Top 10 Current/Upcoming Events

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1. Our Body: The Universe Within

from said:
“Our Body!”

Our Body: The Universe Within is a wonderful opportunity to view a stunning and well-presented exhibit of the human body. You WILL see and understand the body like you never have before… regardless of your background. ALL of the body “items” shown have undergone a process which preserves and make them plastic-like. There are many full bodies shown in various ways so that you may study the many different and interrelated systems that make up the human body. There are also many exhibits of body parts: hands, feet, lungs, liver, muscles, etc…. available for detailed study. In terms of logistics: The exhibit is well lit, there is quiet music playing in the background, some museum patrons are silently studying the bodies, some patrons are quietly chatting with their friends about what they are viewing, there are some benches to sit down on should you need to rest…More at nowplayingaustin.wordpress.com 

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2. The Drowsy Chaperone

ZACH Theatre

June 24-August 1, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.2 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 6

Michael Meigs Austin Live Theatre from Austin said:
“Run, don’t walk to buy tickets!”

When I got home, still bubbling from Zach’s The Drowsy Chaperone, I was ready to write, “Run, don’t walk, to the Zach box office to get your first set of tickets for this sparkling evening of music, comedy and light-hearted fooling, a clever reincarnation of Broadway at its wonderful beginnings.” That’s hyperbole, of course. Because you don’t need to run anywhere. You just tap zachtheatre.org into your browser, click a couple of times and give them your payment details. The Drowsy Chaperone is a zinger because Lambert, Morrison, Martin and McKellar lovingly spoof those energetic, naive and amazing beginnings of what became American musical theatre, admired across the world, while giving us a contemporary moderator and chorus — in the Greek sense. Martin Burke as the anonymous Man in the Chair hosts us for an evening alone in his apartment with LP recordings of that mythical 1928 musical. Read full ALT.com review with pix & video at http://tinyurl.com/ALT702

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3. Giants in Those Days

Weird City Theatre

July 8-July 25, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (3.5 Stars): 3.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 5

Jay Y. from Austin, TX said:
“Interesting, Original Production”

Giants in Those Days is nothing if not original. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a staged version of a comic book. It involves an eccentric old man telling two young comic-book fans about the real heroes and villains of the past, and we see an enactment of the epic fictional battles from their points of view- of the Heroes of the Superior Union taking on the Villains of the Karnivale. Admittedly, I thought some parts of Giants dry, and it’s not for everyone. Nonetheless, it is definitely an example of a bold experiment in theatre, of doing something original just for the sake of creativity, so anyone who appreciates that will enjoy Giants in Those Days.

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4. Spider’s Web

Different Stages

July 2-July 24, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.2 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 3

Pammyla Brooks from Austin, Texas said:
“Delightfully Tangled Web”

The best thing about Different Stages productions is that they are consistently entertaining. Other Austinites agree, for the entire Vortex theater was filled to capacity, without one free seat. The company succeeds in delivering an Agatha Christie piece consisting of a very impressive set, and top-notch actors and actresses. Nikki Zook, as the lead, hits the mark in depicting Clarissa who is such a masterful storyteller that she observes more than once, that “No one believes me when I tell the truth.” She persuades three male friends to help her hide the dead body she trips over, just before the Inspector shows up responding to a anonymous call about a murder. As usual, Agatha Christie’s plots are so intricate and unexpected, I can never figure out “Whodunnit.” However, maybe you can, so give it a shot at this performance that is perfect for any “date night.” It consists of three acts with two intermissions and Vortex’s Café provides any drinks and food you might need. Enjoy! 

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5. Matisse as Printmaker

The Blanton Museum of Art

May 23-August 22, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (3.8 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 2

Preston Kirk from Austin (Spicewood) Texas, USA said:
“Out of the Shadow”

Henri Matisse, perhaps better known as a sculptor and an extraordinary artist, is revealed at the Blanton as a thoughtful, sometimes edgy printmaker, exploring such techniques and processes for more than 50 of his 85 years. Unless you’re a serious art student, you don’t really have to know an etching from an aquatint; a monotype from a lithograph; a woodcut from a linoleum cut. Simply appreciate this exhibition of graphic virtuosity. There are 61 pieces of art, some as series, drawings of his children and even a self portrait. However Matisse’s narrow range focused on one of his favorite themes, nudes (mine, too), typically reclining or seated. Jay Fisher of the Baltimore Museum of Art has organized the works in a manner that elevates the viewer’s appreciation of the artist’s ongoing refinements. Each unfolding sequence is like “a pause along the path” of Matisse’s expanding, artistic sensibilities. The lighting is subdued in this gallery, so take a few minutes (more) 

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5. Circle Mirror Transformation

Hyde Park Theatre

July 8-August 7, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (5.0 Stars): 5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 1

Sam Blackfoot from Georgetown, Texas said:
“Circle Mirror is Fun* Hilarious* Moving* and *Heartbreaking”

To try to capture all the feelings this production left me with would be futile in 1000 Characters or less. I was belly- laughing at certain points and tearing up at others. The story is simple;Five residents of Vermont take an acting class for various reasons that will become clear as the plot thickens. The goofy games they must endure are HILARIOUS (it would have been very easy to live alone off of the shtick this script offers) but what really gives this show it’s umph are the well rounded characters, their demons, and the occasional painfully awkward pause that life throws them. We grow to care for each one of these folks despite their flaws…and isn’t that what life is all about? Hyde Park Theatre’s production of Circle Mirror Transformation provides a night well worth

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6. Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers

Austin Museum of Art

May 22-August 15, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (5.0 Stars): 5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 1

Ruby Sinclair from Austin, TX said:
“Inspiring and Thought-Provoking!”

I continue to be amazed and delighted by the work that AMoA is bringing here to Austin!! Chris Jordan’s work is profound and I highly recommend everyone to go and see it. His large-scale digital prints resonate the true impact that today’s society has made on waste, the environment, and quality of life. 

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7. Two Rooms

Rapscallions of the Periphery

July 8-July 17, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.5 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 1

Mark from Austin, TX said:
“great story and acting”

A poignant insight into what a loved one might go through when their spouse is abducted. Although written in 1988, the story is every bit as timely today. Stellar performance by Val Frazee, conveying the intense emotions a woman might go through, not knowing if her husband is alive or dead for years. Scot Friedman plays the husband abductee in a very convincing manner. Allison Wood does a fine job as the stoic State Department liaison, caught between political necessity and compassion for a poor wife that might not ever see her husband again. Also acting was Tony Salinas as the reporter who wants to write the story of the unlucky couple’s plight. He well conveys the tension between empathy and career opportunity. I highly recommend this play and hope I can see it once more while it is running.

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8. re:Psyche

Jenny Connell and Marie Brown

June 23-July 18, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.5 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 1

robert gonzales from austin TX said:
“very funny with a punch”

what a great performance! IT was like SNL meets Homer in a gay bar. I have always liked the blue theatre, the intimacy is perfect for this show – you are up close to the action, heart and soul of it. This love story is something all can connect to (it’s a myth after all) and it’s funny!!! There are so many brilliant moments and laugh out loud moments and moments that hit hard. Well done and CHEAP!! go see it, but bring a fan it can get kinda hot in there.


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One thought on “Top 10 Current/Upcoming Events

  1. I’d put MELANCHOLY PLAY on this list, too. Saw opening last week. A wonderful company of players perform this early Sarah Ruhl play.

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