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30 October 2017

Song About Himself by Mickle Maher

October 27-November 19 2016

Hyde Park Theatre

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REVIEWS AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS

“This Show Sings!”

– Austin Chronicle

“The three performances are top-notch…you are in for some exceptional theatre.”

– Austin Broadwayworld

“Katherine Catmull, as Carol, captures the character’s sense of existential crisis, and her extreme desire to connect with another human being provides the driving force that motivates the entire play. Jason Phelps is her perfect counterpoint as the charming, often funny, and increasingly disturbing Host/Hostess, while Ken Webster’s Tod is awash in confusion, anxiety, and quiet strength.“

– Austin American-Statesman

“With his words and Maher’s in the care of the three actors and director who made Maher’s There Is a Happiness That Morning Is such a pleasure, this show sings, reassuring us that “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.””

-Austin Chronicle

“All three performances are heightened by bold lighting and sound design, from Patrick Anthony and Lowell Bartholomee, respectively. In Song About Himself, the playing space, and its light- and soundscape, take on gigantic proportions, physicalizing the strange cyber-realm in which the characters find themselves.”

– Austin American-Statesman

“You will have a lot to think about for days after.”

– Austin Broadwayworld

“if you’d dig a creepy, heartrending evocation of human yearning and attempts at connection in our increasingly mediated world, one that’s expertly performed on a minimal set & complemented by a subtle (also creepy) sound design by Lowell Bartholomee … then you should see “Song About Himself.  Because its so damn good”

– Wayne Alan Brenner

  “Ken Webster…pushing himself to a level of deeply affecting vulnerability we’ve rarely seen)”

-Austin Chronicle

 

PROGRAM COPY WITH COA CREDIT

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HIR by Taylor Mac

January 5-21 2018

The Off Center

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Reviews and Production Photos

“HIR upends conventions of gender and family with dark hilarity”

– Austin Chronicle

“Theatre aficionados should flock to this play by the red-hot Taylor Mac.  They will be well rewarded by their attendance.”

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“Roxy Becker, as Paige, is a study in madness, appearing at first as merely capricious, she steadily degenerates to the stunning violent conclusion. Jay Byrd, as Arnold, delivers a heart- breakingly sad and touching performance. Nate Jackson is wonderful as Isaac, as he valiantly tries to regain what has been irretrievably lost. Dillon Yruegas, as Max, is both funny and touching as daughter transitioning to son.“

– Austin BroadwayWorld

“The play is nothing but fireworks, and the excellent cast under the direction of Delante G. Keys lights fuses and throws their cherry bombs and M-80s everywhere. “

-Central Texas Live Theatre

“HIR Is A Darkly Funny And Passionately Angry Take On A Family In Crisis”

– Austin Chronicle

“Delanté G. Keys, making his directorial debut, has done a solid job with this difficult piece. Mark Pickell’s set is a marvel, set on a turntable, rotating to show both the interior and exterior of the crumbling suburban home.”

– Austin Broadwayworld

“Nate Jackson’s Isaac simmers with anger and trauma, while Roxy Becker, as Paige, is deliberately and delightfully off-putting with her abrasive cheerfulness covering up an inner darkness. Dillon Uriegas, as Max, is wonderful at portraying the ambiguities and confusion that plague a transitioning youth (as well as any listless teenager, regardless of gender). Jay Byrd, though, delivers a tour de force performance as Arnold, fully committing to the physical and mental debilitation of the character while still imbuing him with equal parts nobility and monstrosity.”

– Austin American-Statesman

  “Capped off with the usual top-notch Capital T design and production value, the intellectual script, dark conflicts, layered performances and unflinchingly intimate direction of “Hir” make for a powerful, if far from uplifting, evening of theater.”

-Austin American-Statesman

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The Effect by Lucy Prebble

May 25-June 17 2017

Hyde Park Theatre

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Reviews and Production Photos 

“Clever direction and a sharp script make for a wild ride in Capital T’s The Effect” – Austin Arts Watch

effect_scr_jpg2 effect“There’s a lot to be said and considered within this script about the fragility of the brain, the morality behind human testing, and how much weight we place on our emotions as mere biological impulses. Like all good scripts that ask questions of their characters and audiences, there are no correct answers but that doesn’t dampen the thoughts evoked from the conversations. The Effect is a playful wonder at one moment and a philosophical scare the next, but it never surrenders its ingenuity of storytelling and production values. As expected from her previous work, Lily Wolff has directed another outstanding piece of insightful, entertaining theatre that you’d be remiss to miss.” – Austin Entertainment Weekly

“As I have stated before, Capital T has a real gift for producing black comedy, and THE EFFECT is yet another gem to add to their crown. I always know when I go to see one of their productions that I am going to be highly entertained and will have much to digest and consider long after the show is over.  I highly recommend THE EFFECT. This is a show with a powerful message that is powerfully performed and will make you both laugh and be deeply moved.” – Austin Broadwayworld

““The Effect” is a complex play dealing with important contemporary issues, but at its heart it is a moving story about the ways in which love can only coexist alongside the many lies we tell ourselves and others.  Wolff and her top-notch cast, crew and creative team elevate that story to the next level, creating a show that is not to be missed.”- Austin American-Stateman

Program Excerpt with COA Credit

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Title and Deed by Will Eno

August 24-September 16

Hyde Park Theatre

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Reviews and Production Photos

“Eno’s script as delivered by Jason Phelps is exalted thought in plain rich language, a prose poem that provides so much thought that your mind can’t hold it all. Listen to his half-stories; contemplate the broomstick and the empty lunchbox from his bag; respond to anecdotes and to odd words and concepts; entertain his observations. This script is so rich that for once I felt the urge need to get a copy” – Central Texas Live Theatre

“Director Mark Pickell has created a brilliant observation monologue and clearly knows how to bring out the best in Phelps. He also does a great job in enhancing the sense that the traveler we are listening to does not appear to be from this planet. He also has a clear affinity for Eno’s extremely wry sense of humor and his to aim that directly at the audience’s emotional trigger spots. I highly recommend TITLE AND DEED for a rewarding and amusing visit with a stranger who will help you get a clearer look at yourself while exploring some pretty deep thoughts. These are important questions. How are you going to answer them?” – Austin Broadwayworld

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