SEASON 28 PRESS

05.25.2016 Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale CTX Live Theatre Review
we’re all in the game, like it or not.  

05.13.2016 The Tempest - An Aerial Tale; CTX Live Theatre Review

04.03.2016 Persephone Breaking Tradition; Austin Entertainment Weekly Review

04.01.2016 Vortex’s “Persephone” brings music to mythology; Austin360 Arts Review

03.28.2016 New Austin Show Celebrates the Lighter Side of Ethnic Assimilation
Lucky Chaos Theatre’s Leng Wong tells us about Living on the Hyphen

02.12.2016 The Mikado Reclaimed: Austin Chronicles Review
In this newly devised work, Asian-American artists grapple with the complicated legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan's opera

01.19.2016 Terminus: Austin360 Review
we can only hope will receive the widespread national audience it deserves.

01.15.016 Terminus; CTX Live Theatre Review
a place in the mind, fertile with characters and stories, that we can hope to visit in coming years.

SEASON 26 press

10.29.13 Stars and Barmen; Austin 360 Review
We’ve all been there: that sad and lonely place that has us searching for someone who can help us grasp something more out of life.

SEASON 25 press

08.27.13 Sing Muse; Austin360 Review
How do we find the space to listen for inspiration in an era of so much technological chatter?

08.16.13 A Raisin in the Sun; Austin Chronicle Review
UpRise! Productions' revival of a trailblazing drama

06.07.13 Qualities of Starlight; Austin360 Review
Dean’s play and the exceptional performances of this production’s cast cultivate a verisimilitude that can’t be overlooked.

05.10.13 The Chimponauts and the Mechanical Phantom; Austin Chronicle Review
It may help to know sci-fi B-movies, but this space spoof by Electronic Planet Ensemble is silly fun for everyone

04.01.13 EARTH; Austin American Statesman Review
The sensory experience, as with all Vortex Repertory Company productions, transports the viewer to another world.

03.29.13 EARTH; Austin Chronicle Review
Vortex Repertory Company's ritualistic celebration of earth may make you want to dig your toes into the dirt

01.18.13 Elizabeth Heart of a Queen; Austin Chronicle Review
Lorella Loftus' ambitious new bio-play boasts strong performances by the three women portraying the Virgin Queen

11.30.12 You Can't Take It With You; Austin Chronicle Review
Director Mick D'Arcy warms an old chestnut at the Vortex

11.02.12 Heather Woodbury's 'As the Globe Warms'; Austin Chronicle Review
Woodbury's latest solo stage epic is a beautiful experiment in soap opera meets PSA

SEASON 24 press

09.21.12 The Elementals: WATER; Austin Chronicle Review
This Vortex dance exploring water as sacred is often beautiful but not always deep

09.10.12 WATER, Austin Live Theatre Review
Imagination is a keyword for the entire show.

08.10.12 Sing Muse; Austin Chronicle
Ramirez and his stellar ensemble emphasize that the goddesses are neither Homeric nor Disneyfied.

02.17.12 What's Black & Female & A Thrill To Behold?; Austin Chronicle Review
How about "tight ensemble piece in a seven-part harmony"?

01.06.12 Top 10 Notable Theatrics of 2011; Austin Chronicle

10.21.11 Sarah Silverhands; Austin Chronicle Review
The magic in this new fairy-tale opera lies in its look more than its story

10.10.11 Review of Sarah Silver Hands; Austin 360

10.01.11 Vortex takes a kid-friendly turn; Austin 360

09.09.11 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf; Austin Chronicle Review
The classic choreopoem becomes a tight ensemble piece in seven-part harmony

08.11.11 The Butterfly Bar; Culture Map

SEASON 23 press

06.03.11 Lear; Austin Chronicle Review
The flashy modern setting takes priority over Shakespeare's text in this update

05.27.11 Lear; Arts Eclectic Interview

05.24.11 Review 'Lear'; Austin 360
Swapping a queen for a king and a sister for a son, Ramirez foregrounds gender roles without letting them consume the production.

03.01.11 interview on AIR; Arts Eclectic

01.21.11 Planet of the Mermaids; Austin Chronicle Review
A hot band plays cool music for a wild sci-fi film that may or may not be a put-on

12.17.10 Culture Flash! Vortex Receives Grant for Sarah Silverhands; Austin Chronicle

11.02.10 Vampyress; Examiner.com Review
Blood and nudity can't take away from the beauty of this dark opera

SEASON 22 press

08.27.10 B-boy bluez; Austin Chronicle Review
Zell Miller III makes the four corners of hip-hop come together in the theatre

06.02.10 The Wife Of Bath’s Tale At The Vortex; DO512 Review
a fresh take on Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic tale from the Middle Ages and the results are incredibly fresh, intoxicating, and highly hilarious.

