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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

Theatre Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors started out life as a largely improvised film shot over a two-day period when director Roger Corman found he had two days’ rental left on a set and enough actors to make a quick flick. If you are unfamiliar with Corman, he was an amazing filmmaker who relied heavily on hungry actors on their way up, and desperate actors trying to hold on.

Theatre Review: The Mountaintop

How do you represent one of the greatest Americans to ever live on stage? A larger than life human being who helped to lessen the bondage that millions of people were forced to live in might be shown in over the top mythic terms; but since the operative word is “human,” to tell the true story means to look past the myth to the man himself.

The Best of Blues 2015: Volume 2

We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night (2/13/16) at 11:00 for Time for the Blues as Henry and I are going to continue our search for some of the best releases of 2015. It just won’t be the same if you’re not there to join in the fun and enjoy the great blues!

For many of us, 2015 was not the greatest of years; for others it was stellar. One thing we can all probably agree on is that some fantastic music was unleashed on the world – and we’ve got a nice sampling of it for you.

Christmas Blues 2015!

Time for the Blues for our annual Holiday Show with absolutely no stress, no familial obligations and you’re the one who gets the presents! Henry has been the busiest elf this season putting together the entire show (except for one song that I insisted we play) and he’s done a terrific job, even if he won’t wear the required curly toed elf shoes.

Blues Music: The Professor’s Picks for December 2015

Wow, the holidays really sneaked up on us, didn’t they? We’re almost to the end of 2015, and looking at what we all hope will be a great 2016. Before you know it, we’ll (hopefully) be back at this point and wondering just where all that time flew off to. (Okay, I know that last sentence was improperly written, but give me a break, I’m a blues guy, sometimes grammar gets in the way of what I’m trying to say.)