Theater: Honestly, we are not trying to pump up the Austin Chronicle staff in Out, but here’s another timely observation: Chron arts editor Robert Faires is an actor.
Scotty Roberts and Robert Faires in “In On It”
Oh, he’s been on the Austin stage since 1980, but in the past, he tended to “present” his characters, as if part of his consciousness observed the action.
Beginning with his smooth ensemble work in “The Compete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” Faires has relaxed inside this characters’ skins. Now, co-starring with the reliable and amiable Scotty Roberts in Daniel MacIvor’s “In On It,” Faires transcends previous performances; he really seems to live each scene of flirtation, argument, wonder, etc.
Frankly — and this comes with age for some actors — Faires could work in any medium in any market right now. We’ve joked for a long time about how he and wife, Barbara Chisholm, are Austin’s Lunt and Fontanne, but now they are both playing at the top of their games.
This complicates Faires role as a journalist, but not mine. Were this a formal review, I wouldn’t go on and on about his performance, but the blog format frees me up to state the obvious: Already an accomplished writer, editor and director, Faires can now firmly attach the appellation “actor” to his name.
Let’s toast Lowell Bartholomee of the Dirigo Group for producing this play about two participants in a car crash, which we first saw during the performance art festival at the University of Texas a few years ago.