Monday, December 7, 2015

Three Things You Should See This December

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider

It is holiday season, but we have found some shows that are just good no matter what time of year it is. Check out these three shows that the Arts Insider recommends.

The As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company
Originally titled Threes, Company is a 1970 musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original production was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won seven.

Its plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby’s 35th birthday.

Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. As Sondheim puts it, “Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we're going to bring it right back in their faces.”

WHERE: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Dec. 4-13, various performances
CONTACT: the Box Office 502.584.7777 or here
** Recommended for Adults

Jill Scott in Concert
New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actress are only a few of the titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the No. 1 album in the country with The Light Of The Sun, performing at The White House, being named People Magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late ‘90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double-platinum album that earned several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist.

Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, including Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol.2 and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3 which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.

Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Scott was cast as the lead character in the 2009 HBO/BBC miniseries The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Scott also starred alongside Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson in the No. 1 national movie series (2007’s) Why Did I Get Married? as well as Lifetime Movie Network’s Sins of the Mother, the 2010 made for TV movie becoming the second-most watched premiere in the network’s history.

A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a 501(c)3 foundation that supports minority students pursuing college degrees.

Scott’s most recent release and fifth studio album, Woman, dropped in July of 2015.

WHEN: Dec. 11 @ 8pm
WHERE: Louisville Palace
TICKETS: $49.50-$99.50
CONTACT: here or in person at the Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Eve Theatre Company

Eve Theatre Company opens its fourth season with the internationally heralded comedy, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Since its Los Angeles premiere and Broadway opening, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has been translated into 14 languages and has traversed the globe with productions in 24 countries. The play has established itself as an international hit and one of the most produced plays in the world.

Richard Alfieri’s two-character comedy opens as an aging but still formidable woman hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her lessons at her home in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to a profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha while sharing more than dance steps. During their final lesson, she reveals a closely guarded secret and he shares his greatest gifts of loyalty and compassion.

The play made its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles June 6, 2001 with Uta Hagan and David Hyde Pierce in the roles of Lily and Michael, respectively. The play went on to Broadway, opening at the Belasco Theatre on October 29, 2003 and featuring Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill.

The show has enjoyed praise from around the world. According to the New York Post, it is “a joy to watch!” The Hollywood Reporter called it “thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving.” The Sydney Daily Telegraph wrote “the tightly scripted dialogue is sharp, witty, entertaining and filled with pithy observations of the human condition.” London’s The Sun said that it was “cha-cha charming” and The Miami Herald noted that it is “valuable as gold!”

Eve Theatre Company is a 501c3 nonprofit performing arts organization based in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to create opportunities for women of all ages to give voice to and develop their talents in any and all aspects of theatre arts. Through performance and production across all genres, Eve explores the human experience from a female perspective and gives birth to a stronger, more vibrant community.

WHEN: Dec. 3-13 @ 7:30pm (except Dec. 6 and 13-shows @ 2:30pm)
WHERE: Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Victor Jory Theatre
TICKETS: $22 for general admission and $19 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.
CONTACT: here or by calling 502.759.1912

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