Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Listen: Louisville Actors Perform 'Star Wars in 60 Seconds ... or So'

The cast of "Star Wars in 60 Minutes" - Chris Petty, Tony Smith, April Singer, Scott Goodman and J.P. Lebangood - perform this weekend at The Bard's Town.
Credit Marty Pearl

Many children of the 1970s and '80s grew up learning all of the dialogue to the original Star Wars trilogy by heart. Now, a  group of Louisville actors are bringing that experience to the stage. In “Star Wars in 60 Minutes or Less,” five actors perform a manic, comic version of George Lucas’ science fiction classics.

“It’s not necessarily picture-perfect, it’s definitely sped-up, it’s very low-budget," says director Chris Petty. "It’s basically five kids in a basement playing Star Wars.”

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Veteran Actor Anne Hodapp Returns to Actors Theatre for 'A Christmas Carol'

Anne Hodapp as Mrs. Grigsby with William McNulty as Ebenezer Scrooge in Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol."
Credit Harlan Taylor / Actors Theatre of Louisville

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption thanks to visits by three ghosts is a holiday classic. And for 38 years, Actors Theatre of Louisville has staged a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This year's holiday classic opens Friday, and once again, actress Anne Hodapp will perform. She's Mrs. Grigsby and Cook now, but over the 22 years Hodapp has appeared in "A Christmas Carol" at Actors Theatre, she's played a variety of roles and seen some magical (and disastrously funny) moments on stage.  

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Arts and Humanities
10:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

No Sophomore Slump for Slant Culture Theatre Festival

Gregory Maupin as Thomas Edison and Tony Dingman as Nicola Tesla in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "On the Circuit."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

The second annual Slant Culture Theatre Festival opened last week with a live-music launch party and kicked into high gear on Friday with multiple productions running in repertory in Walden Theatre. Each of the five producing partners — Walden, Savage Rose Classical Theatre, Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Theatre [502] and Louisville Improvisors — are staging a full production, in addition to about a dozen guest artists performing in and around the ten-day festival.

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Arts and Humanities
2:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

U of L's African American Theatre Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The University of Louisville's "The Orphan's Revenge," based on "The Orphan of Chao," a 13th century Chinese classic.
Credit University of Louisville

The University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this week with a Creole adaptation of a Molière classic. “Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man” is based on Molière’s satire “Tartuffe.”  Set among 19th century Haiti’s free Black community, this comedy of manners depicts a seemingly-devout confidence man who infiltrates a wealthy household and ends up falling in love with the lady of the house. It opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Playhouse.

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Arts and Humanities
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Actors Theatre Commissions Lucas Hnath Play for Humana Festival

Lucas Hnath

Actors Theatre of Louisville announced today that Lucas Hnath will premiere his new play "The Christians" in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays. The play was commissioned by Actors Theatre and will be directed by artistic director Les Waters. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

'The Mountaintop' Portrays the Man Behind the Civil Rights Legend

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

It's Memphis, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just delivered his now-famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in support of the city's Black sanitation workers, who are striking for higher pay and workplace treatment equal to their white counterparts. The civil rights leader would be shot on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray the next day.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Neill Robertson (Aiden Ainsley), Erica McClure (Amelia Ainsley) and Cara Hicks (Annalee Ainsley) in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Memories are woven into the things we hold onto — we don’t get souvenir from memory for nothing. How do some objects end up telling the story of a family and others put out with the trash? When we forget the story behind a thing, does it become just another useless trinket? Can we neutralize a memory’s power by destroying the stuff to which it clings?

Laura Schellhardt explores these questions and the lingering effects of guilt and resentment on adult children of a domineering father and emotionally-absent mother in “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a play about a traumatized family of auction house professionals who can’t separate themselves or their stories from their stuff.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, Theatre [502] closes its third season with a touching and darkly funny production. Strong work by a cast crackling with chemistry and an elegantly restrained production team ground Schellhardt's poetic script and its many magical moments in emotional realism. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Object Permanence: Theatre [502] Closes Season with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Cara Hicks and Leah Roberts as sisters Annalee and Avery in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Wise people say possessions can't make us happy. But in Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys," a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers who identify fiercely with the physical objects that surround them, stuff matters.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, "Auctioning the Ainsleys" is the final production in Theatre [502]'s third mainstage season.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

REVIEW | Wacky Variety Show 'Test Subjects' Kicks Off Le Petomane's Tenth

Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "Test Subjects."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

One of Louisville's on-stage gems quietly celebrated its tenth anniversary last night at The Bard's Town. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble kicked off a decade in production with one-third of the troupe in "Test Subjects," a two-hander comedy about the love/hate relationships we have with our handheld devices presented through a Warner Bros.-meets-Vaudeville lens. 

As tenth anniversary season kick-offs go, this production was under-stated but effective — like a champagne toast garnished with Pop Rocks. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

REVIEW | New Fights, More Horror in 'Dracula'

Randolph Curtis Rand in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Bill Brymer Actors Theatre of Louisville

Some holiday shows become tradition, annual outings passed down through and binding across generations. But attending Actors Theatre of Louisville's "Dracula" feels more like a ritual (like the season's first pumpkin ale or latté), a key event in observing the transition from summer to fall.

"Dracula" opened Friday the 13th and runs through Halloween in the Bingham Theatre. Directed by William McNulty, the production changes in small ways from year to year, but it rarely fails to properly usher in the longer nights of autumn.  The gothic thriller is the theater's second-longest running production, and ahead of the national curve as the country's only annual "Dracula" production. 

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