theatre http://wfpl.org en Crazy In Love With Theatre [502]'s '13th of Paris' http://wfpl.org/post/crazy-love-theatre-502s-13th-paris <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every family has its ghosts. They judge, they guide. They walk alongside the living, exerting their silent, inescapable influences over decisions large and small. In Mat Smart's beautiful and elegiac play "The </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Paris," the more we learn about the ghosts that haunt Vincent, a young man who flees his ordinary life in Chicago for the elusive magic of Paris, the more we understand why he has such a hard time recognizing happiness when it presents itself. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:31:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9620 at http://wfpl.org Crazy In Love With Theatre [502]'s '13th of Paris' '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 YA Playwright Takes A Break To Write Award-Winning Adult Comedy http://wfpl.org/post/ya-playwright-takes-break-write-award-winning-adult-comedy <p>Lindsay Price’s new romantic comedy is making its world premiere this week at The Bard’s Town, where it won the Bard Award, rising to the top of hundreds of submitted scripts to be selected for production this season. “Drinking Perfume” was the runner-up for the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Reva Shiner Comedy Award last year. The play <a href="http://www.thebardstowntheatre.org/up-next.html">opens Thursday in the theater upstairs from the Highlands restaurant</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Directed by Beth Tantanella, “Drinking Perfume” is a romantic comedy about Stan (Sean Keller) and Claudie&nbsp;(April Singer) – a nerdy guy in a bow tie and a pink-haired manic pixie dream girl type – thrust together by an unseen force that knows that there’s more to both of them than meets the eye.</p><p>Stan and Claudie are a bit different from Price’s usual protagonists in one way – they’re adults. Price has a thriving career as writer of plays for schools and student performers, like a young adult (YA) novelist for the stage.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:16:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9581 at http://wfpl.org YA Playwright Takes A Break To Write Award-Winning Adult Comedy Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love http://wfpl.org/post/theatre-502-opens-new-season-louisville-paris-love <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In just three seasons, Theatre [502] has established itself as a necessary addition to Louisville’s theater scene. The company has staged the Louisville premieres of award-winning playwrights’ work that otherwise might go unproduced locally, from Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone" to Annie Baker’s “The Aliens.”</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9564 at http://wfpl.org Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love Photos: Kentucky Shakespeare's Return Draw Big Crowd http://wfpl.org/post/photos-kentucky-shakespeares-return-draw-big-crowd <p>Kentucky Shakespeare opened its&nbsp;54th Shakespeare Festival Thursday with “A Midsummer Night's Dream” &nbsp;in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville's Central Park.&nbsp;</p><p>About 700 people showed up.&nbsp;</p><p>This year’s Shakespeare Festival comes with some changes, including an extended stage, a wireless microphone system to amplify the actors’ voices—as well as a new artistic director, Matt Wallace.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Ashlie Stevens & Alix Mattingly 9562 at http://wfpl.org Photos: Kentucky Shakespeare's Return Draw Big Crowd Kentucky Shakespeare Makes Triumphant Return to Central Park Stage http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-makes-triumphant-return-central-park-stage <p>Last summer, things weren’t looking so hot for the oldest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country. Kentucky Shakespeare’s summer season in Central Park had dwindled to a single professional production, which then closed early due to managerial issues that culminated in the artistic director’s resignation in July. But when former artistic associate Matt Wallace, then head of Shakespeare Behind Bars, came back to the company as the new artistic director, he promised he’d turn things around and make the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival better than ever,&nbsp;all on a smaller budget than his predecessor’s.</p><p>Wallace planned <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-kicks-victorian-themed-midsummer-nights-dream">three high-quality professional productions running in repertory</a> for the price of one, along with a high school conservatory show and four community partner productions (for a total of 56 performances, running through mid-August) by employing local talent and resources and good old-fashioned community partnership. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-expands-springsummer-season-parks">Here’s more on the full schedule</a>.</p><p>If last night’s opening of the festival is an indication of the full season to come, Wallace has delivered on his promise.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:01:54 +0000 Erin Keane 9561 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Makes Triumphant Return to Central Park Stage Bunbury Theatre Closes Season with Likable Production of 'Art' http://wfpl.org/post/bunbury-theatre-closes-season-likable-production-art <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Your friend spends an extravagant amount of money on a painting. The painting, for all intents and purposes, looks like a solid white canvas. He insists it's beautiful, you insist it's garbage and he's been swindled by art-world pretense. Who's right?&nbsp;</span></p><p>That's not really the question at the heart of Yasmina&nbsp;Reza's comedy "Art," which instead explores the relationships between Marc, Serge and Yvan, three men who find their friendships tested in the wake of Serge's purchase of a $200,000 all-white (or is it?) painting.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:59:06 +0000 Erin Keane 9556 at http://wfpl.org Bunbury Theatre Closes Season with Likable Production of 'Art' 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' Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters http://wfpl.org/post/magic-do-theatre-502-launches-original-play-series-based-vintage-magician-posters <p>Theatre&nbsp;[502] continues to explore magic and history with a new series of original plays that launches this week.</p><p>Last season, Theatre [502] completed <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/use-your-illusions-magic-play-launches-monthly-installments">an ambitious, year-long serial play project</a>. Written by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” unfolded the interlaced histories of legendary magician Harry Houdini and fictional (but no less legendary) Louisville magician Ludlow Quinn, as their respective greatest tricks ended up ensnaring Louisville teen Bonnie Burke, the unwitting bearer of a magical dynastic legacy.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:13:59 +0000 Erin Keane 9499 at http://wfpl.org Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters 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