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: DEAR EVAN HANSON at PNC Broadway in LouisvilleBWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSON at PNC Broadway in Louisville
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019


BWW Review: HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Sep. 19, 2019


BWW Review: KING HEDLEY II at University Of LouisvilleBWW Review: KING HEDLEY II at University Of Louisville
Posted: Sep. 30, 2019


BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at The Chicken Coop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at The Chicken Coop Theatre Company
Posted: Sep. 30, 2019


BWW Review: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Derby Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Derby Dinner Playhouse
Posted: Oct. 14, 2019


BWW Review: GHOST at Stage One Family TheatreBWW Review: GHOST at Stage One Family Theatre
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019


BWW Review: TORCH SONG at Pandora ProductionsBWW Review: TORCH SONG at Pandora Productions
Posted: Sep. 19, 2019


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019


BWW Review: 2019 ARTS-LOUISVILLE BWW THEATRE AWARDS at Arts-Louisville.comBWW Review: 2019 ARTS-LOUISVILLE BWW THEATRE AWARDS at Arts-Louisville.com
Posted: Feb. 27, 2019


BWW Review: EVERYBODY BLACK at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: EVERYBODY BLACK at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 25, 2019


BWW Review: THE THIN PLACE at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: THE THIN PLACE at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 18, 2019


BWW Review: MACBETH at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: MACBETH at Commonwealth Theatre Center
Posted: May. 20, 2019


BWW Review: SERGIO'S MUSEUM at Theatre [502]BWW Review: SERGIO'S MUSEUM at Theatre [502]
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019


BWW Review: THE GREEN BOOK at Bunbury TheatreBWW Review: THE GREEN BOOK at Bunbury Theatre
Posted: Feb. 14, 2019


BWW Review: TOP GIRLS at Commonwealth Theatre Center
October 16, 2019

Caryl Churchill's 1982 play Top Girls has so much to say about women that it is staggering to realize that it is no less relevant thirty-seven years later. However it speaks to today, it does so from within an elliptical, non-linear narrative structure emblematic of the time of its creation.

BWW Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
October 16, 2019

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Measure for Measure has long been considered one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays' because it doesn't clearly fall into the constructs of his comedies or tragedies. While the play has many of the comedic elements that Shakespeare is known for (mistaken identities, eccentric side characters, and witty repartee), it tackles more complex issues such as the abuse of power for sexual purposes, moral dilemmas, and the difficulty of exposing leaders who grossly misuse their power - an eerie (and - in this case - sad) example of how Shakespeare's plays still remain so relevant today.

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Derby Dinner Playhouse
October 14, 2019

Playwright Ken Ludwig has made a name for himself writing some of the funniest modern comedies of any living writer, including Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, and perhaps most notably, The Game's Afoot. The latter was a mystery-comedy involving real-life actor William Gillette (best known for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage) getting pulled into a real-life murder mystery. It was a funny show, and I had the pleasure of seeing it last year at Clarksville Little Theater.

BWW Review: THE SUNSET LIMITED at Bunbury Theatre
October 14, 2019

Writer Cormac McCarthy subtitled his play The Sunset Limited, 'a novel in dramatic form', and that immediately calls into question exactly what is going on here. Basically it is two guys talking for a couple of hours. They also have coffee and eat. White (J. Barrett Cooper) is a professor whose suicide attempt was thwarted earlier by Black (Clyde Tyrone Harper). Now they are in Black's apartment engaged in conversation about theology, morality, and the nature of human existence.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSON at PNC Broadway in Louisville
October 7, 2019

A great story, well told, could and should move the audience into feeling something. Whether it's empathy for the protagonist's plight, revulsion at the villain's crimes, or laughing at a clown's antics, if you don't come away from a tale without feeling something, then the author/actors/director/etc. have failed their audience.

BWW Review: GHOST at Stage One Family Theatre
October 7, 2019

Ghost, a faithful adaptation of the novel by Jason Reynolds, tells the story of Castle 'Ghost' Crenshaw (played by the always-excellent Crystian Wiltshire), an earnest seventh grader who finds himself unexpectedly recruited onto the track team thanks to the encouragement of Coach (Louis Robert Thompson). Ghost is haunted by the memories of an abusive father, and a large part of this play's journey is watching how the discipline of sports and the support of friends and mentors help Ghost keep his life moving in a positive direction.

BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at The Chicken Coop Theatre Company
September 30, 2019

In his curtain speech, Artistic Director of Louisville's newest theatre company and director of this production stated that both the company and The Mystery of Irma Vep were long-held dreams coming true.

