CBT and Carol Mayo Jenkins take 'The Trip to Bountiful'
Published 2/26/2014 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
Horton Foote’s play seems to be creeping toward the status of American myth. It’s surprising that Clarence Brown Theatre has never taken it on before, but they’re doing it exactly as they should, with Carol Mayo Jenkins in the lead.
Reconstruction: Clarence Brown Unleashes 'The Whipping Man'
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments
The least expected aspect of The Whipping Man, a searing drama about slavery, war, poverty, racism, torture, gangrene, and unanesthetized amputation is that it’s frequently hilarious. For a one-set, two-act, three-actor play, it’s a rich, complex thing, with a parade ...
Circle Modern Dance's Annual Holiday Showcase Leans Toward the Unforgettable
Published 12/11/2013 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
Circle Modern Dance rarely needs publicity for its annual Modern Dance Primitive Light show. Most Decembers, they pack the Laurel Theater for the multiple evenings of Knoxville’s most-anticipated modern-dance event, which is always very different from the year before, and ...
Flying Anvil's 'Venus in Fur' Adds to an Already Thriving Theater Scene
Published 10/30/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 2 comments
Sunday afternoons on Gay Street aren’t what they used to be.
Noises Off, Fore and Aft: Clarence Brown Theatre Presents Classic Modern Comedy About What Actors Don't Want You to See
Published 9/11/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone who’s been in a play knows that there are always two simultaneous dramas: the one presented to the audience, and the often more desperate one backstage.
Clarence Brown Theatre Produces High-Speed Farce With Tom Stoppard’s 'On the Razzle'
Published 5/1/2013 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments
Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle is a classic mistaken-identity, disapproving-parent, jealous-pursuit romp turned up a few notches. It’s like a long Marx Brothers routine, with about a dozen Marx Brothers, and no musical breaks.
Downtown’s Satirical Revue "Forbidden Knoxville" Tries Out a Fresh Venue
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
“You’re so odd but we love you still,” goes a refrain in the opening number of Flying Anvil’s new musical production. The endearment is directed, of course, at the city of Knoxville, and expresses our sentiments exactly.
We Finally Get To See the Long-Rumored Knoxville Play 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:23 a.m. 0 comments
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress was first mentioned in these pages back in the ’90s. Back then, we’d heard rumors of a wacky off-Broadway comedy that happened to be set in Knoxville. We never made the trip to see ...
Clarence Brown Theater Takes on Rothko in 'Red'
Published 2/6/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
The drama plays out as a very animated dialogue between the late-middle-aged Rothko, at the peak of his ca. 1960 vogue, and a (fictional) young assistant named Ken. The main context is Rothko’s famous challenge to decorate the walls of ...
Clarence Brown Theatre and KSO Collaborate On a Brilliant Production of Sondheim’s 'Sweeney Todd'
Published 9/5/2012 at 10:54 a.m. 3 comments
Perhaps like no other recent work for the musical stage, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is so eminently adaptable and bendable as theater that it practically cries out for fresh treatments. In the case of ...
'Red Scare on Sunset': Theater Knoxville Downtown Takes on the Pinkos
Published 6/13/2012 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
The play twists some assumptions about that paranoid era. This play is unlikely to appeal to the Tea Party, but, as it turns out, some of Pilford’s paranoia is justified. In this tale, Communists do have a grip on Hollywood, ...
Clarence Brown Produces an Energetic 'Kiss Me, Kate'
Published 4/25/2012 at 12:59 p.m. 0 comments
It’s almost silly to review these things. If you like musicals, you’ll like Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Kiss Me, Kate. You won’t lose money betting they get a standing ovation every night. There’s a lot of energy in the ...
CBT's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Raises Questions About Our Modern Obsession
Published 4/11/2012 at 11:13 a.m. 1 comment
Here’s your dilemma: You’re in a cafe with a lone stranger whose incessantly ringing cellphone is bugging you. He’s the most annoying jerk in the world until you walk over to give him a piece of your mind, and you ...
This Is So Surreal: Tennessee Stage Co. Premieres 'The Good Son'
Published 3/21/2012 at 12:09 p.m. 0 comments
Craig Smith's debut is an interesting and unpredictable thriller, often darkly funny, with moments of physical violence and with a few shocks along the way that elicited gasps from the audience.
CBT Saves Folk Musical 'Black Pearl Sings!' From Sanctimony
Published 2/29/2012 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
Directed by Kate Buckley, Black Pearl Sings! turns out to be better than you expect it to be. The premise—a naïve white folklorist interviewing a black convict for the “authentic” songs she knows—seems a recipe for sanctimony, and an after-school ...
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