New Sightlines Column: Love and Sex in the Time of Incels

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. I wrote 2,000 words about sex robots:

Love and Sex in the Time of Incels

(And other things, too, of course.)

(But also: sex robots.)

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Just A Few Updates

I may have fallen behind again, but only by a few posts this time!

First, my latest Time Out Austin blog posts:

Theatre en Bloc’s ‘Cry It Out’ puts female friendships front and center

How one Austin theater company is reworking a classic opera for modern times

And then, a couple of theater reviews for the Austin American-Statesman:

‘Seminar’ is a vicious satire with no easy answers but plenty of laughs

I should have a few new pieces coming out later this week, as well!

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Shakespeare meets sitcom: ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ brings laughs to Zilker Park

I have another new review up for the Austin American-Statesman, this one about Austin Shakespeare’s annual “Shakespeare in the park” production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at Zilker Park!

Shakespeare meets sitcom: ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ brings laughs to Zilker Park (and it’s free)

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‘Cry It Out’ looks at motherhood, friendship and what it means to have it all

My latest review is up, covering a strong new offering from Theatre en Bloc and one of my favorite local directors, Lily Wolff!

‘Cry It Out’ looks at motherhood, friendship and what it means to have it all

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New Review, New Podcast!

Here’s my latest review, of the world premiere of Sheila Cowley’s new play TRIO courtesy of Austin’s Filigree Theatre!

The real and surreal blend as ‘Trio’ makes its world premiere in Austin

I forgot to post this last week, but I returned to the fabulous Beauty and the Bitch podcast to talk about the MCU in advance of Avengers: Infinity War.

You can download the episode here!

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Big Piece, Small Piece

I’ve had a couple pieces come out the past few weeks, one of which is a big profile for the Austin American-Statesman of the new Austin theater company The Filigree Theatre, which is just now at the end of its inaugural season. Check it out here:

Planning, artistic vision guide Filigree Theatre through first season

And then I also had a Time Out Austin blog post go up about some outdoor theater productions coming this summer:

These three upcoming theater productions take place under the stars

I’m in the midst of working on a very exciting, serious piece mixing arts coverage and actual journalism, and I’ll be sure to post that as soon as it’s out.

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Mid-April Updates

I’ve only gone a couple weeks without updating this time, but there’s been a few juicy releases since then!

First and foremost, I have the following piece for the online Sightlines journal, which is probably the most personal (non-fiction) thing I’ve ever written. Dare I say it, I’m actually proud of this piece of writing and happy with how it turned out (which is a rare occurrence for me).

If you’re just going to read one thing I’ve written, this one is it!

Memories like a Bomb, like a Bullet: Why the Nostalgia Industry Is Here to Stay

Next up, I’ve had a few new Time Out Austin blog posts go up, including one that takes a pretty serious look at a new production of a play about the Holocaust and immigration, and its all-too-topical contemporary relevance.

A new Trinity Street Players production links echoes of the past to present issues

Four new theater productions to check out this spring

Rude Mechs embarks on its final performances of the season. Or does it?

And, finally, I’ve had a few new reviews for the Austin America-Statesman/Austin360 (one of which, for Kindertransport, even has a negative comment; a true badge of honor!):

‘I and You’ puts a thoughtful and poetic spin on life as a teen

Free play an emotional and timely look at the immigrant experience

‘Grounded,’ a one-woman show about a military pilot, soars

Texas State’s ‘Ragtime’ shows why musical is so timely today

I should have a few larger pieces going up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

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Busy Week

Last week was a busy one, full of reviews and other odds and ends going live. Here’s the run-down.

First, and most interesting, was a unique article about a unique piece of art, the VORTEX Theatre’s immersive Performance Park experience. Here’s a link to my combined feature/review for the Austin American-Statesman:

Immersive, interactive ‘Performance Park’ is unlike anything else in Austin theater

Next, I had three traditional reviews for the Statesman/Austin360 also go up:

Conspiracy and paranoia take center stage in 9/11-themed ‘Yankee Tavern’

Strong all-female cast delivers timely and clever satire about gun control debate

If you loved ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ the movie, you’ll probably like ‘Shakespeare in Love’ on stage

More to come soon, including a return to blogging for Time Out Austin!

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March Updates

Yup, it happened again. I went awhile without posting an update, which is frustrating to me but also a positive sign that I’ve got a lot going on, so there’s that.

Here, once again, is a big old update of all the things I’ve had published in the past month.

Sightlines

Here’s another piece I wrote for the fabulous online magazine Sightlines as their resident pop culture columnist, this time about the most significant piece of pop culture to come out in the past month:

Black Panther, White Critic

Time Out Austin

Next up, here’s my recent blog posts for Time Out Austin:

Five SXSW 2018 events for theater lovers

‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ defies conventional theater—including rehearsals

How three production companies are trying to change the lack of diversity in Austin theater

Theatre en Bloc’s ‘The Secretary’ is a tragically timely comedic premiere

Austin American-Statesman/Austin360

Finally, here’s the most updates, my work for the Austin-American Statesman and Austin360, beginning with a feature/preview I wrote about the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder:

One actor tackles multiple roles in ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’

And then a big old list of various and sundry reviews:

Sex and sardines: City Theatre’s ‘Noises Off’ is an energetic farce

UT production of ‘Enron’ takes on toxic masculinity of American corporate culture

Hyde Park Theatre’s latest offers message on life, death and what gives us meaning

Rude Mechs modernizes another Shakespeare play, with dynamic results

Ground Floor Theatre’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ weds script, spontaneity and sassiness

In this comic musical, the bad guys always win

City Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ questions tradition and incites debate

So, there you have it, another mega-update! I can’t even remotely promise that I’ll be able to keep up with new posts going forward, so probably expect another omnibus like this in another month or so.

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Get a serving of musical nostalgia at ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

Here’s another new review, this time of TexARTS’ production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a fun, if insubstantial, show.

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