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
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters

A rare lithograph advertising Howard Thurston's "The Vanishing Whippet" show hanging in the Baron's Theatre inspired the latest Theatre [502] show.

Theatre [502] continues to explore magic and history with a new series of original plays that launches this week.

Last season, Theatre [502] completed an ambitious, year-long serial play project. Written by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” unfolded the interlaced histories of legendary magician Harry Houdini and fictional (but no less legendary) Louisville magician Ludlow Quinn, as their respective greatest tricks ended up ensnaring Louisville teen Bonnie Burke, the unwitting bearer of a magical dynastic legacy.

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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
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
6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Feminist Theatre Company Opens Annie Baker's 'Body Awareness' at U of L

The cast of Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

It’s Body Awareness Week at the fictional Vermont college at the center of Annie Baker’s play "Body Awareness," and a professor’s nontraditional household is thrown into upheaval by a visiting photographer’s female nude portraits. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company opens "Body Awareness," a comedy about sexuality, identity and political correctness, at the University of Louisville's Thrust Theatre this week. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language

"Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín" at El Delirio Producciones.

Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

As Louisville Considers Youth Safety, Humana Fest Play Confronts Issue Head-On

Cherene Snow (Lena) delivering the opening monologue, with Sally Diallo (Devine) in background, in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville continues to react to a series of violent incidents last weekend, when a gathering of teens at a Waterfront Park vigil for a youth stabbed on a TARC bus became volatile, and attendees allegedly committed several acts of violence throughout downtown. 

The events of last weekend have led to greater police presence downtown and community meetings with teens in West Louisville.

Meanwhile, downtown at Third and Main streets, the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

These two stories aren’t usually connected. But one of the plays making its world premiere in the festival is “brownsville song (b-side for tray),” a powerful drama about an African American teen victim of gang violence.

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Your Indispensable Guide to the 2014 Humana Festival Plays

John Clarence Stewart and Sally Diallo in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

As of last weekend, all of the full-length productions have opened in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (A bill of ten-minute plays runs the final weekend only.) The festival is open through Sunday, April 6. That's a mere week and a half to fit in a whole festival's worth of world premiere plays. Here's the schedule with ticket information.

Wondering which play(s) are worth your time? Have to choose only one of six shows? Don't panic. Here's your guide to the Humana Festival from someone who's seen it all. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo

In playwright Gina Gionfriddo's comedy "Rapture, Blister, Burn," two forty-something former schoolmates confront their choices - one became a feminist academic superstar, the other a stay-at-home mom - and decide they each want what the other has.

In an ad hoc women's studies classroom featuring three generations of American women, they interrogate the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of feminist ideals and put them to practice in their own lives, to mixed results.

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Arts and Humanities
10:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Jordan Harrison on 'The Grown-Up'

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway.

Coming up this weekend is Jordan Harrison’s “The Grown-Up,” a play about the power of storytelling on stage. It opens Sunday and runs through April 7. 

This is Harrison’s fifth Humana Festival play. His last to open in the festival was “Maple and Vine” in 2011. Harrison says this play is a bit less linear than "Maple and Vine," and in some ways is what he calls a slant memoir.

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