Company

Review: A Christmas Memory by Alchemy Theatre Company

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on December 12, 2019

I wouldn't be surprised to see this production go on to become an Austin Christmas tradition. It's a memory one will want to relive again and again.

 

 American novelist, playwright, and actor Truman Capote is best known for Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. Many of his works are considered American literary classics and were adapted for film and television, which helped give him a wide and admiring audience. Yet Capote's origins were remarkably humbler, even Dickensian. His youth was beset by familial issues including divorce, an absentee mother, and a transient lifestyle.

 

He began to deal ...

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Review: A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' Family Musical by Zach Theatre

Review: A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' Family Musical by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 05, 2019

Dave Steakley's happy jukebox interpretation of A Christmas Carol is set in a world of diversity and human warmth that's too Austin to be true, and it's all the more appealing for that. Constant celebration overshadows Ebenezer's redemption.

 

Zach Theatre's A Christmas Carol is back for the sixth year, and Dave Steakley's canny jukebox presentation is a charming delirium. Zach's producing artistic director again takes the simple structure of the much loved tale of redemption and decorates it with celebratory rock and roll the way folks all across the nation are dangling ornaments and tinsel on forests of Christmas trees. Sometimes the connections to Dickens' simple, sturdy plot are ...

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Review: Little Women, the Broadway musical by Texas State University

Review: Little Women, the Broadway musical by Texas State University

by Michael Meigs
Published on November 22, 2019

LITTLE WOMEN showcases impressive vocal talents, giving them a full Broadway-style musical workout. The score and lyrics are full of flinging ambition, self query, and sentiment. And we know the sisters will all turn out just fine.

 

Texas State University's Little Women is a lovely evening of performance, and by now this Broadway rendering of Louisa May Alcott's novel about the four March sisters in Concord, New Hampshire, during Civil War years, a favorite of young girls, may well be more known and popular than the original. A quick check of the captain's logs at CTXLT revealed a total of nine productions of the 2005 work over the ...

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Review: Rigoletto by Austin Opera

Review: Rigoletto by Austin Opera

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on November 15, 2019

Music is the food of love, and it's the very meat and potatoes of this production. The work of the symphony, the chorus and the principals is so emotive one could close one's eyes and still be haunted by this production.

 

Austin Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto has a brief three performance run ,which is unfortunate considering how stellar this show is. Presented as a three-act opera  (the original had four) is based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s'amuse (The King Amuses Himself), and despite the deceptively light-hearted title the story is a brutal one indeed. The work originally debuted in Venice in 1851 and despite some initial issues with government ...

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Review: The Vineyard by Heartland Theatre Collective

Review: The Vineyard by Heartland Theatre Collective

by David Glen Robinson
Published on November 05, 2019

Khali McDuff-Sykes is Susanna, an unexpected angel who journeys to the homeless of Austin, and with some divine sixth sense finds those in need of her vineyard. As with many plays of high concept, the problems are long, but the solutions are short.

 

 

The Vineyard, a new play by Nicole Oglesby statged at the Trinity Street Theatre downtown, throws us in with under-thirty-somethings working and communing with angels at their own Hill Country vineyard and winery. They largely hail from the homeless streets of Austin. This gives the play immediacy and familiarity but without losing a potential wider audience. Its freshness is very well appreciated. And as we see every day, everyone on the streets has ...

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