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WCVE Public Radio Theatre Critic John Porter can be heard during NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also the co-host of Time for the Blues.

Articles by John Porter

Psycho Beach Party: Bikini Babes, Surfer Hunks and Gidget Goes Nuts!

It has long been my opinion that Charles Busch is one of the freshest voices in American Theatre. He took the anarchy of Charles Ludlum’s Theatre Of The Ridiculous and stretched the boundaries a little further, using drag as an opportunity to create roles of female empowerment while throwing out great one liners with the dexterity of all of the Marx Brothers.

Quill Theatre’s Production of Hamlet

Over the last 500 years or so there have been many different interpretations of Shakespeare, with settings in different historical times to add a new dimension to the work and to demonstrate his eternal timelessness of his writing. The last few years we’ve seen works set against a Hollywood movie studio, a 1920’s style speakeasy, and a few other interesting choices alongside the more traditional productions.

The Professor’s Picks: Lawrence Olds Band; David Michael Miller; Slam Allen; Shaun Murphy

Is it just me, or does this year seem like it’s flying by? Henry and I have been up to our eyeballs in great music and it’s still coming in. Thanks goodness. That means we have all sorts of great new things to share with you and we’re on the prowl for even more. Thanks for listening to Time For The Blues, and let’s get to this month’s releases.

The Professor’s Picks: Scott Ellison; Papermoon Gypsys; Josh Garrett; Deb Ryder

Henry and I wish we could bring you the blues 24/7, but since that’s not possible we’re going to try and keep you up on some of the best CDs we receive and play. You know we love discovering new artists and playing them for you, but it’s often difficult to get them much air play, so this is one way we can alert you to some great new releases.

Well Known Richmonders Tackle International Theatre Piece

Like many things it all started with an innocent question. It’s not uncommon for some members of the theatre community to reach out to me to ask about certain plays. Usually they use me (and others certainly) to cage how we think that Richmond audiences might like a particular play.

It’s a good way to approach certain decisions, build a consensus and we will come.

It was a simple question really from my old friend Keri Wormald, a great director, who simply asked, “Have you ever heard of the play White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpou?”

I had not.

The Professor’s Picks: Southside; True & Blue

Welcome to The Professor’s Picks, a new column designed to supplement Time for the Blues. Henry and I are always on the lookout for new material and are fortunate to receive a number of CDs from studios, publicists, and friends of the show. And once in a while, we even go out and buy some as well. Truth is, even with trying to bring 14 songs a week to the show, we run out of time and don’t always get around to playing all of the songs we want to play.