A blog about Austin’s arts scene with news, reviews and recommended happenings.

Which Tony-nominated shows would you like to see in Austin?

2:55 pm May. 2, 2017

By Samantha Reichstein, special to the American-Statesman

While some may think award show season has come and gone, on Tuesday morning Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson announced the nominations for every theater lover’s favorite event:

Quiet romanticism of ‘Bloomsday’ charms at Austin Playhouse

12:53 pm Jan. 17, 2017

This review was written by freelance arts critic Andrew J. Friedenthal

Austin playwright Stephen Dietz’s new play “Bloomsday,” receiving its Texas premiere production at Austin Playhouse through Feb. 5, is a lyrical, intriguing drama that belongs

Best of live theater in Austin: A critic’s 2016 favorites

2:04 pm Dec. 21, 2016

By Andrew J. Friedenthal, American-Statesman freelance arts critic.

For the entirety of 2016, I have freelanced as a theater critic for the American-Statesman, reviewing all manner of shows small and large, from the splashiest musical to

Music review: Austin Opera’s The Flying Dutchman

10:53 am Nov. 19, 2016

Enter the “Flying Dutchman,” a sea captain cursed after making an ill-advised deal with Satan, who is forced to wander the seven seas, returning home only once every seven years — and then, only to look for a sympathetic woman who will fall in love with him and break the Dutchman’s bondage.

If it sounds complicated, the plot in practice couldn’t be simpler. Few of the operatic conventions; the