Late August Updates

It’s been a busy, busy summer in my day job as a copywriter, so I’ve had to go a little light on the reviewing. Fortunately, the summer tends to be a slower time, so I haven’t completely abandoned my duties!

Here’s a quick round-up of my last few reviews and preview stories of Austin theater:

Q&A: Trans and nonbinary lives take center stage in ‘Transom’

Review: ‘Ann’ at Zach Theatre is a moving antidote to political despair

‘American Blood Song’ tells the story of the Donner Party with puppets and song

Summer Stock Austin finds the fun in a not-quite-timeless story

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Reviews/Previews Catch-Up!

It’s been a busy kick-off to the summer, so I’ve once more gotten lax about posting updates.

Better late than never, here’s a complete list of all the reviews (and a few preview interviews!) I’ve written for the Austin American-Statesman since my last post:

Terrence McNally’s ‘Immortal Longings’ dances with beauty and agony

Talking ‘Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan,’ female anger and comedy

On prophetic lines, power of money in Hyde Park Theatre’s ‘Death Tax’

‘Dry Land’ takes on the issue of abortion with nuance and sympathy

GenEnCo’s ‘Black Girl Love’ is about seeing, being seen

‘The Book of Will’ is a charming historical love letter

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At last—Hamilton!

The national tour Hamilton has finally made its way to Austin, and I have two pieces up about it.

First, here’s an interview with this production’s Alexander Hamilton, Joseph Morales:

‘Hamilton’ in Austin: What’s it like to fill Lin-Manuel Miranda’s shoes on tour?

Shoba Narayan and Joseph Morales in Hamilton.

And second, here’s my review of the show itself:

‘Hamilton’ in Austin review: It’s as good as you’ve heard

Enjoy, and be sure not to throw away your shot!

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I am excited to announce the release of The World of DC Comics!

My second book–The World of DC Comics–has just been released today from one of my favorite academic publishers, Routledge!

I’m very excited to have this out there, as I’ve spent the last couple of years (and roughly the last couple decades prior to that) thinking about the DC Comics multiverse and its implications for long-form narratives of imaginary worlds. Now you can finally read the fruits of that labor!

Additionally, this seems like a good opportunity for a roundup of recent theater reviews that I’ve been lax about posting:

Austin Playhouse’s ‘Copenhagen’ brings specificity to uncertainty

Step into an intense, post-truth world in Street Corner Arts’ ‘The Letters’

Kids will love the ‘Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal,’ a family-friendly, multicultural adventure

‘Severe Weather Warning’ celebrates — and tests — female friendship, with wine

‘The Children’ asks what we’d sacrifice in disaster-bound world

‘Cats’ in Austin review: It doesn’t make sense, but they sure can dance

‘The Ballad of Klook and Vinette’ is a sexy new musical at Zach

Finally, check out this video of my recent Nerd Nite Austin talk all about my first book, Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America.

Most importantly, though, buy my new book!

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‘Matilda the Musical’ at Zach is a confused, energetic fairy tale

I’ll have three more reviews this weekend that should hopefully go up early next week, but for now here’s just one new review, Matilda the Musical at ZACH Theatre.

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One touring show, one local show

I’m actually keeping up with posting all of my publications for once, so here’s two more recent shows I reviewed, one a national tour and one a very local, home-grown affair.

‘Last: An Extinction Comedy’ at the Vortex is a fun romp with a message

The national tour of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is more timely than ever

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Salvage Vanguard’s Greek tragedy adaptation is bizarre, baffling and beautiful

As I try to keep up with posting my reviews as they’re actually published, here’s just one new review, of Salvage Vanguard’s strange and exciting new version of the Antigone story, titled Antigonick.

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Two New Reviews

Hey, that rhymes! Sort of.

In any case, it’s been a busy few weeks, so here’s two reviews with a few more to come soon.

Cast shines in Penfold Theatre’s compressed ‘Crime and Punishment’

Charming ‘The Book Club Play’ cracks open its characters

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Three 100% SXSW-free reviews

Even as Austin descends into the annual madness of the South by Southwest festival, theater goes on in our fair city! Here’s three reviews to prove just that:

What we can learn from ‘Junk,’ a tale of corporate takeovers set in the 1980s

Hyde Park Theater explores what happens when Nora comes home in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

‘Notes From the Field’ is powerful, necessary and ultimately hopeful

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Austin Shakespeare’s “Indian Ink” a sensual production of a classic

I have a flurry of new reviews coming soon, but here’s just one for now, Austin Shakespeare’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.

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