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Arts and Humanities
10:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Bard's Town Explores Donald Margulies' Moral Questions of the Novel in 'Collected Stories'

Carol Dines as Ruth Steiner and Lenae McKee Price as Lisa Morrison in Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit The Bard's Town

In theory, the proudest moment for a mentor is when the protégé surpasses her in achievement.  Why else cultivate their talents, share hard-won industry secrets and become invested in their successes? But in practice, it’s not always that simple, as Donald Margulies’ searing 1996 drama “Collected Stories” shows. In reality, sometimes the student learns a little too much from the master, a little too well.

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet'

Jon Patrick O'Brien as Hamlet, addressing alas, poor Yorick's skull (uncredited) in Kentucky Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates

Matt Lytle as "Henry V."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare braved the rain last night to bring their second mainstage production to Central Park. Directed by Amy Attaway, the company’s strong, energetic “Henry V” is a dynamic, fast-paced study in leadership that resonates beyond its 15th-century setting.

“Henry V” runs through July 6 with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville’s Central Park. All performances are free and feature pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Arts and Humanities
12:31 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

'Drinking Perfume': A Traditional Rom-Com With An Original Heart

Sean Keller and April Singer in Lindsay Price's "Drinking Perfume" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

The barefoot wild child with the Technicolor hair chiding him to chill out. The prissy nerd with the bowtie and glasses sniffing disapprovingly at her disheveled life. If you’ve seen an “opposites attract” romcom in the last, oh, forty years, you’ve seen the opening scene of Lindsay Price’s “Drinking Perfume,” where two people who couldn’t appear to be more different are thrust together to argue about how different they are, before finally giving in to mutual attraction, cue the hot stage kiss and scene.

Fans of Neil Simon, particularly the comedies like “Barefoot in the Park,” will find the meet-cute opposites-attract premise of “Drinking Perfume” familiar and welcoming, but Price tweaks the well-known tropes here (uptight guy and free-spirited gal meet in the middle, fall in love) enough to find the original heart beating beneath.

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Arts and Humanities
1:37 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Savage Rose Closes a Solid Season of Storms With 'The Tempest'

Brian Hinds as Prospero and Neill Robertson as Ariel in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "The Tempest."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Savage Rose Classical Theatre closes its fifth season this week — what it's been calling its "Season of Storms," a tribute to Shakespeare — with "The Tempest," the shipwrecked quasi-comedy considered to be Shakespeare's solo swan song. Directed by Kelly Moore in her company directorial debut, this production is a solid rendering of Shakespeare's cautionary and often-funny tale about the perils of malignant ambition and the power of forgiveness. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener

  It’s possible you’ve not seen opera quite like this. Thompson Street Opera Company opened its second season last night with a regional premiere of Eva Kendrick’s chamber opera “Emily,” a satisfying peek into the family dynamics and dramatic social life of one of America’s most intriguing foundational poets. Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. 6th Street), this is opera stripped down to its bare essentials – powerful voices and beautiful music – that’s right-sized for the intimate, dressed-down space.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Alley Theater Not Quite Ready for Main Street

Scott Goodman as Jack in The Alley Theater's "Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens."
Credit The Alley Theater

When the Alley Theater moved from its former Butchertown basement digs to a Museum Row storefront earlier this year, the move seemed to signal an ambition on the part of the company to grow its profile in the community.

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Arts and Humanities
10:54 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Portrait of the Feminist as a Nude: Looking for Lilith's Comedy 'Body Awareness' Satisfies

Teresa Willis as Phyllis and Trina Fischer as Joyce in Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

If there’s any setting that's easy to gently satirize, it’s the progressive college campus in the throes of an earnest social campaign. Louisville’s feminist theatre company Looking for Lilith takes up the challenge with Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness,” an awkward and satisfying comedy about the personal intersections of power and empathy whose social commentary never overwhelms its warm and engaging human story.

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Arts and Humanities
3:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'The Exit Interview' Offers Brechtian Masterclass, With Laughs

Scot Atkinson (Richard "Dick" Fig) and Ebony Jordan (Eunice) hide from a campus shooter in William Missouri Downs' dark comedy "The Exit Interview."
Credit The Bard's Town

A professor falls victim to university budget cuts and must submit to the ritual humiliations of the exit interview when a campus shooting rampage makes him re-evaluate his feelings about relationships and religion in William Missouri Downs' philosophical comedy "The Exit Interview," which made its Louisville premiere at The Bard's Town last night. "The Exit Interview" runs through May 18 in the theater upstairs from the restaurant.  

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer

Kateryna Sellers and Eduard Forehand in Val Caniparoli's "Spaghetti Western."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Both these attributes were on show during this program.

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