Keith Waits

Keith Waits Keith Waits is a native of Louisville who works at Louisville Visual Art during the days, including being one of the hosts of PUBLIC on ARTxFM, but spends most of his evenings indulging his taste for theatre, music and visual arts. His work has appeared in Pure Uncut Candy, TheatreLouisville, and Louisville Mojo. He is now Managing Editor for Arts-Louisville.com.


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BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre CompanyBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre Company
Posted: Sep. 22, 2017


BWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of LouisvilleBWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of Louisville
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville OrchestraBWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville Orchestra
Posted: Oct. 3, 2017


BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury TheatreBWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury Theatre
Posted: Oct. 9, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 7, 2017


BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre CompanyBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre Company
Posted: Sep. 22, 2017


BWW Review: LADY LEAR at Louisville BalletBWW Review: LADY LEAR at Louisville Ballet
Posted: Aug. 15, 2017


BWW Review: I NOW PRONOUNCE at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: I NOW PRONOUNCE at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 8, 2017


BWW Feature: 2016-17 SEASON at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Feature: 2016-17 SEASON at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Oct. 25, 2016


BWW Review: RICHARD II at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: RICHARD II at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017


BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury TheatreBWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury Theatre
October 9, 2017

Mitch Albom's book Tuesday's With Morrie told of the renewal of a friendship with one of his college professors in the months before the old man dies from ALS. It was a bestseller and popular television movie, and it remains an appealing inspirational story. The stage adaptation, by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, keeps the schmaltz at bay for most of its length with humor grounded by J.R. Stuart's performance in the title role.

BWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville OrchestraBWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville Orchestra
October 3, 2017

As the house lights dimmed the familiar rata-tat-tat on the snare drum signaled the beginning of our nation's anthem, the 'Star Spangled Banner' as the audience rose to their collective feet and sang along. Thus, this long-held tradition began the Louisville Orchestra's 80th Classics Season.

BWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of LouisvilleBWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of Louisville
September 28, 2017

We Wear the MaskTrayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner - just to name of few from recent, ongoing history. In the social discourse and overt protest surrounding the growing list of Black lives lost to police violence, the connection between these events and the epidemic of public lynching in the Jim Crow south is often cited and just as often derided.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
September 28, 2017

Addiction To LifeWith every ending, a new beginning is sure to follow. This common idea of change in literature and art manifests itself through themes of death and birth. Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika at Actors Theater picks up where Millennium Approaches leaves off at a rigorous pace. Emotional ups and downs are non-stop until the play comes to a resounding conclusion leaving its audience to carry out the message of a new life.

BWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre CompanyBWW Review: ELEMENO PEA from Mind's Eye Theatre Company
September 22, 2017

Same As It Ever WasEvery time I enter a theatre and take my seat, I hope for the best. To be critical is to express disappointment that that hope was not realized. I'm happy to say that the return of this play, which debuted at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays, was a genuine pleasure on a number of levels.

BWW Review: COYOTE UGLY at The Alley TheaterBWW Review: COYOTE UGLY at The Alley Theater
September 11, 2017

After a two-year stint in California, J Barrett Cooper's directorial touch has returned to Louisville stages. The founder of Savage Rose Classical Theatre here turns his attention to material that is world away from the period pieces that dominated his work in the last ten years. Coyote Ugly is a brutal, unstinting journey into the darkest of hearts.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
September 5, 2017

What is there to be said about Angels in America that hasn't already been said? Some would argue that it has passed into the literary canon and is no longer relevant; due to the Reagan-era time frame and a story tied to a health crisis now long forgotten. And yet, the LGBT rights, AIDS epidemic, and drug addiction addressed in this work tread far from thinly veiled plot devices and storylines. This play is just as important now (if not more so) as it was back in 1991. Heartbreaking and conscientious, this contemporary classic is anything but irrelevant in the wake of alarming current events. And Meredith McDonough's production Actors Theater is ample proof of how meaningful this show truly is.

