Category Archives: theater

‘Gem of the Ocean’ @ The Playhouse

<THEATER> April 9-13 ‘Gem of the Ocean’ The Playhouse 1911 S. Third St. • 852-6814 $12-$15; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.) Playwright August Wilson’s 10-production “The Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicles the black experience in the 20th century and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. This week, U of L’s Department of Theatre Arts […]

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ @ Henry Clay Theatre

<THEATER> April 4-20 ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ Henry Clay Theatre 604 S. Third St. $21 ($10 students); 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sun.) Our last moments with a person are usually not labeled as such. Death or departure is often abrupt and unexpected, transforming the seemingly ordinary moments that preceded them into […]

Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun @ The Bard’s Town

<THEATER> April 3-5, 10-12 Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road • 876-0532 $16; 7:30 p.m. Now that the Humana Festival is coming to an end, it’s time to showcase a more local crew of playwrights, directors and actors in the annual Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun. This […]

‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ @ The Bard’s Town

<THEATER> March 20-30 ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road • 749-5375 $15 adv., $17 door; 7:30 p.m. Ever since Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released the wildly successful but highly contested book “Lean In,” there’s been a lot of talk about women and the path to success. What does that even mean? […]

‘The Breakup Notebook’ @ Henry Clay Theater

<THEATER> March 13-16, 20-23 ‘The Breakup Notebook’ Henry Clay Theater 604 S. Third St. • 216-5502 $18 adv., $20 door; 7:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Sundays) All breakups suck, but lesbian breakups are some of the most vile, ugly, drama-filled battles I’ve ever seen. When two lesbians are in a skirmish, you best stay out […]

‘Three Viewings’ @ Vault1031 Theatre

March 6-16 ‘Three Viewings’ Vault1031 Theatre 1031 S. Sixth St. $19-$22; 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.) A shy undertaker in love with a local real estate agent, a Los Angeles drifter who steals jewelry from the deceased and a widow who discovers her shady contractor husband left her in debt to the mob: […]

‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ @ Floyd Theater, U of L

  Thursday, March 6 ‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ Floyd Theater, U of L Free; 5 p.m. Louisville’s Tournees French Film Festival closes its 2014 month in the Student Activities Center with “Le Chat du Rabbin,” also known as “The Rabbi’s Cat”. The beloved animated movie about a rabbi and his talking cat was based on […]

‘Doubt: A Parable’ @ Kentucky Center’s MEX Theater

Feb. 28-March 9 Kentucky Center’s MEX Theater 501 W. Main St.” $11; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. March 9) The folks of the Wayward Actors Co. are taking on a pretty impressive production this week. “Doubt: A Parable,” written by John Patrick Shanley, debuted as an off-Broadway play but was moved up to the Walter […]

‘Luz’ @ Henry Clay Theatre

Feb. 27-March 8 Henry Clay Theatre 604 S. Third St. $15-$18; 7:30 p.m. (plus 2 p.m. March 8) One of the most interesting things about refugee stories is that they are simultaneously personal and global. “Luz” details the individual but intersecting journeys of three fictional refugees named Luz, Helene and Zia. At the same […]

‘W;t’ @ Jewish Community Center

Feb. 13-23 Jewish Community Center 3600 Dutchmans Lane • 238-2709 HYPERLINK “” $18 ($35 for benefit); 7:30 p.m. (2 & 7 p.m. on Sundays) How would you spend your last moments on earth? Surrounded by loved ones? Traveling the world? For English professor Vivian Bearing, those last moments are spent quietly, alone in a hospital […]

‘Ages of the Moon’ @ Bunbury Theatre

Feb. 7-9, 12-16, 19-23 Bunbury Theatre 604 S. Third St. $10-$21; various times Bunbury Theatre has managed to lure Emmy-nominated actor Patrick Tovatt out of retirement for its next production, Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon.” After a 15-year absence from the Louisville theater scene, Tovatt is reuniting with director Steve Woodring and actor […]

‘Jane Eyre’ @ Walden Theatre

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Walden Theatre 1123 Payne St. • 589-0084 $8-$15; 7:30 p.m. (plus 2 p.m. on Feb. 1) This production of the classic “Jane Eyre” — adapted by Christina Calvit from the Charlotte Brontë novel — tracks the life of a young governess looking to find stability and love while rising from an […]

‘Dead Man Walking’ @ Thrust Theatre

Jan. 29-Feb. 2 Thrust Theatre 2314 S. Floyd St. • 852-6814 $16 ($13 staff/students); 8 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.) With the Kentucky General Assembly in full swing, Sen. Gerald Neal has introduced a Senate bill to repeal the death penalty and make life without parole the maximum sentence allowed. The House should see […]

‘Green Day’s American Idiot’ @ Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall

Jan. 29-30 Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main St. • 584-7777 $25+; 7:30 p.m. In 1994, Green Day brought its snotty pop-punk to the mainstream with “Longview,” an anthem of boredom-fueled masturbation. And now Green Day has inspired a Broadway musical, which is to say that something doesn’t add up. Ah well, the […]

‘Don Giovanni’ @ Brown Theatre

Jan. 24 & 26 Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway • 852-0544 $20 (free for U of L students); 8 p.m. (Jan. 24), 2 p.m. (Jan. 26) Music students from Louisville and Poland combine for performances this weekend of the Mozart opera “Don Giovanni.” The production is a reprise of a show staged at the Silesian […]

‘Our Town’ @ Actors Theatre

Jan. 23-Feb. 9 Actors Theatre 316 W. Main St. • 584-1205  $35+; various times There isn’t a neighborhood in Louisville named Grover’s Corners, but there doesn’t need to be. The fictional setting of playwright Thornton Wilder’s celebrated “Our Town,” Grover’s Corners represents every neighborhood or town in the United States. It’s a place where […]

Weekender: Jan. 17-19

The Range Friday, Jan. 17 Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. $5-$7; 11 p.m. Any chump can turn out a generic dance record now, and many do. The ones who rise above and get proper respect try to push the expected borders of the field, and The Range is earning his keep. Known to his […]

Weekender: Jan. 10 – 12

Jan. 10-18 ‘Sex Again’ Vault 1031 Theatre
 1031 S. Sixth St. $20; various times The newly established Vault 1031, housed in the Old Louisville warehouse of the Old Armored Car Company, is another indicator of the evolving developments downtown. It’s a trilateral venue: a coffee joint, gallery space and 130-capacity theater rolled into one. […]

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ @ Actors Theatre of Louisville

Jan. 9-Feb. 4 Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main St. • 584-1205 $10+; various times Calling all models of modern Major Generals: Actors Theatre presents the rip-roaring, swashbuckling, indubitably charming comic opera known as “The Pirates of Penzance.” This is no stuffy affair but a reimagining of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, given […]

‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ @ Jewish Community Center

Jan. 9-19 Jewish Community Center 3600 Dutchmans Lane $18; 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 12 & 19, 2 & 7 p.m.) If you want to have the most fun you can have this month, head over to a whorehouse. If that’s not possible for whatever financial, logistical or moral reason, head over to the Jewish Community […]