Hometown actress Dale Dickey skillfully inhabits Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Blanche
Published 9/9/2009 at 1:07 p.m. 1 comment
As Blanche descends into frailty and fantasy, the demands of the part escalate, and the final act is a responsibility harrowing enough to make even an exceptionally strong actor uneasy. Director Calvin MacLean’s wonderful production is lucky indeed to boast ...
Clarence Brown Ends on High Note with Tommy
Published 4/22/2009 at 4:15 p.m. 0 comments
Like all vital arts organizations, the Clarence Brown Theatre is, in equal parts, exhilarating and infuriating. This is as it should be; if a theater is to take risks then by definition it must occasionally misjudge, offend, and even fail, ...
Copenhagen Works Against Clarence Brown Theatre
Published 4/1/2009 at 3:10 p.m. 0 comments
I recall attending a play years ago when, just as the performance was about to start, the theater manager stormed in and accused a few innocent audience members of not having paid for their tickets. He may as well have ...
Clarence Brown Production a Master Work
Published 3/4/2009 at 3:03 p.m. 0 comments
A bad night at the cinema is 10 times better than a bad night at the theater, but a great night at the theater is 10 times better than a great night at the cinema. Why? Theater is risky. At ...
Triumph of Love nearly nails it
Published 2/3/2009 at 10:27 a.m. 1 comment
Director David Kennedy’s straightforward, plush realization of Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love is a commendable production, easier to admire than enjoy but offering nevertheless a worthwhile opportunity to see a significant play.
Dancing About Architecture
Published 11/12/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
One of the lessons to be learned from the example of Pilobolus, the esteemed Connecticut-based dance company, might be to think long and hard about the possible consequences of your youthful larks and distractions. Four decades later you might find ...
Heaven on Stage
Published 11/5/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
I often fantasize about a Knoxville in which theater and football have switched places. Leading up to game days we would see Phillip Fulmer—or whoever the head coach will be—frantically pleading with small businesses for a few dollars in sponsorship, ...
Published 9/10/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 1 comment
The Clarence Brown Theatre opens its new season with an odd choice, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show. The final word in the subtitle was presumably inserted by the lawyers, since while the production is certainly a show—and unquestionably ...
Into Thin Air
Published 7/23/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Shakespeare on the Square dares to bring the Bard’s English into the humid arena of Market Square. Stratford-upon-Avon’s own Kieron Barry is there to catch all the action.
Theater of Cruelty
Published 5/14/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
I have a recurring fear when at the cinema. On screen, the hero gives his “hoo-hah” turnaround speech in Act Three and the assembled athletes, factory workers, or grateful villagers that have thronged about him break into a riot of ...
The Neon Lights Are Bright
Published 4/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Theater: After seeing Philip Seymour Hoffmann’s stunning off-Broadway production of The Little Flower of East Orange last week, I thought it a safe bet I wouldn’t emerge so exhilarated from a theater for some time. But in Guys & Dolls, ...
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Published 3/6/2008 at 6:29 p.m. 0 comments
Lynne Nottage’s Intimate Apparel is set in the America of the early 1900s, a world in which if you can’t be male you’d better be white, and if you can’t be white you’d better be attractive. Probing this obnoxious pecking ...
- backstage (2008-10) Published 3/6/2008 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Published 2/28/2008 at 6:33 p.m. 0 comments
Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 play The Sunset Limited is the last major outing for the Actors Co-Op at the Black Box Theatre in Bearden before the company becomes semi-itinerant, and the show is a fairly noble swansong to what will be ...