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.
Articles by John Porter
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.
We hope you’ll join us this week (7/25/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are working hard on a special show with some good new stuff, some fine older stuff, a guy we’ve never played before, and some that feature a genuine member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
We hope you’ll join us this week (6/13/15) for a very special edition of Time for the Blues. I know that sounds like an advertisement for just about every cheesy 80’s sitcom, but in our case it’s absolutely true. Except for the cheesy part, we’re going to leave that out in the lobby.
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.
Every year in preparation for the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, local blues societies hold their own challenge qualifying the best groups, solo or duo acts, and even young people to represent the society at the big showdown. Winning in Memphis can change a performer’s life by opening doors to the best clubs and even a chance to record for a major label.
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.