Big Changes, Big List of Reviews

It’s been quite awhile since the last update, but I swear I have a reasonable excuse this time!

During the four months since I last posted, I started a new job (as a contracted copywriter) and wrote a book (another academic tome which I’ll post more about as publication nears, many moons from now), so I’ve been busy!

In fact, I’ve got to finish up the first draft of the book, so I’m still in the realm of way-too-busy, but I didn’t want to let this lack of updates get so out of hand I’d never get to them all. Since I have been so snowed under with the one-two punch of the new day job and working on the book, I’ve only had time to write reviews (and a preview piece or two) for the Austin American-Statesman in the past few months, so without further ado here’s a list of them:

Jarrott Productions’ Significant Other

‘There and Back’ looks at history of immigration through one woman’s life

Play about professor with cancer is a moving look at death and how we live

TexArts tries to take some of the nastiness out of ‘Trailer Park Musical’

‘The Goat’ makes audiences take hard look at what we consider taboo

City Theatre brings rock opera ‘The Who’s Tommy’ to life

Austin playwright examines those left in wake of racial violence

‘Significant Other’ prompts a significant emotional reaction

‘Confessions of a Mexpatriate’ is a travelogue both external and internal

Zach Theatre’s ‘Once’ is an ode to the beauty of music

The Filigree Theatre’s ‘Miss Julie’ is a timely reminder of a history of sacrificing women

Shark tale ‘Matawan’ shows beauty and fury of nature

‘Side Show’ might feel familiar, but it’s still a lot of fun

‘Macbeth,’ staged completely in the dark, opens Halloween

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is pure escapist hilarity

Agatha Christie comes to Austin in elegant, classic murder mystery

One-woman show looks at race, violence in wake of Ferguson

Play about consent hopes to spark conversations on UT campus

‘An Evening of Short Plays’ also an evening with two master actors

Texas State’s ‘Cabaret’ is a dark production for a dark time

‘Doubt’ is a compelling drama with astonishing performances

UT’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ is Shakespeare for today’s world

Austin Shakespeare’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is sexy, sultry take on a classic

No ‘Mystery’: Austin Playhouse’s ‘Edwin Drood’ is goofy, campy fun

Permanent Record’s ‘White’ is a satire of art and identity

Whew!

Back soon with more updates (it probably won’t be another four months, but, y’know, let’s be honest…).

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New Podcast Appearance!

This is just a quick update to note that I was excited to recently be a guest on the wonderful Tech Blog Writer Podcast, hosted by the smart, charming, and insightful Neil C. Hughes (who’s also a bit of a magical engineer, because I can listen to my voice here without hating it)!

Take a listen to my episode here:

597: SOFTWARE ADVICE ON HOW SMB CAN FUTURE-PROOF THEMSELVES WITH AI

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New Culture Article, Reviews, & More!

It’s refreshing to post an update after only a few weeks, because there’s only some select, exciting new pieces to post.

First, here’s my latest work of cultural critique for the fabulous Sightlines journal. This one focuses on the ability of stories to sustain us and keep us strong, in the context of this year’s blockbuster summer movies:

Popcorn Strength: Turning To 2018’s Summer Blockbusters For The Strength To Get Through 2018

Next, I’ve started writing content as a part of my day job for Software Advice‘s sister site in the Gartner Digital Markets, Capterra. Here’s the first piece I wrote for their blog:

A Customer Data Platform Guide for Small Business Marketers

And last but certainly not least, a pair of reviews of some fun musicals playing in Austin this summer:

‘Grease’ is the word if you want a nostalgia-filled romp

Zach Theatre brings an animated favorite to life in a big way

That’s all for now; more updates soon!

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June/July 2018 Work

Another busy month has gone by without posting links to my latest work, so here’s a general catch-up on what’s new!

“The Afterparty” at the VORTEX.

First, from several months ago, I completely forgot to note that I wrote a guest post (Lighten the loading time: how to speed up your business’ slow website) for Software Advice’s sister company, GetApp, which is especially important given that I’ll soon be producing content and copy for our other sister company, Capterra.

And now the round-up of reviews for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360!

“Heisenberg” at Zach Theatre.

What is love? ‘The Afterparty’ looks at how art and science influence our deepest questions

Have some cheesy good fun with ‘The Book of Liz’

In a play about uncertainty, one thing is certain: These actors are fantastic

Hyde Park Theater does compelling job with a frustrating text

That’s all for now, but more reviews as well as my first Capterra pieces coming soon!

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Late May Publications

I’ve gone and done it again; I let a few weeks go by without posting each piece as it’s gone up, and now I’ve got a backlog!

To quickly catch up, let’s begin with a preview/interview I wrote for the Austin American Statesman about the Broadway tour of An American in Paris:

For this musical, the feet are as important as the beat

Next, a post for Time Out Austin that is sadly my last, at least for a while, since Time Out has decided to discontinue its Austin content:

The Heartland Theatre Collective tells powerful stories about Texas women

And, last but certainly not least, more theater reviews for the Austin American-Statesman:

A play with few words makes you feel as if you’re part of this spiritual retreat

A classic opera, telenovelas, border politics and drag shows all offer inspiration for this play

Theater company gives look ‘Back/Stage’ at life with special needs

With science fiction and sexy one-liners, this puppet show is not for kids

Broadway in Austin’s ‘An American in Paris’ is a spectacular production of a dated story

Little-known musical ‘Lucky Stiff’ comes alive with comedic bits

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

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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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