Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

The Big Break: On Your Toes

This week on The Big Break, the Louisville Ballet rehearses for its upcoming mixed repertory program, Breaking Ground while trainee Claire Horrocks gets called up to the stage for a surprise bonus role. Over at Actors Theatre of Louisville, acting apprentice Samantha Beach finishes up rehearsals for "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the apprentice anthology play that opens this weekend, and she reflects on the new play rehearsal process. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:08 am
Wed March 20, 2013

REVIEW | Family Secrets Fester in 'Appropriate'

Larry Bull as Bo and Jordan Baker as Toni in "Appropriate."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

As the curtain rises on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "Appropriate," a rattling chorus of 13-year cicadas fills the Pamela Brown Auditorium. Far from a gentle nocturne, the sound swells with the pregnant heat of a southern summer night, conjuring images of rattling bones. Low lights reveal a man and a younger woman slipping through an open window into the living room of a plantation house that had, to be kind, seen better days.

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Arts and Humanities
1:37 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

REVIEW | Smart, Funny, Tough to Love: Will Eno's 'Gnit'

Dan Waller as Peter and Kate Eastwood Norris in one of her many roles in Will Eno's "Gnit."
Kathy R. Preher Actors Theatre of Louisville

Billed as a willfully unfaithful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic picaresque tale “Peer Gynt,” Will Eno’s “Gnit” up-ends the classic man’s-search-for-meaning quest with an ambitiously absurdist self-discovery journey that stubbornly chafes against the conventions of the genre.

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Arts and Humanities
5:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Terrible Fate of Being Understood: an Interview with Playwright Will Eno

Dan Waller and Hannah Bos in "Gnit" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Kathy R. Preher Actors Theatre of Louisville

The New York Times calls playwright Will Eno “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” In this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he’s turned his keen sense of irony and compassion to a loose adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Norweigian classic picaresque “Peer Gynt.” 

"Gnit," Eno's re-imagining of Ibsen's play, is the story of a man’s journey to find his true self, which happens to be disintegrating as he searches. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:43 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Actors Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season: Familiar Classics Prevail

Actors Theatre of Louisville will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season. The anniversary season is rich in familiar, crowd-pleasing fare, including Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," a kitschy production from Chicago of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" and Michael Frayn's backstage comedy "Noises Off." Holiday favorites "Dracula" and "A Christmas Carol" return as well. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Sat March 16, 2013

REVIEW | 'Cry Old Kingdom' a Promising Debut

Andy Lucien and Natalie Paul in "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

“Cry Old Kingdom” is playwright Jeff Augustin’s professional debut, an examination of how artists function in times of oppression set in his family’s native Haiti. Directed by Tom Dugdale, “Cry Old Kingdom” is the ambitious story of three individuals searching for a clear pathway through a terrifying political climate. It’s a strong, if slightly uneven, debut from a young playwright with great potential.

Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, “Cry Old Kingdom” runs through April 7 in the Bingham Theatre.

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Arts and Humanities
10:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Writers Gone Wild: New Book Examines Literary Rogues

Lord Byron
Wikimedia Commons

Nothing secures a literary legacy like an over-sized personality to match the work. On some level, we want our artists to behave badly, feuding with critics and wearing, perhaps, less clothing than appropriate in public. We want to believe that being a talented, successful writer isn’t just another job, like being a plumber or an accountant—it's a lifestyle, or maybe even a curse. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

What If Abraham Lincoln Was Gay? New Play Explores LGBT Teen Issues

Bixby Elliot

Pandora Productions opens the world premiere of Bixby Elliot's "Abraham Lincoln Was a Faggot" tonight. The production is the winner of Pandora's  New Play Project, in which audience members voted for the new play they'd most like to see produced.

"Abraham Lincoln Was a Faggot" is directed by artistic director Michael Drury and runs in the Henry Clay Theatre (604 S. Third St.) through March 24. The company will host a “Meet the Playwright” opening night reception with  Elliot  immediately following the opening night performance at The FAF Gallery on the first floor of The Henry Clay Building.  

I spoke with Elliot about his serio-comic play, how we perceive our political icons, and the new play process.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Big Break: Reaching and Teaching

This week on The Big Break, our audio diarists talk about being on both sides of the showcase process. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach is rehearsing for her short scene showcase, which will be seen by casting directors and other influential industry members during Humana Festival. That's one way the apprentice program helps young actors like Samantha set up their post-Actors career. Over at the Louisville Ballet School, where ballet trainee Claire Horrocks teaches, her young students are preparing for their annual recital.

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Arts and Humanities
2:01 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Last-Minute Louisville Orchestra Line-up Change

Dror Biran

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning pianist Chu-Fang Huang has canceled her solo appearance with the Louisville Orchestra this Thursday and Friday. Performing a solo instead will be the University of Louisville's Dror Biran, playing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. 

Here's a look at the revised program: 

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