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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

REVIEW | The Bard's Town Opens Season with Solid Louisville Premiere of 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'

Rachel White, Laurene Scalf, Amy Steiger and Victoria Reibel in Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn."
Credit The Bard's Town Theatre

In theory, Gina Gionfriddo's 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist play "Rapture, Blister, Burn" sounds like homework -- four women from three generations debate feminist theory and interrogate their own life choices in a women's studies class on stage -- but in practice, it's a thought-provoking and darkly funny long, hard look at how wide the gulf often is between the ideal life educated middle-class white women have promised themselves (fulfilling career, romantic relationship, devoted children, financial security) and life's messy, sometimes disappointing realities. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque Give French Opera a Wild Makeover

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque collaborate on a zoomorphic adaptation of Rameau's "Les Sauvages."
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque and the Squallis Puppeteers are teaming up to take an 18th century opera for a walk on the wild side. Their zoomorphic adaptation of Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s baroque opera “Les Sauvages,” which they first produced in 2012, runs for four performances this weekend.

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Arts and Humanities
12:32 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Louisville's Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players to Merge

Louisville’s Walden Theatre and the Blue Apple Players are merging into one nonprofit theater education provider. The boards of directors of both organizations voted Monday to combine the two entities by the end of the year.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Brings the Bard to Nine More Louisville Parks

When Kentucky Shakespeare executive director Matt Wallace took the reins of the organization last summer, one of his priorities was to put the focus back on free, outdoor Shakespeare productions that reach as many local patrons as possible.

To that end, Wallace announced that 2014 would see the launch of Shakespeare in the Parks. The list of dates and times for performances of an eight-actor, 90-minute "Hamlet" production in nine local parks were released today. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women Executive Director, to Retire

Judi Jennings
Credit Kentucky Foundation for Women

  The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced today that executive director Judi Jennings will retire at the end of this fiscal year. Her last day will be June 30. The organization, a private foundation which supports feminist art and social change, is currently searching for its next leader

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Arts and Humanities
1:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres

John Clarence Stewart and Sally Diallo in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

A young black man from a poor neighborhood is killed by another young man. This tragedy is not seen by the world outside the neighborhood as extraordinary. A family is left to grieve, while that young man – could he have been extraordinary? – his name fades. This inattention is a collective failure that playwright  Kimber Lee seeks to dismantle in “brownsville song (b-side for tray),” which made its world premiere last night in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo

In playwright Gina Gionfriddo's 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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners'

David Ross, Kasey Mahaffy, LeRoy McClain and Annie Purcell in "Partners" by Dorothy Fortenberry. Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

As the great Eighties philosopher Cyndi Lauper once promised us, money changes everything. Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry explores how finances and emotions converge in marriage and in friendship in her new play “Partners,” currently making its world premiere in what is, so far, a very strong Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville's Jewish Community Theatre Celebrates 100th Season

"Next to Normal," 2012-13 season, CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center.
Credit CenterStage

CenterStage, the resident theatre company of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center, launches its 100th season this summer. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’

Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik in "Ghost: the Musical" American tour.
Credit Joan Marcus

Love it or hate it, the trend of adapting stage musicals from hit films isn’t leaving Broadway any time soon – a musical adaptation of "Pretty Woman" is in the works now. Sometimes it works beautifully – the smash hit comedy “Legally Blonde” is arguably an even better musical (thanks largely to incredibly catchy and heartfelt songs by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) than film, and the wistful musical romance “Once” has taken a charming, small film and turned it to a powerful live experience (currently featuring Louisville native Adam Brown on Broadway, too!).

Both of those stories are transformed significantly by the addition of song and dance, which means there were artistic reasons (aside from business reasons) to adapt them for the stage.

Currently on its American tour, another film-to-stage adaptation, “Ghost: the Musical,” opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the Broadway in Louisville series at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.

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