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
6:46 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies

Thomson Smillie
Credit Submitted photo

Thomson Smillie, who led the Kentucky Opera to become one of the nation’s leading regional opera companies, died at 10:30 Saturday night at his home. He was 71.

A native Scotsman, Smillie came to Louisville in 1981, where he spent a year working with the Kentucky Opera’s founder, Moritz Bomhard, before taking the reigns as Mr. Bomhard’s successor in 1980.

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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
5:37 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sound on Film: 'Mandela,' 'Escape From Tomorrow'

Credit Producers Distribution Agency

Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

On this episode, our reviews of the Idris Elba-starring biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and no-budge psychological horror “Escape from Tomorrow,” which was secretly shot inside Disney World without the company’s permission.

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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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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

REVIEW | The Hypocrites Stage Hilarious, Wild 'Pirates of Penzance'

Dana Omar, Becky Poole, Matt Kahler, Emily Casey, and Christine Stulik in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

January can get a little dreary – it’s cold, dark and wet, and the occasional sub-zero day has us eyeballing island vacations even as our bank accounts are still recovering from the holidays. Fortune smiles upon us  inside Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Bingham Theatre, where Chicago-based theatre troupe The Hypocrites have brought the beach party to us with a delightfully eccentric production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The show’s sunny disposition and high-energy staging are as effective a mid-winter mood-lifter as an hour with a light box and a shot of Vitamin D.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Hypocrites Stage Gilbert and Sullivan By Their Own Rules

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

The operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are often staged with a big chorus and full Victorian costumes, but the Hypocrites take a different path. The Chicago-based theatre troupe stages "The Pirates of Penzance" with plastic kiddie pools, actors in short-shorts and bathing suits playing banjos, and the production is fairly intimate, as many audience members are seated right in the midst of the action on stage. 

It's all part of an inspired-by-improv approach to what director Sean Graney calls the "respectfully subversive" style of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Louisville Performer's Long History with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'

Glenna Godsey as Miss Mona in CenterStage's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
Credit Jeff Sammons / CenterStage

When Glenna Godsey was cast in a nine-month international tour of the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in the early Eighties, she started out playing Doatsey Mae, a wistful café waitress with one memorable solo, but quickly upgraded. The role of Miss Mona, the wise and experienced owner of a Texas brothel, had been played on the tour by Stella Parton – you might have heard of her sister Dolly, who had a hit with the role in the 1982 film adaptation – and when Parton left the tour, Godsey took the lead. 

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