Thursday, March 22, 2012

Don't Miss The Aliens at Hyde Park Theatre (Austin, TX)

Over spring break, Brendan and I were lucky enough to catch a preview of The Aliens at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, TX. Written by Annie Baker (Brendan's former NYU classmate), directed by Ken Webster, and starring Jude Hickey, Jon Cook, and Joey Hood, this play is one you don't want to miss. Yes, I've loved everything I've seen at Hyde Park Theatre, which I consider to be a true Austin gem and easily my favorite theatre in Austin, but The Aliens was honestly one of my favorite ever productions at HPT. Even the next day, Brendan and I kept talking about what a good show it is. The script is amazing, but the splendid cast, expert direction, and the outstanding set bring this play to life.

Here is the premise: Jasper (played by Austin's own heart throb Joey Hood) and K.J. (played by Jude Hickey, who I've never seen miss a beat, and I've seen him in a lot of things!) hang out behind a coffeehouse in the employee's only area. When new guy, high school student Evan, (played by Jon Cook-the first time I've seen him in anything, and I couldn't get over him, he's so perfect in this role), discovers them there, he forms an unexpected friendship with the self proclaimed "trailer trash" and "college drop out" former band members of "The Aliens." The Aliens is both hilarious and devastating, it is unexpected and surprisingly real-you could see it all happening right now in Austin. The play is extraordinarily human, and reminds us that we're all searching for something.

I'll say no more, but you need to get yourself to the theatre. If you've never been to Hyde Park Theatre, you really cannot consider yourself an Austinite until you have. You'll love the intimate setting and the outstanding picks by Ken Webster. Hyde Park truly brings work to Austin that is new and exciting.

Here are the details: Buy tickets online by clicking here or you can call 512-479-PLAY. HPT is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Tonight (March 22nd) is opening night and the play runs until April 21st every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8pm. A tip: Thursday night is pay what you can! Friday and Saturday prices- $19 ($17 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). Last weekend prices-$21 ($19 for students, seniors, and ACOT members).

Happy theater going!
<3 S, B, L&Z

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