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Myotis is clearly a mighty, mighty warrior for the Lord but Swift's character never actually quotes scripture or mentions Jesus by name. I've noted all of this in previous reviews but for some reason the choice really stood out in the New York performance. Over a snack at the Chelsea Street Market the man behind the wig and the corsage and miles and the miles of matronly bosom explained why he does what he does: He makes fun of church politics not religion.
It's good to be Katori Hall. At 28 this Craigmont High grad became the first female African-American playwright to win an Olivier Award. Her acclaimed play The Mountaintop is slated to open on Broadway this fall with an A-list cast ( Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry are the names being floated at the moment). She was awarded a PONY fellowship by the Lark Play Development Center, an award with benefits that include one year's free housing in an apartment in the heart of New York's the theatre district, and a living stipend.
Last week I met Katori at The Little Pie Company on 43rd Street in Hell's Kitchen to scarf down one of TLPC's apple, sour cream, and walnut pies and to talk about how she went from being an usher for A Tuna Christmas at Playhouse on the Square in Midtown Memphis, to being the belle of the London stage.
Due to popular demand, the closing production of Theatre Memphis’ 2009-10 season, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, has added a performance for Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:30pm.
On Monday evening Ballet Memphis threw a party to celebrate the company's impending performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. This is kinda-sorta what it looked like.
Ekundayo Bandele, the Hattiloo Theatre's Founding director, has turned his fledgling playhouse into a disorienting maze crammed with information about the African-American theater experience. The Black Theatre Museum shows the progression of black-themed entertainments from 19th Century "coon shows" to the Pulitzer Prize winning prose of Suzan-Lori Parks.
The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10a.m. - 3p.m., June 15th - July 10th. Tickets are $8/adults, $6/children
Memphis wins the Tony Award for Best Musical...
And here's the lineup...
As mentioned here, I wasn't blown away by Project: Motions eMPHasis on Blue. It was tonally static and with few wonderful exceptions any achievement in dance was blanketed over by gushing sentimentality and heavy melancholy. In the previous post, however, I failed to mention a solo performance by Ondine Geary which doesn't just stand out from the rest of the show, it stands out as a solo work generally.
Wearing the costume of a circus performer Geary performs a handful of not very impressive tricks then basks in the appreciation of an unseen audience. Then her body begins to fail driving her from her stage and forcing her to confront change and evolve. It's one of this overly-maudlin show's two real stunners, marrying a rare dose of much needed humor with some of the evening's more authentically emotional moments.
If you're looking for something a little more mainstream you may want to take a trip to Millington to sample Playhouse 51's production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, which opens June 11th and runs through the 19th.
To my ongoing shame I've not yet made it out to sample the fare at Playhouse 51. If anyone visits this weekend I'd appreciate a review.
As for me, I think I'll just take in the Tony Awards this weekend and let you guys have all the fun.
What's great about this? In 1977, when the Evergreen was still a movie house Playhouse on the Square's Jackie Nichols partnered with the theater to produce the first regional production of Rocky Horror outside of New York or L.A. Larry Raspberry played Dr. Frankenfurter.
Yes, there's a costume contest so audience members are encouraged to dress up.
According to FreakEngine frontman Michael Entman negotiations are underway with the theater management and the distributor of the film to host The Rocky Horror Picture Show in its more traditional midnight time slot on a monthly basis.
The Time Warp starts on Friday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 at the door.
UPDATE: Michael Entman has asked that I make a slight adjustment. Although this first trial screening will feature costumes and audience participation there won't be a live stage show. Entman says he'll assemble a cast if he's able to start having regular midnight screenings. So think of this as a heads up for would be Frankies, Rockys & assorted Riffraffs.