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February 1, 2023

I.B. Hopkins

I. B. Hopkins is a playwright from Gainesville, Georgia. He is a M. F. A. candidate (playwriting) at University of Texas at Austin.

Excavating Disappearance: ‘The Madres’ Uncovers One Family’s Story of Argentina’s Dirty War

Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker has not assumed that her audience is familiar with the Dirty War — a term the Argentine Military Dictatorship used for a period of state...

GenEnCo’s ‘Carmen’ Reinvents and Reclaims the Exotic

"Carmen," the opera from which Generic Ensemble Company has adapted this play, maintains enormous cultural capital nearly a century and a half after its Paris premiere. Think passionate gypsies,...

Will it Play in Austin? ‘Vaudeville!’ at the Ransom Center

“In vaudeville, ‘there is always something for everybody,’ just as in every state and city, in every county and town in our democratic country, there is opportunity for everybody,...

Theatre En Bloc hits the Sweet Spot in a Comedy About Motherhood with Dark Edges

Theatre en Bloc’s regional premiere of Molly Smith Metzler’s "Cry It Out" is not the “feel-good,” “Isn’t-Motherhood-Sweet” play you might think you should go see with your mom this Mother's...

‘The Repentance of Saint Joan’ — An alt-history play, minus some pesky historical facts

If "Saint Joan" was George Bernard Shaw’s “tragedy without villains,” Austin playwright Patrick Shaw’s "The Repentance of Saint Joan" might be something delightfully closer to a history play without those...

Hey, finally! — The Rude Mechs fix “Troilus and Cressida”

There is a reason Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” is his least performed play. It’s clunky, pessimistic, abstruse, and often cannot decide if it is meant to be a tragedy...

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