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: RISE UP, OH MEN at Derby Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: RISE UP, OH MEN at Derby Dinner Playhouse
Posted: Sep. 4, 2018


BWW Review: THE ELECTRIC HARVEST at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: THE ELECTRIC HARVEST at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Sep. 17, 2018


BWW Feature: ARTISTS ARE NO STRANGERS TO TRANSITION at Derby City PlaywrightsBWW Feature: ARTISTS ARE NO STRANGERS TO TRANSITION at Derby City Playwrights
Posted: Sep. 4, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: GOD SAID THIS at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: GOD SAID THIS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 5, 2018


BWW Review: DO YOU FEEL ANGER? at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: DO YOU FEEL ANGER? at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Posted: Mar. 15, 2018


BWW Review: NOBODY BUNNY IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF ANIMATION at Theatre [502]BWW Review: NOBODY BUNNY IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF ANIMATION at Theatre [502]
Posted: Mar. 5, 2018


BWW Review: HENRY IV, PART 1 at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: HENRY IV, PART 1 at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 25, 2018


BWW Review: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME at University Of LouisvilleBWW Review: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME at University Of Louisville
Posted: Apr. 19, 2018


BWW Feature: LOCAL COMPANIES RELOCATE AFTER FIRE AT KCA at Kentucky Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Feature: LOCAL COMPANIES RELOCATE AFTER FIRE AT KCA at Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jun. 18, 2018


BWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory TheatreBWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre
Posted: Feb. 5, 2018


BWW Review: THE ELECTRIC HARVEST at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: THE ELECTRIC HARVEST at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
September 17, 2018

Nineteenth-century mansions always put me in a good mood on a cool September night. If there is a good story to go along with said mansion, all the better. Actors Theatre of Louisville kicks off the fall and its New Play Project with A. Rey Pamatmat's The Electric Harvest, a site-specific one-act set in the Conrad Caldwell House in Saint James Court (the bartender gave us the low down on its haunted history), but this isn't a traditional haunting story or really anything you would expect from the setting. The actors inhabiting the mansion, we discover, are caught in a continuous death loop, killed and brought back to life by a flock creepy bird-like demons.

BWW Feature: ARTISTS ARE NO STRANGERS TO TRANSITION at Derby City PlaywrightsBWW Feature: ARTISTS ARE NO STRANGERS TO TRANSITION at Derby City Playwrights
September 4, 2018

Vidalia Unwin has been a playwright and an actor for several years in Louisville and the surrounding area. The Alley Theater, The Bard's Town, and Finnigan Productions have produced her plays. Most recently, Broken Iris made its debut as part of the inaugural Louisville Fringe Festival. It happens also to be the first play produced since the playwright, a transgender individual, has been in transition.

BWW Review: RISE UP, OH MEN at Derby Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: RISE UP, OH MEN at Derby Dinner Playhouse
September 4, 2018

Let's return to the farmlands of Minnesota and visit some of the funniest Lutheran ladies that have ever graced a stage: the Church Basement Ladies. 'Rise Up, O Men' is the fifth musical addition to the continuing stories inspired from a book by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, entitled Growing Up Lutheran. Written by Greta Grosch, who was the original Mavis when CBL first appeared in 2005, this iteration allows a few of the men in the lives of the church to have a bit of the spotlight.

BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Pandora ProductionsBWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Pandora Productions
August 9, 2018

Bust A Move With the Good NewsAltar Boyz is one of the craziest, funniest things I have seen lately. A tongue-in-cheek satire not of God or organized religion per se, but of a particular type of hyperactive, relentlessly upbeat Christian entertainment that is pure, irresistible showbiz. The title is the name of a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour: Matthew (Cameron Conners), Mark (Michael Detmer), Luke (Tony Smith), Juan (Remy Sisk), and Abraham (Alfie Jones), who's Jewish and sports a yarmulke adorned with a glitzy star.

BWW Review: TWO BY TWO at TheatreWorks Of Southern IndianaBWW Review: TWO BY TWO at TheatreWorks Of Southern Indiana
August 9, 2018

I can honestly say that Broadway's musical Two by Two was new to me, as was the TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana company. As I love to be introduced to productions and theater groups that are unfamiliar to me, I got two for the price of one. I know there has to be a joke in there somewhere!

BWW Review: AIN'T I A WOMAN PLAYFEST at Ain't I A Woman PlayfestBWW Review: AIN'T I A WOMAN PLAYFEST at Ain't I A Woman Playfest
July 30, 2018

We have of late become more and more aware as a society of the contrast in how we look at our selves and each other based on our differences. That we are waking up to this like the dawning of the new day also illustrates how we had allowed ourselves to become complacent about the dramatic changes of the past. As a White Cis Male, I had assumed that, once earned, the change could not so easily be rolled back, and that society would only become more progressive, more inclusive, more accepting, more compassionate. Current events prove the arrogance of that assumption more and more with each passing day.

BWW Review: BRANDI ALEXANDER at Louisville Fringe FestivalBWW Review: BRANDI ALEXANDER at Louisville Fringe Festival
July 30, 2018

In a recent social media exchange, a man related to me how he was not interested in watching Hannah Gadsby's acclaimed Netflix special because he didn't need to feel ashamed. I think he misses the point. The most important thing that art can do is force us to reexamine our biases and preconceptions.

BWW Review: IF at Moonrise ArtsBWW Review: IF at Moonrise Arts
July 23, 2018

Do creative imagination and madness go hand-in-hand? We too often talk about Van Gogh as if only mental illness could ever account for his genius, and there have been many stories told about how the people that seek refuge in the asylum might be escaping the insanity of a violent and unforgiving world.

