Louisville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: ST. NICKAKLAUS AND THE HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS at Bunbury Theatre BWW Review: ST. NICKAKLAUS AND THE HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS at Bunbury Theatre
by Keith Waits - December 07, 2017

What does a family do when their beloved father starts showing signs of dementia? Do you take him in and try to keep him comfortable or do you send him to an assisted living facility where experienced personnel will be there to take care of him? It's the question at the heart of Juergen Tossmann's l... (more...)
BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at The Aronoff Center BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at The Aronoff Center
by Taylor Clemons - December 07, 2017

The classic holiday comedy is now a big, brassy, and ultimately heartwarming Broadway musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - December 04, 2017

Tired of the family friendly holiday classics? Actors Theatre has the perfect remedy with this clever balls to the wall one man Christmas comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - December 02, 2017

The story of the holiday classic lands in Louisville.... (more...)
BWW Review: SKELETON CREW at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: SKELETON CREW at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - November 27, 2017

Actors Theatre takes us back to Detroit circa 2008 in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE at IUS The Ogle Center BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE at IUS The Ogle Center
by Keith Waits - November 27, 2017

'Merry Christmas You Wonderful Building And Loan.'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI at The Louisville Orchestra BWW Review: THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI at The Louisville Orchestra
by Keith Waits - November 14, 2017

It is not often that Louisville is treated to a World Premiere orchestral piece, but, lucky for us, we have a young talent of renown who serves as our orchestra's Music Director: Teddy Abrams.... (more...)
BWW Review: PVT. WARS at The Alley Theater BWW Review: PVT. WARS at The Alley Theater
by Keith Waits - November 14, 2017

The scars carried home by combat veterans are often visible, but just as often they are invisible, at least to anyone who hasn't had similar experiences. In Pvt. Wars, James McClure examined Vietnam veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome years before it was given that name.... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Norton Center For The Arts BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Norton Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - November 10, 2017

Mayhem, murder, and music go hand in hand to create a delightful evening seeing A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at The Liminal Playhouse BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at The Liminal Playhouse
by Keith Waits - November 06, 2017

I have watched some plays that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize and wondered, 'was this REALLY the best American play of the year?' Watching this production of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park that thought never entered my mind. This is a play for which the word 'great' is fully justified, a reading of t... (more...)
BWW Review: CAREFULLY TAUGHT at Looking For Lilith BWW Review: CAREFULLY TAUGHT at Looking For Lilith
by Keith Waits - November 06, 2017

The words 'carefully taught', drawn from a song in Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, promise artistic green vegetables, an edifying moral lesson about the origins of racial prejudice in American society. Cheryl L. Davis's play contains exactly such a lesson, but it is wrapped in an equally edify... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Louisville BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - October 30, 2017

Most of us have grown up with the story of Peter Pan; the story of a young boy who can fly, who never grows up and lives in Neverland, which can be found at the second star to the right. We heard it as a bedtime story, or enjoyed seeing Walt Disney bring the story to animated life, or even, if we we... (more...)
BWW Review: DEAD MAN WALKING at Kentucky Opera BWW Review: DEAD MAN WALKING at Kentucky Opera
by Keith Waits - October 30, 2017

Kentucky Opera brings their premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking to Louisville audiences this week. And composer Heggie was also in town to celebrate this production, one of more than 60 mounted of this work around the world since its 2000 premiere.... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at The Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - October 25, 2017

Not Peter Pan, but HOW Peter Pan came to be the cherished story it is today.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - October 23, 2017

Arthur Miller's The Crucible, written as a parable for a specific time, seems to strike such a deep and resonant chord that its themes are universal and always relevant. The historical setting is Salem, Massachusetts and the infamous 18th-century witch trials, but Miller had the 1947 House Un-Americ... (more...)
BWW Review: THEATRE [502] at The Fairy Tale Lives Of Russian Girls BWW Review: THEATRE [502] at The Fairy Tale Lives Of Russian Girls
by Keith Waits - October 23, 2017

In a far off land there exists a world of magical witches and angry bears, a world where girls roam the country to find themselves and grow into women. Theater 502 's current staging of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls blends fairy tale archetypes with Russian customs and modern chic to create ... (more...)
BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury Theatre BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Bunbury Theatre
by Keith Waits - October 09, 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 Jeffre... (more...)
BWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville Orchestra BWW Review: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF at Louisville Orchestra
by Keith Waits - October 03, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO: PERESTROIKA at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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. Em... (more...)
BWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of Louisville BWW Review: MISS IDA B. WELLS at University Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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 e... (more...)
BWW Review: COYOTE UGLY at The Alley Theater BWW Review: COYOTE UGLY at The Alley Theater
by Keith Waits - 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 br... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - September 05, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: HIR at The Liminal PLayhouse BWW Review: HIR at The Liminal PLayhouse
by Keith Waits - September 05, 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 ho... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - September 03, 2017

This modern American classic opens and makes a heavenly impression as the first show of Actors 2017 - 18 season.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Acting Against Cancer BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at Acting Against Cancer
by Keith Waits - 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... (more...)