Late May is usually a sleepy time for theater here in Lexington. But May 2008 has not just been active, it's been adventurous. Last week, LexArts unveiled In This Place . . . a show folks have been buzzing about since it opened a week ago. It's a buzz that usually goes something like, "(Gasp) . . . wasn't that the most incredible thing?!"
The same weekend, TV star and one-time Lexington resident Leslie Jordan opened his one-man show here and Natasha's Bistro brought in Louisville's Shoestring Productions to present Edward Albee's groundbreaking The Zoo Story.
Let's see if this weekend's theatrical adventures are gasp worthy.
The University of Kentucky Theatre is taking Arlene Hutton's As It Is In Heaven back to the place it was born: the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The UK troupe will be performing the piece in the Meadow View Barn, which has housed the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass -- another extremely imaginative event -- the last two Memorial Day weekends. Could this be the birth of some sort of Shaker Village Arts series?
Meanwhile, back in LexVegas, Theo Edmonds' Cool Life KY operation is presenting its first theatrical endeavor, The Show. Billed as a rock/folk opera about a rock star who loses everything and finds himself in the Bluegrass State, the performance is being billed as a read-through concert to gain support and input for future touring. So, if you are up for a little more adventure, you might want to check out The Show and tell them what you think.