review http://wfpl.org en The Bard's Town Explores Donald Margulies' Moral Questions of the Novel in 'Collected Stories' http://wfpl.org/post/bards-town-explores-donald-margulies-moral-questions-novel-collected-stories <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In theory, the proudest moment for a mentor is when the </span>protégé<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> surpasses her in achievement.&nbsp; Why else cultivate their talents, share hard-won industry secrets and become invested in their successes? But in practice, it’s not always that simple, as Donald </span>Margulies’<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;searing 1996 drama “Collected Stories” shows. In reality, sometimes the student learns a little too much from the master, a little too well.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:47:30 +0000 Erin Keane 9846 at http://wfpl.org The Bard's Town Explores Donald Margulies' Moral Questions of the Novel in 'Collected Stories' Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet' http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeares-jon-patrick-obrien-anchors-strong-traditional-hamlet <p>How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:20 +0000 Erin Keane 9779 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet' Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeares-dynamic-henry-v-resonates <p>Kentucky Shakespeare braved the rain last night to bring their second mainstage production to Central Park. Directed by Amy Attaway, the company’s strong, energetic “Henry V” is a dynamic, fast-paced study in leadership that resonates beyond its 15<sup>th</sup>-century setting.</p><p>“Henry V” runs through July 6 with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville’s Central Park. All performances are free and feature pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:26:48 +0000 Erin Keane 9666 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates 'Drinking Perfume': A Traditional Rom-Com With An Original Heart http://wfpl.org/post/drinking-perfume-traditional-rom-com-original-heart <p>The barefoot wild child with the Technicolor hair chiding him to chill out. The prissy nerd with the bowtie and glasses sniffing disapprovingly at her disheveled life. If you’ve seen an “opposites attract” romcom in the last, oh, forty years, you’ve seen the opening scene of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ya-playwright-takes-break-write-award-winning-adult-comedy">Lindsay Price’s “Drinking Perfume,”</a> where two people who couldn’t appear to be more different are thrust together to argue about how different they are, before finally giving in to mutual attraction, cue the hot stage kiss and <em>scene</em>.</p><p>Fans of Neil Simon, particularly the comedies like “Barefoot in the Park,” will find the meet-cute opposites-attract premise of “Drinking Perfume” familiar and welcoming, but Price tweaks the well-known tropes here (uptight guy and free-spirited gal meet in the middle, fall in love) enough to find the original heart beating beneath.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:31:14 +0000 Erin Keane 9604 at http://wfpl.org 'Drinking Perfume': A Traditional Rom-Com With An Original Heart Savage Rose Closes a Solid Season of Storms With 'The Tempest' http://wfpl.org/post/savage-rose-closes-solid-season-storms-tempest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Savage Rose Classical </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> closes its fifth season this week — what it's been calling its "Season of Storms," a tribute to Shakespeare</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;— with "The Tempest," the shipwrecked quasi-comedy considered to be Shakespeare's solo swan song. Directed by Kelly Moore in her company directorial debut, this production is a solid rendering of Shakespeare's cautionary and often-funny tale about the perils of malignant ambition and the power of forgiveness.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:37:47 +0000 Erin Keane 9532 at http://wfpl.org Savage Rose Closes a Solid Season of Storms With 'The Tempest' A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener http://wfpl.org/post/side-emily-dickinson-and-opera-seldom-seen-thompson-streets-season-opener <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s possible you’ve not seen opera quite like this. Thompson Street Opera Company opened its second season last night with a regional premiere of Eva Kendrick’s chamber opera “Emily,” a satisfying peek into the family dynamics and dramatic social life of one of America’s most intriguing foundational poets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. Sat, 24 May 2014 15:03:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9421 at http://wfpl.org A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener Alley Theater Not Quite Ready for Main Street http://wfpl.org/post/alley-theater-not-quite-ready-main-street <p>When the Alley Theater<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-alley-theater-programs-beat-shows-short-bursts"> moved from its former Butchertown basement digs to a Museum Row storefront </a>earlier this year, the move seemed to signal an ambition on the part of the company to grow its profile in the community. Fri, 16 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9358 at http://wfpl.org Alley Theater Not Quite Ready for Main Street Portrait of the Feminist as a Nude: Looking for Lilith's Comedy 'Body Awareness' Satisfies http://wfpl.org/post/portrait-feminist-nude-looking-liliths-comedy-body-awareness-satisfies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If there’s any setting that's easy to gently satirize, it’s the progressive college campus in the throes of an earnest social campaign. Sun, 11 May 2014 14:54:07 +0000 Erin Keane 9323 at http://wfpl.org Portrait of the Feminist as a Nude: Looking for Lilith's Comedy 'Body Awareness' Satisfies 'The Exit Interview' Offers Brechtian Masterclass, With Laughs http://wfpl.org/post/exit-interview-offers-brechtian-masterclass-laughs <p></p><p>A professor falls victim to university budget cuts and must submit to the ritual humiliations of the exit interview when a campus shooting rampage makes him re-evaluate his feelings about relationships and religion in William Missouri Downs' philosophical comedy "The Exit Interview," which made its Louisville premiere at The Bard's Town last night.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The Exit Interview" runs through May 18 in the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">theater</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;upstairs from the restaurant. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:13:52 +0000 Erin Keane 9314 at http://wfpl.org 'The Exit Interview' Offers Brechtian Masterclass, With Laughs 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