Archives for August 2012

Film review: ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ Above-Average Rom-Com

Modern romantic comedies are often quirky, bittersweet, and of course, funny (when they work). But Celeste and Jesse Forever, from its ironic title to the twist in its tale, offers more than the standard love-and-complications formula. Perhaps it’s not surprising to find that Rashida Jones is one of the film’s driving forces – she stars […]

Blackbird Adds Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ to New Season Slate

Blackbird Theater is adding David Mamet’s Oleanna to its 2012-13 season. The troupe plans to announce the addition Friday through its email list, according to Managing Director Greg Greene. Greene emailed members of the press Thursday about the addition, explaining that the Christian Scholars Conference, which is hosted alternately between David Lipscomb University and Pepperdine University […]

Classical Beat: Pianist Roger Wiesmeyer plays Brahms for the homeless

In 1892, Johannes Brahms began composing a remarkable series of 20 piano miniatures that ultimately defined his mature style. These autumnal works were intricate, introspective and often quite melancholy – Brahms once referred to the three intermezzi, Op. 117 as the “cradle songs of my sorrow.” All of the pieces were intensely lyrical, and the […]

Belcourt Hosts Filmmaker’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’

The Belcourt Theatre presents Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a selection of four feature films and accompanying film shorts beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19 that offers audiences a veritable roadmap of the next great talents in filmmaking. Filmmaker, a magazine of independent film, created its first edition of “25 New Faces of Independent […]

American Idol Finalist Heads Studio Tenn’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will lead a standout cast of powerhouse vocalists in Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the first musical production of its 2012-2013 season, according to a news release. The show runs Sept. 20-Oct. 7 at the historic Franklin Theatre. Individual and Season Tickets are now on sale […]

Theater review: BRT Breathes Fresh Life into ‘Steel Magnolias’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – I wasn’t thrilled about seeing Steel Magnolias again – until Boiler Room Theatre’s excellent production made me glad I’d driven the 45 minutes from my home to theirs. Robert Harling’s 1987 play is certainly a wonderful piece of theater, but after losing track of the number of productions I’ve seen over the […]

Theater review: ‘Stand’ Eloquent Portrait of Human Life

Jim Reyland’s Stand offers an eloquent portrait of human life at its most unsettling, uncomfortable and unrelenting…and most forgiving, loving and extraordinary. It’s inspired by Reyland’s 13-year friendship with John Ellis, a man whose decades-long battles with mental illness and drug addiction were eventually compounded with the daily struggles of being homeless and HIV-positive. Reyland […]

Theater review: Rhubarb’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Still Intrigues

When a society wakes from a totalitarian nightmare, is reconciliation or revenge the way to finally end the darkness? Productions of Death and the Maiden like the one Rhubarb Theater Company is now presenting have intriguingly explored that question for more than 20 years. The Pinochet regime may have laid the historical groundwork for Chilean […]

Musicien français: Blair musicians play ‘In Laude of Claude’

Claude Debussy turned 150 on Wednesday night, and the piano students of the Blair School of Music turned out in force at Ingram Hall to celebrate. For their concert, organized by Blair’s intrepid piano professor Craig Nies, students from the conservatory’s collegiate and pre-college divisions treated the packed hall to a substantial chunk of the […]

‘Clybourne Park’ September Premiere Starts TN Rep Season

Tennessee Repertory Theatre will present the Tennessee premiere of Clybourne Park, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Sept. 8–22 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater (with preview performances Sept. 6-7). The production stars Nate Eppler, Shannon Hoppe, Tony Morton, Shelean Newman, Eric D. Pasto-Crosby, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, and Derek […]

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure’ Kicks Off 81st NCT Season

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) begins its 81st season Sept. 13 with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure – a gripping mystery by Steven Dietz, one of America’s top contemporary playwrights. Producing a script like Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure for older audiences is an exhilarating opportunity for NCT, according to a news release. The theatre embraces the chance […]

TWTP Founder Maryanna Clarke Receives Prestigious TCG Grant

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project announced today that the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, Maryanna Clarke, is one of just eight theater professionals nationwide to receive a continuing education grant from Theatre Communications Group Leadership U[niversity], in the inaugural year of a program designed by TCG and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The overall intent of this program […]

Watkins-Hatch gives The Rolling Stones its due

On July 12, 1962, a neophyte rock ‘n’ roll band that billed itself as “The Rollin’ Stones” gave its first ever live performance. The gig at London’s Marquee Club must have been hastily put together, since years later most of the principals had trouble remembering who played drums. Advertisement for the show was probably limited […]

Laudable Claude: Blair celebrates Debussy’s sesquicentennial year with a concert

In 1909, a young and still relatively unknown composer named Béla Bartók traveled to Paris, where he hoped to make the acquaintance of his hero Claude Debussy. Isidor Philipp, the noted French pianist, offered to introduce Bartók to the cream of the city’s musical society. In Philipp’s opinion, however, the pick of Paris did not […]

Theater review: Sunny ‘Much Ado’ Keeps Gray Clouds Away

Nashville Shakespeare Festival sings and swings in its new musical adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. It’s a theatrical tonic to what has been a tumultuous summer. Director Denice Hicks has brought together some top talents – Patrick Waller, Evelyn O’Neal Brush, Jeff Boyet and Martha Wilkinson among others – and the clever music and […]

Film review: ‘Timothy Green’ Predictable but Pleasant Disney Fare

The folks at Walt Disney Studios are counting on the heartwarming elements of The Odd Life of Timothy Green to keep the turnstiles moving. To a certain extent that’s a good plan. Writer/Director Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy, Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life) has fashioned a fantasy about a […]

BRT Unveils 2013 Season and ‘Steel Magnolias’ Revival This Week

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre has more than one presentation this coming week as the public learns its 2013 season slate and Robert Harling’s classic comedic drama Steel Magnolias starts its run at Building Six in the historic Factory at Franklin. The way BRT will reveal its next season is different from the past – beginning […]

Nashville Reacts to the Death of Musical Great Marvin Hamlisch

The death of revered composer Marvin Hamlisch has stunned and saddened colleagues and fans the world over. In Nashville, where he made several appearances over the years with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and his music for The Nutty Professor is now playing at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in a pre-Broadway run, the shocking news has […]

Belcourt Film Series Marks Gene Kelly Centennial

August 23 marks the 100th anniversary of Gene Kelly’s birth. Belcourt Theatre celebrates the legendary dancer, actor, director and choreographer with a special six-film series that begins Saturday and runs through Sept. 9. Kelly died in 1996, but fans can watch this multi-talented performer in screenings of archival 35mm prints that feature memorable moments from […]

Multi-Faceted 2012 Sideshow Fringe Festival Opens Today

Theater, dance, music, puppetry, aerial arts, juggling, circus arts, spoken word, poetry, performance art and more will feature in the Sideshow Fringe Festival that starts today and runs through Sunday. Some of the eclectic offerings include the Aerial Fabricators presenting Think Air Collective; Wearing High Heels in a Flip-Flop World by Patricia Leonard; El Circo […]