Category Archives: Theater

Ryan Case’s John Hurt connection

Interviewing Ryan Case to preview Balagula Theatre’s production of 1984, we stumbled on a fun fact: Playing Winston in the dystopian story is the second time Ryan has played a role most memorably committed to film by BAFTA and Golden Globe-award winning … Continue reading

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Review: ‘I Dedicate This Ride’ by Message Theater

Most of us in Lexington know the name Isaac Murphy, but know little about him except he was a black jockey in the late 19th century. In dramatic fashion, Message Theater answers the questions of who Murphy was and what … Continue reading

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Appreciation: Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

As I sat stunned reading newsflash that Philip Seymour Hoffman died, I struggled for a moment to remember some of his performances. That’s a compliment. It’s not that his performances weren’t memorable. He created characters that will stay with us … Continue reading

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‘Tuna Christmas’ actors practice what they teach

See a photo gallery from A Tuna Christmas. Jason Meenach and Greg Adams haven’t required their students to come see their door-slamming, cross-dressing turns in The Woodford Theatre’s production of A Tuna Christmas. But any of Meenach’s and Adams’ drama students … Continue reading

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Children’s Theatre performs without power

“The show must go on,” is a well-worn adage in theater, and occasionally performers have to live by it. That’s what happened to the Lexington Children’s Theatre Monday morning on its final day of performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. … Continue reading

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Clark named Woodford Theatre director

The board of The Woodford Theatre in Versailles has removed the word interim from executive and artistic director Trish Clark’s title. The former Paul Laurence Dunbar High School drama teacher and Lexington Shakespeare Festival artistic director has taken the permanent … Continue reading

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2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, the event that put Louisville on the international theatrical map. The festival comes in the midst of Actors Theatre’s 50th anniversary season … Continue reading

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‘Flashdance’ canceled at EKU Center for the Arts

This weekend’s performances of Flashdance — The Musical At the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts have been canceled, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to the center’s Facebook page. This would have been the Central Kentucky debut for the … Continue reading

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John O’Hurley, aka Seinfeld’s J. Peterman, in Lexington-bound Chicago

Chicago is a show known for casting celebs in its leading roles, and the same can be said for the touring production’s Lexington engagement. And this one has an added Lexington twist. John O’Hurley, who may be best known for playing … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Balagula’s E.G.O. on this huge weekend

The consensus here at Weekender Central is this is the biggest arts and entertainment weekend any of us can remember in Lexington in quite a while. The only thing we don’t seem to have is UK Football, and the Night … Continue reading

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