Dream Fest: Stages Repertory Theater Launches Sin Muros: A Latina/o Theatre Festival
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Dream Fest: Stages Repertory Theater Launches Sin Muros: A Latina/o Theatre Festival

If good playwrights tend to have discerning ears for the language and voices around them,…

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Tragic Puzzles: <em>Luna Gale</em> at Stages Repertory Theatre
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Tragic Puzzles: Luna Gale at Stages Repertory Theatre

With a quick glance at the synopsis, playwright Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale, now at Stages…

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Deep Woods & The Courage To Question: <em>De Kus (The Kiss)</em> at Stages Repertory Theatre
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Deep Woods & The Courage To Question: De Kus (The Kiss) at Stages Repertory Theatre

A woman takes a walk through the woods. She travels with a destination weighing heavy…

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Ringside Emotional Head Butt: Stages Repertory Theatre’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
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Ringside Emotional Head Butt: Stages Repertory Theatre’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

I have a (admittedly unoriginal) theory that sooner or later, no matter what the perceived…

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The Future of Memory and Identity: Micky Fisher’s Replica at Stages
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The Future of Memory and Identity: Micky Fisher’s Replica at Stages

Science fiction has photon-torpedoed and robot-revolted its way into conquering almost every contemporary storytelling medium,…

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Stages delivers emotional blow with ‘We are Proud to Present a Presentation….’
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Stages delivers emotional blow with ‘We are Proud to Present a Presentation….’

On rare occasion as a theater critic do I see a production that calls less…

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Jane Austen, Trailer Park Boys & a Rhinoceros: Holiday Stages in Texas
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Jane Austen, Trailer Park Boys & a Rhinoceros: Holiday Stages in Texas

As a curmudgeonly connoisseur of holiday performing arts, I’m always on the lookout for the…

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What about Gender?: Creative Casting on Texas Stages
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What about Gender?: Creative Casting on Texas Stages

The hot-button issue of casting has recently received a lot of ink as directors, actors,…

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Caught up in the Action: The Audience Gets To Work on Texas Stages
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Caught up in the Action: The Audience Gets To Work on Texas Stages

As adults, we understand the classic theater relationship between play and audience.

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Privilege & Unnamed Anxiety at Work in <em>Straight White Men</em> at Stages
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Privilege & Unnamed Anxiety at Work in Straight White Men at Stages

Four straight, white men walk into a rumpus room somewhere in suburban America. This isn’t…

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The Seagull has Landed: Stupid Fucking Bird at Stages
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The Seagull has Landed: Stupid Fucking Bird at Stages

you are in reality reading a theater review, though perhaps a stupid fucking review.

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10 Moving Moments of 2013 on Houston’s Dance & Theater Stages
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10 Moving Moments of 2013 on Houston’s Dance & Theater Stages

Every year, I resist the list, and then cave with some kind of listicle of…

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Review:  The Language Archive
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Review: The Language Archive

“I don’t understand what you’re trying to tell me,” Mary says to George in Julia…

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Review:  Wittenberg
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Review: Wittenberg

Stages Repertory Theatre’s rendering of David Davalos’s delightfully quirky Wittenberg may be the one show…

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The A+C TX Top Ten:  Summer 2018
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The A+C TX Top Ten: Summer 2018

Our top ten picks for arts + culture events happening across the Lone Star state…

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Texas Studio: Jasminne Mendez
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Texas Studio: Jasminne Mendez

For Houston-based writer Jasminne Mendez, writing allows her to fight against the erasure of Afro-Latina/o…

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Texas Lens: Arts Pedestrians
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Texas Lens: Arts Pedestrians

“Where are you going?” asked Dallas’s favorite classical DJ Amy Bishop, as I was heading…

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The A+C TX Top Ten: Winter 2017/2018
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The A+C TX Top Ten: Winter 2017/2018

Our top ten picks for arts + culture events happening across Texas in December 2017…

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Acting in Texas: Luis Galindo
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Acting in Texas: Luis Galindo

Big Dreams: Discovering Latina/o Theater in Texas
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Big Dreams: Discovering Latina/o Theater in Texas

What do we mean when we talk about Latina/o theater in Texas? This was the…

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Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again
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Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again

When a writer pitched a story about an actor leaving Texas I immediately said, “No…

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<em>My Mañana Comes:</em> Responding to Times of Crisis
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My Mañana Comes: Responding to Times of Crisis

As the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston is home to more than 2.1 million people…

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Acting in Texas: James Belcher
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Acting in Texas: James Belcher

I've had the great privilege to see James Belcher on many a Houston stage. Right…

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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston
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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston

Scene: a bare stage anywhere—in a theater, a rehearsal hall, even on an outdoor platform…

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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour
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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour

In the months following our two comedy improvisation classes with Beta Theater last year, our…

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Scene Change: A Former Theater Artist Explores Houston’s Reinvigorated Theaters
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Scene Change: A Former Theater Artist Explores Houston’s Reinvigorated Theaters

Theater is a close-knit community, but such a collaborative art form demands presence, and it’s…

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Design in Texas: Ryan McGettigan
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Design in Texas: Ryan McGettigan

Set designer Ryan McGettigan’s bold designs have graced the stages of many of the theater…

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Curtain Up: Theater Returns to the J
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Curtain Up: Theater Returns to the J

From its sprawling campus along Houston’s Brays Bayou, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center has…

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What We Loved & More:  A + C Writers Look Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016
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What We Loved & More: A + C Writers Look Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016

The Rat King has Spoken: Holiday Foes Pick Faves
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The Rat King has Spoken: Holiday Foes Pick Faves

I was blindfolded, thrown into a car and driven for hours before we reached their…

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Alley Theatre’s Second Life
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Alley Theatre’s Second Life

Mapping Theater in Houston
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Mapping Theater in Houston

A Hunchback, a Queso Fountain and a Whale: Spring/Summer Season Standouts
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A Hunchback, a Queso Fountain and a Whale: Spring/Summer Season Standouts

The Spring/Summer season has come and gone, and there were plenty of outstanding performances and…

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Character Couture: Texas Designers Dress the Drama
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Character Couture: Texas Designers Dress the Drama

The house lights dim. Whispers slowly die; phones are finally stowed. A faint swish of…

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It’s a Shidach!
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It’s a Shidach!

Character Marathon
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Character Marathon

What We Loved & More
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What We Loved & More

10+ Shows in Texas this Holiday season without bells, fake snow, a sugar plum or a scrooge
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10+ Shows in Texas this Holiday season without bells, fake snow, a sugar plum or a scrooge

Some of you will be looking for something else to do besides the usual holiday…

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Shakespeare, Song & Swords
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Shakespeare, Song & Swords

Ten Must See September Shows in Texas
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Ten Must See September Shows in Texas