A Preview of “Blithe Spirit” Presented by Clarence Brown Theatre

Clarence Brown Theatre continues its season with Noël Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit,” directed by Sharon Ott. Debuted in London in 1941, it ran for a record 1,997 performances and then followed with a successful run on Broadway. It was later adapted for film, a musical, television, and radio. It has since enjoyed a number of […]

“People Where They Are” Speaks to the Past and the Present

Set in a very divisive time in history, six people gather and explore their shared and different experiences. On the surface, they should be on the same side. But they each believe so strongly in their own reality that initially they can’t see the commonality. Each maintains their own stereotypes and generalizations even as they […]

“Million Dollar Quartet” Conjures the Heart of Rock and Roll

I’ve been waiting for this production since last year when it was announced. On December 4, 1956, a magical gathering, orchestrated by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, came together for one of modern music’s most captivating moments. Gathered in the same room that afternoon and early evening, stars Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash […]

The Madwoman of Chaillot Begins Its Run at the Clarence Brown Theatre

Who would ever believe a plot that involved unscrupulous businessmen attempting to make money from a source that would destroy natural beauty? In the case of the Madwoman of Chaillot, the natural beauty is actually man-made as this group of businessmen determine there is oil beneath Paris and they are determined to get at it. […]

“Detroit ’67” Begins a Short Run at Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre

As I walked down Gay Street last night, I heard a song from 1968 blaring from a car window and looked up to see a roughly twenty-year-old young woman singing along to each word. It was a hit about thirty years before she was born. Thirty seconds after she passed, a cyclist, also in his […]