BWW Review: HIR at The Liminal PLayhouseBWW Review: HIR at The Liminal PLayhouse
September 5, 2017

The dysfunctional family drama has long been a staple in American theatre, only the particulars of the dysfunction change to reflect the times. In Taylor Mac's Hir, Isaac Connor (Neil Brewer) is a Marine discharged from active duty collecting dead bodies from a war zone, returns to his California home to find his mother, Paige (Teresa Willis). has abandoned all sense of order and has clothes, food, and other life detritus strewn around the house. His stroke victim father, Arnold (Michael Drury) sits in a house dress and rainbow clown wig behaving like a toddler, and his sister, MAx (Megan Adair) is trans gender, preferring to be addressed as 'hir' (rhymes with here) or 'Zee.' For a soldier used to the severe discipline of the military, the chaos is nearly intolerable.

BWW Review: LADY LEAR at Louisville BalletBWW Review: LADY LEAR at Louisville Ballet
August 15, 2017

Lady in the StormThis week sees the closing of Kentucky Shakespeare's 57th season of free, continuous, outdoor Shakespeare productions, making it the oldest company of its kind in the country. To mark the second and final Community Partner Week, they are teaming up with the Louisville Ballet, one of the oldest ballet companies in the country - a fine pairing.

BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Acting Against CancerBWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Acting Against Cancer
August 15, 2017

I am not the biggest fan of Adam Sandler, or at least the movies he manufactures for himself and his buddies, but I have always liked The Wedding Singer, one of his first, most endearing films. The story of Robbie Hart (Remy Sisk), a cheesy but sincere front man for a wedding band in the late 1980's, is a logical selection for adaptation into a stage musical, and provides ample opportunity for satire of social trends in fashion.

BWW Feature: ALLEY THEATER ARTS CARAVAN at The Alley TheaterBWW Feature: ALLEY THEATER ARTS CARAVAN at The Alley Theater
August 7, 2017

I have been active in the Louisville theater arena for right at twenty years, having gotten started in the chorus of a musical in Anchorage way back in 1997. Since then I've played dream roles and bit parts in more shows than I can count and I've been in four feature films. As a director, I've been able to put my personal stamp on both classic and lesser known plays. I've developed strong relationships with more local theater companies than I can name, served on the board of directors for three of them, and have been writing theater reviews for over ten years (including for Arts-Louisville.com). I've even recently become part of a sketch comedy group. All of this with no special training, no theater degree, and no real qualifications beyond a love of the stage.

BWW Review: National Tour of MAMMA MIA! in LouisvilleBWW Review: National Tour of MAMMA MIA! in Louisville
July 24, 2017

Thanks to the comedic timing and moving performances of three actors, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!,now playing at Kentucky Center, features enough to keep audiences entertained, whether they are into ABBA, or not.

BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Kentucky Shakespeare
July 6, 2017

The True VillainsWithout planning to be, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's current production of this four hundred-year old tragedy could not be more of the moment.

BWW Review: CONFESIONES at Teatro Tercera LlamdaBWW Review: CONFESIONES at Teatro Tercera Llamda
June 19, 2017

In most of her work, Josefina Lopez explores the hearts and minds of Hispanic women with vivid and bracing language that feels authentic; an honesty filtered through poetry. In her 1997 play Confesiones..., she draws compelling portraits of eight female characters who together might be said to chart a kind of multi-dimensional, fictional biography of what it means to be Chicana in modern American society.

BWW Review: RICHARD II at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: RICHARD II at Kentucky Shakespeare
June 19, 2017

This Royal Throne of KingsNeill Robertson is having a very good year. After a triumphant turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch just one month ago, he here presents us with a Richard II that is nothing less than a lesson for us all.

BWW Review: EAST OF THE SUN at CirqueLouisBWW Review: EAST OF THE SUN at CirqueLouis
June 14, 2017

As the traditional circus format has faded more from view, the 'cirque' idea has adopted a higher profile. Cirque de Soleil is an international juggernaut, a cross between dance and human acrobatics presented with a layer of glitzy showmanship, that occupies rare territory in the world of theatre. But more and more smaller, local companies have sprung up around the U.S. CirqueLouis brings this idea to Louisville, a fresh approach to narrative storytelling on a larger scale than most companies.

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Kentucky Shakespeare
June 7, 2017

Make 'Em Laugh

BWW Review: THE COMPARABLES at Theatre [502]BWW Review: THE COMPARABLES at Theatre [502]
June 7, 2017

Off The Shoulders Of Men

BWW Review: THE FLICK at The Alley TheaterBWW Review: THE FLICK at The Alley Theater
May 30, 2017

Not Such Small People

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at National TourBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at National Tour
May 22, 2017

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at National Tour



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