Recent Reviews

Review: Little Bird by Heartland Theatre Collective

Review: Little Bird by Heartland Theatre Collective

by Michael Meigs
Published on June 15, 2018

LITTLE BIRD offers, like a gift, a gentle imagining of childhood innocents who are oblivious of the brooding evil that surrounds them.

 

Nicole Oglesby's Little Bird offers, like a gift, a gentle imagining of childhood innocents who are oblivious of the brooding evil that surrounds them. Willa and Peg are thirteen-year-old girls, best friends, trusting in one another and their Texas bayou surroundings. Willa's discovery of a litle bird fallen from its nest at first seems a randon incident, one that we probably all hold from childhood -- Willa gathers the creature in her hands ...

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Review:  STATIC: An Evening of Casey Wimpee Transmissions  by Theatre Synesthesia

Review: STATIC: An Evening of Casey Wimpee Transmissions by Theatre Synesthesia

by Michael Meigs
Published on June 10, 2018

Playwright Casey Wimpee writes dialogue so stessed that it’s practically projectile. It’s vivid, unpredictable, at times horrific. Perfect actor bait: these performers, all devoted to the power of language, must have shivered in anticipation when first reading this script.

 

Theatre Synesthesia keeps you in dim light looking down into the pit for Casey Wimpee’s Static, which seems entirely appropriate. The playwright’s vision for these short pieces is not unlike that of Dante looking down into lower circles of hell.

 

 

 

You’ll be visiting first with a manic soul who doesn’t at first realize he has passed away. Instead of the poet Virgil as his guide, Brett Howard will have ...

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Review: Sunday in the Park with George by Zach Theatre

Review: Sunday in the Park with George by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on June 06, 2018

Artistic director Dave Steakley makes SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE an explosion of sound and image. The Zach Theatre applies its talents and vast resources to fill that virtually bare stage with a work so intense that it verges on an experiment in synesthesia.

The Zach Theatre's staging of Stephen Sondheim's 1984 musical Sunday in the Park with George offers a tempting treat. Sondheim's oeuvre is extensive and varied, and I've had the opportunity to sample it only from time to time. Of course there are the most popular pieces, including West Side Story with Bernstein, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Into the Woods with James Lapine, so familiar ...

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Review: Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse WOW by Glass Half Full Theatre

Review: Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse WOW by Glass Half Full Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 28, 2018

Glass Half Full Theatre has gone and done it again. Caroline Reck, Indigo Rael and their team have pushed the envelope and brought this zany story alive with mundane plastic objects and unbounded imagination.

 

Glass Half Full Theatre has gone and done it again. Caroline Reck and her team have pushed the envelope of design, materials, and concepts of puppetry toward manipulable props. Or perhaps artist-designer Indigo Rael has pushed the envelope of innovative materials for props, costumes, and sets toward puppetry.  Whatever the vector, the Vortex stage comes alive with mundane plastic and unbounded imagination.  

 

Glass Half Full Productions is perhaps the premiere Austin puppet ...

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Review: Lucky Stiff by Austin Playhouse

Review: Lucky Stiff by Austin Playhouse

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 27, 2018

LUCKY STIFF's silly run-around plot is a showcase vehicle for powerful songs by some of Austin’s best singing and performing talent. It will appeal to everyone who has musical theatre as a guilty pleasure.

 

Lucky Stiff by Ahrens and Flaherty, now playing at Austin Playhouse in ACC Highland in central Austin, is a light and frothy musical entertainment, not even a murder mystery, although it is about the last will and testament and vacation of a murder victim.  And it is still not a murder mystery even when Boni Hester slings around silver-plated and gold-plated revolvers throughout the show. Her high heels alone are sufficient to do all ...

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Review: Small Mouth Sounds by Capital T Theatre

Review: Small Mouth Sounds by Capital T Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 24, 2018

The characters in this silence-obligatory experience are immensely diverse but denied the luxury of getting-to-know-you chat. We see a lot of informal signing, pantomime, role-playing, charades, and utter frustration. The funniest moments are when missed messages cause meltdowns.

 

Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, now playing at Hyde Park Theatre, is one of those small-scale modern plays that compete for stage space in 21st century American regional theatre. That quality may make the play difficult to see in the lush forest of contemporary plays, but it has the quirky originality that Capital T Theatre loves to spy out.  Hence the current production.  

 

The characters don’t know each other ...

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