review http://wfpl.org en Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer http://wfpl.org/post/strong-ensemble-and-solo-efforts-anchor-louisville-ballets-season-closer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:23:23 +0000 Kathi E.B. Ellis 9076 at http://wfpl.org Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own http://wfpl.org/post/review-musical-adaptation-color-purple-stands-its-own <p>CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman (a Louisville native),&nbsp; “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, </span>Allee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:23:01 +0000 Erin Keane 9012 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own REVIEW | Savage Rose's Miraculous 'King Lear' Is Both Tragic and Fun http://wfpl.org/post/review-savage-roses-miraculous-king-lear-both-tragic-and-fun <p>Let the trumpet sound! The classical players of Louisville's Savage Rose ensemble have done the near-impossible with "King Lear." Their three-hour tragedy of a medieval king undone, first by hubris and then by dementia, is more than an excellent and faithful Shakespeare production. It's also <em>fun</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Directed by Alec&nbsp;Volz&nbsp;and J. Barrett Cooper, who also plays the title role, "King Lear" runs through March 30 at Walden Theater on Payne Street.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:31:36 +0000 Erin Keane 8967 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Savage Rose's Miraculous 'King Lear' Is Both Tragic and Fun REVIEW | Homage to Humana Festivals Past 'Remix' Showcases Acting Apprentices http://wfpl.org/post/review-homage-humana-festivals-past-remix-showcases-acting-apprentices <p>Every year for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville commissions a group of playwrights to fashion an anthology - a collection of short plays gathered under one production - to showcase the current crop of acting apprentices. There's a theme to unify the pieces - last year's "Sleep Rock Thy Brain" focused on the brain science of sleep, and 2012's "Oh Gastronomy!" was all about food - and once published, the play becomes a suitable showcase piece for any large cast of young adult actors, perfect for high school or college productions.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8949 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Homage to Humana Festivals Past 'Remix' Showcases Acting Apprentices REVIEW | SITI Company Explodes John Henry Myth in 'Steel Hammer' http://wfpl.org/post/review-siti-company-explodes-john-henry-myth-steel-hammer <p>The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays continues with another dynamic opening night at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directed by the legendary Anne Bogart, "Steel Hammer," a movement-heavy musical ode to and interrogation of American folklore hero John Henry opened last night with an impressive performance in the Victor Jory Theatre.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:06:11 +0000 Erin Keane 8948 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | SITI Company Explodes John Henry Myth in 'Steel Hammer' REVIEW | The Bard's Town Opens Season with Solid Louisville Premiere of 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' http://wfpl.org/post/review-bards-town-opens-season-solid-louisville-premiere-rapture-blister-burn <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:45:12 +0000 Erin Keane 8935 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | The Bard's Town Opens Season with Solid Louisville Premiere of 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres http://wfpl.org/post/review-kimber-lees-flawless-brownsville-song-premieres <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:28:02 +0000 Erin Keane 8894 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners' http://wfpl.org/post/review-love-or-money-dorothy-fortenberrys-humana-fest-premiere-partners <p></p><p>As the great Eighties philosopher Cyndi Lauper once promised us, money changes everything. Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry explores how finances and emotions converge in marriage and in friendship in her new play “Partners,” currently making its world premiere in what is, so far, a very strong Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:04:51 +0000 Erin Keane 8871 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners' REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’ http://wfpl.org/post/review-video-and-effects-star-broadway-s-ghost-musical <p>Love it or hate it, the trend of adapting stage musicals from hit films isn’t leaving Broadway any time soon&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">– <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/188669-Musical-Version-of-Julia-Roberts-Blockbuster-Pretty-Woman-Aiming-for-the-Stage?tsrc=hph">a musical adaptation of "Pretty Woman"</a> is in the works now</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sometimes it works beautifully – the smash hit comedy “Legally Blonde” is arguably an even better musical (thanks largely to incredibly catchy and heartfelt songs by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) than film, and the wistful musical romance “Once” has taken a charming, small film and turned it to a powerful live experience (currently featuring Louisville native Adam Brown on Broadway, too!). </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both of those stories are transformed significantly by the addition of song and dance, which means there were artistic reasons (aside from business reasons) to adapt them for the stage.</span></p><p>Currently on its American tour, another film-to-stage adaptation, “Ghost: the Musical,” opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the Broadway in Louisville series at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:44:44 +0000 Erin Keane 8848 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’ REVIEW | Jordan Harrison's 'The Grown-Up' A Charming Ode to the Imagination http://wfpl.org/post/review-jordan-harrisons-grown-charming-ode-imagination <p></p><p>Playwright Jordan Harrison likes a high concept – in his widely-favored 2011 Humana Festival entry “Maple and Vine,” which went on to high-profile productions at Playwrights Horizons and American Conservatory Theatre, urban achievers leave the contemporary über-connected rat race to live in a planned community of 1950s re-enactors, with all of the racial, gender, and sexual anachronisms that implies; in his sci-fi dystopian “Futura” (produced in Louisville by Theatre [502] in 2012), books and paper are outlawed in favor of the computing cloud.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Erin Keane 8823 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Jordan Harrison's 'The Grown-Up' A Charming Ode to the Imagination