Review: ‘Appropriate’ Opens Windows Into History

“Jacob-Jenkins’ haunting family drama dredges up painful memories of the plantation’s terrible past, when people were property, something a slaveowner like the one who bought this plantation could appropriate.”

Reviews: Strengths And Stumbles In Six Plays

“Branden Jacobs-Jenkins manages something rather astounding: he speaks to an audience exhausted from family plays and race-relations-themed plays, and makes us take another look at a genre we thought we’d had enough of.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ Plays Well With A Classic Tale

“In one particularly inspired move, Eno conflates the crowds of citizens who mock and harass Peter into a single role named Town, handled here with terrific multiple-personality comic brio by Danny Wolohan.”

Training Up (Or Up And Away) The Apprentices

“They are the lifeblood of this organization,” says Zan Sawyer-Dailey, casting director for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, which programs the festival. “We’re looking for people who are really hungry, not just hungry to be actors but to know the theater.”

Reviews: Coming To A Theatre Near You (Maybe?)

“No matter how unlikeable they are or how repugnant their choices, we come to understand how they got to be that way, which makes their ugliness and and their pain impossible to dismiss.”

The Dramaturg’s Success

During the Humana Fest’s industry weekend – the final one – it’s not just normal audience members, critics, other actors, directors and agents in the audience. There are also dramaturgs and literary managers, those behind-the-scenes theatre people who, in certain companies, help set the seasons and within the seasons, help directors and actors know just […]

Weight of History: The Playwright Confronts

Waves whoosh in and out, and seabirds cry over the speakers. Sand piles up and spills over corners and floor the floor of the set. A young man looks around in terror as he collects branches to build a raft. Another, slightly older man watches from the shadows. We’re in Haiti during the regime of Papa […]

Read The Stage: Going Forward

Peter Gnit: A whiny, dorky narcissist who somehow has women, from his long-suffering mother to the sweet Solvei, ruining their lives for him. Old story, right? Yes, really old story. Gnit (guh-NIT) is Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, which was in turn based on the fairy tale Per Gynt, altered and adapted, stripped of some of […]

Q&A with David J. Loehr of 2amt

David J. Loehr is a playwright, co-founder and artist in residence of Riverrun Theatre and the online theatre site 2amtheatre (full disclosure: 2amt is a site for which I have written several stories). We sat down for a short discussion over lunch at Louisville’s Hillbilly Tea. How long have you been coming to Humana? This is […]

‘Gnit’ Goes High-Concept For Jokes, But Some Fall Flat

“After two and one-half hours (including intermission), I found myself just wishing Peter Gnit would shut the hell up.”

‘Delling Shore’ Disappoints; ‘Appropriate’ Thrills

“Downtown Louisville seems nearly as proud of its theater this weekend as its college basketball teams. ‘Enjoy the Humana Festival,’ a security guard at my hotel said Friday upon noticing my red lanyard. And the energy created by the mixing of industry types and eager locals is enjoyable indeed, even if my first day’s offerings […]

Backstage Quits Reviews: Some Reviews Of This Announcement

The art of theatre criticism suffered another blow this week when the trade publication Backstage announced it was getting out of the theatre criticism business. [View the story “Backstage Ends All Reviews” on Storify]

Swollen Egos Stride the Stage

“The most intriguing works in the festival, now under the direction of Les Waters, take the audience on engrossing journeys through the thick underbrush of the human psyche as it is shaped by family, society and the divided impulses of the self.”

Live blog of #NewPlay Directors in Conversation

Charting the Course; New Play Directions in Conversation

Flying In Your ‘Sleep’ [VIDEO]

A preview of ‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ from director Amy Attaway.

Review: ‘O Guru Guru’ Is Creative and Maybe A Little Profound

“It’s unfailingly charming, entertaining, and creative.”

Teching ‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’

” For those of us seeing the bits and pieces for the first time, rehearsal is art. Sometimes more interesting art than the finished product.”

Almost Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Engine 31

“Engine 31 is a ‘cousin’ of the original Engine 28. Like Engine 28, Engine 31 will bring together a diverse group of arts journalists to cover a single event over a short period of time.”

Review: Which Play Should You See This Final Weekend?

“As a rule, I’ll take big, audacious plays over smaller, safer ones—even if ambition sometimes leads to missteps.”

‘The Delling Shore’ Is *That* Play

“One of my students said that it was a good thing the play had no intermission because half the audience would probably have left.”