TheatreLouisville Commentary: The Invisible Reviewer

The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout is an outstanding reviewer. Writing for the most discriminating of readerships, he travels the nation to review fine theatrical productions, knowing that only a tiny percentage of his readers will even be close enough to visit those theatres — yet he makes us “see” the productions in all of their uniqueness and strength. His own persona never gets in the way.

Lately, several local reviews have been all about the reviewer, not about the production. In cases where extraordinary performances were given, this was especially irksome.

A good reviewer, like a good director, should be invisible, seen only through his or her work. Anything else is a misdirected view, indeed.

— A.S. Waterman

Summer Schedule


Actors Theatre of Louisville

Aug. 29 – Oct. 14: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika


The Alley Theater

June 15 – July 1: The Trail To Oregon: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Musical

July 14-22: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

August 3-26: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson


Andrew K. McGill, world premiere production
at Clarksville Little Theatre

July 21-30: Backstage Secrets


The Bard’s Town

July 21 – Aug. 5: Bethany


Bunbury Theatre
(Performances at the Henry Clay)

June 9-25: Stages of Bloom


Derby Dinner Playhouse

May 31 – July 9: Empty Nest

June 26: The Johnny Counterfit Show

Derby Dinner Children’s Theatre:

June 3 – July 8: Fancy Nancy the Musical


Eve Theatre Company

June 23 – July 1: Things My Mother Taught Me


Frazier Museum

Live historical interpretations daily


Kentucky Shakespeare

June 15 – July 22: Richard II

July 29-23: Julius Caesar

July 22, 4:30 p.m.: Bard-A-Thon (All three productions.)

July 11-23: Three plays in repertory

July 27-30: The Merchant of Venice, presented by Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players (Professional training program for high school students.)

Community Partners Weeks:

July 30 and Aug. 8: Production from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, to be announced

Aug. 1-6: Kiss Me Kate, presented by CenterStage

Aug. 1-6: “Lady Lear,” presented by the Louisville Ballet

Aug. 9-13: “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” presented by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Other Performances:

July 1 and 15: Late Night Shakes, Louisville Improvisors (following Kentucky Shakespeare performances)

Nightly pre-show entertainment to be announced


The Liminal Playhouse

Aug. 31 – Sept. 10: Hir


Little Colonel Playhouse

July 13-16: Much Ado Out West


Looking For Lilith

July 12-23: UNHEARD [outloud]


Mind’s Eye Theatre Company

June 15-24: Avenue Q


Resonant Light Theatre Project
at the Clifton Center

July 7-17: Look Me in the Eye


Shelby County Community Theatre

July 20-30: Into the Woods


Teatro Tercera Llamada
At The Bard’s Town

June 15-24: Confessions… de Josefina López


TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana

Aug. 10-20: Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater

May 13 – June 24: Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie


(All listings subject to change)


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