Mike Brooks

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

REVIEW: Silence Is Golden in [502]'s 'The Aliens'

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zachary Burrell in Theatre [502]'s "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its season with another successful production of a relevant and recent award-winning play. Annie Baker's “The Aliens” (2010 Obie Award for best new American play) is a love letter to the fragility of chosen families and the gentle geniuses our fast-paced society quietly leaves behind. Delicately understated performances by the three actors and careful direction by co-artistic director Mike Brooks make this hushed beauty an unlikely exclamation point on the end of the new company's second season.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Beckett Meets Bukowski in Theatre [502] Season Closer

Zach Burrell and Brandon Cox in "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its second season with Annie Baker’s “The Aliens,” an Obie Award-winning play about three misfits who bond behind a Vermont coffee shop.

“The Aliens” opens Friday in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville and runs through Oct. 13.

Theatre [502] co-artistic director Mike Brooks says when he read “The Aliens" two years ago, it jumped to the top of the company’s “must-produce” pile. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Review: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries'

Mike Brooks (Doug) and Leah Roberts (Kayleen) in Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
Theatre [502]

There was a time when summer didn't yield such an abundance of theatrical riches in Louisville, with the big houses dark and maybe a handful of small company revivals to sustain us through the long humid season.

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Love Written in the Scars: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' Opens Friday

Leah Roberts (Kaylene) and Mike Brooks (Doug) in Theatre [502]'s production of Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
Gil Reyes Theatre [502]

Love hurts. It also bleeds, scars and sometimes needs a trip to the emergency room. 

Theatre [502] continues its second season this week with Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” Leah Roberts and company co-artistic director Mike Brooks will play Kayleen and Doug, two accident-prone lovers who trace their 30-year relationship from the schoolyard to adulthood, beginning at age 8. 

The play opens Friday and runs through August 11 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

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