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]


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


The Alley Theater

Feb. 8 – 24: The Return of the Tick

Mar. 8-31: The Awesome 80’s Prom


Bellarmine University

Feb. 16–24: Detroit


Bunbury Theatre

Feb. 16 – Mar. 4: Red


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

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



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


The Chamber Theatre

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


Commonwealth Theatre Center

Mar. 1–10: Circe and Ulysses


Derby Dinner Playhouse

Feb. 21 – Apr. 8: Mamma Mia!

Children’s Shows:

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


Eve Theatre Company

Mar. 8-11: Sisters in Song


Floyd Central High School Theatre Department

Mar. 16 – 18: One Act Festival


Frazier Museum
Live historical interpretations daily


Gonzo Improv

Feb. 24: My Funny (Belated) Valentine

Mar. 2: Beware the tIDEs Pods of March


Hayswood Theatre

Feb. 9-25: Lend Me A Tenor


Jackson County Community Theatre

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


The Liminal Playhouse

Mar. 29 – Apr. 8: Sex with Strangers

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


Little Colonel Playhouse

Mar. 9–18: Lost in Yonkers


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)


Louisville Ballet

Mar. 2–4: The Beyond


Mind’s Eye Theatre Company

Feb. 16-25: A Chorus Line


New Albany Theatre Arts

Feb. 16-25: Godspell


Oldham County Schools

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


Pandora Productions

Mar. 15–25: Victor/Victoria


PNC Broadway Across America

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


Sacred Heart School for the Arts

Mar. 9–17: Les Misérables


Shelby County Community Theatre

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


Shively Library:

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


Stage One

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


The Theatre Downstream

Feb. 24-25: Something’s Afoot


University of Louisville Studio Theatre

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


Ursuline Arts Center

Mar. 9–17: Les Misérables


Washington County Theatre

March 9 – 11: The Bottle Tree


WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater

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


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