06.01.10 ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale; Austin 360 Review
‘Things never change, do they?’ asks an effervescent woman in an oversized hat as she browses through the Cliff Notes to Chaucer?s ?The Canterbury Tales.’

04.30.10 Sleeping Beauty; Austin Chronicle Review
The strength of Vortex's original musical adaptation is in its imagination

04.01.10 Audio Interview with Sleeping Beauty's Prince, Princess, musical director, and Artistic Director; KOOP Radio's Off Stage and On the Air

03.31.10 Vortex production re-imagines 'Sleeping Beauty'; Austin 360 interview with Bonnie Cullum

03.30.10 Audio Interview with Sleeping Beauty's cast and director; KUT Radio's Arts Eclectic

02.12.10 ‘Arrhythmia’; Austin 360 Review
What is love? Writer Zell Miller III ponders that question in “Arrhythmia,” his newest piece of hip-hop performance theater now getting its debut at Vortex.

02.04.10 Tim Miller Preaches to the Choir; Austin Chronicle Review

01.27.10 Tim Miller's 'Lay of the Land' challenge same-sex marriage ban; Austin 360 Interview with Tim Miller

01.15.10 Sufrin' UFO; Austin Chronicle Review
Another blast of otherworldly wonder and weirdness from Electronic Planet Ensemble

10.30.09 Murder Ballad Murder Mystery; Austin Chronicle Review
You'll be hard-pressed to find a riskier production in Austin this year than this strange string of ballads and mysteries

08.28.09 The Dragonfly Queen; Austin Chronicle Review
Return to Mala's world

SEASON 21 press

06.17.09 Good Things; Austin Live Theater Review

05.22.09 Oceana; Austin Chronicle Review
The Vortex's latest theatrical immersion in myth sinks you down 20,000 leagues

05.15.09 'Oceana' The life aquatic; Austin Chronicle Review

03.27.09 Holy Cross Sucks!!!; Austin Chronicle Review
Rob Nash plays 29 characters over four years of high school and makes it look so easy

02.12.09 Secret Life of the InBetweeners; Austin Live Theatre Blog
Aaron Brown's musical at the Vortex benefits from a strong cast, Bonnie Cullum's assured direction, and a bouncy score,

01.23.09 Spaceman:Dada:Robot; Austin Chronicle Review
A song cycle with its head in the stars and a sense of wonder makes space cool again

01.02.09 12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas; Austin Chronicle Review
Rob Nash's solo show is funny, honest, and a welcome relief from saccharine holiday shows

10.31.08 Gretchen Phillips Reviewed; Austin Chronicle Review

08.29.08 Radio Silence: a word opera; Austin Chronicle Review
Zell Miller III's hip-hop opera is fascinating when it isn't flying by so quickly

08.22.08 Talkin' the Walk; Austin Chronicle
Hip-hop theatre artist Zell Miller III speaks truth about radio, race, and fatherhood

SEASON 20 press

06.20.08 Beauty Queen of Leenan; Austin Chronicle Review
This Beauty Queen is harsh but effective, gritty as a sandpaper shamrock

04.16.08 The Last Days of Desmond"Nani" Reese; Austin Chronicle Review
Heather Woodbury's new solo show about a 108-year-old fallen woman humanizes strippers and storytellers, whores and academics

03.28.08 Troades; Austin Chronicle Review
This new adaptation of The Trojan Women is fueled by an earnestness that is the show's blessing and its curse

03.24.08 ‘Troades’; Austin360 Review

01.18.08 Beirut; Austin Chronicle Review
Vortex's revival confronts issues of the body – as object, as weapon, and as prison – head on

11.20.07 The Neovaginal Monologues: Tales of Transformation; Austin Chronicle Review
UT RTF professor Sandy Stone takes the stage to tell stories from the lives of transgendered individuals

09.21.07 Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Austin Chronicle Review
Staging of Fo's farce never quite musters the urgent lunacy of its Looney Tunes inspiration

08.31.07 Dragonfly Princess; Austin Chronicle Review
ethos' opera The Dragonfly Princess takes us down a dark path of intrigues, heresy, power struggles, and death

SEASON 19 press

07.27.07 The Wyrd Sisters; Austin Chronicle Review
The Vortex's 2007 Summer Youth Theatre showcases more talented youth with Terry Pratchett's lighthearted, adventurous Wyrd Sisters

06.01.07 Wallace Shawn's 'A Thought in Three Parts': The author approves; Austin Chronicle

05.18.07 A Thought in Three Parts; Austin Chronicle Review
In staging Wallace Shawn's famously unproduced and pornographic A Thought in Three Parts, it'd be so easy to stumble or misjudge, but Rubber Repertory has gotten almost everything stunningly right.

