Ken Webster on poster for St. Nicholas
Ken Webster stars in HPT's production of St. Nicholas. Photo by Will Hollis Snider.


Hyde Park Theatre presents

St. Nicholas
Conor McPherson

Ken Webster

February 17-March 12, 2011

Reservations 479-PLAY or buy tickets online.

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The much-anticipated revival of Conor McPherson's "spooky," "delectably droll" (NY Times) St. Nicholas has opened, and the reviews are raves:

"This is a smart, nuanced piece of art--darkly comic, deeply reflective, relevant in an intimate psychological sense and in a global context as well. . . . Webster inhabits character in a way that relishes the musicality and cadence of language. It's fun to close your eyes sometimes and feel the waves of words. This play--and this actor--is that refined."
Austin American Statesman

"A must see . . . What makes the performance so exceptional is that Webster holds the audience utterly spellbound. He makes the storytelling seem effortless and extemporaneous."
Spike Gillespie

"Hilarious, harrowing . . . Watching Webster perform is like watching a master weaver at his loom. The words twist and turn around in dizzying shapes, the image becoming more and more beautiful as the play progress, the world more vivid with each moment of creation. . . . By play's end, he's painted such a genuine and immersive picture of his world, that we forget that we are simply watching one man tell us a story."
Austin Theater Examiner

Get a taste for yourself: check out this short trailer created by Eric Graham of IC Pictures:

"St. Nicholas" at Hyde Park Theatre from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

In its 2006 extended-hit run at HPT, St. Nicholas won the Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for Ken Webster, and raves like these:

Austin Chronicle: "Conor McPherson wrote one hell of a one-man show, and Ken Webster executes it beautifully. St. Nicholas is storytelling at its finest." And: "a veteran performer, a famous young playwright, and a good evening of theatre. . . . Webster is a joy to watch."

Austin American Statesman: "The strength of the play rests on McPherson's superbly crafted monologue and Webster's reading of it. The language ranges from physical to emotional to a collection of brilliantly turned phrases, constantly setting up an expectation only to discard it for humor or pathos. And Webster is the ultimate storyteller . . . more enthralling than his vampires."

The Austinist: "A captivating escape . . . a deliciously odd one, too. We went into the evening with high expectations. We weren't disappointed. . . . top-rate storytelling."

In this darkly comic one-man piece by the brilliant Irish playwright Conor McPherson, a theater critic relates tales of his life among the vampires. The New York Times called it "spooky" and "delectably droll."

The production features HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, February 17 - March 12, 2011. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, tickets are $19 ($17 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). For reservations call 479-PLAY (7529) or buy tickets online.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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