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Comment Archives: Events: 5 Stars

Re: “Tin Pan South feat. Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Denmark, Sara Haze, Meghan Linsey & Danielle Peck

So excited for Thursday night!!! :) Going to be a blast. Love Meghan Linsey - she is so talented and such a sweet person. Love her new music - she is phenomenal!!! :) Come on out to the Hard Rock and hear awesome music!!! :)

Posted by Meghan Linsey's Megafans on 03/25/2014 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Next Fall

Review: Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffs, at Actors Bridge Ensemble Studio

Not Your Grandpa’s Kind of Gay Play

Playwright Robert Patrick, who in the course of his career has provokingly examined, among other things, a fairly wide swath of gay cultural terrain, once bristled at having his work categorized under the restrictive rubric of Gay Plays. “What is a gay play?” he asked. “A play that sleeps with plays of the same sex?” Virtually all writers aspire to some sort of universality, if only to get their point across, and hope their chosen specificities don’t garner them a limiting genre label.

Next Fall, the insistently theological piece by Geoffrey Nauffs currently at Actors Bridge Ensemble Studio, is, no matter how you slice it, a gay play. It serves up a chronologically jumbled stack of slices from a five-year-old relationship between Luke (Conway Preston) a twenty-something cater-waiter/aspiring actor and Adam (Chuck Long) a slightly older hypochondriacal candle salesman. Their central conflict is Luke’s unshakable belief in his Bible-based Christian faith and the inevitably fiery consequences of their persistent gay sinning. Not that Luke is a constant Savonarola; he calmly and tacitly keeps his fundamental certainties out of the bedroom except for the niggling practice of confessional prayers immediately after sex. This is too much for neurotic Adam who persistently picks at the unexamined contradictions between Luke’s behavior and beliefs. The historical vignettes show us, both comedically and dramatically, the amassing conflict that threatens their otherwise successful partnership.

This focus on ultimately cosmic questions frees Next Fall from the patronizing Gay Play prison. Avoiding the usual pitfalls of political manifestos and gratuitously exposed flesh, Nauffts, more effectively than at any time since Lanford Wilson gave us the quotidian yet cosmic problems of a gay couple in Fifth of July almost four decades ago, has managed to proffer a gay plot scenario which doesn’t wreak Godzilla-like carnage on its surroundings. Paradoxically, he does so by making Luke’s gayness a major problem for his father, the almost too appropriately named Butch (Phil Perry.) Gruffly old school, Butch doesn’t believe in natural selection or the reliability of an acting career, and while he may or may not surmise his son’s sexual orientation, he exudes self-denial in every sense of the word. There is even the barest insinuation (wisely not pursued by the author) that he might be suppressing similar feelings from his earlier years. Yet the play is also comfortable being about emotional neglect and fear of the unknown. These deeper themes are what truly trip the characters up. Each of them in their own way is in ostrich mode, avoiding the difficult realities, and the play’s action shows how this can be a soul-withering trap, far more destructive than frank communication.

A medical emergency lands Luke’s chosen and blood families together in the pressure-cooker confines of Beth Israel Hospital’s waiting room, where their unresolved conflicts reach crisis proportions. Beneath displays of alpha-male organizing and bullying, veteran character actor Phil Perry poignantly reveals glimpses of Butch’s real love and concern for his son. In her turn as Luke’s loving but self-centered, pill-popping mother, Denice Hicks again proves she is one of Nashville’s most inventive stage chameleons by bringing a manic yet deliciously appealing lilt to an otherwise pathetic character. Kara McLeland solidly portrays Luke’s solicitous and supportive best friend Holly, and Joe Blankenship, as internally conflicted friend Brandon, is especially fine at conveying finely nuanced reactions to the upheaval all around him. Chuck Long gives a strong performance as Adam, sincere but often doubtful of himself and others, and Conway Preston is ever alluring as Luke, the confident and determined glue that holds this micro-society together.

Director Richard Puerta has adeptly mounted this first fully staged production in the very intimate environs of Actors Bridge Ensemble’s Studio on Charlotte Avenue. Excellent performances on the inventive no-frills set should guarantee that audiences will continue to seek out this back-lot industrial space off a loading dock with a port-a-potty restroom. After all, tracking down eccentric venues is part of Nashville’s adventurous theatrical environment. Next Fall continues it’s run through April 6th.