03.23.07 Hamlet; Austin Chronicle Review
Vortex Repertory Company's new production of Shakespeare's Hamlet has a strong contemporary feel...

01.19.07 Trickster; Austin Chronicle Review
Vortex Repertory Company's latest production, about those weaselly mythological misfits who pull pranks and break rules, Trickster, is an extravaganza

12.15.06 Rob Nash, Bedford Falls by way of television city; Austin Chronicle
Austin solo performer Rob Nash is moving to Los Angeles, and as a parting Christmas gift, he's created a holiday special that never was

12.01.06 Finding Hope ... in Bed!; Austin Chronicle Review
Tim Miller's latest trip to Austin finds the noted performance artist optimistic about being gay

11.03.06 Ring Rip Rent; Austin Chronicle Review
Showing us a future where women who have violated society's sexual mores are confined, classified, and treated

SEASON 18 press

09.09.06 Bell(e); Austin Chronicle Review
Bell(e), ethos' installation focusing on literary suicides, chucks the adolescent illusion that killing oneself is a meaningful act of passion...

08.25.06 Web Extra: B-Boy Bluez / Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower; Austin Chronicle Review
Zell Miller III creates whole worlds on stage and performs his heart out for whatever audience he gets.

07.21.06 Summer Youth Theatre's The Visit: Kill Schill; Austin Chronicle Review
For 15 years, Vortex SYT has been not patronizing kids. On the contrary, this program has historically chosen challenging and significant material for its participants to tackle...

05.19.06 4:48 Psychosis; Austin Chronicle Review
One really gets the full abysmal experience of being clinically depressed...

12.23.05 A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire; Austin Chronicle Review
Nash has lit a fire under Dickens' perennial fable like Austin's problem child with a grill...

10.28.05 Vampyress; Austin Chronicle Review
a ghoulish countess who killed 600 women so she could bathe in their blood

SEASON 17 PRESS

09.23.05 Phaedra's Love; Austin Chronicle Review
'Phaedra's Love' is not for the prudish eye, what with its incest, murder, rape, and graphic scenes that require splash guards

07.22.05 Getting Kids Into the Act; Austin Chronicle
Curtain up on GRRL Action and Vortex Summer Youth Theatre

07.15.05 To be Continued; Austin Chronicle Review
Something about 'hOle,' a new live theatrical serial in nine episodes, is bringing folks back to the Vortex every Tuesday night of this long, hot summer

03.25.05 Sleeping Beauty; Austin Chronicle Review
'Sleeping Beauty' shows the company in a playful mood, delivering a musical adaptation that is fanciful, lighthearted, and disarmingly sweet.

03.11.05 Working Beauty: An Interview with Bonnie Cullum; Austin Chronicle

01.28.05 St. Enid and the Black Hand; Austin Chronicle Review
an archetypal family enacts a fairy tale with many-layered meanings

12.24.04 A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire; Austin Chronicle Review
Nash adds a clever curve to the holiday tale, matching Hollywood stars with Dickens' familiar characters

SEASON 16 PRESS

08.20.04 12-Steps to a More Dysfunctional Musical; Austin Chronicle Review
Nash gives the Smiths something new to bind the family, someone to look out for, a future, hope...

07.30.04 The Good Woman of Setzuan; Austin Chronicle Review

06.06.04 Do Kill the Messenger; Austin Chronicle Review

05.14.04 Ghost From a Perfect Place; Austin Chronicle Review

04.23.04 Oh, What a Lovely War Protest!; Austin Chronicle Interview with Kathryn Blume
How the Lysistrata Project became a global phenomenon, from one woman who lived it

03.12.04 Dark Goddess 2004; Austin Chronicle Review
"Take responsibility for your own transformation," the women tell us. "Change is eternal. Accept change. Embrace it."

01.30.04 Pythia Dust; Austin Chronicle Review
Welcome to the cabaret at the end of the universe, where every song pulses with a quasar beat and love burns hotter than a supernova.

11.28.03 Coriolanus; Austin Chronicle Review
Gusts of oratory describe the injustices and illegitimacy of the powers that be...

