Top Weekly Events: Did yours make the list

Top 10 Current/Upcoming Events

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

#1 Georgetown Palace Theatre, Inc.
“A Little Night Music”

Sit back and relax while you enjoy a fantastic night of music and theater. The singing quality is top-notch, and is as powerful as an opera. The costumes were phenomenal. It is simply amazing what Mary Ellen Butler and Sara De Cuir did with a mixture of dyed wedding dresses from local thrift shops, jackets, and other miscellaneous items. The director keeps the actors moving with intention, so that even the invalid grandmother stands and walks around during her pieces. The set is quite impressive, and appropriate in the setting of the Georgetown Palace Theater. The script is sexy and the dialogue makes you laugh. What better combination for a night of theater? The plot is a bit complicated and so you may prefer to read a copy of the synopsis before it begins for best results. All in all, it was such fun and delightful musical entertainment that both my companion and I are considering a repeat drive to Georgetown from Austin. Way to go, Georgetown Palace and Stephen Sondheim!
–A Team Member Pammyla Brooks

#2 American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print
Austin Museum of Art
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!!

#3 The Athiest
Hyde Park Theatre
ATXman from Austin, Tx said:
“Great script and amazing performance”

Joey Hood’s tour de force performance of this jaded and dark new comedy by Ronan Noone is definitely the reason to see this show. You will definitely get your money’s worth.

#4The Glass Menagerie
TexARTS
Austin Live Theatre from austin said:
“Glass Menagerie”

Tex-Arts’ Glass Menagerie: superlative, accomplished, moving. Babs George as Amanda: haunting,lustrous as a hurricane lamp. Jude Hickey as Tom is angry, gentle and valiant. Austin Live theatre review follows.

#5 A Raisin in the Sun
The City Theatre Company
Chad from Austin said:
“A truly incredible play!”

No could imagine how Hansberry’s celebrated play could stand the test of time, but how it has. The themes of racial injustice, equality, family unity, dream fulfillment are still as relevant today. To have written this drama – based on real events in her life – well before the marches on Washington, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the inner-city explosions is truly remarkable. And I can’t say enough for her words expressed by an incredible cast led by the power-houses McArthur Moore, Kristen Bennett, and Michelle Alexander. A standing ovation well-deserved! I left happy that I was able to experience this play again.

#6 ZACH Theatre
Flaming Idiots
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!

#7: Shakespeare’s Husbands and Wives
Blue Theatre
C.W. from Austin, TX said:
“A fine selection of scenes”

Though short, this show gives full value for the price of a ticket. Jill Swafford put the piece together in just two short weeks but it has the polish of a much longer ramp; a credit to her and her cast. It relies on the talent of the actors to give the scenes punch- some come through harder than others but that’s to be expected any time you take scenes out of their native play structure. Look for a great performance by Alex Villareal in the Julius Ceasar scene and some very good work by Michael Amendola and Bridget Farias as Petruchio and Kate; Jill’s take on the Shrew is aimed at a conclusion of equality but takes you through some uncomfortable places along the way (seeing Kate on her hands and knees eating meat like a dog was very disturbing and certainly not a “regular” choice for the scene; Jill is bolder than most here). This is the kind of show you start a good date with… provocative stuff about marriage that won’t take up your whole evening. White wine theater.

#8: 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”!

#9 RENT
KidsActing Studio
Dylan from Austin, TX USA said:
“Fantastic show!”

I am a part of the cast and I play Angel and understudy Mark. I am getting stopped in the hallways at school by teachers and other classmates I have never seen before and being complimented not only on my own performance but the overall quality of the show. Come see it this coming weekend. Get your tickets now: the word is spreading!!!!

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