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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Superflat Superstar: Takashi Murakami at the Modern
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Superflat Superstar: Takashi Murakami at the Modern

When we think of the images created by acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, we…

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Conversations in Art, Science & Technology: Moody Center for the Arts
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Conversations in Art, Science & Technology: Moody Center for the Arts

The artist, Josiah McElheny, working with cosmologist David Weinberg, creates a gallery-sized installation, consisting of…

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Architecture of Creation: Michelangelo and the Vatican at MFAH
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Architecture of Creation: Michelangelo and the Vatican at MFAH

The artistic process rarely garners as much attention and appreciation as the finished masterpiece, but…

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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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Meta Story: ‘Bright Star’ at TUTS
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Meta Story: ‘Bright Star’ at TUTS

Though it made its Broadway debut in 2016, the bluegrass music-filled Bright Star feels like…

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New Book, New Play: Lawrence Wright Explains Texas and Burton/Taylor Affair
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New Book, New Play: Lawrence Wright Explains Texas and Burton/Taylor Affair

Everything in the world connects to Texas, and everything in Texas is connected.

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The Geology of Art: Fusebox Festival 2018
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The Geology of Art: Fusebox Festival 2018

Art is like a rock; or, more precisely, a cross-disciplinary performing and visual arts festival…

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Outstanding Performances:  A Vibrant <em>Memphis</em> at TUTS
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Outstanding Performances: A Vibrant Memphis at TUTS

The Tony Award-winning musical Memphis tells a rollicking story of the dawn of rock ’n’…

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The Big Surround: Nancy and Tarra talk Immersivity on Texas Stages
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The Big Surround: Nancy and Tarra talk Immersivity on Texas Stages

Since we (Nancy Wozny & Tarra Gaines) have an ongoing conversation on what defines an…

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Remembering Harris Wittels: Stephanie Wittels Wachs’s New Sad/Funny Memoir
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Remembering Harris Wittels: Stephanie Wittels Wachs’s New Sad/Funny Memoir

“Tragedy is the cure for anxiety,” says Stephanie Wittels Wachs of the unwanted and much…

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The Front Edge of Theater Making: AT&T’s Off Broadway on Flora
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The Front Edge of Theater Making: AT&T’s Off Broadway on Flora

Can any image fill a performing arts venue programmer or curator with more dread than…

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Re-gendering History: ‘Men on Boats’ at MST
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Re-gendering History: ‘Men on Boats’ at MST

History may be written by the victors, as the saying goes, but fundamentally history is…

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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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Fun at the Laupera: <em>Traci and Tony’s Unusual New Year’s Eve</em> at Rec Room
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Fun at the Laupera: Traci and Tony’s Unusual New Year’s Eve at Rec Room

The Excitement of Shift: Joseph Keckler Comes to the Long Center
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The Excitement of Shift: Joseph Keckler Comes to the Long Center

Last April, as the evening weekend revelries began at Fusebox, Austin’s annual cross-disciplinary arts festival,…

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Neverland No More: Sender at the Rec Room
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Neverland No More: Sender at the Rec Room

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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Dinner of Doom: 4th Wall opens its final season with Ayad Akhtar’s <em>Disgraced</em>
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Dinner of Doom: 4th Wall opens its final season with Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced

Great drama is seldom blatantly didactic, but on occasion theater does gift us with certain…

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Glam Makeover: The Hidden Room’s <em>Henry IV</em> in Austin
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Glam Makeover: The Hidden Room’s Henry IV in Austin

Shakespeare, politics, glam rock: these are not terms we often put together, if ever, yet…

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Creating Literary Sparks:  Inprint’s Authors Reflect Houston’s Diversity
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Creating Literary Sparks: Inprint’s Authors Reflect Houston’s Diversity

Inprint, Houston’s literary arts organization, flies like a rare book bird among other Texas arts…

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Sister Tarra Goes to Horse Head’s <em>Church</em>
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Sister Tarra Goes to Horse Head’s Church

Beloved Brothers and Sisters, I bid you welcome to this Church review, and I ask…

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Rec Room’s Punk New Season
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Rec Room’s Punk New Season

Full Season Ahead for Houston’s Horse Head Theatre
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Full Season Ahead for Houston’s Horse Head Theatre

Houston’s Horse Head Theatre company has a reputation for staging intriguing and occasional avant-garde contemporary…

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Unwiring from War: <em>Cry Havoc </em>at Houston’s 4th Wall Theatre
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Unwiring from War: Cry Havoc at Houston’s 4th Wall Theatre

Can performing Shakespeare become a form of therapy that allows actor and audience to find…

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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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A New Beginning: The Ensemble premieres Melda Beaty’s <em>Front Porch Society</em>
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A New Beginning: The Ensemble premieres Melda Beaty’s Front Porch Society

Long before Facebook and Twitter, neighbors exchanged information about the real lives of people making…

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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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Ancient Roads: <em>Shank’s Mare</em> at Asia Society Texas Center
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Ancient Roads: Shank’s Mare at Asia Society Texas Center

A Storied <em>Snow White</em> comes to Catastrophic Theatre
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A Storied Snow White comes to Catastrophic Theatre

Once upon a time—a strange, tumultuous time called the 1960s—there lived a storyteller named Donald…

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The Arts Matter: The 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards
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The Arts Matter: The 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards

Very few artists create in a cultural or political vacuum, and some of the greatest…

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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox
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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox

Fusebox, Austin’s contemporary, cross-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival, and all round benevolent force in…

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Houston’s Landing Company finds a home at the Docks
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Houston’s Landing Company finds a home at the Docks

Like its hometown, the Landing Theatre was born on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and…

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Dangerous Journey Through Childhood: National Theatre of Scotland’s <em>Let The Right One In</em> Comes to Texas
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Dangerous Journey Through Childhood: National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In Comes to Texas

Depicting the everyday wonders and occasional psychological horrors of childhood and adolescence on stage and…

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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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Judging Judgement of Fools at Horse Head Theatre
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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera
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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera

This November, Moby-Dick journeys safely back to its home port, as the Dallas Opera once…

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Power Study: Main Street Theater’s Rebecca Greene Udden on <em>Wolf Hall</em>
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Power Study: Main Street Theater’s Rebecca Greene Udden on Wolf Hall

This month, Houston’s Main Street Theater becomes the first U.S regional company to attempt the…

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New Theater New Audiences: Lott Entertainment Presents Moves to the Alley
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New Theater New Audiences: Lott Entertainment Presents Moves to the Alley

A year ago, Lott Entertainment Presents, introduced Houston to cabaret and theatrical performances rarely seen…

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Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt Hune Launch the Rec Room
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Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt Hune Launch the Rec Room

Though only two months old, Houston’s latest performing arts venue, the Rec Room, has established…

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