Every week our A Team members and other arts community members are hard at work reviewing local arts events 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!
1. The Flaming Idiots: ZACH Theatre
Jay Y from Austin, TX said:
I remember first seeing the Flaming Idiots, made of Pyro, Gyro, and Walter, at the Texas Renaissance Festival back in 1993, and haven’t seen them since. I don’t remember much about the event, but their act always stood out very clearly. I was glad to hear that they were on a re-union tour, and was not disappointed in the show. They did some of the routines I remember well, such as Pyro climbing on top of a large man from the audience, standing on his shoulders, and juggling torches, and Walter walking in the middle of Pyro and Gyro juggling Bowling Pins. I’m always amazed when I watch physical talents performed with ease- it shows that our world is not quite how we perceive it, which I find very entertaining. Catch the Flaming Idiots while you can!
2. BURIED CHILD: The City Theatre Company
Sam T. from Austin,TX said:
This was a great production of a Shepard classic! Every role was pitch perfect and watching these chilling performances is worth the price of admission alone. Wray Crawford and Keylee Paige Koop were especially effective, but the rest of the cast was brilliant as well.
3. JOHN AND JEN: Penfold Theatre Company
Miss Jane from Austin, Texas said:
This is a must-see show. I know from experience that putting on a musical with only two actors is a very daring undertaking, and these two actors totally pull it off. Great acting, singing, physical presence and very creative use of the space. They must be doing something right…the Hideout theater was almost full, it was opening weekend (I think) AND Superbowl Sunday. Great to see a good crowd out for home-grown Austin theater.
4. DESIRE: The Blanton Museum of Art
Contessa from Austin, TX said:
“Unleash Inhibitions and Cross Boundaries”
Titillating and Tantalizing come to mind when describing the wonderfully curated new show at The Blanton! Desire is just that. Prepare to push any old-fashioned or conservative boundaries aside! Favorite pieces to make sure to check out include Robert Kushner’s “Scriptorium, Georganne Deen’s “The Inner Cry” and Petah Coyne’s “Untitled #1103. Also, The Blanton has added some pieces from their collection that represent Desire including Paul Cezanne’s “Les Baigneurs”!
5. STUDIES FROM WOOD TO WAX: Jewish Community Association of Austin
Theo R. from Austin, TX said:
Wandered into this show quite by accident. Incredible work – Lindlof’s sculptures have an amazing depth and texture, very compelling. Kyle Kuhn’s work pushing the boundaries of encaustic work and incorporating found objects into a cacophany of texture and color. Hats off to who ever pulled off an exhibition of this quality at the off the beaten path gallery.