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Cap T Tops 2013

5 January 2014

TThere is no lack of top 10 lists at the end of each year, and we are grateful that Cap T was included in several of those top 10 lists concerning theatre in Austin.  Three different Cap T shows were recognized by local arts coverage in their Top 10 lists of theatrical events for 2013.  THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS appeared in three different lists including both Robert Faires and Wayne Alan Brenner’s lists in the Chronicle.

THERE IS A MORNING THAT HAPPINESS IS appeared in Robert Faires’ list of “Top 10 Reasons I Stayed In Love With Theatre In 2013” at the number 4 position:

 “Who knew that fusty old mystic William Blake could inspire such carnal passion, such hilarity, and such theatrical bliss? A rapturous union of script, director, and actors, teeming with intelligence and craft.”

Mickle Maher’s ode to Sex, Love, and William Blake also took the top spot in Wayne Alan Brenner’s list of “Top 10 Creative Things I Lucked Into in 2013” in the Austin Chronicle ranking 1st.    (He joked with his editor that if he could his first 9 slots would be HAPPINESS):

That brilliant Mickle Maher comedy, about the consequences of two William Blake-enamored professors engaging in glorious copulation on the campus lawn in view of their students, was by far the best thing I experienced in a year thick with superlative works of art. Directed by Mark Pickell, the script was embodied by three actors – Jason Phelps, Katherine Catmull, and Ken Webster, already among the best in town – working at the height of their knock-you-over abilities.

Brenner went on to praise THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE and more importantly the lead actor Jason Liebrecht by ranking the combination sixth in his top ten.

HAPPINESS also appeared in Ryan Johnson’s “Best Plays of 2013”.  Registering at number 9, Mr. Johnson had this to say about the play:

Capital T strikes again, this time bringing us the dynamic duo of Katherine Catmull and Jason Phelps in this clever piece, full of wit, intellect, and surprise, all centering around the poetry of William Blake. Catmull is particually on fire here, giving one of the most nuanced and dynamic performances of the career, but Phelps more than holds his own in a goofy, sentimental, and heartwarming performance. With the talented hand of Mark Pickell keeping it all together, and with a surprise appearance by one os Austin’s greatest actors, it’s easy to see why this wowed audience for so many weeks.

THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT was also shown some love from Ryan Johnson and Austin Lifestyle Magazine.  Topping out at number 13 in his “Best Plays of 2013”, he had this to say about our foul mouthed production:

Out of all their works, The Motherf***er with the Hat may feature the best ensemble of the bunch, bringing in some of Austin’s best actors, including more fantastic performances from  Indigo Rael and Rommel Sullit, with the addition of Ben Wolfe giving what could be the best performance of his award-laden career. The play, a story of one man hoping to find the man who slept with his wife, is crass, crude, and full of abhorrent behavior, but it’s the surprising heart you can find within it, and which the cast brings out of these unlikable characters, that truly makes this play into something special. It’s a showcase of the kind of play this city does best, and of what skilled actors the city has to offer.