‘dirty sexy derby play’ @ The Bard’s Town

Jan. 26-Feb. 4

The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Road • 876-0532
$15; 7:30 p.m.

For a theater town obsessed with a certain annual horse race, it’s odd that there aren’t many plays written here about the Kentucky Derby. Thankfully, Brian Walker’s saucy “dirty sexy derby play” is back after a strong 2008 debut with a revised script and a mostly new cast. The play takes us back to 1974, a month after massive tornadoes ripped through Louisville, where hostile mates Vanessa and Carl have decided that the best way to cheer up their friends who lost everything in the storm is to invite them to a key party (you draw car keys to decide who goes home with whom) on Derby Day. Hi-jinks naturally ensue. The 2008 production was a delightful retro romp through the swinging ’70s with enough homegrown Louisville jokes to make any local crack a knowing grin, and a freshly polished script sounds promising. —Erin Keane

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