Archives for July 2013

To an Incomparable Inspiration: Happy 100th Birthday Clara!

Look at the photographic portrait Dennis Wile made of former Tennessean theater critic Clara Hieronymus and you’ll see this wonderful centenarian – she is 100 today – as I’ve seen her over the years: She’s leaning forward and looking through bright, clear eyes that intelligently focus on every detail. Trying to sum up this incredible person […]

Interrobang?!: Shakespeare, London and a Good Pair of Boots

The Present The most recent issue of American Theatre Magazine featured an excellent article about New Dramatists’ artistic director and “official gadfly of the institutional theatre,” Todd London, whose book Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play I wrote about on my Theatre Ideas blog when it first came out in 2009. The American Theatre article by Stephen Nunns prompted me to order […]

In Pictures: Montreal and Nashville Collaborate on New ‘Pinocchio’

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Education is involved in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with a Montreal theater company to present an English-language version of Pinocchio. This imaginative and energetic interaction with the 1883 Carlo Collodi story is written and directed by Hugo Bélanger, the artistic director of the internationally renowned Théâtre Tout à Trac. Inspired and impressed by […]

Theater review: Actors Bridge & Smart, Funny, Biting ‘Becky Sharp’

Gina Gionfriddo has certainly received recognition – an Obie Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship among other accolades – but as one of America’s best living playwrights she deserves so much more. In cities like Nashville there are plenty of theatergoers who still don’t know her name nearly a decade after her […]

Film review: Personal Desire Versus Family Duty in ‘Fill the Void’

Rama Burshtein’s beautiful and intimate Fill the Void has a very specific setting – the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Tel Aviv – but its story is a universal one about the struggle between one’s personal desires and the obligations one may feel to the family they love. True, the choice 18-year-old eighteen-year-old Shira (Hadas […]

‘Southern Baptist Sissies’ Concludes Nashville Run This Weekend

Southern Baptist Sissies, the Kirk-Burgess Productions presentation of the Del Shores’ acclaimed play, continues through Saturday after opening to sold-out shows during the July 5 weekend at the Darkhorse Theater. Tickets are going quickly, with the limited tickets remaining for the remainder of the run. With its theme of religion clashing with sexuality, Sissies has […]

Film review: Cuteness Abounds in the World of ‘Despicable Me 2’

What can I say about Despicable Me 2 ? Well, for a start, it’s really cute, and my daughter Katie enjoyed it even more than the 2010 megahit original. (I realize my daughter’s opinion may not matter much in your household, but not surprisingly it does matter a great deal in mine. It’s also true she’s […]

Film review: Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ Misses the Mark

Finally bored of pirates, the Walt Disney Pictures/Johnny Depp machine has relocated to the old west for its next series of high-end action adventure flicks. The Lone Ranger stars Depp as Tonto, and there are some other people in it, too: Armie Hammer is the Lone Ranger; Helena Bonham Carter plays Red Harrington (ha!), a […]

Theater review: Fall in Love Again with ‘Promises, Promises’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – One hundred shows, 75 of them musicals, are parts of an acclaimed production history since the lights went up on the first Boiler Room Theatre presentation in 2001. If you want proof Williamson County’s long-running professional troupe is not resting on its laurels, though, go see its exuberant revival of Promises, Promises. What, you’re not surprised […]