1)The Assumption(Refraction Arts
Project) A David Bowie-esque Hamlet who fights kung fu and
a big-haired family that believes "We is kin" till death and
dances Kabuki and can sing a Rilo Kiley cover. What wasn't
there to love?
2)Bars, Bedrooms, Bukowski(Rogue
Performance Venue) Rogue's debut production left me
wishing I had thought of adapting Bukowski's short stories of
lowlifes that reeked of sex, cigarettes, whiskey, and
Decameron Day 7:
3)Decameron Day 7: REVENGE (Rude
Mechanicals) After having a glass of wine and breaking
bread on long Italian tables with the Rude Mechs, we were
invited to write the names of our enemies (Heidi Klum) on a
scrap of paper to be burned and sit and watch a dual soap
opera onscreen and onstage.
4)A Human Interest Story(dirigo
group) The audience sat inside the big boob tube, flipping
through channels of disconcerting stories hyped in the media.
5)I Love My Dead Gay Son: The
Musical!(Yellow Tape Construction Co.) This
show was utterly generational, and I wish I had been in it,
for the incredibly spontaneous cast or the amalgam of Eighties
references like the coveted Jessie Spano on speed.
6)Kneeling Down at Noon(Mary
Moody Northen Theatre) Not that I've seen a whole lot of
theatre, but this was the only play that really put being a
Muslim in the spotlight.
7)Not Clown(Physical Plant
Theater) After coming home and nursing sore cheeks from
watching clown-genocide, I wondered, "Did that really happen?"
8)Red Cans(Rubber Repertory)
You should expect a company named Rubber Repertory to have
people dress like red cans in their natural stomping ground. A
double delight for those with SOD (Shoe Obsession Disorder).
9)Sodomy and Pedicures(Jessica
Hedrick) Sex in the booty sparked this tour through the
personal history of sexual cognizance for Austin ex-pat
10)We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa(Yellow Tape Construction Co.) It wasn't just millions
of down feathers in colorful lighting or Amanda Butterfield's
kinetic choreography of a hip, all-female cast but Cari
Palazzolo's movement-inspired pop that beamed throughout the