When I asked for a brief "Q&A" with the popular kid's character Bob the Builder, whose stage show is coming to the Orpheum on June 5th, I thought I'd be the guy asking the questions. I thought I'd finally be able to find out the truth about Muck the bulldozer, Scoop the backhoe, Dizzy the concrete mixer and the rest of the Can-Do-Crew. But in this day of message control that turned out not to be the case. Here's the prepared interview that showed up in my in-box.
Voices of the South Artistic Director Jerre Dye on how the Edinburgh Fringe Festival evolved from an in-your-face event into something a bit more family friendly: " All those fringy edgy people with the piercing and tattoos spinning from the sky and screaming and yelling and covered themselves in pig blood were finding that they happened to have kids."
Dye made the observation while plugging VOTS's children's theater festival on The Inexplicable Dumb Show, a web-based program that applies a morning radio aesthetic to theater chat. Voices of the South's fourth annual children's festival opens this weekend at Rhodes College.
Dave Landis, Playhouse on the Square's tireless Jack of all trades has mounted a tasty production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods . In spite of some truly inspired moments it's still the composer's most predictable endeavor.
Tornton Wilder's Our Town isn't a comedy or a tragedy. Neither is it any kind of historical document. It's a timeless meditation on time itself and Theatre Memphis has assembled a first rate cast to represent the inhabitants of Grover's Corners, Wilder's fictional all-American village.
This year's gala at Theatre Memphis promises to be a religious experience thanks to the sermonic stylings of Sister Myotis, the Jesus-loving, thong-and-Satan-hating creation of Steve Swift and the Voices of the South theater company.
On May 29 Sister Myotis will extoll virtues of the performing arts and conduct a live auction on Theatre Memphis' Lohrey Stage. Meanwhile blues & jazz songstress Joyce Cobb will provide entertainment for those who prefer to stay close to the buffet.
Wendy Wasserstein saved her best work for last. Circuit Playhouse's production of Third is an emotional portrait of the Bush era and the psychology of division.