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BWW Review: ARE YOU THERE? at Actors Theatre Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: ARE YOU THERE? at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - March 09, 2020

The Long DistanceAnd thus is launched the 44th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. Once not very long ago the showcase for the Professional Training Company used to be the last show to open; now it OPENS the festival itself. Whether this is just out of love for the members of the PTC, a co...
BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at University Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at University Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - February 27, 2020

BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at University Of Louisville...
BWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN at ShPieL - Performing Identity Photo BWW Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN at ShPieL - Performing Identity
by Keith Waits - February 24, 2020

Song Of Capitulation...
BWW Review: HAIR at CenterStage At JCC Photo BWW Review: HAIR at CenterStage At JCC
by Keith Waits - February 17, 2020

If you imagine a new production of the classic musical Hair will be a cozy, nostalgic revel in hippie culture you are partly right. But Hair was created as a bold and provocative statement of the counter culture to the establishment, and director Frank Goodloe's take on the material is faithful to b...
BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Broadway In Louisville Photo BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - February 17, 2020

Hot off the success of Les Misérables, the creative team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil created another war musical: Miss Saigon. Loosely based on the opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is an epic romance set right before the end of and three years after the Vietnam War. While the mus...
BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Kentucky Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Kentucky Performing Arts
by Taylor Clemons - February 13, 2020

In a blaze of glory Miss Saigon is back and better than ever!...
BWW Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Actors Theatre Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - February 04, 2020

Once On This Island is a pretty good show, but this production is closer to great. As with the recent Broadway revival, Robert Fleming exploits the aspect of fable or folk tale at work in the story to interject thoughts of the aftermath of generations of colonialism and the state of island cultures ...
BWW Review: LAWBREAKERS: A FAST AND FURIOUS HISTORY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE at Stage One Photo BWW Review: LAWBREAKERS: A FAST AND FURIOUS HISTORY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE at Stage One Family Theatre
by Keith Waits - February 04, 2020

What's the point of voting? StageOne Family Theater sets out to answer this question in the premiere production of Lawbreakers: A Fast and Furious History of Women's Suffrage. Commissioned from native Louisville playwright Diana Grisanti, this hyperactive whirlwind of race and gender inequality is f...
BWW Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO at Acting Against Cancer Photo BWW Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO at Acting Against Cancer
by Keith Waits - January 27, 2020

Acting Against Cancer identifies itself as 'a nonprofit semiprofessional theatre company that strives to change the lives of children touched by cancer through the arts.' Within the Kentuckiana theatre scene, they have also developed a reputation as an ambitious theatre company most likely to perfor...
BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at the University Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at the University Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - January 27, 2020

What you consider to be the turning point of the 1960s may depend on where you were standing. If you lived on the west side of Detroit it may have been July 1967, when five days of rioting left 42 dead. In Detroit '67, Dominique Morriseau creates a story just a short distance from the epicenter of t...
BWW REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar from Broadway In Louisville Photo BWW REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar from Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - January 20, 2020

Would you believe that Jesus Christ Superstar has been a part of our musical theatre repertoire for 50 years now? That almost stops me in my tracks as I can recall singing choral arrangements of this production when I was but a budding and promising middle school student. Songs such as 'What's the B...
BWW Review: CHOIR BOY at Pandora Productions Photo BWW Review: CHOIR BOY at Pandora Productions
by Keith Waits - January 20, 2020

With flat out, incredible singing and excellent movement through complicated issues, Pandora Productions' Choir Boy is no-doubt about it a winner....
BWW Review: THE WOLVES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: THE WOLVES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - January 20, 2020

Actors Theatre of Louisville's current production of The Wolves has an embarrassment of riches, onstage and off. Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Prize nominated, soccer-centric play is an important script that features 10 girls and femmes who pass the Bechdel Test as easily as the ball. They probably only ...
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Kentucky Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Kentucky Performing Arts
by Taylor Clemons - January 10, 2020

This modern classic returns to the stage in a spicy new production....
BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Broadway In Louisville Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - December 13, 2019

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??The Band's Visit is an unusually styled musical based on the 2007 Israeli film. Performed without an intermission, it features Arabian-flavored musical numbers and a mostly upbeat plot. It premiered on Broadway in 2017 and is one of only four musicals to win the 'Big Six' Tony A...
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Actors Theatre Of Louisville Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - December 09, 2019

God Bless us, everyone! My childhood came back to me while witnessing the holiday classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This annual production by Actors Theatre of Louisville hit all the high notes on opening night and delivered a magical feast for the eyes, ears, and heart. After four decad...