Funny stuff: Dallas’ first nonprofit comedy theater proves laughter is the best medicine
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Funny stuff: Dallas’ first nonprofit comedy theater proves laughter is the best medicine

In a newly rehabbed, 75-seat black box theater, tucked behind Peticolas Brewing Company in the…

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Pausing on a <em>Sunday in the Park with George</em> at ZACH Theatre
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Standing Above the Noise: A Critic Explains
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Standing Above the Noise: A Critic Explains

TUTS Reinvents the Classics with Latina/o-Inspired Guys & Dolls
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TUTS Reinvents the Classics with Latina/o-Inspired Guys & Dolls

When you think of Guys & Dolls, does the United States’ rising Latina/o population come…

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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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Fade to Black: Creating a Space for African-American Theater in Houston
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Fade to Black: Creating a Space for African-American Theater in Houston

While Houston is routinely lauded as the most diverse city in the United States, this…

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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 Great Playwright Swap: Dallas’s Kitchen Dog Theater Helps Pilot Groundbreaking National Experiment
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The Great Playwright Swap: Dallas’s Kitchen Dog Theater Helps Pilot Groundbreaking National Experiment

For the past 20 years, the National New Play Network has connected nonprofit theaters across…

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Texas Lens: Art Pilgrims
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Texas Lens: Art Pilgrims

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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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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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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Progressive Texan: The LBJ Legacy Continues at the Alley and DTC
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Progressive Texan: The LBJ Legacy Continues at the Alley and DTC

War. Healthcare. Race. A divisive president in a tumultuous time. Self-destructive and unrestrained ego.

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Stories to Tell: Oral Fixation Expands in Texas
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Stories to Tell: Oral Fixation Expands in Texas

Oral Fixation calls Dallas home, but has started taking their storytelling show on the road…

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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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Texas Studio: Elizabeth Keel
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Texas Studio: Elizabeth Keel

Elizabeth Keel, a born and bred Houstonian, is unlike most theater kids; she didn’t grow…

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Order in Chaos: ‘The Curious Incident’ lands on the ZACH Theatre Stage
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Order in Chaos: ‘The Curious Incident’ lands on the ZACH Theatre Stage

ZACH Theatre presents the Austin premiere of Simon Stephens’s The Curious Incident of the Dog…

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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

Menace in Macrame: Hansel and Gretel at the Rec Room
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Menace in Macrame: Hansel and Gretel at the Rec Room

“This is the future of art, where would you see something like this in Houston?…

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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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Making Their Mark: Imprint Theatreworks Launches in Dallas
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Close to the Ground: Lily Cabatu Weiss Leads the Dallas Arts District Forward
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Close to the Ground: Lily Cabatu Weiss Leads the Dallas Arts District Forward

The Messy Truth: <em>John</em> at Undermain Theatre
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The Messy Truth: John at Undermain Theatre

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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Growing a Teatro Scene: Latina/o Theater in San Antonio
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Growing a Teatro Scene: Latina/o Theater in San Antonio

From Oct. 29-Nov. 19, 2017, San Antonio’s Nicolás Valdez will travel to California to be…

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Leap of Faith: Amphibian’s New Play Festival
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Leap of Faith: Amphibian’s New Play Festival

Kathleen Culebro is surprised by how many new plays submitted to her theater company are…

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Age of Aquarius Dawns on Dallas: <em>Hair</em> at DTC
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Age of Aquarius Dawns on Dallas: Hair at DTC

Kevin Moriarty was turned on to Hair by the nuns at his Catholic elementary school.

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Monsters & Mayhem at the McNay
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Monsters & Mayhem at the McNay

San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum has been transformed into a haunted house for the Halloween…

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Soaring Music and Real Characters: <em>Fun Home</em> at AT&T
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Soaring Music and Real Characters: Fun Home at AT&T

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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Theater After Harvey: Houston’s Small Companies Must Continue
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Theater After Harvey: Houston’s Small Companies Must Continue

As the Texas Gulf Coast begins the rebuilding process after the catastrophic damage of Hurricane…

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A New Era: Jeffrey Schmidt at Theatre Three
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A New Era: Jeffrey Schmidt at Theatre Three

When Jeffrey Schmidt began planning his first season as artistic director of Theatre Three, he…

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

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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