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1. “Bash: Three Plays”

The Vestige Group

May 6-May 22, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.7 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 5

John Fitchen from Tucson, AZ said:
“You must see this”

Wow! If you like to see plays about “happily ever after” then this is not the play for you. But if you believe in live theatre and your taste runs a little (or a lot) darker and deeper, this production will remind you why you believe. It is intimate, gut-wrenching, tender, horrible, powerful, and thought-provoking. There’s nothing cheerful here (the third part is Medea Redux, so what would you expect) but you’ll be richer for having seen it. The other reviews correctly praise the performances of all the actors, especially Jen Brown. On a personal note, I drove from Houston to see this play, knowing nothing of the company and not having seen any reviews. The delivery of the opening sentence let me know it was worth it. By the time the plays had finished it was clear this had been a highlight of a long journey. Even seeing only the third play (Medea Redux) would have justified a drive from much further away than Houston. “Bash” has gotten under my skin and it won’t let go.


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2. American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print

Austin Museum of Art

February 13-May 9, 2010

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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3. The Taming of the Shrew- Original Practices

The Hidden Room Theatre

April 30-May 23, 2010

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

Contessa from Austin, TX said:
“Fantastic!”

This was an AWESOME performance. The setting, the costumes, the music, and the actors were outstanding! This is not a performance to miss! Regardless of your feelings about Taming of the Shrew, GO SEE THIS PRODUCTION!!! You won’t be sorry!

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4. Agnes of God

The City Theatre Company

April 29-May 23, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.8 Stars): 5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 6

Jo Ann Farrell from Austin said:
“Agnes of God”

Agnes of God is an outstanding production. The acting, direction, lighting, and stage design are all excellent. We are regular Austin theater-goers and this is one of the most impressive productions we have seen. It is surprisingly objective and painfully sensitive. Don’t miss the opportunity to see it. Jo Ann 

5. Our Town

ZACH Theatre

April 15-May 23, 2010

Avg. Event Rating (4.3 Stars): 4.5 out of 5 stars rating Reviews: 4

Steven Fearing from Austin, Texas said:
“Our Town’s Message”

Director Dave Steakley has brought Wilder’s Our Town to Austin with a contemporary yet timeless feel. This is commentary on our town anywhere, anytime – on human life transitions and our short time on Earth. It could easily be the small town of Grover Corners, Texas. No matter, Our Town says: pay attention to what life brings and accept the inevitable seasons of change. Jaston Williams is a perfect Stage Manager to share the story of Grover Corners and invite us to learn Wilder’s universal lessons. Jordan McRae as Emily Webb is radiant and convincing but the entire cast is great, too many to mention. The audience moved into the rehearsal studio for Act II’s wedding. We were a community together, enjoying fantastic soloist, Laura Benedict. Staging in two places worked remarkably well. Performances aside, Our Town is about the opportunity (taken or missed) of human connection during “Life”, “Love”, and “Death.” I recommend seeing this play and hearing this message again. 

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6. Coppelia

Ballet Austin

May 7-May 9, 2010

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

Jay Y from Austin, TX said:
“Graceful and beautiful”

Those are the best words to describe Ballet Austin’s production of Coppelia. A supporter of the arts though I am, I have never been to the Ballet. Having seen it, I have an immense respect for the attention and effort necessary to successfully tell a story with dance and movement and no words. Coppelia is basically about a man who falls in love with what turns out to be a mechanical doll, and wants to bring her to life, and a series of unfortunate events (to borrow Lemony Snickett’s phrase) ensues, though it ends happily. The solo dance sequences were all amazing, and the lady who played the mechanical doll did a stupendous job of pulling off the sudden stiff then limp moves required for the role. Whether you’re new to Ballet or a long-time patron, you should see Coppelia.

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A conversation about community and creativity with three wise men of the arts
BY ROBERT FAIRES

photo credit John Anderson

As Dave Steakley works in theatre, Stephen Mills in dance, and Craig Hella Johnson in music, you might not think that the three would have much in common. But all have been in Austin for at least two decades, in which time they’ve been witness to great changes in the city, and as the longtime artistic directors of Zach Theatre, Ballet Austin, and Conspirare, respectively, they’ve been responsible for their share of great changes in the arts scene. Perhaps most interestingly, if you speak with them about the work they do, you’ll hear the same ideas echo through the conversations: Compassion. Community. Dialogue. Connection. Transformation. The power of music. The impact of Austin.

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