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#1
Sleeping Beauty
Vortex Repertory Company
April 2-May 2, 2010

Steven Fearing from Austin, TX said:
“It’s a Beauty!”

Bonnie Cullum’s adaptation is clever and contemporary; it well-staged with over 30 characters fluidly moving in all directions. Many mytho-psychological layers and “gifts” are given for classic sleeping beauty devotees. How to make the kingdom safe? Perseverance, courage, intuition, and empathy might help and a reclamation of spinning! Content Love Knowles’ music is fittingly melodic and endearing. Costumes are visually intriguing. I loved Jennifer Coy’s comedic narration as the Fool. The Fae girls were sublime, especially Suzanne Balling as Ixlamere. Julia Lorenz as Princess Briar Rose claims her power and right to self-determine despite happy-ever-after chaos. Jonathan Itchon (Prince Dave) is vocally smooth. Andy Agne and Alejandro Rodriguez fantastically play multiple characters. Bottom line: a delightful fantasy at the Vortex; a party (and musical dance theatre) that is better because the faery’s are there! Join Vortex’s Faery Masque Ball on May 1.

#2 Post-Oedipus
Blue Theatre and Getalong Gang Performance Group
March 25-April 11, 2010

Casleen from Austin, TX said:
“Awesomeness!”

I saw Post Oedipus last weekend, and I have to say that I was completely delighted! The acting was the best I’ve seen in Austin in quite some time. There isn’t a weak link in the group. Every moment of the show takes you by surprise, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before on stage. It will break your heart AND make you laugh, and it is all so very genuine and compelling. We are all still talking about it, days later.

#3 The Fantasticks
Way Off Broadway Community Players
March 26-April 11, 2010

Jim Michell from Austin, Texas said:
“The Fantasticks: A Real Gem — Way Off Broadway in Leander”

We all enjoy big production musicals … but this weekend my wife and I came upon a wonderful discovery in a small, unassuming theater in rural Leander. For a very affordable $20/person, we thoroughly enjoyed the Way Off Broadway Community Players production of The Fantasticks. Wending our way from Austin to Leander, we found a small, but very enthusiastic cast in an excellent performance of a superb musical comedy. Overall, this bittersweet and highly entertaining love story is enhanced by outstanding vocal and instrumental performances. Nonetheless, one of the most interesting characters (and characterizations) is the Mute played by Michelle Stuckey. Her highly articulated expressions are a delight — keep an eye on her! We had a terrific evening. If you’re looking for something a bit different I strongly recommend a bit of true Americana at the Crystal Falls Playhouse in Leander (www.wobcp.org) — but hurry, they only have a couple of weekends left.

#4The Carpetbagger’s Children
Different Stages
March 19-April 10, 2010

kholenkhov from Austin, TX said:
“Carpetbagger’s Children”

The Carpetbagger’s Children is told primarily through monologues of three sisters (all of whom are on stage for the duration of the play) with only the occasional interaction. During the intermission-less 90 minutes, we’re told the story of a carpetbagger’s family and the land he leaves behind to his children and his wife (who descends into senility) after his death. The events are human and relatable (I have some of these people in my own family) but nothing truly remarkable, and in the end it seems more like a theatrical experiment by the great Foote rather than a truly successful play. The evening relies fully on the characters and thankfully, they’re presented by three wonderful actresses (Kathy Rose Center, Jennifer Underwood, and especially Anne Hulsman) with vivid nuance. It may take you some time to get into the story, but once you give yourself over to the lives of these characters, you’ll find yourself enjoying a lovely low-key slice of life.

#5 The Blanton Museum of Art
February 5-April 25, 2010
Avg. Event Rating (4.0 Stars): 4 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 2

Contessa from Austin, TX said:
“Unleash Inibitions and Cross Boundries”

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”!

#6 Connect: Four Short Plays
Abby Productions
April 1-April 17, 2010

Jamie from Austin, TX said:
“Totally Connected”

These four short plays, all “connected” by the theme of connections, make for a remarkable night of theatre. Each play is a stand alone story, showing the many ways people connect. I loved all of them, but felt especially connected to “Voices”, the story that takes place in a small Texas cemetary as the residents welcome a new member and share their stories with each other and with the audience. I felt completely drawn in to the stories of their lives. And be prepared with a box of kleenex for the stories in “Five Minutes.” The actors in all the plays were great, but I have to give special recognition to Gina Houston and Feliz Dia McDonald in “Five Minutes,” to the cast of “Voices” and to the amazing Jude Hickey. And of course to the playwright who brought these stories to life, Allan Baker. This is a theatre event you don’t want to miss.

#7 Harvey
Georgetown Palace Theatre, Inc.
March 26-April 18, 2010

Jane F. from Austin, TX said:
“A Must See Play!”

If you’ve ever felt a little bit different or misunderstood, you MUST see Harvey. A warm-hearted, screwball comedy with a beautiful message. As professional a production as any on Broadway, the power and talent of this cast really got to me! I’m coming to see it again!!

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