The Bard's Town http://wfpl.org en '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 Funny Like a Heart Attack: Chris Anger's Solo Show Explores His Comic Heritage http://wfpl.org/post/funny-heart-attack-chris-angers-solo-show-explores-his-comic-heritage <p>Louisville Improvisors artistic director Chris Anger comes from a long line of comics with heart trouble.</p><p>His great-grand-uncle, Lou Anger,&nbsp;was head of production at Paramount Studios in the early days of Hollywood, where he worked with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and managed Fatty Arbuckle. He died from a heart attack. His grandfather Harry Anger was a headliner in Vaudeville before becoming a producer and agent who discovered Abbot and Costello and Red Skelton. Same fate.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9353 at http://wfpl.org Funny Like a Heart Attack: Chris Anger's Solo Show Explores His Comic Heritage '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 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' Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo http://wfpl.org/post/having-it-all-conversation-playwright-gina-gionfriddo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In playwright Gina </span>Gionfriddo's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;comedy "Rapture, Blister, Burn," two forty-something former schoolmates confront their choices - one became a feminist academic superstar, the other a stay-at-home mom - and decide they each want what the other has.</span></p><p>In an ad hoc women's studies classroom featuring three generations of American women, they interrogate the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of feminist ideals and put them to practice in their own lives, to mixed results.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:37:38 +0000 Erin Keane 8873 at http://wfpl.org Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo REVIEW | Play's the Thing in Baby Horse's New Theatrical Experiment http://wfpl.org/post/review-plays-thing-baby-horses-new-theatrical-experiment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's how a typical night at the theater goes: you find your seat, you browse the playbill, read the actors' previous stage credits, take in the set. The house lights go down, stage lights come up. The play begins. You sit back and watch for a couple of hours. On a good night, you're entertained, you're amused, you're moved, you're terrified by the story the actors tell on stage, and you carry that story with you home, or on to wherever the night takes you.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:19:20 +0000 Erin Keane 8535 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Play's the Thing in Baby Horse's New Theatrical Experiment Ten-Minute Play Festivals Seek Short Work from Kentucky Writers http://wfpl.org/post/ten-minute-play-festivals-seek-short-work-kentucky-writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contemporary American ten-minute play is practically a Louisville invention – former Actors Theatre producing director Jon Jory was a champion of the form, establishing it</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as a legitimate sub-genre from the early beginnings of the Humana Festival, and the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest is still administered by Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So it’s no surprise that several Louisville companies have developed a fondness for the short form.</s Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7968 at http://wfpl.org Ten-Minute Play Festivals Seek Short Work from Kentucky Writers Going Into Its Fourth Season, Louisville's The Bard's Town Theatre Refines Its Artistic Vision http://wfpl.org/post/going-its-fourth-season-louisvilles-bards-town-theatre-refines-its-artistic-vision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When The Bard's Town </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> artistic staff programmed its first two seasons, executive artistic director Doug Schutte says they made choices based on little more than pure desire. He had some long-standing wishes he wanted to fulfill, like staging plays by Liz Fentress and Nancy Gall-Clayton, two of his favorite Kentucky playwrights.</span></p><p>Done. (2011's "Strike Zone" and 2012's "The Snowflake Theory," respectively.)</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:36:54 +0000 Erin Keane 7841 at http://wfpl.org Going Into Its Fourth Season, Louisville's The Bard's Town Theatre Refines Its Artistic Vision Listen: Louisville Actors Perform 'Star Wars in 60 Seconds ... or So' http://wfpl.org/post/listen-louisville-actors-perform-star-wars-60-seconds-or-so <p>Many children of the 1970s and '80s grew up learning all of the dialogue to the original Star Wars trilogy by heart. Now, a &nbsp;group of Louisville actors are bringing that experience to the stage. In “Star Wars in 60 Minutes or Less,” five actors perform a manic, comic version of George Lucas’ science fiction classics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s not necessarily picture-perfect, it’s definitely sped-up, it’s very low-budget," says director Chris Petty. "It’s basically five kids in a basement playing Star Wars.”</span></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7622 at http://wfpl.org Listen: Louisville Actors Perform 'Star Wars in 60 Seconds ... or So'