Honesty Has Its Price in ‘Eat Your Heart Out’

Honesty might be a virtue, but its price, vulnerability, proves steep for some in Courtney Baron’s “Eat Your Heart Out,” a forthright exploration of the demands of unfulfilled desire. Directed by Adam Greenfield, “Eat Your Heart Out” is the fourth play to open in the 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre […]

Actors Theatre Apprentice Showcase Celebrates Food

There’s just over a week left in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. While most of the parts in the festival’s ten world premieres are played by professional actors, every year Actors Theatre commissions playwrights to create a showcase production for the theater’s acting apprentices to perform. This year’s […]

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces new season

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced its next season of plays. The theater will kick off the 2012-13 season September 4 with William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers “Romeo and Juliet.” The tragedy will be directed by Louisville native and former Actors Theatre apprentice Tony Speciale, currently associate artistic director of New York City’s Classic Stage Company. […]

“Hour of Feeling” Masterfully Blends Competing Desires, Cultures

If you want to understand the Sixties, go back to the early 1800s, when Romantic poets like William Wordsworth rejected classical rationalism to celebrate the beauty of deep emotion and the sanctity of individual experience. Playwright Mona Mansour mines this rich literary tradition in “The Hour of Feeling,” an intensely emotional journey from Palestine to […]

Humana Festival Play Examines Sinister Side of Customer Service

Few critical terms are as overused as “Kafkaesque,” which has come to serve as shorthand for tedious bureaucratic snarls of all stripes. But Lisa Kron’s “The Ver**on Play,” a dark yet broad comedy about the hidden machinations and motivations of faceless corporations bent on crushing their customers’ spirits, does its best to live up to […]

Humana Festival of New American Plays Opens at Actors Theatre

It starts with a script that fights its way past nearly 1,000 competing stories to the top of the stack and onto the final bill. It ends with the thrill of discovery, as audiences experience the new work for the first time. The 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays opened Wednesday at Actors Theatre […]