An exceptional year brings new work and performances center stage.
The setup: Who else in Houston are you going to trust to do justice to the creepy dysfunction and blasted-earth absurdity of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett, than that theater company of raging imagination and utter theatricality, Catastrophic? If Waiting for Godot (1952) is his maste ... More >>
This year's winners have art, passion and history on their side. And now they'll also each have a check for $2,000.
Catastrophic Theatre fave Mickle Maher mounts another success.
The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait By Daniel Mark Epstein Harper Books, 512 pp., $27.99 Another biography of Bob Dylan? Does even the most rabid fan at this point need another rehash of Hibbing, Woody Guthrie, folksinger-goes-electric, that "wild, mercury sound," Nashville, Blood on the Tra ... More >>
Pnotos by Anthony Rathbun/ Courtesy of Catastrophic TheatreMatt Kelly (prone) and Troy Schulze as Herman Brood and KoosPlenty of rock stars have shown that there's a fine line between fuck-up and folk hero. Herman Brood, the central figure of Catastrophic Theatre's Bluefinger, doesn't bother ... More >>
Our Art Attack blogger on the slippery role of editor/actor.
Things get savage in Catastrophic Theatre's hilariously gory Hunter Gatherers.
The Designated Mourner presents a troubling — and not so far-fetched — world.
Local artist exposes another side
Bobbindoctrin and IBP satirize the life of the "artist"
A swaggering Troy Schulze steals Phaedra's Love
They're crude. They're crass. They're scatological. And Houston's art crowd loves them. Have Slump's Keith Reynolds and Cathy Power discovered the secret to success -- childish behavior?
Infernal Bridegroom's youth and spirit work against it in Beckett's dark, existential work
IBP's witty Marie and Bruce takes a hard look at language
Infernal Bridegroom's Godot is all Beckett -- pure, if not simple