Depending on whom you ask, for theatre lovers this is either the most exciting time of the year or the most frustrating. This is the time of year when the annual “Artsie” Award nominations are released and the debate rages as to who will win, and who was left off the list.
Articles by John Porter
We hope you will join us this week (8/15/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are celebrating our 9th Anniversary on the air! That’s right, the little show that we thought might make it six weeks has somehow stuck around for nine years of great music and really bad jokes! (Important note about Kenny Wayne Shepherd show Friday 8/14 below!)
We hope you will join us this week (8/1/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I try to combat the rising summer temperatures with some very cool music. Think about it, the word “blues” even sounds cool – it’s the best way to wind down a busy hot Saturday.
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.
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.