Every week our A Team members and other arts community members are hard at work reviewing local theatre and deciding which ones will head up our weekly top ten list. So what are these reviews? Which shows are shining bright every week? Well now these lists are coming straight to you! Feel free to read more of the reviews and see the rest of the Top Ten List here
Here are the Top Six Events for the past week, and one stellar review from one of our patrons!
Holding strong in the number one spot for several consecutive weeks is ZACH Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!
Michael Meigs of Austin Live Theatre.com says he “…enjoyed Zach’s 25th Spelling Bee; high energy, a carnival of goofy delights. Your inner teenager will love it.” Read his full review, also posted on his site, here!
Number Two Event for the week is Gnap! Theatre Projects Production of Dusk:Improvised Tween Erotica!
Sara Farr gives it 5 stars, saying “Loved this show! Touches on all the fun things that make the vampire-werewolf series it parodies a cult classic. Yet each show is different because it is improvised. Laughs guaranteed!”
Event for the Week is City Theatre’s Hamlet.
Anna gives the show 5 stars saying “Aaron Black as Hamlet is mesmerizing and Polonius – the female version – is great. The rest of the cast holds their own as well. What a great production!” Hamlet is available at a reduced Hot Tix price through our Austix service Here!
Event for the Week is Austin Playhouse’s Turn of the Screw
An anonymous reviewer gave it 4 stars saying “I saw this show on Halloween, and it was perfect fare for an evening in need of a ghost story. Gravenstein is a captivating performer–she “seduced” me, as Henry James might say. Any of her choices that I may have questioned along the way were entirely justified–to say more might reveal too much. :) So, I’ll leave it at…she was fantastic. Wolfe is, strangely, most convincing as both a young boy and as a matron. In terms of direction, what strikes me is how wonderful the blocking and use of light were. They really helped clarify for the audience the shifts of time, place, and character. Wonderful performances, direction, and design make this show a great choice for this season. Don’t miss it!”
#5 Event for the Week is the closing exhibit at AMoA “Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something.”
Reviewer Contessa gives it 5 stars, saying “This was my second experience seeing a Chuck Close exhibit. I loved the first time and this new exhibit at AMoA didn’t disappoint. The beauty involved in the portrait photographs was both intense and astounding. If the portraits weren’t exciting enough, seeing the weaving and daguerreotypes took my breath away! The poetry of Bob Holman was an excellent pairing in the exhibit! All in all: FANTASTIC!”
Event for the Week is: TUTTO Theatre and The Vortex’s collaboration on Murder Ballad Murder Mystery.
Reviewer crl802 gives it 4 stars, saying “I may not know allot about the theater, technically speaking, but I do know when in having a good time and this show is a good time From start to finish. Every character and every song worked for me, even on a second viewing I was completely engaged and delighted. You know how after seeing a show you probably talk about the stand out parts, a particularly good song, or a weak performance that draws your attention away from the show as a whole? Well this show doesn’t have that, it’s not that no one was great, they all were, and they all seemed gel as a group. It seems to me that is really what adds up to a successful show at the end of the night, and that’s what They’ve got here. Go see for your self, You”ll be glad you did.”
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