“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 […]

Clarence Brown Theatre Presents King Charles III

Clarence Brown Theatre’s current production, which opened last night, explores a circumstance which many who follow the British monarchy have long imagined: How might a reign by Prince Charles take shape. When Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles, presumably assumes the throne, how will he be viewed? Will he remain a ceremonial figure like recent Queens […]

Santaland Diaries Plays Around the Darkness on the Edge of Christmas

Christmas is all lightness and joy, right? Good will to men (and presumably these days, women). Joy to the Earth. Santa is coming and all is well. He may be checking his list, but we’ll get a pass and a big pile of presents in the end, right? Right? Well, meet Crumpet, the focal elf […]