Archives for June 2013

Tony and Pulitzer Winner Doug Wright is the Next Ingram Fellow

Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s 2013-2014 Ingram New Works Fellow is Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright. The announcement of next season’s fellow came Saturday during a workshop showcase of Nate Eppler’s Larries that will have its world premiere Sept. 7-21 (with previews Sept. 5-6) at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater. Wright won those […]

NSO celebrates its own independence day with ‘1812 Overture’

Orchestras often play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture this time of year. The composer’s unapologetically patriotic potboiler, with its blazing brass and percussive cannonade, is the composition of choice to accompany Fourth of July fireworks. On Friday night, Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero led the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in a performance of that repertory staple at the Schermerhorn […]

Film review: It’s Definitely Thumbs Up for ‘White House Down’

Columbia/Sony’s contribution to the summer blockbuster line-up, White House Down, stars Channing Tatum as Capitol cop John Cale, who wants two simple things out of life: the attention of his daughter, Emily (Joey King), and a spot on the Secret Service’s Presidential Guard. That’s not too much to ask, right? Nope. And let me tell […]

Smart and Sexy ‘Promises, Promises’ Opens Friday at BRT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre will stage Neil Simon’s Promises, Promises featuring “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and other great music from the Burt Bacharach catalog Friday through July 20. The fun unfolds at the theater’s namesake venue in Building Six of the historic Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd.). Based on the Oscar-Winning film The Apartment, […]

Downtown Dispatches: What Happens When They Hate It?

Sometimes people just hate your show. Or, worse, they don’t get it at all and they dismiss your work as messy, unclear, unserious, which actually hurts more. But man, either one stings when you worked as hard as you worked. But that, friends, is part of the game. If you’re going to memorize and incessantly […]

Corcoran leads Nashville Symphony and pianist Cecile Licad in riveting all-Tchaikovsky concert

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s ongoing financial crisis has surely been an emotionally wrenching experience for the musicians. But if they were feeling any stress during their all-Tchaikovsky concert Friday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, they weren’t showing it. Under the expert direction of associate conductor Kelly Corcoran, the NSO performed some of the famed Russian […]

Film review: Providing Fresh SoCal Air for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

I like renditions of William Shakespeare’s plays best when elaborate costumes and sets take a break and the Bard’s words simply get to breathe. Now, it’s true the rather fabulous Southern California house director Joss Whedon uses for his modern-dress, black-and-white Much Ado About Nothing isn’t a humble abode (it’s the house he lives in […]

Film review: Knowing Nods and Laughs for ‘The Kings of Summer’

No one who is or has been a teenager needs a reminder of just how tough that transition period from child to young adult can be. But in the loopy and lovely (though dark-edged) comedy The Kings of Summer we get to laugh while knowingly nodding. The film helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (in his feature […]

Music City Theatre Company’s ‘Venus in Fur’ Back for Four More

It was so much fun they are at it again: Music City Theatre Company revives its terrific first-Tennessee production of David Ives‘ Venus in Fur tonight through Saturday. When the show – starring Carrie Jennings and Bradley Moore, who also directs – hit the Vibe Nightclub stage in February my review concluded “If you seek […]

The Aisle Seat: Theater in the Around Rules(?)

Why, oh why am I suddenly immersed in immersive theater, and what good is it doing me? These days, immersive theater seems always to be with us.  Like the poor.  So much so that at my mentioning the current inundation of emailed press releases announcing these impending entries, one respected critic I know said, “When […]

Film review: Narcissistic ‘This is the End’ Thinks Little of Audience

It all began with a short film called Jay and Seth vs the Apocalypse. If only it had ended there! The short is totally the better movie. The film begins innocuously enough: Jay Baruchel (as himself) visits L.A. to do some business and see his old buddy, Seth Rogen (also as himself). Predictably, they get […]

Little Stone Productions Kickstarts ‘The Mysterious Door’

Little Stone Productions, an independent Nashville theater troupe formed from some of the talents associated with the Belmont University Theatre and Dance Department, has been running a successful Kickstarter campaign for The Mysterious Door, their newest play. That campaign ends tomorrow; as of early this morning the group had gone past their $900 goal to […]

Theater review: Flaws Smudge, But Don’t Destroy, ‘A Doll’s House’

A Doll’s House by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is a true classic. The tale of a Victorian household under secret siege, the play was one of the first to adopt dramatic realism. It was so shocking and divisive when released in 1879 that discussing the play was frowned upon in many circles. Today, it bears […]

Theater review: Blackbird Provides Riveting Revival of ‘Oleanna’

The Oleanna debate has begun again in Nashville. And Blackbird Theater’s riveting production makes the revival of David Mamet’s 1992 thought-fest as powerful as it’s ever been. David Compton and Jennifer Richmond are at the height of their acting powers as a tenure-seeking college professor and his perplexed student that engage in a ferocious conflict […]

Film review: ‘The Internship’ a Two-Hour Google Ad with Few Laughs

Product placements have been part of moviemaking since the silent era. But in the digital-age buddy flick The Internship a tie-in becomes a tie-down as Google becomes so much more than part of the scenery. Yes, Vince Vaughn (who had the idea for this story and co-wrote the script with Jared Stern) and Owen Wilson […]

Theater review: ‘She Kills Monsters’ Takes Theater to the Next Level

Stepping onto the stage to take my seat for the regional premiere of She Kills Monsters, I marveled at the workings. The wings, the catwalks, everything is visible. At the show’s opening, the entire audience was able to sit up there, on the very boards, and enjoy the action inches from their faces in this […]

A ‘She Kills Monsters’ Q&A with Director Jessika Malone

Visiting Jessika Malone at Nashville Children’s Theatre to talk about Sideshow @ Actors Bridge’s latest show is a little like being guided through Wonderland by Alice. The young actress, director and company front-woman sparkles with enthusiasm for She Kills Monsters, which opens today. Qui Nguyen’s play tells the tale of Agnes Evans, who is leaving her hometown […]