Reviews for Exchange Artists Performances

Review: Again - Family, Friends and Lovers by Exchange Artists

Review: Again - Family, Friends and Lovers by Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 21, 2016

AGAIN shows the sustaining power of the narrative. Telling and enacting stories strikes deeply into the lives of attendees. Skip the self-therapy and proceed straight to self-knowledge.

Again…Family, Friends, and Lovers, Exchange Artists’ latest offering, promises to become another of their innovative series.Rachel Wiese, Katherine Craft, and Bridget Farr are the company's trio of producing artists. Singly or together they propose and produce a show or series for the company. Farr is the lead producer for the Again series and has brought to the stage a deeply thoughtful and original production full of artistry and talented actors, storytellers, and ...

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Review: Sacred Space by Exchange Artists

Review: Sacred Space by Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 30, 2015

The cast danced and shared ideas on the prospects of an afterlife, and then the Flight Attendant appeared, played by Bridget Farr. She dragged away the focal pilgrim, Anne Hulsman, on magical realist travels around the world.

Exchange Artists have brought another highly creative, original production to Austin. Sacred Space has just finished up its single weekend in performance at the Little Pink Monster Gallery in the Canopy arts complex in East Austin. The show, very much under the radar, offers a showcase for devised and improvised work. At the same time, the show is partly scripted, the credit going to Rachel Weise and Katherine Craft, the co-artistic directors of the ...

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Review: Welcome to the Moon by The Exchange Artists

Review: Welcome to the Moon by The Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 31, 2014

The Exchange Artists’ Hot Nights performance series is here tonight, gone tomorrow. Thesaurus terms such as ephemeral and transitory correctly describe it, but certain qualities of the productions persist in memory. First, producers Rachel Weise and Bridget Farr choose pithy one-act plays, whether comedies or tragedies. Next, the producers recruit the most intense actors they can find to pour themselves into their roles in each play. Lastly, they find excellent musical ensembles to add musical ...

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Review: Circle the Wagons by The Exchange Artists

Review: Circle the Wagons by The Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on February 18, 2014

Circle the Wagons is now playing through March 3rd in eight cars and one red pickup truck in the parking lot of Hyde Park Christian Church on 45th Street in central Austin.

This one is pretty close to unique for stage presentations, and in keeping with Exchange Artists’ reputation, the quality of each of the five-minute playlets performed in eight vehicles is exceptional.  Five playwrights produced the work for Exchange Artists, and Content Love ...

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Review: A Streetcar Straight to Hell by Exchange Artists

Review: A Streetcar Straight to Hell by Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on November 01, 2013

All the actors showed great skill in operating the set, the props, their costumes, and themselves. When actors make the difficult look easy, then the outcomes of their actions are surprising rather than predictable.

For this Halloween edition of The Exchange Artists’ Hot Nights series, they changed the name to Hot Bloody Nights.  Other key elements remained the same, including the typically high performing skills exhibited on-stage, teaming up with a musical group, location in an upscale watering hole, a one-night-only run, and creativity unbounded. The Exchange Artists haven’t missed a beat with this series since they started it more than a year ago.

 

The show was ...

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Review: Can Can: A 1940's Floor Show by Exchange Artists

Review: Can Can: A 1940's Floor Show by Exchange Artists

by David Glen Robinson
Published on November 15, 2012

Exchange Artists remains true to its huge creative energies, and everything it produces offers beautiful gifts to its audiences.

I picked my way through the new development and blocked streets of downtown Austin to find this new bar I’d never heard of, the Palm Door.  After hiking blocks, I saw it—it was the building formerly occupied by City Grille, once the best seafood restaurant in Austin. The address is 401 Sabine Street, immediately across the street east of the convention center. I want everyone to find it more easily than I did because ...

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