Louisville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: RICHARD III at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - 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, slaughte... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE! MOMMIE DIE! at Pandora Productions BWW Review: DIE! MOMMIE DIE! at Pandora Productions
by Keith Waits - 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 mod... (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Derby Dinner Playhouse BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Derby Dinner Playhouse
by Keith Waits - 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 h... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME at University Of Louisville BWW Review: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME at University Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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 w... (more...)
BWW Review: BOATWRIGHT at Bunbury Theatre BWW Review: BOATWRIGHT at Bunbury Theatre
by Keith Waits - 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 esta... (more...)
BWW Review:: THE KING AND I at The Aronoff Center BWW Review:: THE KING AND I at The Aronoff Center
by Taylor Clemons - April 15, 2018

The brand new Lincoln Center production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opens in Cincinnati.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at The Liminal Playhouse BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at The Liminal Playhouse
by Keith Waits - April 02, 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 opposi... (more...)
BWW Review: YOU ACROSS FROM ME at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: YOU ACROSS FROM ME at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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 Acros... (more...)
BWW Review: WE, THE INVISIBLES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: WE, THE INVISIBLES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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 anecdo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP at Looking For Lilith Theatre Company BWW Review: THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP at Looking For Lilith Theatre Company
by Keith Waits - 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 s... (more...)
BWW Review: DO YOU FEEL ANGER? at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: DO YOU FEEL ANGER? at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: MARGINAL LOSS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: MARGINAL LOSS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - 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 wond... (more...)
BWW Review: LOST IN YONKERS at Little Colonel Playhouse BWW Review: LOST IN YONKERS at Little Colonel Playhouse
by Keith Waits - 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 ... (more...)
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]
by Keith Waits - March 05, 2018

As a prelude to this play, vintage cartoons from the 1930's were projected onstage as the audience entered to take their seats. Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie, which introduced Mickey Mouse, was animated by Ub Iwerks, who (we are informed on titles between the shorts) soon left Disney to make his ow... (more...)
BWW Review: GOD SAID THIS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: GOD SAID THIS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - March 05, 2018

The 42nd Annual Humana Festival opens with a play about family and loss that connects deeply with its audience. God Said This, by Leah Nanako Winkler, introduces a family fractured by the past and the mother's battle with cancer.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Mind's Eye Theatre Company BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Mind's Eye Theatre Company
by Keith Waits - February 27, 2018

A Chorus Line seems like catnip for any local company with a taste for musicals. It is a classic that has achieved iconic status in the years since its Broadway premiere in 1976; moreover, it is not only a show about show business but about the people who live for it: the gypsy dancers who show up i... (more...)
BWW Review: MOON OVER BUFFALO at Theatreworks Of Southern Indiana BWW Review: MOON OVER BUFFALO at Theatreworks Of Southern Indiana
by Keith Waits - February 12, 2018

Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo is the kind of well-constructed, old-fashion farce that has been a mainstay of community theaters for generations, yet it was written in the early 1990's. Set in 1953, it captures the struggle in desperation of a second-rate repertory company touring mid-range towns wi... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TROJAN WOMEN at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: THE TROJAN WOMEN at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - February 05, 2018

There is an idea that Ancient Greece was an exemplary society. Even though they did build the foundation of western civilization and democratic ideals, especially when it comes to theatre. Yet the subjects of the plays are often war and it's devastating effects on humanity. This Commonwealth Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre BWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre
by Keith Waits - February 05, 2018

Derby Mine 4 starts out with a pair of coal miners trapped underground after a methane explosion. Becky (Megan Adair) is a new employee, under the watchful eye of Dan (Casey Moulton), a youthful but prolific member of the industry. Their interaction quickly shows that Dan is a playful and aggressive... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO at The Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: CHICAGO at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - January 24, 2018

Murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery take center stage in CHICAGO.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HONEY HARVEST at Little Colonel Playhouse BWW Review: THE HONEY HARVEST at Little Colonel Playhouse
by Keith Waits - January 22, 2018

The Honey Harvest is a modest, heartfelt exploration of time and family. Melissa Holt (Megan Kubac) has moved back home to care for her widowed father, John (John Lina) as he suffers the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. One generation coming to grips with the diminished capacity of a parent is not an... (more...)
BWW Review: LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - January 13, 2018

Hopping and bopping, Little Bunny Foo Foo takes over Actors Theatre.... (more...)
BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: WAITRESS at the Aronoff Center BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: WAITRESS at the Aronoff Center
by Taylor Clemons - January 11, 2018

The Broadway hit that's baked from the heart opens up in Cincinnati.... (more...)