THIS WEEK'S FILM EVENTS

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Tuesday at 7pm
Thursday at 9pm
Tuesday at 9:05pm
Thursday at 7pm
Friday at 7pm
Friday at 8:45pm

Saturday at 1pm
Saturday at 3:15pm
Saturday at 5:05pm
Saturday at 2pm
Saturday at 4:25pm

Monday at 8:45pm
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Wednesday at 8:45pm
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Manchaca, TX
Thursday at 8:45pm
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Manchaca, TX
Friday & Sat. at 8:45pm
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Manchaca, TX
Friday at 8:45pm
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Sunday at 8:45pm
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Manchaca, TX

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The Stepfather (1987)
Tuesday at 10:15pm
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Wednesday at 9:45pm
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Wednesday at 7pm
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Thursday at 10:20pm
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Friday at 7pm & 10pm
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Saturday at 7pm & 10pm
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Tues. & Wed. at 10:20am
Thursday at 10am
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Tues. - Wed. at 10:50am
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Fri. - Thurs., June 22 at 10am
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Fri. - Thurs., June 22 at 10am
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Saturday at 10:25am
Sun. - Thurs., June 22 at 9:55am
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Saturday at 4pm
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Sunday at 4:10pm
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Saturday at 10pm
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Sunday at 1pm
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Sunday at 12:35pm
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Sunday at 12:30pm & 3:45pm
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Tuesday at 7pm

Wednesday at 11am

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SCREENINGS:

Sunday at 2pm
Sunday at 2pm

Tuesday at 7pm


Something Rotten! Is Extremely Fresh! Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:45

By Amy Elizondo

Not often do you see a musical that is so captivating and riveting, you can watch it over and over again.  Something Rotten! is one of those musicals and I would have enjoyed watching it again right after it ended. It is happy, light, and carefree unlike other musicals that can be so heavy and dire to watch. However, in Something Rotten! there is always comedy scene after scene. The story is quite original and makes me wish I had written it, but even if I did, I know I could have never done it justice.

After many years as a simple idea in the 90s, and then writing and re-writing song after song, scene after scene, Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick have given us this amazing musical about two brothers who are trying to make it big in theatre in 1595.  Something Rotten! follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, brothers who together run a theatre troupe and are trying to come up with the "next big hit."  The only thing standing in their way is an idea for a play, money, and of course, William Shakespeare.  In this musical, Shakespeare is sort of a god with rock star status. He had just come off of his World Premiere of Romeo and Juliet and he is known simply as "The Bard."  Desperate for an idea, Nick pays a soothsayer (pictured above) to help him steal Shakespeare's next hit play which he misinterprets as Omelet instead of Hamlet. The soothsayer also tells Nick that the next big thing in theatre will be something called "a musical."  Against Nigel's wishes, Nick begins to work on Omelette: The Musical which features the songs Something Rotten! and Make an Omelette. Since they broke several laws while producing the musical, Nick, Nigel and their family are exiled to America where they are excited about new opportunities in the new world.

The songs and dance numbers in this musical were phenomenal.  Everything about them were witty and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Shakespeare references as well as the many, many references to other hit musicals and plays.  If you're a huge fan of musicals like me, you will surely appreciate these references too. The props and stage set designs were large yet modest, fulfilling their need and turning into something larger when the time called for it. The songs carried the musical the most. I cannot begin to praise the cast enough.  It is obvious that they love what they do and that every single one of them works so well with each other. They were all so wonderful to watch.

Something Rotten! is a musical that will most definitely be around for many years to come and I am already looking forward to the opportunity to see it again.

Something Rotten! runs through Sunday, June 4th. For more information, call (512) 471-4453 or to buy tickets, click here!

 

Photo by Joan Marcus

 
The Phantom of The Opera Hits Austin Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:21

By Amy Elizondo

Never have I seen a production with sets as elaborate and intricate as The Phantom of the Opera. The backdrops and scenes are so stunning in this play that they vividly brought the musical to life. The audience felt as though they were part of the play at times with the beautiful 6,000 beaded chandelier weighing in at 1 ton hanging tauntingly above. It shouldn't really be much of a surprise to me since there are 20 trucks that are used to move the production from one city to the next. However, the way the scenes transformed before your very eyes was magical. There were times when you didn't even notice that a transformation was being made and then it just appeared. The sets were not overshadowed though by the other real magic of the show, the actual Phantom!

You may know the story or you may not. Even though the production is 25 years old, the story is over 100 years old. Written by French writer Gaston Leroux in 1909 and inspired by historical events, a mysterious man, played by Derrick Davis in this stage performance, lives at the Opera house. He has been training a young soprano named Christine (Katie Travis) , who refers to him as "the Angel of Music." She is the understudy for Carlotta (Trista Moldovan), but the Opera house receives a letter from the Opera Ghost. Since he is very fond of Christine and is falling in love with her, he order that the managers allow Christine to perform in the lead role of Marguerite and that doc 5 be left empty for his use or the Opera house will be cursed and drastic events will take place if they don't follow through. After Carlotta is almost hurt in a freak accident, she leaves and they are forced to put in Christine. With mixed emotions, Christine performs beautifully and feels that she owes much of her success to him, but when she is captured by The Phantom, she is terrified.

Every single one of the actors in this musical performance was brilliant, however, Derrick Davis was electric and really stole the show. His voice echoed throughout the entire venue in a breathtakingly eerie way that stayed with me long after the acts were over. Even when he wasn't on stage, his presence was felt. I always wondered where he was lurking. The sets, singing, and acting all came together in a way that makes this rendition of The Phantom of the Opera one that I won't soon forget.

With over 30 cast members and 17 orchestra members that perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's magnificent score, it's definitely a performance not to be missed. All your favorites including Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, and Masquerade are still part of the production.

The Phantom of The Opera runs through Sunday, April 30th. For more information, call (512) 471-4453 or to buy tickets, click here!

Photo by Matthew Murphy

 
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