SEASON 15 PRESS

08.08.03 Norman Normal Saves the World: The Geek Breaks Out!; Austin Chronicle Review
Nash's art is in the insta-characterization. He tells his story through characters' "dialogues,"

06.27.03 Eggheads: Ain't That a Kick in the Head; Austin Chronicle
To see such assuredness of style, combined with the sense that the actors were really having fun, was a kick.

05.23.03 Holy Cross Sucks!: One for All; Austin Chronicle Review
The story's thrust is the musketeerish friendship that propels the boys through four tough years from timidity to freedom via New York.

04.25.03 Black Tower: Timeless Struggles; Austin Chronicle Review
ethos creates another theatrical museum through which audiences may examine living dioramas populated by Greek gods engaged in struggles with each other as old as the human race.

03.21.03 The Scarlet Letter: A Recurring Nightmare; Austin Chronicle Review
Within this atmosphere of dread, director Michelle Fowler and her cast create a society of suffocating morality and the cruel reprisals that await any who violate its rigid rules of conduct.

01.17.03 Holy Well, Sacred Flame: Spring Down Memory Lane; Austin Chronicle Review
Writer-director Bonnie Cullum makes a unique rite from sincerity, sensuousness, and outlandish vision.

SEASON 14 press

11.29.02 Medea: If Looks Could Kill; Austin Chronicle Review
The feast for the eyes includes Loftus' use of four actresses to share the title role, as well as play the Chorus.

07.26.02 Moby Dick: Study of Mortality in Blue and White; Austin Chronicle
You never see the sea in the Vortex Repertory Company's new stage adaptation of Moby Dick, but you sense it around you and under you...

07.19.02 Moby's Play: Kirk Smith on Bringing Melville's Whale to the Stage; Austin Chronicle; Interview with Kirk Smith

07.07.02 12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Family; Austin Chronicle Review
This is the play to attend with that family member who impersonates you best.

05.31.02 The Music of Erica Zann: That Way Lies Madness; Austin Chronicle Review
Entering is akin to falling into a fever dream, a hallucinatory state in which you're overwhelmed by strange visions and a palpable sense of anxiety and apprehension.

SEASON 13 press

12.28.01 Rob Nash Does Romeo and Juliet: The Power of One; Austin Chronicle Review
He shifts smoothly from character to character, sometimes instantly, sometimes after a slow turn for shifting's emphasis, and his skill in doing this is obviously beside the point.

09.14.01 The Deluge: Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain; Austin Chronicle Review
... highly imagistic and poetic, with live music -- complementing the cool, wetness of the environment and the gentle storytelling.

05.08.01 Twelfth Night: Gently Into that Good Night; Austin Chronicle Review
if you wondered what kind of stage director Faires might be, waste no time and pick up tickets for this last weekend of his elegant, understated (with a few hilarious exceptions) labor of love

03.21.01 Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities: Immediate, Raw, Raw Storytelling; Austin Chronicle Review
Kirk Smith has pulled the disparate parts of Dickens' long, tortuously wrought plot together with a mix of verve and passion, intimacy and grandeur.

03.09.01 Radio Radio; Austin Chronicle

SEASON 12 press

09.08.00 Elytra: New Synthesis; Austin Chronicle Review
He's clearly dealing with issues of death and regeneration, creation, power and control...

07.29.00 The Frogs: Awkward Bawdy; Austin Chronicle Review
And prance these young actors do, with all the glorious energy and presence of youth, and all the slickness of a well-trained troupe

07.14.00 And You Come From Where ...?: Where Did the Love Go?; Austin Chronicle Review
I haven't told anyone yet. I didn't want to jinx it, but I fell in love this weekend...

05.26.00 Fractured Greeks: Great Deeds, Human Follies; Austin Chronicle
Every year the Vortex Workshop brings together local actors to "train, play, work, write, experiment, and perform together."

03.31.00 Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show; Austin Chronicle Review
Within the dark, funny realm of her ultra-revealing Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show, Fix manages to combine her endless influences into a pleasantly chaotic fairy tale straddling harsh realism and the giddiest dreaminess.

03.17.00 The Apocalytes & the Tetragons: Psychic Blasts and Undulating Bodies; Austin Chronicle
With the hyper-stylized, absurdist, nudity-rich videos looming behind them, Electronic Planet Ensemble, churned out loud, rockin' electronica to accompany the action.

02.18.00 Dark Goddess: Remembrance of Deities Past; Austin Chronicle Review
Not just a theatrical performance; it's a spellbinding ritual bringing together goddesses from the far reaches of the world

01.14.00 Despair's Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio: Grooving Among the Shreds of Shadow; Austin Chronicle Review
It's the waking dreamscape of a lonely, abandoned man capering through the confines of a house as jumbled and tattered as the ruins of his mind...