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Babes In Arms

A staged reading of this classic musical, presented by 42nd Street Moon at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco October 23-24, and at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Nov. 11. More information at the bottom of this page, or order tickets here.

 

A Christmas Memory

Ninth annual candlelit reading of this touching and funny holiday story by Truman Capote at St. John's Ross.


The Elephant Man

This classic drama of deformity and society in Victorian England plays March 8-25, 2018 at Hillbarn Theatre. More information here.

 

Me and My Girl

This old-fashioned British musical, a hilarious and romantic fish-out-of-water story, will be presented by 42nd Street Moon at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco May 2-20, 2018. More information at the bottom of this page, or purchase tickets here.


The Other Place

This moving drama about a woman dealing with dementia, produced by Symmetry Theatre, played July 27-Aug. 13 at The Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

 

If Men Breastfed

My short comic film for Naya Health about what the world would be like if men lactated has been viewed nearly 12 million times on Facebook alone. Check it out here.


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Award Nominations:

Theater Bay Area Award Nominations for Best Ensemble & Outstanding Production of a Musical

(Project Ahab; or, Eye of the Whale, Central Works)

 

Broadway World San Francisco Award Nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

(Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, SF Playhouse)

 

Shellie Award Nomination for Best Actor

(Vaudeville, The Willows Cabaret Theatre)

 

Press Quotes:

“Michael Barrett Austin is outstanding as Professor Moriarty and he has a malevolent voice when rendering "I Shall Miss You.”

-Richard Connema, “Talkin' Broadway” 11/10/16 review of "Baker Street" at 42nd Street Moon.

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“Austin has a way with a deadpan retort.”

-Karen D'Souza, “San Jose Mercury News” 4/14/16 review of "Boeing Boeing" at San Jose Stage.

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“Conflicts erupt, especially between beer-swilling but clear-focused Hunter (Michael Barrett Austin) and the captain...That, and an electrifying tale told by Hunter, are highlights.”

-Jean Schiffman, “SF Examiner” 7/23/15 review of "Project Ahab; or, Eye of the Whale" at Central Works

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"Michael Barrett Austin is the amusingly laid-back and borderline smarmy head of the activist organization ...who steps into the Starbuck role of the warning voice of reason on an increasingly desperate mission... It's one of Central Works' better shows, full of powerful performances."

-Sam Hurwitt, "San Jose Mercury News" 7/28/15 review of "Project Ahab; or, Eye of the Whale" at Central Works

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“Michael Barrett Austin knows how to stay in character – especially that of the nerdy guy down the hall who makes you impatient…Michael Barrett Austin did something even harder by doing this onstage with Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins. His degree of control was so laudable I’m still smirking.”

-Cy Ashley Webb, “Stark Insider” 12/1/14 review of “Red Hot Patriot” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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“An underused asset in Bay Area theater, Michael Barrett Austin is such a natural that he made TheatreFIRST's production of John Steinbeck's sweeping epic The Grapes of Wrath feel like an intimate chamber piece. But he also excels as a character actor..."

-Lily Janiak, “SF Weekly," 1/2/13 profile of “11 Bay Area Theatre Artists to Watch in 2013”

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“Porter Price, played by Michael Barrett Austin, he was great…Harry Potter and Will Forte combined—he was funny and great.”

-Joe and Joe, “Joes at Shows” podcast, review of “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” at the NY Fringe Festival.

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“The cast is superb, endowing each moment with authenticity and expert timing. Roberts, Anderson, Austin and Alvarez are a joy to watch and excel at May’s naturalistic brand of humor.”

-Nathaniel Kressen, “NYTheatre.com” 8/9/13 review of “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” at the NY Fringe Festival

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“The busiest, most forceful performances belong to El Beh...Safiya Fredericks…and Michael Barrett Austin, whose Martin Van Buren is a Three-Stooges-in-One.”

-Janos Gereben, “San Francisco Examiner” 10/14/12 review of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

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“Michael Barrett Austin gives a spotless performance as the foppish Martin Van Buren and shows vibrant vocal cords in the number Second Nature.”

 -Richard Conemma, “Talkin Broadway” 10/24/12 review of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

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“Very funny in various minor roles, Michael Barrett Austin is endearingly befuddled as Jackson’s right hand man”

-Sam Hurwitt, “The Idolect” 10/18/2012 review of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

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“Michael Barrett Austin…shows astute comedic instincts and puts a delightfully dark and rather fey spin on the man who would take over the White House”

-Maurice Kelly, “StageandCinema.com” 10/17/12 review of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

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"high points include insouciant Martin Van Buren, played by Michael Barrett Austin"

-Cy Ashley Webb, “Stark Insider” 10/15/12 review of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

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"Vaudeville also allows us to sample…some comedy and bickering from Paul Clayton and Jeannie Cook (Michael Barrett Austin and Andrea Snow, both delightful performers).”

-Pat Craig, “San Jose Mercury News” 7/2/12 review of “Vaudeville.”

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“Austin is terrific as Lyle, the bright young lover who can't let go of his first love…the talented cast deserve kudos for making it such an thought-provoking yet highly entertaining journey.”

-Judith Prieve, “Contra Costa Times,” 6/8/11 (review of  Imaginary Love)

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“I was most captivated by Michael Barrett Austin as Mr. Tumnus, the faun. His lament, “Narnia (You Can’t Imagine),” is the song that comes closest to capturing the melancholy of Narnia...”

-Chad Jones, “Theatre Dogs,” 3/21/11 (review of Narnia)

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 "Just for the record, Eugene Brancoveanu is a solid believable Count Dracula but it is Michael Barrett Austin as Renfield, the insane fly eater who walks on sheer walls, [who] wins the audience’s approbation."

-Kedar K Adour, “Kedar K. Adour Reviews” 10/28/10 (review of Dracula)

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  “Michael Barrett Austin is a hoot as the neurotic nut Felix, the kind of guy whom you feel sorry for but also want to slap up silly. The two "roommates" have good chemistry. Austin looks the part of a prim, fastidious Felix…Austin has much of the physical humor here, snorting like a pained animal when his character has a sinus attack, and crouching in a chair with his neck bent into his shoulder when he pulls a muscle. He cuts a hysterical figure with his contorted neck and frenzied face”

-Judith Prieve, “Oakland Tribune” 10/21/09 (review of The Odd Couple)

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