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: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 6, 2018


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


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


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


BWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre Center
Posted: May. 21, 2018


BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre Center
Posted: May. 21, 2018


BWW Review: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE  at The Liminal PlayhouseBWW Review: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE at The Liminal Playhouse
Posted: Jun. 6, 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: 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: 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: RICHARD II at Kentucky ShakespeareBWW Review: RICHARD II at Kentucky Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017


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.

BWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre Center
May 21, 2018

A good villain is hard to come by. Bad guys are hardly the type of characters you root for but when they suck you in-watch out! At Commonwealth Theater Center's annual Young Shakespeare Festival, the current installment of Richard III zeros in on the villainous King Richard who manipulates, slaughters and even delights in his bloody pursuits for power over England.

BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre CenterBWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre Center
May 21, 2018

In her staging of The Merry Wives of Windsor, director Jennifer Pennington taps into the unique reservoir of contextual opportunities of a mid-Twentieth Century setting. By placing the action in the 1950's, she puts a refreshing spin on one of the most featherweight of Shakespeare's comedies.

BWW Review: DIE! MOMMIE DIE! at Pandora ProductionsBWW Review: DIE! MOMMIE DIE! at Pandora Productions
May 15, 2018

Dialing It UpThis quote from a live cabaret performance by Charles Busch could be referencing his play, Die! Mommie Die!, which is a parody of the kind of grotesque, overwrought melodrama that fueled the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the 1960's. Busch is certainly juicing up an old model, registering the conniving and backstabbing plot twists beneath a veneer of arch camp.

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Derby Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Derby Dinner Playhouse
April 23, 2018

I'll be honest. I was not a huge fan of the musical Oklahoma! In my opinion, it's one of those creaky old chestnuts that gets done to death by every theater company at some point or another, right up there with other overdone 'classics' like The Music Man, My Fair Lady, or Oliver! I appreciate the historic value of these oldies, but I feel like newer and lesser-known fare gets shoved aside.

BWW Review: BOATWRIGHT at Bunbury TheatreBWW Review: BOATWRIGHT at Bunbury Theatre
April 19, 2018

???????Boatwright is an original play written by and starring Emmy Nominated Actor Patrick Tovatt about an eccentric man getting up in years living in a humble abode where he spends his days writing and singing little ditties on his guitar and building boats. One day, a young man walks into his establishment and what was once a quiet and simple life is instantly turned on its head. With a set conceived by three-time Emmy award-winning designer David Weller, this play is gorgeous and makes the stage at this theater seem much larger than it is in real life while keeping the good taste to present it in a simple fashion appropriate to the material.

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

Christmas. A time of family togetherness - that's the tradition anyway. But Paula Vogel knows that the holidays are also a time in which long-simmering conflicts rise to the surface. In The Long Christmas Ride Home, she presents one family's yuletide journey from home after a confrontational visit with one set of grandparents that leaves a very permanent residue.

BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at The Liminal PlayhouseBWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at The Liminal Playhouse
April 2, 2018

This two-person show begins in a remote getaway where a reticent but gifted writer, Olivia (Lauren Argo), has sought seclusion to write a novel. In the middle of a blizzard, a brash and youthful Sex-blogger, Ethan (Winston Blake), bursts in, disrupting Olivia's quiet. Appearing to be complete opposites, Olivia more attracted to the older culture of literature, and Ethan wildly success in the world of social media, they find common ground as writers and quickly make one another's acquaintance. Worlds collide as they uncover the complexities of sexuality and romance in the age of the internet, and they show one another the value of the present, hopes for the future, and the dangers of the past.

BWW Review: WE, THE INVISIBLES at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: WE, THE INVISIBLES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
March 28, 2018

Documentary-style theater is not a genre I am well-versed in. It very well may be that I have missed out on a preponderance of strong examples, but the only play that springs to mind readily is Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project. Like that play, Stanton's we, the invisibles employs personal anecdote, newspaper articles, interviews and creative nonfiction devices to educate on and proliferate the significance of important social issues. In the case of invisibles, the anchor is the real-life alleged rape of a maid named Nafissatou Diallo by infamous former International Monetary Fund Leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

BWW Review: YOU ACROSS FROM ME at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: YOU ACROSS FROM ME at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
March 28, 2018

There is electricity in the air during this time of the year at Actors Theatre. Humana Festival is in town and with it patrons are introduced to new and exciting works that get their start on Actors' stages. Included among these works, the season's Actors Apprentices get time to shine with You Across from Me.

BWW Review: THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP at Looking For Lilith Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP at Looking For Lilith Theatre Company
March 19, 2018

Sleeplessness is something we can all relate to, and The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep opens with a wonderful comic montage of Ada (Trina Fischer) struggling with insomnia. Up, down, tossing, turning, collapsing to the floor like a cartoon. Trina Fischer's performance as Ada begins with an engaging slapstick grace that barely hints at where this character will take us before the play is over.

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

Tori Amos' 'Raspberry Swirl' pumps throughout the theater as I enter it, and I cannot help but feel as though I have been transported into some sort of concert. I almost instantly settle into the energy as I recognize several artists I like in the preshow music. A theme arises: These artists are all women. These artists are all women whose careers and specifically selected songs are about female empowerment. I take this knowledge in, and enjoy the music. I think I know what kind of show I'm about to see.

BWW Review: MARGINAL LOSS at Actors Theatre Of LouisvilleBWW Review: MARGINAL LOSS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
March 13, 2018

Marginal Loss is a play written by Deborah Stein about an investment firm previously located in the Twin Towers trying to gather the fragments of their business in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. They find themselves working at a backup facility in New Jersey struggling with limited resources and wondering which of their coworkers made it out alive.

BWW Review: LOST IN YONKERS at Little Colonel PlayhouseBWW Review: LOST IN YONKERS at Little Colonel Playhouse
March 12, 2018

Whether or not Lost in Yonkers is Neil Simon's greatest play may be arguable; there are a lot of plays to compare it to, but it did win the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, beating out plays like Six Degrees of Separation. Although it does have plenty of humor, including several classic Simon one-liners, it is most distinguished by the heartfelt pathos that refuses to be resolved in a tidy fashion.



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