Category Archives: Reviews

Review: West Side Story at the Lexington Opera House

At its core, West Side Story is another iteration of a timeless tale about love doomed by ignorant and irrational hatred. William Shakespeare wrote about it in the late 16th century in Romeo and Juliet, and other versions preceded it. The saddest thing is no one … Continue reading

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Review: SummerFest’s A Streetcar Named Desire

Read and see more: Feature: When Evan met Ellie Notebook: Comparing Streetcars Gallery: A Streetcar Named Desire Video: Scene from Streetcar Rain and lightning finally cleared away enough Friday night for SummerFest to open its production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named … Continue reading

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Reviews in for Once on Broadway, starring Ashland’s Steve Kazee

Steve Kazee’s first Broadway lead looks to be a hit with critics whose reviews are coming in after Sunday’s opening night performance of Once, the new musical based on the surprise hit 2006 film. Kazee, who was raised in Ashland … Continue reading

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Notebook: Thy Will Be Done world premiere

If you walk away from this week’s world premiere performances of Angela Rice’s Thy Will Be Done wondering what else she’s written, we’ll save you the trouble. Nothing. The performance program notes her achievements as a performing musician and an … Continue reading

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Review: Winter Jam 2012 at Rupp Arena

More: Check out our photo gallery from Winter Jam 2012 at Rupp Arena. Not everyone can play an arena. Regular attendees at Rupp Arena concerts have certainly sat through performances by opening acts, sometimes even headliners who were not ready … Continue reading

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Review: UK Opera Theatre’s Falstaff

It’s been a couple years since the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre made us laugh. That was the Spring of 2010 with the batty tale of Die Fledermaus. Since then, we have been in the worlds of Romeo et Juliette and … Continue reading

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Review: Seth Meyers at UK

Seth Meyers reads the faux news every week on the biggest stage for American comedy, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and he’s performed for President Barack Obama and other prestigious audiences. But really, as we learned at the Singletary Center for … Continue reading

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Review: Lexington Philharmonic presents old and new classics with youthful vigor

Program notes at orchestra concerts almost always tell you where a work was premiered, usually well over a century ago, and we can only imagine what it was like to be there and here a work by, say, Ludwig Van … Continue reading

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rc talk: Observations on the Fireproof controversy

Like many Herald-Leader readers, I have read my fellow Life + Faith columnist Paul Prather’s recent columns about the movie Fireproof with great interest, but probably from a different perspective. As an arts and entertainment journalist and critic who covers … Continue reading

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Review: Air, Le voyage dans la lune

A movie soundtrack, no matter how great, is usually to an extent subservient to the film it is supporting. Last year, the French duo Air got the unique opportunity to create a new score to a 110-year-old masterpiece, Georges Méliès Le voyage … Continue reading

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