Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rehearsal shots: Project: Motion's Axis

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Opening at the Evergreen Theatre this weekend

Jerre Dye Honored with Bryan Family Award for Dramatic Literature

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

And the hits just keep coming for Voices of the South. Jerre Dye, the innovative theatre company's artistic director, will be honored with The Bryan Family Award for Dramatic Literature in April presented by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Dye was asked to submit a copy of his play Cicada for review last year.

"I guess they liked it and I couldn't be happier," he says.

The award will be presented by Pulitzer Prize-wining playwright Beth Henley at The 16th Biennial AEC Conference on Southern Literature on April 14-16 in Chattanooga. www.southernlitconference.org

Cicada is scheduled for revival at TheatreWorks in March after a successful run in 2009.

Playhouse on the Square Plans a Strong 2011-12 Season

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The Playhouse on the Square family of theaters has planned a strong, adventurous 2011-12 season packed with offbeat musicals, edgy comedy, and risky experiments. Here's the rundown.

Playhouse on the Square

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Aug. 12- Sept. 4
A classic, as timely as ever.

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Sept. 8 - Sept. 11
I've known this wonderful, rarely-seen show was was being revived for a long time and it's taken every ounce of restraint to keep from spilling the beans. This darkly comic Cold War psychodrama by Tom Stoppard with music by Andre Previn, is a limited engagement teamup with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Because the show's requirements include a full orchestra it is almost never performed. Mark your calendars right now because this is not to be missed.

Gem of the Ocean (Sept. 23- Oct. 16):
POTS has been trying to do this August Wilson for years. I'll believe it when the curtain goes up.

Annie Nov. 18- Dec. 23
You take the bad with the good I suppose. Everybody's favorite red-haired orphan is back... after never going away.

Next to Normal Jan. 20- Feb. 12
A powerhouse musical about a housewife with bi-polar disorder.

God of Carnage March 16- April 1
Two sets of parents meet after an incident between their children in a park. Lives up to the title.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline May 11- June 3
Something like this.

Xanadu June 29-July 22
Yeah, THAT Xanadu.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Early Death: New Moon takes on an Arthur Miller classic

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

New Moon's Death of a Salesman doesn't open until April, but here's a taste of what's on the way.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sword & Sandal: Chatterbox goes epic. And comic.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM

So, on one hand you want to go out and have good time. On the other hand you’re a great big whiny baby and its cold and you want to stay at home under a blanket with the heat turned up eating pimento cheese out of the bucket. On the third hand there’s Chatterbox Audio Theater who are equipped to entertain you in public, or privately, beside a roaring fire.

“We have a global audience,” says Bob Arnold, the Chatterbox theater’s founding director, explaining why his company— recording Argonautica, an adaptation of the classic Jason and the Argonauts myth before a live audience on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12-develops such a range of material. “Live shows let us show audiences how we make the sound effects," Arnold says. "This is a big adventure with some elaborate sound sequences: Harpies, Sirens, a bull that breathes fire. We’ve got a thunder sheet, and an air compressor. The stage at the McCoy theater looks like a junkyard.”

Looking for something a little less family-friendly? Last week Chatterbox posted its third installment of Sight Gag, edgy sketch comedy for the radio. Highlights include a heartfelt ode to Facebook stalking, the eulogy for a beloved, not nice-smelling pet named Mecal Fatter, and a very funny bit about a one man’s unfortunate visit to a video store that specializes in foreign films with titles that don’t translate easily. I wonder if Golden Showers is anything like Grey Gardens?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Another look at what's in store: Opus One and Joyce Cobb

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Here's another clip from the MSO's ninja squad with Joyce Cobb. It essentially picks up where mine left off so you get to hear a lot more of "How High the Moon." A good thing, in case you're wondering.

And here are some more behind the scenes goodies from the MSO and Opus One.

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A sneak peek at tonight's Opus One concert with Joyce Cobb

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Opus One's most recent concert, featuring Harlan T. Bobo, was a huge success. The latest installment, Opera Swings, with Joyce Cobb promises to be a very different, but equally exciting, experience, tailor made for the cocktail set.

I stopped by yesterday's rehearsal at the Bridges building at 477 N. Fifth and shot this clip.

Details: Opera Swings at Bridges
February 3, 2011 • 7:30 pm
Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More music from Michael Ching's "A Midsummer Night's Dream: Opera a cappella"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Thought I'd post some more images from Midsummer. The audio is from the first night the soloists and voicestra worked together.

Freaks and Geeks: Memphis has a clown and his name is Larry

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

This Friday and Saturday under the big top—well, actually at TheatreWorks— Memphis's own International Circus star Larry Clark, will perform a one man show featuring "Dangerous Circus Skills, Amazing Magic, Juggling Dexterity, Comedy, Theatrics, and other feats of Larry-ness!"

Clark got his start touring with the Grunge-era irregulars in the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. Eventually he became the host clown for Ringling Bros. Here's a video of one gentleman juggler telling his unique, touching story. And driving a nail up his nose with a hammer.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rumor Mill: Theatre Memphis may revive [Title of Show] this Summer

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

If you missed the very funny [Title of Show] don't worry. Well, worry a little because nothing's confirmed yet. Except there's no point in worrying because this seriously silly meta-musical either will or won't be revived this summer. The point is, people are talking about it. Cross fingers.

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