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Hometown actress Dale Dickey skillfully inhabits Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Blanche
Published 09/09/2009 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 04/22/2009 at 4:15 p.m.
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 04/01/2009 at 3:10 p.m.
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 03/04/2009 at 3:03 p.m.
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 02/03/2009 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.
"Gran Torino": Get Off My Lawn
Published 01/13/2009 at 5:10 p.m.
Clint Eastwood may be 78, but he proves in Gran Torino that he can still spit, swear, and shoot better than most. He’s soundly vanquished John McCain, and now only Robert Mugabe remains as a challenger to the title of ...
Hoffman and Streep Give Reasonable Doubt
Published 01/06/2009 at 2:43 p.m.
The discovery of sex, like the discovery of one’s religious faith, initially promises a life of joyful communion. Instead, both generally bequeath journeys of unbearable loneliness. Making a mournful plunge for the heart of these twin, paradoxical transcendences is Doubt, ...
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Published 12/23/2008 at 2:01 p.m. 1 Comment
From Danny Boyle, one of the liveliest and most worthwhile directors of recent years, comes this modern-day Balzac-ian rags-to-riches tale, a bright and shiny thing of almost no value whatsoever. In Slumdog Millionaire the slums of Paris are now the ...
Heaven on Stage
Published 11/05/2008 at 5 p.m.
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, ...
Secret City Shorts
Published 10/01/2008 at 5 p.m.
Critic Kieron Barry takes a look at some of the 2008 Secret City Film Festival’s notable short films.