Where we look at what was big this week with reviews from viewers like you.
1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I was completely enthralled. Again, the Baron’s Men present a spectacular performance. I’d never seen Titania and Oberon played in such a way that while they are arguing, you can see the sexual attraction between them (usually you just wonder why they’re still together). It was mesmerizing. Bottom was so annoying from the beginning that I wanted to throw him off the stage. I almost liked him better in his changed form. The two pairs of young lovers running through the woods with the men loving first one woman, then the other, provided much entertainment. It was well played by all. The costumes and masks, oh sweet stars, they were amazing, and you never knew from whence a fae would appear. And I mustn’t forget to mention Puck. You’ve never seen Puck played this way. Very naughty is Puck, and full of audacity and fun. I could write much more, but the long and short of it is: it is worth your time, it is worth your money, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. Go see it.
Not a complex story but oh what life the actors breathed into the story. Casting was so on the money for this one. New faces at Zach, refreshing. The musical directions so sharp. When every element of theatre works together with a good story, this is what you get from Zach’s presentation of RENT. Outstanding, the best, the lead Andrew Cannata (Mark)weaved in and out of the storytelling so flawlessly as did Roderick (Tom), Joshua (Angel) and Ginger Leigh (Maureen)what dazzling display of raunchy but classiness. John Pointer’s voice resonates superbly throughout the production, with a few more productions, he will eventually ease into acting as superbly as he sings. This is the finest of Zach. Go See for Yourself! Viva La Vie B Boheme
3. Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection
Harry Ransom Center
A wonderful display of photographs! Have you ever heard of SALT Paper photos? I hadn’t until I saw this exhibit. Also, see the different phases of the moon from the 1800’s, quite amazing. There are so many photographs, by many wonderful photographers. It is very difficult to pinpoint anyone photo that is better than the other. I also enjoyed the display of cameras; one of my favorites was the spy camera. A really cool way to learn about photography, to see where it has been and where it is going. So get going to the Harry Ransom Center and check out this awesome exhibit and see for yourself how truly lucky we are to have a place like the Ransom Center in town!
In the first five minutes of the play, an actor playing a director argues with an actress playing an actress playing a cockney housemaid about newspapers, telephone receivers and sardines. And that’s a pretty apt introduction to Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off.” This funny farce thrives on a quick ascension of ridiculous complications made only more complicated by the play-within-a-play structure that rotates focus (and an impressively massive set) from the onstage world in act one, to the backstage world in act two, and back for act three. The casts’ energy and precision seems to fall apart in the third act as everything, well, falls apart, but by that time the audience is won over by the players endearing characterizations and sheer joy of playing. I and the crowd around me in WOBCP’s spaciously comfy new digs were all grins. And the overwhelming warmth that surrounds this community playhouse in Leander TX is, by itself, something worth smiling about.
5. The Neon Show
The Neon sculptures in the Grand Opening Exhibit for Austin Details Art + Photo truly give this new gallery a healthy glow. From the moment you step in you are greeted with a Big Tex kind of “Howdy” by a beautiful 3-D Texas shaped sculpture back lit with yellow neon lights. A few more steps into the gallery and you will find adorable clay sculptures of funky dinners, gorgeous shots of some of Austin most famous neon signs, a wide selection of unique neon lamp sculptures and wall hangings. Don’t expect to find any lava lamps here. What you should expect to find are some really beautiful pieces of art that any Austinite would be proud to hang in their home or office. So, if you find yourself downtown go where the neon lights shine brightest, at Austin Details Art + Photo
Great stuff this week, looking forward to next week.