Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

REVIEW | Immerse Yourself in 'O Guru Guru Guru'

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon had an unconventional upbringing. As a kid and young teen she lived, on and off, in an ashram -- the same ashram that later cropped up as a setting in Elizabeth Gilbert's nonfiction book "Eat Pray Love," later made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. Avidon mines those experiences in her engaging autobiographical play, "O Guru Guru Guru or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you," an attempt to reconcile several complicated, competing emotions about contentment, identity and spirituality.

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Arts and Humanities
6:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

An Audience of One: Playwright Mallery Avidon on Writing for Herself

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon mines her unconventional childhood for her new play, “O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you.”

"Part of that unconventional upbringing has to do with the ashram that Elizabeth Gilbert goes to in the book 'Eat Pray Love,' that Julia Roberts goes to in the movie 'Eat Pray Love.' The play is an investigation of the way that unconventional spirituality affected my life," says Avidon.

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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