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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:13

Solving 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Written by Bob Wilcox
When Charles Dickens died, he left unfinished his last novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” A hundred years later, the multitalented Rupert Holmes finished it by inventing a musical that was being performed in Dickens' own time in the styles…
Political campaigns are crazy frenzied things.  A new production by OnSite Theatre invites us to participate in the final hectic moments of a race for the office of Governor. 
I've been attending the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville for five years now, and every time there has been at least one show where the combination of script, acting, and direction was so perfect…
Every Humana Festival has a late night show consisting of short plays with a common theme and featuring members of the Acting Apprentice Company. "That High Lonesome Sound"—this year's show—is all about bluegrass music and the mountain culture that spawned…
T. Oliver Reid takes us from Boyle Avenue to 110th Street.  The sophistication of Bobby Short, the soulfulness of Jeffrey Osborne, the dash of Cary Grant and the liquid grace of Ben Vereen were embodied by T. Oliver Reid in…
Jen Silverman's comedy-drama "The Roommate" puts a decidedly original spin on a shopworn theatrical device. The end result isn't entirely successful, but the story is inventive enough and the dialog smart enough to make for a worthwhile evening.
In Erin Courtney's drama "I Will Be Gone," almost all of the residents of a small town in California's Sierra Nevada mountains are haunted by something, be it painful memories, unfulfilled desires, or actual ghosts.
Charles Mee's "The Glory of the World" was written to celebrate the centenary of the birthday of author and philosopher Thomas Merton. Born in France but a long-time resident of Kentucky, Merton was a man of many parts.
Washington University's Performing Arts Department recently staged a new theatrical work called, "Sky Sky Sky," by playwright Elizabeth Birkenmeier, a former WU Drama student. While intriguing and thought-provoking, I'm sorry to say I came away with so many questions about…
Joan Lipkin and Darin Slyman, of the VITAL Voice, have paired up to produce the fourth annual "Briefs" short play festival. The acting and direction, as well as the enthusiastic audience, have always been strengths of the production, and each…
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