Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party

Fifty years ago, the founders of Actors Theatre of Louisville were upstarts, theater revolutionaries caught up in the ground-swell of the American regional theater movement, determined to de-centralize professional theater and embed it in communities across the country. The organization turns 50 this year.

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Arts and Humanities
2:02 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Upside of Downsizing: Workplace Comedy 'Reduction in Force' Opens at The Bard's Town

Ben Gierhart, Amy Steiger and Natalie Fields in "Reduction in Force" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

In the wake of the financial collapse of 2008, it’s a familiar story in Louisville and beyond – a corporation announces plummeting profits and staff layoffs, prompting a company-wide rash of panic, paranoia and self-preservation. But playwright Patricia Milton finds the biting humor in those tales of individual desperation and corporate self-interest in her workplace comedy “Reduction in Force.”  

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Arts and Humanities
12:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night'

Peter Riopelle as Feste and Jonathan Visser as Malvolio (caged) in Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's "Twelfth Night."
Melissa Donald Productions Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opened its 54th season last night with a winsome Celtic-styled “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, this gender-switching, mistaken identity romantic comedy is sweet enough to serve as a date-night destination but sufficiently silly for a night out with friends, too.

A storm wrecks a ship off the coast of Illyria, separating spirited Viola (Madison Dunaway) from her twin brother, Sebastian (Kyle Curry), whom she assumes dead. These are dangerous times for a lady unaccompanied, so she dons men’s clothing and transforms into “Cesario” to enter into service with the local duke, Orsino (the quite funny John Pasha), a preening, love-sick goof mooning over his neighbor, Olivia (Rosie Ward).

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Arts and Humanities
3:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night'

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, the romantic comedy features the adventures of  heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man (Cesario) when she’s rescued from a shipwreck and separated from her twin brother. She goes to work for a Duke, who asks her to intervene on his behalf with his romantic interest, who falls for Viola in disguise instead.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Review | 'Motherhood' Gets the Last Word

The Eve Theatre company continues its inaugural season this week with the anthology play “Motherhood Out Loud,” a follow-up to November’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” Directed by Nancy Hoover, “Motherhood Out Loud” boasts a writing team of 13 playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck and Pulitzer winner Beth Henley, with the mission of challenging traditional ideas of what it means to be a mother and a family.

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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Arts and Humanities
4:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Women's Theatre Company Explores Family Life, Out Loud

Su Crocker and Susan McNeese Lynch in rehearsal for "Motherhood Out Loud."
Eve Theatre Company

Designed to celebrate family while shattering traditional notions of parenthood, “Motherhood Out Loud” is the second production by Eve Theatre Company, a new Louisville stage production company whose mission is to explore the human experience from a female perspective.

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Arts and Humanities
12:47 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Blooming Where You're Planted: Robot Memory Play Finds Home in Tim Faulkner Building

Rachel White (Maddy) and Jeremy Sapp (Robot) in White's "The Gardeners."
Margaret Archambault Tim Faulkner Gallery

Sometimes beautiful theatre happens in unlikely spaces. When Tim Faulkner Gallery moved from East Market Street to Butchertown last spring, the new digs gave the gallery room to breathe. A whole building on the intimate, tree-lined Franklin Street showcases not only to the many artists Faulkner represents, but also the art parties the gallery has become known for. Tim Faulkner Building also houses studios rented to artists, Matt Anthony's Record Shop, a used bookstore and other small enterprises.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Watch | 'Friend Factory' Streaming Through HowlRound TV

Louisville playwright Brian Walker is having a busy week. The revival of his 2006 comedy "Great American Sex Play" opens Thursday at the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, and tonight, his new play "The Friend Factory" will receive a staged reading at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Great American Sex Play' Explores Sexuality, Common Ground

Louisville Repertory Company closes its 20th season this week with a titillating revival. Louisville playwright Brian Walker’s “Great American Sex Play,” which premiered in 2006 with Walker’s own Finnigan Productions, opens in the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theatre Thursday. The new production features a refreshed, streamlined script and an all-new cast.

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