Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Message Regarding Theatre Memphis' Gala...

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM

From Sister:

An interview with Bob the Builder

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM

e5e3/1243530380-bobthebuilder319486.jpgWhen 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.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Blithe Spirit: Angela Lansbury talks about Bea Arthur, "The Manchurian Candidate" and theater life

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 4:07 PM


At 83 Angela Lansbury is receiving great notices for her performance in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. And she recently gave the folks at Theater Talk a fantastic interview.

Inexplicable: Children's theater festival gets web-love

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

836d/1242756484-poster.jpgVoices 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.

Details here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Grimm Developments: Playhouse on the Square goes Into the Woods

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

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.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Going Home: Theatre Memphis tours "Our Town"

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 1:33 PM

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 Neither is it any kind of historical document.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.

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Saved Again: Sister Myotis headlines a benefit gala for Theatre Memphis

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 12:57 PM

4e8b/1242152597-myotis.jpgThis 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.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pride & Prejudice: "Third" is an emotional snapshot of Bush-era America

Posted By on Sat, May 2, 2009 at 4:40 PM

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.

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