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
4:45 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Louisville's Alley Theater Programs Off-Beat Shows in Short Bursts

The new Alley Theater on Museum Row.
Credit Alley Theater

Louisville’s The Alley Theater delayed its 2014 season to begin renovations and construction inside its new storefront theater space on Main Street’s Museum Row, which are currently underway. The Alley will open its new season in March, but don't ask them what's playing Labor Day weekend. Starting this year, aside from holiday shows, the company will announce its programming in three-month chunks.

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Arts and Humanities
7:15 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Nulu's Dreamland Experiments Beyond Film

Credit dreamlandislouisville.org

The Dreamland Film Center in Nulu is getting a mission make-over. The Louisville Film Society renovated the former Wayside Christian Church chapel behind Decca on East Market Street in 2012 as a micro-cinema, but recently decided to relocate to a larger space in the Portland neighborhood to accommodate new projects and an expanded mission.  

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Arts and Humanities
3:14 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

REVIEW | Actors Theatre's 'Our Town' Reinvigorates a Classic

Bruce McKenzie as Stage Manager, with the cast of "Our Town" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer

It’s not easy producing a classic play. You carry the weight of the aggregate of all previous productions with you into the theatre, where you then ask the audience to set aside their individual ideas about how this play should look, sound and feel on stage based on what they’ve seen before and accept your vision with an open mind and heart. If the production is faithful to tradition, you’re rewarded by those seeking comfort in the familiar, but the other side of the coin can be brutal – dismissed by those prizing innovation over all. And the opposite is also true – a daring production can break all of the rules and garner critical acclaim while alienating a large swath of ticket buyers.

All of this is to say that Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” was not necessarily a “safety” pick for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 50th anniversary season. There is as much danger in producing such a well-known and frequently produced (especially on school and community stages) play as there is in putting up an untested world premiere in the Humana Festival.

But director (and artistic director) Les Waters, who came to “Our Town” with an Englishman’s fresh eyes, has pulled it off. His “Our Town” is a sensitive, beautiful and unsentimental production that honors Wilder’s groundbreaking script while offering innovative gestures that are wholly his own.

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Arts and Humanities
5:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Abbey Road on the River Producers Stage Live Re-Enactment of Ed Sullivan's Fab Four Show

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

On February 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles to his American audience, bringing the nascent British Invasion to almost half of America's televisions in one evening. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:17 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Actors Theatre Extends 'Pirates' Run

The cast of "The Pirates of Penzance," Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Due to heavy demand for tickets, Actors Theatre of Louisville is extending the run of "The Pirates of Penzance" in the Bingham Theatre. The company has added an extra performance, February 5 at 7:30 p.m., to increase capacity for the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

"We've been thrilled by the tremendous response we have seen from audiences. Louisville is really loving this party in the middle of winter," says spokeswoman Kirsty Gaukel. "People have been returning to see the show for a second time, so they can try out the promenade seats."

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Actors Theatre's Les Waters Sees American Classic With Fresh Eyes

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is a certified American classic. Taught and performed in high schools across the country, the play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938, at times suffers from the regrettable side-effects of that familiarity, reduced to a sentimental period piece appealing to those nostalgic for small-town simple life at the turn of the 20th century.

Wilder, oddly enough, is often misunderstood by those who should know him best. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna'

Kyle Coma-Thompson
Credit Dock Street Press

Louisville writer Kyle Coma-Thompson’s first book is out. His collection of short stories, “The Lucky Body,” was published in December by Seattle’s Dock Street Press

Coma-Thompson is a former Axton Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Louisville. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Virginia, and began his creative writing studies as an undergraduate studying with Nikky Finney at the University of Kentucky. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

State-wide Exhibit Showcases Kentucky Artists With Disabilities

"The Queen," digital image printed on masonite, Thaniel Ion Lee, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Thaniel Ion Lee

The Kentucky Arts Council is curating a traveling exhibit of visual art by Kentucky artists with disabilities, and the first stop is Louisville.  The “identity” exhibit will open first at Weber Gallery, the storefront gallery run by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The gallery specializes in collaborations between Louisville’s professional artists and artists with disabilities. But the 30 artists in this juried show represent a diverse body of Kentucky artists - some well-established, others showing for the first time -  who self-identify as a person with a disability.

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

U of L's African American Theatre Program Honors Kentucky Women in MLK Day Program

Lundeana Thomas (center) and students in the African American Theatre Program perform in the 2013 Martin Luther King Day celebration at the University of Louisville
Credit University of Louisville

  Every year, Lundeana Thomas, a theatre arts professor who heads the University of Louisville's African American Theatre Program, leaders her students in a research and writing project culminating in a theatrical performance honoring King's legacy. A free event Monday at U of L will be the 15th annual AATP Martin Luther King Day celebration.

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Arts and Humanities
7:04 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kids Acting Against Cancer Grows Up

Remy Sisk as Melchior, McKenna Poe as Wendla and Charlie Meredith as Moritz in Acting Against Cancer's Louisville production of "Spring Awakening."
Credit Whitten Montgomery / Acting Against Cancer

The Louisville-based nonprofit organization Kids Acting Against Cancer has come a long way since two girls, Whitten and Jaclyn Montgomery, put on shows in their basement to raise money for cancer research. They started taking acting classes when their mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and their first show was “Annie.”

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