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11:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fern Creek High School Recreating 'War of the Worlds' Radio Program—In Theater and On Air

Alexander Jenkins and Shelby Fogarty, playing Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, bring 'War of the Worlds' to life with police officer Michael Moreno.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

It’s been nearly 76 years since Orson Welles tested the airwaves with his "War of the Worlds" radio program. The one-hour show famously sent some into hysteria after some listeners believed the broadcast theatrics meant an actual Martian landing on Earth.

This week, Louisville gets to relive the historic show.

Fern Creek High School on Thursday night will recreate "War of the Worlds," combining the school’s theater department with the city's only licensed student-run radio station on campus.

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Arts and Humanities
2:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Short Plays Long on Talent in The Bard's Town's Ten-Tucky Festival

Amy Steiger, Julie Streble, April Singer, Kelsey Thompson, and Megan Brown in Tara Anderson's "Shop at Home," Ten-Tucky Festival at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

The Bard’s Town Theatre has undergone a transformation in its short lifetime from a theater devoted primarily to new works by Kentuckians to a producer of excellent contemporary plays, period. But the annual Ten-Tucky Festival, the bill of 10-minute plays curated from open submissions by Kentucky native and resident playwrights, remains a mainstay of the theater’s season.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Timely Terrorism Play 'Murder the Devil' Doesn't Deliver

Gaelan Genoud (Ahmed) holding Alex Hume (Bob, a hostage) at gunpoint while Gary Brice (Oz, a gang member) calls higher ups for further instructions.
Credit Larry Muhammad

With ISIS hostage beheadings broadcast online and the political violence in the Middle East escalating — not to mention last spring’s Boston Marathon bombings — “Murder the Devil,” a play that explores the possibility of extremist jihad on American soil, is especially timely. Add in the domestic crisis of poverty, violence and racial inequity, and its potential importance grows. But low energy, an intricate plot that lacks emotional stakes, and underwhelming performances rob “Murder the Devil” of its power before it can make a direct hit.

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Stage One Family Theater Commissions New Play About Muhammad Ali's Youth

Justin Cornwell, left, will play the young Muhammad Ali in the world premiere of "And In This Corner ... Cassius Clay" by playwright Idris Goodwin (right) at Stage One Family Theater this season.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Stage One Family Theatre and Jefferson County Public Schools are partnering to bring every JCPS middle school student to the upcoming world premiere of “And In This Corner … Cassius Clay,” a new play commissioned by Stage One about Muhammad Ali’s youth. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party

Fifty years ago, the founders of Actors Theatre of Louisville were upstarts, theater revolutionaries caught up in the ground-swell of the American regional theater movement, determined to de-centralize professional theater and embed it in communities across the country. The organization turns 50 this year.

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Arts and Humanities
2:02 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Upside of Downsizing: Workplace Comedy 'Reduction in Force' Opens at The Bard's Town

Ben Gierhart, Amy Steiger and Natalie Fields in "Reduction in Force" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

In the wake of the financial collapse of 2008, it’s a familiar story in Louisville and beyond – a corporation announces plummeting profits and staff layoffs, prompting a company-wide rash of panic, paranoia and self-preservation. But playwright Patricia Milton finds the biting humor in those tales of individual desperation and corporate self-interest in her workplace comedy “Reduction in Force.”  

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Arts and Humanities
12:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night'

Peter Riopelle as Feste and Jonathan Visser as Malvolio (caged) in Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's "Twelfth Night."
Melissa Donald Productions Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opened its 54th season last night with a winsome Celtic-styled “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, this gender-switching, mistaken identity romantic comedy is sweet enough to serve as a date-night destination but sufficiently silly for a night out with friends, too.

A storm wrecks a ship off the coast of Illyria, separating spirited Viola (Madison Dunaway) from her twin brother, Sebastian (Kyle Curry), whom she assumes dead. These are dangerous times for a lady unaccompanied, so she dons men’s clothing and transforms into “Cesario” to enter into service with the local duke, Orsino (the quite funny John Pasha), a preening, love-sick goof mooning over his neighbor, Olivia (Rosie Ward).

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Arts and Humanities
3:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night'

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, the romantic comedy features the adventures of  heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man (Cesario) when she’s rescued from a shipwreck and separated from her twin brother. She goes to work for a Duke, who asks her to intervene on his behalf with his romantic interest, who falls for Viola in disguise instead.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Review | 'Motherhood' Gets the Last Word

The Eve Theatre company continues its inaugural season this week with the anthology play “Motherhood Out Loud,” a follow-up to November’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” Directed by Nancy Hoover, “Motherhood Out Loud” boasts a writing team of 13 playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck and Pulitzer winner Beth Henley, with the mission of challenging traditional ideas of what it means to be a mother and a family.

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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