-- Bob Fish

Posted by ixthvs on 03/24/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Bellesque Grand Opening

Bellesque was AMAZING! The show was fun, the girls were HOT, and the band was fantastic. Anthem is the perfect environment for this kind of show. I would definitely pay to see it again.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by newbellesquefan on 03/17/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Eric Lee Beddingfield w/Dan Adams Band & Jimmy Stanley and the Union

Dan Adams Band and Jimmy Stanley put on a great show!!

Posted by I Know. on 03/16/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes Album Release feat. Alanna Royale & Blank Range

Can't stop listening to this new album! Looking forward to the show!

Posted by Dan Mathews Sr. on 03/06/2014 at 10:46 AM
Posted by whubner on 03/05/2014 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Honey Locust Album Release feat. Alex Baker


2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pat Howell on 02/27/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Back When '80s/'90s Dance Party

dope party!!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by la;ksdjf on 02/10/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Farewell Drifters Album Release

Looking forward to this!

Posted by britishdreamer on 02/06/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Love! Valour! Compassion!

Love! Valour! Compassion! Nominated for over thirteen awards including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Show with BWW Nashville 2013.

Posted by ofomexec on 01/19/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Jamie and Pat Mclaughlin

Our son took us to Douglas Corner Café on Friday the 13th to show us the "other side" of Nashville (not Broadway St/not "hat acts"). We were absolutely mesmerized by Jamie and Pat McLaughlin. Jamie's voice is a true treasure - unique in every good way. Their combined talents made a great show and one well worth seeing/hearing. Jamie, in particular, is a young man to keep your eye and ear on!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sharon Cusick on 12/18/2013 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

We're about to put on one helluva show for y'all! It's gonna be a mafiasco!
This outpouring of love is so inspiring! I can't wait for everyone to see what we can do <3

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Heidi Urban on 12/05/2013 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

Anyone who hasn't seen them have no idea what they are missing. Great show, will keep you laughing !

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Daniel Levi Gibson on 12/05/2013 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

It's gonna be off da chain....

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Posted by Peter Depp on 12/05/2013 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

These people are too funny if you live anywhere close to Nashville and you need a laugh, perhaps a break from the reality that plays tricks with you on a daily basis. Then stop on by and be prepared to LOL or LMAO or LUSRDYN. Yep y'all figure that last one out!

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Julia Calvery on 12/05/2013 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

It is always a good time when they perform

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Posted by Jack Heikle II on 12/05/2013 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

i don't know mafia but i do know comedy and this bunch of rabble, misfits, clowns and some of them are rumored to be serial panty sniffers are FUNNY. I'VE seent it! The Wrapping is dope as well. I'm out.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Charles Chesney on 12/05/2013 at 1:37 PM
Posted by Olson Parker on 12/05/2013 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

Im so happy to be a part of the Comedy Mafia , don't miss us in action cause its going down we going to show you what a good comedy show is all about

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Posted by Marcus Quit Playin Jones on 12/05/2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Comedy Mafia Presents "Killin' You With Jokes" Feat. Renard Hirsch & A Jew and a Black Guy

Comedy Mafia Bio

Sexual innuendos. Freestyle raps. Fat Joke. It's all fair game to the Comedy Mafia when they command the stage. Hailing from Nashville, TN, the four members that make up the troupe are mostly long-time friends with a secret white girl weapon in their back pocket. It's straight up criminal, no doubt, but they don't back down for nobody. Comedy Mafia is stepping on the scene for one reason – and one reason only. To take the crowd into the back alley of reality and “kill 'em with comedy”.

There is no witness protection program where these local artists got their humble start. Having the talent to make people laugh, constantly write material and keep up with the business side of things is hard enough. They've discovered that each member 'has a job to do' and they just get it done. And they do it very well. From Nashville to Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Kentucky, the crime spree hopes to declare more victims at a comedy club near you. Comedy Mafia has graced the local stages of Zanies, Jazz N Jokes, Spanky's, East Room, Joe's Crab Shack (yes, really!) and Blue Bar, just to name a few.

The heart and soul of this family is not in just making the crowd laugh for profit. The more important aspect for them is the sense of community and fellowship that comedy can bring. This form of entertainment, especially on an underground level, forces people of like minds, hearts and interests to laugh and relate together. Just because they're Mafia doesn't mean they have to bribe anyone to promote their shows. They do it all themselves. And it ought to be illegal.

Comedy Mafia members do perform solo, but they also do skits and group acts. Keep an eye out for these folks. No, seriously. They're dangerous. And they know where you live.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Monty Hicks on 12/05/2013 at 12:48 PM

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