Strange Fruit
1:23 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Strange Fruit: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

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  Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been called the next August Wilson. Maybe that can be partially attributed to the fact that there are so few prominent African American playwrights, but there's still no doubt he is carrying an important mantle. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Page-turner on Stage: Theatre [502] Opens Thriller 'Edgewise'

Ian Weber and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

Louisville’s Theatre [502] continues its third season this week with a speculative war thriller set in a fast food restaurant. Written by Eliza Clark, “Edgewise” is set in a near-future dystopian America in the grips of a global war. Against this chaotic backdrop, three teenagers report to work at a fast-food burger chain. 

"Somebody's got to turn the fryers on," says director Mike Brooks. "Folks are going to work and they're going to hit the drive-thru whether there's an air strike going on or not." 

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare's Matt Wallace: 'We Cannot Charge for Seats in Central Park'

Matt Wallace

July was a traumatic month for Kentucky Shakespeare, but the organization is ready to move forward. After producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway's resignation on July 15, the  board of directors conducted a swift search for his replacement. They hired Matt Wallace, a former artistic associate who left the organization in 2010 to lead Shakespeare Behind Bars. He spoke with us on July 31 about his long history with the organization and his optimism for the future.

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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pandora Stages Cheeky Musical Revue 'Naked Boys Singing'

Pandora Productions' cast of "Naked Boys Singing" - Thomas Stoddard (foreground); (left to right) James Langteaux, Jonathon Porter, Richie Goff, Sebastian Kearney, Justin D. Moore, Omicah House
Pandora Productions

Over the years, Pandora Productions has staged brave, groundbreaking theatrical works exploring different facets of LGBT life, featuring heavyweights like Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning "I Am My Own Wife" and the Holocaust drama "Bent" alongside musicals and comedies like "Oh, My Godmother!" and "Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche." But producing artistic director Michael J. Drury  says one show kept cropping up over and over when audiences made suggestions – the musical revue "Naked Boys Singing." And for years, he resisted the call. 

"When I did finally listen to it and read it, I saw the deeper meaning about being vulnerable," says Drury. "Being naked isn’t just a matter of being unclothed. It’s about being vulnerable and revealing yourself." 

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Arts and Humanities
3:09 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

REVIEW | The 99 Percent Strikes Back in 'Reduction in Force'

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

Corruption in the financial sector led some protestors to Occupy Wall Street, but San Francisco Bay Area-playwright Patricia Milton took her protest to the stage with "Reduction in Force," a 2011 comedy detailing one day on the luxurious campus of  Icarus Financial Services when news of a company-wide "RIF" (a euphemism for massive staff lay-offs) has spread.  The Bard's Town Theatre opened the Louisville premiere  last night.

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Arts and Humanities
1:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

REVIEW | The Price of Beauty Examined in 'Reasons to Be Pretty'

Cara McHugh as Steph and Doug Schutte as Greg in Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Pretty" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Neil LaBute’s plays aren’t for the faint of heart. His relationship drama “reasons to be pretty” opens with a ferocious profanity-laden fight between a woman and her boyfriend who allegedly alleged to a friend that she wasn’t necessarily the prettiest girl in the room. There’s no warm-up, just a donnybrook of personal attacks and incriminations. It’s uncomfortable in that way that witnessing an intimate fight can be – do I laugh? Do I cringe? Is he lying? Is she overreacting? Yes.

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Arts and Humanities
6:32 am
Mon June 24, 2013

REVIEW | 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' a Game-Changer for Theatre [502]

Dara Tiller as Hermia in Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] has produced consistently intriguing productions of recent and relevant plays since its inaugural season in 2011. Their list of produced playwrights is growing into a Who’s Who of younger award-winning dramatists: Annie Baker, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Jordan Harrison, Rajiv Joseph, Marco Ramirez, Mat Smart. Top-notch acting and directing and thoughtful design have been their hallmarks.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Ring to the Stage: Women Wrestlers Fight It Out for 'Booty of the Year'

Louisville playwright Larry Muhammad grew up watching professional wrestling in the 1960s. He loves the sport because it’s over the top and larger than life – in other words, perfect for the stage.

"I grew up watching people like Gorgeous George, who was one of the first national entertainment figures. He wasn’t that great of a wrestler but he was a fantastic showman," says Muhammad, a retired Courier-Journal reporter who writes plays under the name Cisco Montgomery.

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