Austin Playhouse just announced their new 2022-2023 Season, and there are some real potential winners in the lineup, including a topical world premiere, an world-renowned drama, an acclaimed comedy, and a musical adaptation of one of the most beloved films of the 2000s. Let's take a quick look at each of the works announced thus … Continue reading New Seasons: Austin Playhouse
Mean Girls doesn't quite rise to the levels of other movie-to-stage adaptations like Heathers or Legally Blonde, but it's hard to deny that the production is a night of pure fun. With stunning production design, a talented young cast, and a handful of memorable songs, Mean Girls makes up for what it lacks in edge with humor and energy, and those looking for an entertaining night at the theater will find themselves with an evening to remember.
With Hamilton coming to a major streaming service, it's become a cultural touchstone available to millions worldwide, giving producer of the live show a decision to make. They could bring in similar performers and soundalikes and make plenty of money, or they could create new opportunities for performers to make these characters their own. For … Continue reading Bold casting choices make Broadway in Austin’s ‘Hamilton’ a whole new beast.
From the leading players, to background dancers, to walk-on extras, everyone gives 150% to the production, creating a living, breathing world, and that's before mentioning the absolute staggering talent and athleticism of the actual cheerleaders and dance crew members brought in to inject even more believability into the work. Despite an undoubtable time crunch and limited budget, Morris and company have carefully crafted a world bursting with relentless vitality and verisimilitude.
One of the most ever-present arguments in theatrical history has been over the "purpose of theatre". Is it simply there to entertain, to create a moment of afternoon diversion from the banality of life? Or is it there to educate, to teach people something about the world around them, or even something about themselves? While … Continue reading Jarrott Productions’ ‘The Niceties’ is an audacious, confrontational, and ever-so-relevant piece of theatrical dynamite