Archives for August 2014

Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies 2014-15 Ingram New Works Fellow

Add another very distinguished award-winning playwright to the impressive list of Ingram New Works Fellows at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Donald Margulies‘ plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut. Among […]

Dance Review: New Dialect attracts record crowd to Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville bills its Thursday Night Things (TNT) series as a blank canvas, a clean slate that encourages local artists to experiment and try new things. Last night’s TNT, however, seemed more like the opening of a much anticipated new restaurant, one serving a cuisine that the population has long been craving. The featured item […]

NSO’s Mark Blakeman: Heading West, Young Man

There was good and bad news in the release the Nashville Symphony Orchestra sent out on Thursday. The good news is that the symphony’s veteran chief operating officer, Mark Blakeman, will soon become captain of his own ship, taking over as president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (apparently, the weather just wasn’t hot enough for […]

Polish Posters Play with Protest at Vanderbilt University

France’s Belle Epoque came to an end with the first rumblings of World War I. The period had lasted for more than a quarter-century, and its peace, optimism and artistic advancements were celebrated in its stylized posters. If World War I ended the Great Poster Period in Paris, World War II prompted another in Poland. […]

Dance Preview: New Dialect premieres new works at Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville always presents explosively original programming, so naturally it calls its Thursday night performance series TNT (Thursday Night Things). This week’s adventurous program features the Oz debut of New Dialect, Nashville’s new contemporary dance collective. New Dialect founder and dancer Banning Bouldin and her troupe will present a multi-media, multicultural program consisting of original […]

Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]

Shaw Festival 2014 Review: Eclectic Mix Yields Strong Results

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Although the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is known primarily for its booming wine tourism industry, this bustling little tourist town is also home to the Shaw Festival, which despite its humble beginnings has grown to become the second largest summer theater festival in North America with a budget exceeding $27.8 million. Originally founded in […]

Theater Review: Americana Heart and Spirit Flavor ‘As You Like It’

The boundless humanity of William Shakespeare allows for many settings; some of the most appealing placements come when music that endearingly conveys heart and spirit accompanies the production. Such is the case with Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Americana-infused version of As You Like It now playing in the 27th annual edition of Shakespeare in the Park. […]

1930s ‘As You Like It’ Strolls Through Shakespeare in the Park

The optimistic comedies of the 1930s have inspired this year’s Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard’s As You Like It, with original music by songwriter David Olney, that opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 14 at Centennial Park. The festival’s 27th annual park presentation has a Depression Era-camp setting designed by Morgan Matens […]

Nashville Ballet’s Martin Center set for a long overdue expansion

The Nashville Ballet’s headquarters is about to get a much needed makeover. On Thursday morning, the ballet announced the public launch of its capital campaign “Elevate,” which will help pay for a major expansion of the company’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood facility. “We have run out of space,” says artistic director Paul Vasterling. “Our dance classes […]

Nashville Stagecraft Has Dust Bowl Cinderella Twist in ‘Cindy & Ella’

While it’s based on the pan-cultural fairy tale of Cinderella, Nashville Stagecraft’s adaptation of the ancient tale is a far cry from the classic 1950 Disney animated film version. Cindy & Ella, premiering Friday at the 4th Story Theater, follows three women coping with life in an isolated Oklahoma farming community at the height of the Dust Bowl. […]

Film Review: The Powerful Illusion of Reality in Brilliant ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater (who turned 54 on Wednesday) is my age group’s great American filmmaker: Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock and the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) haven’t been exclusively about us, but they’ve certainly explored our society and, in the case of the Before […]