The Bard's Town http://wfpl.org en 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' REVIEW | New Comedy ‘Rx’ Explores Symptoms and Cures for Workplace Depression http://wfpl.org/post/review-new-comedy-rx-explores-symptoms-and-cures-workplace-depression <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever felt like you were destined for greater things than the annual pig price report? In Kate </span>Fodor’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deceptively lighthearted romantic comedy “Rx,” a frustrated writer has traded her MFA in poetry for a job as the managing editor of American Cattle and Swine Magazine, a desk from which she creeps daily to the old lady underpants section of a neighboring department store to weep bitter tears of frustration and humiliation.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:11:33 +0000 Erin Keane 7403 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | New Comedy ‘Rx’ Explores Symptoms and Cures for Workplace Depression Le Petomane Opens Tenth Season with Comedy Experiment http://wfpl.org/post/le-petomane-opens-tenth-season-comedy-experiment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Le </span>Petomane<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ensemble has been creating and performing original comedies in Louisville for ten years. They open their anniversary season tonight with &ldquo;Test Subjects,&rdquo; an original two-person comedy that pays homage to the troupe&rsquo;s comedy influences.</span></p><p>&ldquo;Test Subjects&rdquo; runs through October 6 at The Bard&rsquo;s Town.</p><p>Like all Le Petomane shows, &ldquo;Test Subjects&rdquo; started with a title and cast availability. Out of six ensemble members (they all share the artistic director mantle), Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape were available, so they built the show from the ground up through the group&rsquo;s highly collaborative devising process.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:44:36 +0000 Erin Keane 6985 at http://wfpl.org Le Petomane Opens Tenth Season with Comedy Experiment REVIEW | Ten-Tucky Festival Showcases Kentucky Playwrights http://wfpl.org/post/review-ten-tucky-festival-showcases-kentucky-playwrights <p>The ten-minute play is a tricky little beast. Within strict time constraints, the playwright has to write a whole play: a full story featuring interesting characters who experience conflict, complications and some kind of change – all in ten minutes or less. It’s harder than it sounds, but it's also a relatively low-risk platform for theater companies to try out lots of new material.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:07:53 +0000 Erin Keane 6825 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Ten-Tucky Festival Showcases Kentucky Playwrights A Continuous Loop: Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Runs Back-to-Back http://wfpl.org/post/continuous-loop-absurdist-comedy-bald-soprano-runs-back-back <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Tad </span>Chitwood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to direct a production of "The Bald Soprano,"&nbsp;</span>Eugène&nbsp;Ionesco’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;absurdist satire of middle-class manners, he found the most common English translation from French a bit timid – not to mention out-dated, with its jokes about 1950’s British bourgeoisie.</span></p><p>“That doesn’t really resonate with American audiences," says Chitwood. "He was poking fun at clichés that don’t really exist anymore. Not only do they not exist, they tend to be British and French clichés of the mid-twentieth century. You’d read it and think okay, I guess that was funny once. So it had to be adapted, not just translated.”</p><p>Chitwood got to work on a new translation with an updated American sensibility. The show is produced by Savage Rose Classical Theatre, and <a href="http://thebardstown.com/bald-soprano.html">it opens Friday at The Bard's Town</a>.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:08:52 +0000 Erin Keane 6608 at http://wfpl.org A Continuous Loop: Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Runs Back-to-Back