TLo Commentary: The “Best of…” NOT

It’s that time of year again. Basketball. Valentines Day. Snow. And “Best of” solicitations. Balloting where “one person, one vote” does not apply. Where people can send in their votes to publications they don’t read. Where relatives and friends determine the winners among restaurants they’ve never tried and businesses they’ve never used. Where votes are counted from people who’ve never set foot in Kentuckiana. Where the most absurd categories reign. (Best Nail Salon? Seriously??) And here in the theatre world, where “vote for me!” earns votes from people who didn’t see the shows. Where big is assumed to be best. And where outsiders decide who is a professional actor. (WE ALL ARE.)

If you really must participate, please do so fairly and honestly. Or better yet, ignore these contests in order to expose them for what they are: self-serving, promotional vehicles. FORCE them to become true rewards for excellence so that they’ll stop exploiting honest, hardworking professionals.

Be the best of readers, patrons and consumers. True excellence deserves it.

— A.S. Waterman

Winter Listings

Acting Against Cancer

March 2018: [title of show]

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Actors Theatre of Louisville

Feb. 28 – April 8, 2018: The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays:

Feb. 28 – Apr. 8: “God Said This” by Leah Nanako Winkler

Mar. 6 – Apr. 8: “Marginal Loss” by Deborah Stein

Mar. 9 – Apr. 8: “Do You Feel Anger?” by Mara Nelson-Greenberg

Mar. 16 – Apr. 8: “Evocation to Visible Appearance” by Mark Schultz

Mar. 23 – Apr. 8: “we, the invisibles” by Susan Soon He Stanton

Mar. 23 – Apr. 8: “You Across from Me” by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt

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The Alley Theater

Feb. 8 – 24: The Return of the Tick

Mar. 8-31: The Awesome 80’s Prom

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Bellarmine University

Feb. 16–24: Detroit

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Bunbury Theatre

Feb. 16 – Mar. 4: Red

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CAMT (Cardinals for the Appreciation of Musical Theatre) at UofL

Mar. 8-11: The 25th Annual Putnam county Spelling Bee

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CenterStage

Feb. 15 – Mar. 3, 2018: Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party

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The Chamber Theatre

Mar. 2–10: All People Sneeze – From short stories by Anton Chekhov

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Commonwealth Theatre Center

Mar. 1–10: Circe and Ulysses

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Derby Dinner Playhouse

Feb. 21 – Apr. 8: Mamma Mia!

Children’s Shows:

Feb. 24 – Mar. 31: Curious George The Golden Meatball

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Eve Theatre Company

Mar. 8-11: Sisters in Song

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Floyd Central High School Theatre Department

Mar. 16 – 18: One Act Festival

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Frazier Museum
Live historical interpretations daily

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Gonzo Improv

Feb. 24: My Funny (Belated) Valentine

Mar. 2: Beware the tIDEs Pods of March

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Hayswood Theatre

Feb. 9-25: Lend Me A Tenor

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Jackson County Community Theatre

Feb. 16–24: Almost, Maine (dinner theatre at The Pines Restaurant, Seymour, IN)

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The Liminal Playhouse

Mar. 29 – Apr. 8: Sex with Strangers

May 24 – June 3: The Fastest Clock in the Universe

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Little Colonel Playhouse

Mar. 9–18: Lost in Yonkers

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Looking For Lilith

Mar. 15–24: The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep.
Audio description (March 22) and ASL (March 16) by request only, at least 2 weeks in advance:
502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)

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Louisville Ballet

Mar. 2–4: The Beyond

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Mind’s Eye Theatre Company

Feb. 16-25: A Chorus Line

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New Albany Theatre Arts

Feb. 16-25: Godspell

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Oldham County Schools

Feb. 22-24: Robin Hood/The Knight at Dawn

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Pandora Productions

Mar. 15–25: Victor/Victoria

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PNC Broadway Across America

Mar. 13–18: School of Rock, the Musical

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Sacred Heart School for the Arts

Mar. 9–17: Les Misérables

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Shelby County Community Theatre

Feb. 23 – Mar. 4: Arsenic and Old Lace

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Shively Library:

Feb. 26: Fourth Annual African-American Read-in

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Stage One

Mar. 31 – Apr. 20: American Tales: John Henry, Pecos Bill, & Brer Rabbit

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The Theatre Downstream

Feb. 24-25: Something’s Afoot

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University of Louisville Studio Theatre

Feb. 23 – Mar. 4: Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine

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Ursuline Arts Center

Mar. 9–17: Les Misérables

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Washington County Theatre

March 9 – 11: The Bottle Tree

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WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater

Feb. 17 – Apr. 14, 2018: A Murder Out of Time

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