BWW Review: KING HEDLEY II at University Of Louisville
September 30, 2019

As with most of August Wilson's work, King Hedley II functions as and can be easily accepted as, flavorful, heated melodrama. But, as the second to the last of The Pittsburgh Cycle, it is so much more. Wilson's plays, each set in a different decade of the 20th century, tell 100 years of African American history in a deeply layered narrative that can only be excavated through time. One single production will never capture it all, particularly if the audience is not familiar with the other plays in the series.

BWW Review: TORCH SONG at Pandora Productions
September 19, 2019

When Harvey Fierstein dropped this story on the world in1981 as Torch Song Trilogy, it ran more than four hours. It was a seminal work in LGBTQA+ theatre, a frighteningly intimate story contained within an epic timeframe.

BWW Review: HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
September 19, 2019

When a 17-year-old boy gets brutally murdered at the hands of the police, a rising hip hop trio finds themselves at odds with one another as they decide to use fame to speak out or stay silent. Hype Man: a break beat play is ripped from the headlines, realistic and cool. Actors Theatre of Louisville's 90-minute production examines race, privilege, and points of view with vibrato as striking as the production's underscore.

BWW Review: TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL at Teatro Tercera Llamada
September 12, 2019

Each time I review theatre written and performed in another language, my disadvantage forces me to think differently about what I'm seeing. I kind of enjoy the challenge but there is undeniable risk that I will not fully comprehend some of the detail and nuance carried in the language.

BWW Review: THE EXCEPTIONALS at The Liminal Playhouse
September 12, 2019

In biology, evolution is usually defined as '...the change in the characteristics of a species over several generations and relies on the process of natural selection. The theory of evolution is based on the idea that all species are related and gradually change over time.'

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Derby Dinner Playhouse
September 3, 2019

On December 4, 1956, four recording legends dropped by Sam Phillips' famously small Sun Records Studios for various reasons, completely unplanned and coincidental. Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash had both been under contract for some time to Phillips, though Cash's contract would be up soon and he wouldn't be renewing. Jerry Lee Lewis had just signed, and Elvis Presley had long since been sold to RCA. Never one to let an opportunity pass him by, Phillips got the four stars to record an impromptu jam session, and a musical legend was born.

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Acting Against Cancer
September 3, 2019

Intrigue, plots to bring disaster. Humor, handled by a master. Romance, sex presented pastorally. Acting Against Cancer in collaboration with CirqueLouis certainly has magic to do as it opens another season with Pippin. This outright delight of a show hits the mark with tricks, tumbles, and flights of fancy as a young prince finds his way in the world.

BWW Feature: THE INVESTIGATION: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH IN TEN ACTS at The Bard's Town
August 26, 2019

In the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's controversial testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, on August 19 Louisville joined the growing ranks of cities to host a live reading of the Mueller Report.

BWW Review: THE GREEN ROOM at Wayward Actors Company
August 19, 2019

In his opening night curtain speech, director Jeff Mangum referenced the Wayward Actors' Company 2018 production of Hand to God, which he also directed. David Ippolito's The Green Room is another unorthodox speculation about the contrast between the more inclusive Christian sects and their more extreme brethren.

BWW Review: AIN'T I A WOMAN PLAYFEST 2019 at Russell Theatre
August 7, 2019

The Ain't I A Women Playfest is one of the most ambitious theatre initiatives to be birthed in Louisville; a call to women playwrights of color for original short plays that speak, as new plays must, to the time in which they are written.

BWW Review: JESSICA AND HER SON at Baby Horse Theatre
August 1, 2019

I have described Baby Horse Theatre as Avant-garde, and while the term is apt, it also is limiting in the way that all such terms prescribe how we approach art. Like all theatre artists, they are storytellers.

BWW Review: NEUTRAL POSITIONS at Derby City Playwrights
July 22, 2019

Theatre always begins as a mystery. Neutral Positions begins with three scenes that seem unrelated; disparate episodes whose relationship to each other eventually becomes evident. But for a tantalizing few minutes, we don't know. Our mind is working. We are thinking actively in hopes of finding the connections. The marketing has clued us in that there is a Theme, and it's a big one: the Death Penalty. So what does a broadly comic scene of a sixth-grade acting class have to do with that? How will the scene of two women, friends since childhood, preparing for a wedding, tie into state execution?

BWW Review: PUNK SNOT at Derby City Playwrights
July 22, 2019

So much depends on identity during youth and adolescence. How others see you, what music you listen to, what you wear, and what crowd you hang out with. Trivial yet all so important at the time. Vidalia Unwin's fresh, new play, Punk Snot explores a group of outcast teens who find salvation and safety in the Punk rock scene of the early 2000s. Decisions, individuality, and anger of youth are juxtaposed against selling out, struggles, and settling down into adulthood.



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