Back with another round of reviews from viewers like you.
I’ve Never Been So Happy
“A Wonderfully Wild Night of “Theater””
Review by Lindsey
I’ve never been so happy to live in Austin, where the Rude Mechs put on a great show reaching beyond the limits of much of what we call “theater” now-a-days. The evening’s performance oozes beyond.
I’ve never been so happy to live in Austin, where the Rude Mechs put on a great show reaching beyond the limits of much of what we call “theater” now-a-days. The evening’s performance oozes beyond the stage, creating a consummate theatrical event which immerses the attendees in a world, rather than just a good story. And what a good story it is! The company has taken its time crafting a raucous, funny, energetic and obscenely original take on the South, the folk tale and decades of musical influences. From the characters and the visual spectacle (which was truly spectacular) onstage, to the Transmedia intermission event, the Rude Mechs lead you on a Wild West ride from start to finish. And what I love about this theater company is that they take full advantage of the power of communal experience. The finale in itself is one of those wonderful moments of theater, where you aren’t just an audience member, but a fellow human being in this Wild West ride called life. A must see!
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
“Not a “Typical” early 60s Musical”
Review by Vicki
An entertaining early concept musical,Stop the World,is a metaphor full of satire of various topics and parodies of Cold War time. Main actors, Rick Roemer and Angela Davis, embody the emotions of… Collapse
An entertaining early concept musical,Stop the World,is a metaphor full of satire of various topics and parodies of Cold War time. Main actors, Rick Roemer and Angela Davis, embody the emotions of their characters well. Ms.Davis skillfully uses 4 different accents for her characters. Her songs are well sung and humorous. There are fun, clever lyrics in many songs,such as the Mumbo Jumbo song about politics,which still fits today showing things never change. Some are songs you’ve heard, but probably never knew were from this musical. Mr.Roemer’s voice is enjoyable though at times I wished for a note to be held longer. The band is actually another character in the show and very good throughout as well as were the colorful costumed women of the chorus. Austin Playhouse is closing soon during the process of building/opening a larger theater in January. They intend to “join the ranks of the nation’s leading regional theaters”. I’ve seen many quality shows here so it’s a good bet they will.
Texas Performing Arts 2011/2012 Season Preview Party
“Out-Standing Line-Up for 2011-2012 Season Revealed at Gala Event.”
Review by Michael
This event was a fun, enjoyable occasion for all who attended. Entertainment in the lobby of Bass Concert Hall was provided by Gina Lee & the Brisket Boys. Outstanding! Delicious hors D’oeuvres prepared by Chef Elmar Prambs, Four Seasons Hotel—mouth-watering. Announcement of the upcoming season by Kathy Panoff, TPA Director and Associate Dean—lively and delightful and held as we were seated ON the stage at Bass- a real delight. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was an award presented to Jim Ellerbrock who teaches at Bowie High School. Over the past 15 plus years Jim has taken 5000 students to theater performances. He was also presented by Kathy on behalf of TPA with a check for $5000 to enable even more students to enjoy the rich cultural offerings held at Bass and elsewhere in Austin. The 2011-2012 season can be seen at: http://texasperformingarts.org/season. See it now and order your season ticket ASAP. There are many “not to be missed” entertainment opportunities.