BWW Review: SHOT IN THE DARK at Louisville Fringe FestivalBWW Review: SHOT IN THE DARK at Louisville Fringe Festival
July 23, 2018

When you see as much live theatre as I do, you inevitably have expectations, and one of the challenges becomes how to be fair about preconception. Ideally, a reviewer sits in the dark not knowing what they will encounter, but foreknowledge is usually the norm. You know the company, you know the play, you know the actors; its almost impossible to avoid.

BWW Review: FOOL FOR LOVE at Salvage ProductionsBWW Review: FOOL FOR LOVE at Salvage Productions
July 12, 2018

The great playwrights touch on the truths that lie beneath the surface. Before I went to see this new production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (1983) I had been thinking about cycles, in particular how a new book I had just started outlined the rise of a reactionary conservative political movement built in part upon a fear of immigrants and divergent ideology. It swept a Republican into the White House after several years of progressive Democrat administration. It may sound familiar, but the book was describing the United States of 1952.

BWW Review: 26 PEBBLES at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: 26 PEBBLES at Commonwealth Theatre Center
July 12, 2018

If you are like me you remember where you were when certain global events occurred, both positive and negative. I remember where I was when the Challenger exploded when the Berlin Wall came down...when a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and began to shoot. When the smoke cleared there were 28 lives lost on that cold December day in Newtown, CT. While this horrible event happened nearly six years ago, it is still very much part of our political and social climate today.

BWW Review: OTHELLO at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: OTHELLO at Kentucky Shakespeare
July 5, 2018

Treachery, lies, high tension, deception...but enough about current political events, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is delivering a modern retelling of Othello. This tragedy delivers some excellent drama that is every bit as heavy as the humid Louisville heat and even more hard-hitting.

BWW Review: HENRY IV, PART 1 at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: HENRY IV, PART 1 at Kentucky Shakespeare
June 25, 2018

What more pleasant way to spend a summer evening than outdoors in the heart of Old Louisville, surrounded by green space, with some of the loveliest turns of phrase ever written in the English language wafting on the breeze? Thanks to Kentucky Shakespeare and its supporters, we can do just that - free of charge - virtually all summer long in Louisville. What a treat, indeed!

BWW Feature: LOCAL COMPANIES RELOCATE AFTER FIRE AT KCA at Kentucky Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Feature: LOCAL COMPANIES RELOCATE AFTER FIRE AT KCA at Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts
June 18, 2018

A June 13 fire on the roof of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has closed the facility until at least June 25, forcing at least two local theatre companies to revise plans for upcoming productions and raising questions about the opening of the next entry in the PNC Broadway in Louisville series. The fire broke out around 2:00pm in an area in which construction crews had been executing repairs on the roof and was brought under control by the Louisville Fire Department within about two hours.

BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS at Bunbury TheatreBWW Review: MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS at Bunbury Theatre
June 18, 2018

Bunbury Theatre has offered an impressive season this year, with John Logan's Red serving as its crowning jewel. I have to say I was unfamiliar with Master Harold and the Boys going into this production, but it is safe to say that Bunbury rides the momentum generated by Red and ends this stellar season on a high note.

BWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Kentucky Shakespeare
June 6, 2018

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens a new summer season with laughs and gusto in The Comedy of Errors. A delightful romp at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park, the play serves up boundless humor in a manner comparable to a Bugs Bunny cartoon set in Greece. The rain did not hinder a single beat of the opening night performance and the modest audience was not disappointed. A comedy indeed, this production has everything: mistaken identities, sight gags, pratfalls, puns, and sexual innuendos. This show proves that Shakespeare knew what he was doing as he helped define comedic tropes and that the Festival in Central Park is back for a great season.

BWW Review: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE  at The Liminal PlayhouseBWW Review: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE at The Liminal Playhouse
June 6, 2018

In a rough East London flat, Cougar Glass (Remy Sisk) sits nearly naked under a sunlamp, implacable behind sunglasses, drinking beer and smoking a cigarette. As his partner, Captain Tock (Brian Hinds) talks incessantly while setting up for Cougar's '19th' birthday party, the sleek narcissist remains unmoved, waited on by the Captain like a Royal Prince.

BWW Review: FENCES at Faithworks StudiosBWW Review: FENCES at Faithworks Studios
May 29, 2018

Sometimes a character stands out from the source material and starts to establish its own reputation. Actors start to circle the part and gauge if and when they might get a crack at it. For men, in straight non-musical plays, Hamlet, Macbeth, Willy Loman, Stanley Kowalski, are a few that have achieved iconic status. Specifically black characters? The list is shorter: Walter Younger in A Raisin in the Sun would be one. There have been other plays and roles of note, but not until you get to August Wilson do you find a greater repository of suitable candidates.

BWW Review: HOW WATER BEHAVES at Theatre [502]BWW Review: HOW WATER BEHAVES at Theatre [502]
May 29, 2018

Sherry Kramer's How Water Behaves is kind of a crazy play. Warm, funny, engaging, illogical, improbable, and slightly surreal - it is maddening in how it pulls these disparate qualities together for a conclusion that explodes expectations of narrative logic while somehow staying true to its own, unique sensibility.

BWW Feature: REMEMBERING BEKKI JO SCHNEIDER at Derby Dinner PlayhouseBWW Feature: REMEMBERING BEKKI JO SCHNEIDER at Derby Dinner Playhouse
May 21, 2018

Since her death from cancer on May 4th much has been written about Derby Dinner Playhouse Producer Bekki Jo Schneider and her achievements and contributions to our community and region. She was, after all, an extremely successful business leader in a field - for-profit theatre that's not Broadway - in which the phrase 'extremely successful business' is almost unheard-of. The list of awards, citations, and official recognition she received for her success, locally and nationally, is truly impressive.



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