The Bard's Town

Arts and Humanities
2:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

'44 Plays for 44 Presidents' Takes 'Long View' of the Oval Office

Amy Steiger, Ben Gierhart, Stephanie Adams, and Colby Ballowe in The Bard's Town Theatre's production of "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
Doug Schutte The Bard's Town Theatre

“George Washington in the Garden of Eden” opens the show with a creation story. James Garfield’s “Dance of a Thousand Ironies” is a tragic ballet. Thomas Jefferson isn't memorialized, he's roasted, stand-up comedy-style, by Benjamin Franklin. 

The Neo-Futurists of Chicago premiered "43 Plays for 43 Presidents" ten years ago (Actors Theatre of Louisville staged a production in 2008) with a brief play for each occupant of the Oval Office—Grover Cleveland gets two, since his terms weren't consecutive.

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Le Petomane Opens New Season

In “Time Flies,” four time travelers wander from their births back to the beginning of the universe and forward to the end of time. Along the way, they stage a hip hop tribute to a famous clock maker and engage in a bout of bare-knuckle boxing.

In other words, it’s a typical absurdist Le Petomane show. Co-producing artistic director Kyle Ware says this play is a study in anachronism, with philosophical undercurrents.

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Arts and Humanities
1:02 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Review: Faith and the Big Box Store - 'A Bright New Boise' Is Relevant, Riveting

The Bard’s Town Theatre broadens its focus this season with an outstanding production of Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Bright New Boise.” This tightly-wound family drama about a disgraced evangelical who takes a job at an Idaho Hobby Lobby won an Obie Award in 2011 and has enjoyed a number of exciting regional premieres over the last season by companies like Washington, D.C.’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre and Chicago’s LiveWire.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Funny Women Face Off in Comedy Contest

Are women funny? Every few years, another male writer or comic says no – Jerry Lewis, Christopher Hitchens, most recently, Adam Carolla.

Janelle Fitzpatrick disagrees. She’s a high school teacher who works with incarcerated youth in Indiana. Her day job can be intense, so a few years ago she tried her hand at stand-up comedy and found a second calling.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Review: 'Misses Strata': Crude Humor Satisfies in New Bipartisan Satire

The more things change, the more things stay the same. 2,500 years after Aristophanes first suggested women could end a war by kicking powerful husbands out of their beds in “Lysistrata,” the idea is still compelling to playwrights and politicians alike (a Michigan state representative recently suggested a similar strategy).

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

New 'Lysistrata' Adaptation Opens at The Bard's Town

Cara McHugh, Jennifer Levine, Amy Steiger, Beth Burrell, and April Singer in "Misses Strata."
Doug Schutte The Bard's Town Theatre

The Bard’s Town Theatre is resurrecting the ancient Greek story of Lysistrata in the premiere of a new comedy about sex, politics and patriotism.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Looking for Lilith Celebrates 10 Years with Motherhood Play

Louisville’s Looking for Lilith Theatre Company celebrates a decade of productions with a staged reading of a new play, “Becoming Mothers,” and a revue of old favorites titled “10 Years, 7 Stories.” The shows open Thursday and run in repertory at The Bard’s Town through June 10.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Review: ‘The Snowflake Theory’ Dares to Be Traditional

As exciting as a world premiere of a new play is, it’s even more exciting to see the first full staging of a piece written by a local. It’s one way of checking our pulse as a community — what are we writing about and how? Sometimes it feels like Louisville writes mostly zombie comedies and pop culture parodies, but in a truly subversive move, local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton dares to experiment with staging a traditional family comedy.

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Arts and Humanities
2:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Local Playwright Breaks Into Comedy with 'Snowflake Theory'

The Bard’s Town Theatre opens its new season Thursday with the world premiere of local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton’s family comedy “The Snowflake Theory.” The play runs through May 20.

“The Snowflake Theory” is a new play about the Kleins, a Midwestern Jewish family. Marge is a widow who decides to start living for herself. But when her single daughter opts for artificial insemination and her only son wants to marry a wacky shiksa, she can’t help but get involved.

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