Top Weekly Events: What you have been mouthing off about this week!

Check out which events made the cut this week! Review your own at nowplayingaustin.com.

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1. Mary Stuart: Austin Shakespeare

Avg. Event Rating (4.4 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 9

Latifah Taormina from Austin said:
“Magnificent!”

If this were an off B’way production, the buzz would be about when it’s going to Broadway. Magnificent, elegant, unforgettable theatre! Powerful themes, brilliant writing, acting, directing, sets, lights, music, the works! Theatre that reaches down into the depths of who we are and reminds us of our deepest humanity, that grapples with “necessity as the prison of the will.” Merino and Christian give deep, rich and immensely moving performances as Mary and Elizabeth. But it’s not just their work. It’s the total production. It’s all there. DO NOT MISS THIS. It is a most rare opportunity to experience directly “the widening brightness of art.” Bravo! Bravo! And let’s make sure Ann Ciccolella and Austin Shakespeare have a solid future in Austin. They make us all proud. Incredible!

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2. A Little Night Music: Georgetown Palace Theatre, Inc.

Avg. Event Rating (4.9 Stars): 5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 4

Michael Alan Foster from Austin Texas said:
“Get thee to the Palace Theater…..”

WOW– what a delightful experience!.. some words that come to mind to describe my enjoyment at the Palace Theater of Sondheim’s neglected masterpiece: A Little Night Music–amazing, fun, memorable, delightful, and moving. Please read the other reviews as I am near speechless as to what I might add to their high praises of this wonderful show by a wonderful, talented, dedicated cast under the wonderful and able direction of a wonderful director-Clifford Bulter… Oh, I know: The orchestra is extra wonderful under the able direction of Jonathan Borden. The sets are simple and effective. The costumes are lovely, and the singing is simply Delightful. Highly recommended, and in my opinion, well worth the drive from ANYWHERE nearby! 

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3. American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print: Austin Museum of Art

Avg. Event Rating (4.8 Stars): 5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 4

Ruby Sinclair from Austin, TX said:
“AMAZING”

This is one of the most beautifully and artistically curated shows I have seen in awhile. Between the vibrant colors of the circus prints to the iconic images of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Grand Ol’ Oprey’s Minnie Pearl, these images tell the history and culture of our country. The “Make Readies” by Charles Anderson were outstanding and made you awe in wonder that they were created from one some may have considered “garbage”. This show is a MUST SEE!! 

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4. The Bawdy Five: The Baron\’s Men

Avg. Event Rating (4.0 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 10

Jason from Austin Texas said:
“Bawdy to the bone”

The Baron’s Men hit the nail on the head with this sexy erotic Medieval play. Played at The Curtain Theatre the surroundings were magical and I felt as if I was taken back to Medieval times and watched this in the actual period of the day. This was a very funny play full of all the humor that you would expect from this great troop. I laughed till I cried as did many in the audience. I honestly had no idea that Chaucer could be so naughty and funny! The Pregnant nuns was probably my favorite part of the play, bringing out many of the cast and just getting down right comical. If you have a chance get out to The Curtain Theatre and experience this for your self. The Baron’s Men have brought back something magical in their outstanding performance. I look forward to seeing many shows by them in the future. 

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5. The Flaming Idiots: ZACH Theatre

Avg. Event Rating (4.2 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 7

Jay Y from Austin, TX said:
“Great Show”

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!

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6. Curse of The House of Usher: Weird City Theatre

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

Crystal* from Austin, TX said:
“Weird City makes Poe’s words come to Life”

This production based on one of Poe’s most famous works is both creepy and stirring. Roderick Usher, played by John Carroll, seemed to ooze insanity, haunting his own home. If you enjoy the works of Poe you will surely enjoy the work of Weird City Theater. 

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7.The Athiest: Hyde Park Theatre

Avg. Event Rating (4.3 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 2

Crystal* from Austin, TX said:
“Joey Hood at his best!”

The Atheist is another winning production for Hyde Park Theater. Fantastic dark comedy about a young man looking for the perfect headline and will do anything to get it. Joey Hood’s performance is a scream! You’re not going to want to miss this.

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