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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts and Culture: Theater

Re: “Nashville Children's Theatre's production of James and the Giant Peach is led by a strong cast — and some technical wizardry

Not doubting Mr. Brady's theatrical knowledge or vigor, yet must disagree with his comment on the lack of tactile consideration Nashville Children's Theatre's staff takes in this, and indeed, each and every production shared with its Middle Tennessee's community. Puppets designed by one of the nation's greatest hand sewn by NCT's own Kim Townsend , costumes that are always conceived and stitched in-house by Patricia Taber and Katie Sellers, scene imagery created from hand cut pieces of paper layered upon each other to create the moving images on the screen by the recognized Colin Peterson...It is difficult, and totally unexpected, for an audience member to know the details involved in a full musical production. And although Nashville is full of opportunities for theatrical experiences, I do expect those whose job is it to report on them to do it with knowledge. I am certain that Artistic Producing Director, Scot Copeland, would be happy to take your call.

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Posted by Trayte Peters on 11/21/2014 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Barry Scott's production of The Mountaintop delivers a refreshingly humanized profile of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Posted by ocaab1 on 11/09/2014 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Chaffin's Barn mounts Ain't Misbehavin', with mixed results

Hope this show (Aint Misbehavin) will come back soon. The talent is GREAT. Was my first visit, Will also be coming to the next show (Gone but not forgotten). I love this place. Hope everyone will experience coming out to the big red barn.

Posted by Norma on 10/20/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “KB Productions mounts a fabulous production of Peter Shaffer's Equus

"Artful," "Elegant," "Purposeful" are words that will never belong with sexual deviance and perversion.

Equus is the epitome of lewd: "Behavior that is deemed morally impure or unacceptable in a sexual sense; open and public indecency tending to corrupt the morals of the community; gross or wanton indecency in sexual relations."

This play created a stench that infected the entire city. "Shameful," "Shocking," "Offensive," "Vile," and "Triple-X Rated" would have been apt words to describe it.

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Posted by Nazaha on 10/02/2014 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang comes to OZ — and to prison

Our apologies. The error has been corrected.

Posted by mr. pink on 09/12/2014 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang comes to OZ — and to prison

Please note: The Actor's Gang hosted their workshop at Charles Bass Correctional Complex and not Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

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Posted by Julie Doochin on 09/11/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Chaffin's Barn mounts Ain't Misbehavin', with mixed results

This article is less than descriptive about this amazing show and talent.My husband and I had a wonderful night out at Chaffins and enjoyed this show very much. The caliber of talent we saw could have been on any professional stage. Too bad there's only 4 or 5 in town. These "community theater actors" were thrilling and entertaining.

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Posted by bonbon333 on 09/04/2014 at 5:14 PM
Posted by bonbon333 on 09/04/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The seventh president gets the musical parody treatment in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Street Theatre Company

Ha - me too, but not from the play. It inspired me to go read up on AJ some more. Of course everyone knows about the trail of tears and impregnating slaves, but I wanted to go see how much of the other stuff is accurate.

Posted by Bryan Pieper on 03/21/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The seventh president gets the musical parody treatment in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Street Theatre Company

after seeing BBAJ I learned more about AJ than I did in (Metro public) school

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Posted by Nashville native on 03/20/2014 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Eddie George revisits the Bard in Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Othello

Completely enjoyed the production. I must agree, the stage was truly Iago's and at the end Emilla's.

Posted by Mark Cantrell on 02/01/2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Eddie George revisits the Bard in Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Othello

This headline is SO Awesome!!
Running Back for Moor

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Posted by Kevin Warrington on 01/16/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Keeton Theatre's White Christmas and Studio Tenn's A Christmas Carol provide worthy holiday fare

It hardly seems news that the classic White Christmas is a corny show with contrivances, what did you expect, Bruce Norris? The condescending tone here is the mark of a pseudo-sophisticate.

Posted by Jonathan on 12/19/2013 at 7:47 AM

Re: “A phone-sex operator turns her personal stories into three nights of performances

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Posted by Harry Jesper on 12/07/2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “After 60 years, Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight! still has lessons for us

Great Article for an Incredible artist.

FOUR Emmys is amazing - but FIVE - the number Mr. Holbrook has actually won is one better.

All told, he had garnered a lucky THIRTEEN Primetime Emmy nominations.

He took home FIVE golden statues for:

Outstanding Performance - Informational "Portrait of America: Alaska" (1989)
Outstanding Lead Actor - Limited Series - "Sandburg's Lincoln" (1976)
Actor of the Year - Special - "Pueblo ABC Theater" (1974)
Best Lead Actor - Drama - "Pueblo ABC Theater" (1974)
Outstanding Continued Performance - Actor "The Senator: The Bold Ones" (1971)

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Posted by Shirley Steve on 09/05/2013 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Modernity doesn't bode well for the Bard in Shakespeare in the Park's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Have to disagree with you about Midsummer Nights Dream. Yes, there were problems with the voice amplification in parts, but the production itself was refreshing and well-done. The larger issue is the band shell itself. Nashville needs to replace it with a true outdoor band shell facility - one that incorporates a sloped seating area to reinforce the sound.

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Posted by intrepid on 08/30/2013 at 10:07 AM

Re: “A musical about budding sexual curiosity makes for darkly compelling entertainment at Street Theatre

just a quick word about the R rating: the rating is more to let people know that there is some serious adult content in the show, but it isn't as strictly enforced as it would be in a movie theatre. like martin mentioned, the show is about kids after all...and my 17 year old loved it. if you have a 16 year old or even a mature 15 year old who is familiar with some of the conventions of theater, then i'd say bring them. the nudity is brief, tasteful, and can be easily ignored.

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Posted by mainstreet on 05/16/2013 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Women's Theater Project focuses attention on Lisa Loomer's Distracted

God, her work is abysmal. What a mess.

Posted by SRC on 04/05/2013 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth is a compelling spectacle, but style sometimes overshadows substance

Loved the venue! Loved the play! Intimate and spectacular!

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Posted by Kimberly Ann McDonald on 01/18/2013 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth is a compelling spectacle, but style sometimes overshadows substance

I have to disagree to a degree. Nashville is not London, New York, or any other theatre town. Not knocking it because I love my city. But to keep people's attention and "wow" them, it takes more than Shakespeare's words to do that. Unless you want 20 people in the audience, that is what it takes. I have been doing theatre for almost 25 years, (Shakespeare shows for 15), and I see people paying more attention to their cell phones that the hard work being done on the stage. It is truly sad, but that is the time we live in.

These theatre companies need butts in the seats, and the folks who see the show need to tell their friends how "awesome" it is so they can pay for the production. If it comes down to pleasing a critic and the artistic few, or making money by pleasing the general population, I go with the general pop. Actors do not act to make friends happy, and this is not about selling out.

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Posted by Vikinglord on 01/18/2013 at 4:33 PM

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