Debate: Should critics even be allowed into a new play festival?

Should a new play festival be a nurturing place for playwrights, free of the potentially debilitating glare of outside critics? Or is it beneficial to have scribes chiming in on what they see on stage? Is there a different responsibility for critics of premiere works or should they be held up to the same kind […]

Lou’s Harry’s Engine 31 review: The Delling Shore

From the opening moments, you know that things are going to bypass testy and go quickly to hostile in Sam Marks’ play about an unsuccessful writer, Frank, trying to land an apprenticeship for his daughter, Adrianne, with Frank’s former friend, successful novelist Tom. Frank and Adrianne are the not-particularly wanted guests at the rural home […]

Lou Harry’s Engine 31 review: O Guru Guru Guru…

A small play wrapped in colorful costuming, Mallery Avidon’s intimate production is a triptych of very differently structured scenes. The first is a direct-address would-be lecture/confessional from a woman with confused experiences growing up in and out of an ashram. For the second section, we are taken inside the ashram for a patient, meditative look […]

Advice: Money savers, pizza pick, and more

1. Your hotel will want to charge you $20 or more a night for parking. But that’s for suckers. Instead, park at the Actors Theatre lot, pay your $8, and leave the car there for as long as you like. You’re welcome. 2.  Impellizzeri’s pizza = serviceable. Spinelli’s is far better, has a funkier basement atmosphere, is […]

Lou Harry’s Engine 31 review: Cry Old Kingdom

In Jeff Augustin’s Cry Old Kingdom, Edwin (Andy Lucien) is an artist believed dead by the oppressive Haitian government while his full-of-life wife, Judith (Natalie Paul), yearns for revolution. Life gets more complicated for the couple when Edwin encounters a young man, Henri (Jonathan Majors), collecting wood to build a boat to escape to America. […]

Downtime: The view from the bridge

Got an hour or so between Humana shows? Sure, you could hang out in the lobby interacting with fellow theater lovers. Or visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Frazier History Museum or the 21C Museum Hotel, all within walking distance. And, of course, there are plenty of eating […]

Lou Harry’s Engine 31 review: Gnit

Look elsewhere if you want a detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between Will Eno’s Gnit and various versions of Peer Gynt. In fact, you can look to the two academic guys who left the two theater ahead of me in a peer snit, claimed the play was “insulting to Ibsen.” Look here, though, […]

Dining Review: ATL’s basement eatery upgrades to MilkWood

One surprise this year for returning Humana-ites may be the conversion of ATL’s convenient-but-unexciting downstairs bar and eatery into Milkwood, a fine-but-still-fun dining establishment crafted by Executive Chef Edward Lee. Between shows on Saturday afternoon, I stepped down into a comfortable space, brighter than its previous incarnation, with more (if tighter) seating. Reds and blacks […]

Lou’s bourbon-fueled review: Drink rocks my brain

As a rule, I don’t drink before or after seeing a play. Not really as a rule, but more like as a practice. I’ve got many reasons, not the least of which is that a) I have to be aware of what I’m watching in order to process it coherently and b) I usually have […]

Ramblings: On sitting through a play that isn’t working

I always hold out hope. I do. The inorganic revelations? The inconsistent character traits? The shifting focus? The line that the author must have been so proud of when putting it on paper that he or she couldn’t bear to cut it? The clichés? Somehow, in the time remaining before blackout, these will be revealed […]

Humana-advice: Picking an audition piece

Planning on auditioning for the Actors Theatre of Louisville acting intern program? According to Michael Legg, who honchos the program and claims to have seen some of these hundreds of times, here are the plays to avoid if you don’t want to deliver an overused monologues. Dog Sees God Proof Doubt Gruesome Playground Injuries Anything […]

Backstory: What happens after Humana?

“I saw it at Humana.” Sure, but did you see it anywhere else after that? How quickly do plays launch out of the Humana Festival into the wider theatrical world? How high do they fly? How often do they stay put on the Louisville launch pad? It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: […]