Updates. So, so many updates.

Oof, where does the time go, eh? It’s been a busy few months since the last time I updated. Things have been in a rush in both my professional and personal life, so I haven’t really had the bandwidth to attend to this blog, but the time is finally upon us!

First, I should say that I’m writing a ton of stuff for my day job at Software Advice, much of which you can find on the company’s resource hub. However, since I write specialty pieces about customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, and other software niches, I figure it won’t be of much interest to people who follow this blog for my critical, cultural, and creative writing, so I won’t be posting that work here unless I write something particularly noteworthy.

However, you can now find my writing in a variety of cool new venues! Let’s run things down one at a time.

Sightlines

The brilliant Jeanne Claire van Ryzin has started a new Austin-based “online magazine of arts, culture and ideas” called Sightlines, and it’s something pretty special. While outlets for traditional long-form journalism and criticism are shrinking in Austin, this magazine is providing an outlet for in-depth looks at topics of importance to both Austin audiences and readers everywhere.

She has kindly asked me to contribute from time to time, including in the first issue. I was excited to do so, and wrote a somewhat personal post about my sense of personal identity, some now-questionable assertions I made in my book, Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America, and the nature of critiquing the arts in a post-Trump world. Check it out here:

Bursting the bubble: Art and audience in the age of Trump

Time Out Austin

For the better part of 2016 I’ve been contributing to Time Out Austin‘s quarterly print edition, writing features about theatre/dance and also providing listings of upcoming productions. Now, I’ll be working for Time Out on a more regular basis, providing theatre/dance-related weekly blog posts. You can check out the first one here, and stay tuned to the Time Out Austin blog for weekly posts:

Four holiday theater performances to catch this winter (that aren’t The Nutcracker)

Beauty and the Bitch

My friends Morgan and Mic host their own podcast, called Beauty and the Bitch, that would be of interest to readers of my work. They cover lots of topics about geeky pop culture, genre fiction, movies, and whatever else it is they’re geeking out over at any given moment.

With the upcoming Justice League movie hitting theaters this month, they kindly invited me to come on their show and share some of my thoughts about the DCEU (DC Comics’ movie universe) and about the Justice League in general. Normally I hate how I sound in interviews, but I actually think I come off OK in this one!

Here’s the episode I appear in, but you should go back and listen to all of their shows:

Episode 023: Justice League

Statesman Reviews

And finally, I’m still hard at work writing freelance reviews (and a few features) for the Austin American-Statesman/Austin360. Although almost all of these shows are long gone at the time of writing this, I wanted to post their links for posterity:

Summer Stock Austin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ brings young stars to stage

Elvis, Johnny Cash and more come to life in Zach’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Science fiction tale delivers powerful real-life messages about race

Forget story — TexArts’ ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ is all about musical fun

‘Building the Wall’ a riveting warning about political extremes

Monologue, memoir and stand-up comedy: One-man show tackles loss and language

‘Storm Still’ explores family dynamics through one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies

Austin Shakespeare finds timely political message in classic play

Broadway hit ‘Rent’ still speaks to the misfit in us all

Austin Playhouse’s ‘This Random World’ reveals the hidden ties that bind us

Glam rock meets the Bard in Hidden Room’s ‘Henry IV’

From nun to genocidal monster: Paper Chairs’ ‘Catalina de Erauso’ looks at history through different lens

Girl power puts ‘The Wolves’ ahead of the pack

Young actor gives star turn as troubled, tempestuous ‘Prodigal Son’

Texas State’s ‘A Chorus Line’ is a singular sensation

Secrets, lies and revelations in new theater company’s first production

Trouble Puppet Theater ties history to today’s politics

The Vortex’s bloody ‘Vampyress’ is an adults-only Halloween treat

Zach Theatre’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ has snazzy special effects but somewhat soggy story

‘Woman in Black’ offers classic scares for Halloween

See another powerful work from ‘Moonlight’ writer on stage in ‘The Brothers Size’

‘Dry Land’ is a gripping first production from a new Austin theater company

Young cast shines in somewhat updated, still problematic ‘Crucible’

And that’s just about that for this mega-update! Sorry for the very long lapse, and hopefully it won’t happen again.

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‘Fun Home’ takes story of family secrets from page to stage

Here’s a preview of the National Tour of Fun Home that I wrote for the Austin American-Statesman, featuring an interview with the incredibly smart and erudite playwright/lyricist Lisa Kron.

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Gothic Drama Meets David Lynch in Hyde Park Theatre’s ‘The Moors’

I’ve got a new review up of a strange and delightful show at Hyde Park Theatre, Jen Silverman’s The Moors.

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Things Ahead & THE WIZARD OF OZ

There’s some exciting news about a couple new, big projects coming in the future, but I can’t quite reveal them publicly just yet.

In the meantime, I have a new review up for the Austin American-Statesman, this one for the Zilker summer musical production of The Wizard of Oz.

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Activism and the AIDS epidemic: ‘The Normal Heart’ still resonates

It’s the slow season in Austin theater, so just one review for you right now, of the classic Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart at City Theatre.

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Retroactive Continuity In The Age of Alternative Facts

I wrote a blog post for the University Press of Mississippi, publishers of my book (Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America), updating its context in the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news.”

I’m very proud of this short piece and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to respond to current events in a way that (I hope) doesn’t invalidate a large part of the book’s thesis!

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Some Late Spring Reviews

I’ve been busy reviewing a lot of different shows, so here’s an omnibus catch-up on those I’ve neglected to post!

‘Scheherazade’ is timely, necessary piece of political theater

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ is free fun for the whole family

Show from ‘Hamilton’ creator takes Zach Theatre to new ‘Heights’

Feminism, comedy and the Reign of Terror meet in ‘The Revolutionists’

New to Gilbert & Sullivan? ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ is the show for you

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Reviews A-Go-Go

I had quite the Memorial Day weekend, with four (count ’em 4!) new reviews. Without further ado, here they are:

Playfulness and heartbreak mix in “Dani Girl,” a musical about young cancer patient

‘The Effect’ is the drug you need

Austin Playhouse’s “Guys and Dolls’”is a living cartoon, and that’s a good thing

Bawdy humor, Shakespeare and Broadway glitz – “Something Rotten!” has it all

I also neglected to post my review from a few weeks ago of Austin Shakespeare’s Zilker Park production of Comedy of Errors.

That’s all for now, but more to come soon!

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‘My Big Fat Bahookie’ brings body positivity to the Vortex

I’ve got a new review out today, for the body-positive show My Big Fat Bahookie at the Vortex Theatre. Check it out!

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A Very Musical Update

Here’s some musical reviews I wrote this past month for the Austin American-Statesman.

First up is a sadly timely (and chillingly disturbing) production of Cabaret at St. Ed’s University.

Next, a solid production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (the almost one-woman show about Billie Holliday) at Zach Theatre.

And finally, the Broadway tour of Phantom of the Opera, which is, y’know, still Phantom of the Opera.

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