Brevard Symphony Orchestra: Mixing It Up

By PAM HARBAUGH Brevard Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director Christopher Confessore always likes to mix it up. And he’s going to do just that this evening when the BSO presents the season’s final concert — one that explores how folk music can inform symphonic music. The concert begins with Johannes Brahms’ “Academic Festival...

Damien Share at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

This is a detail of a painting by surfer artist Damien Share. By PAM HARBAUGH You typically see works by surfer artist Damien Share brightening up area restaurants like The Scrambled Egg in Indian Harbour Beach. Now, though, Mr. Share has an exhibition in a proper gallery — the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. His...

Review: ‘Memphis’ at Riverside Theatre

By PAM HARBAUGH VERO BEACH, FL — A compelling story, electrifying dance and soul-stirring music come together in a the highly theatrical, professional production of the musical “Memphis,” on stage now at Riverside Theatre. The storied success of this show begins with its concept – present a story rife with universal themes (the inevitability...

‘Pirates of Penzance’ land at Eau Gallie High this weekend

'Pirates of Penzance' at Eau Gallie High School

‘Pirates of Penzance’ at Eau Gallie High School. Photo courtesy of Eau Gallie High School drama department. By PAM HARBAUGH Holly McFarland makes her debut as the director of a big musical this weekend when her students hit the stage at Eau Gallie High School in the production of “Pirates of Penzance.” This popular...

Day Four…Humana Fest delivers with two surprises

Actors Theatre_Photo by Kertis Creative

Actors Theatre_Photo by Kertis Creative By PAM HARBAUGH LOUISVILLE, KY — The final day of the 2015 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville ended with a bang. No whimpers here. For us, it began with “That High Lonesome Sound,” a collaborative work by playwrights Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle and Charise...

Winning New Plays Are…

By PAM HARBAUGH Bill Hirschman, the new chair of the American Theatre Critics Association, handed our $41,000 to playwrights at the final evening celebration for the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays. The festival is held each year at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The prizes come from both the Harold & Mimi...

Humana Fest…Start day 3 with a raucous laugh

Jennifer Kidwell, Dito van Reigersberg and Mary McCool_Photo by Bill Brymer (2)

From “I Promised Myself to Live Faster” Jennifer Kidwell, Dito van Reigersberg and Mary McCool_Photo by Bill Brymer (2) By PAM HARBAUGH LOUISVILLE, KY — When the curtain rose on “I Promised Myself to Live Faster,” I felt like Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company had collided with San Francisco’s outrageous “Beach Blanket Babylon.” A...

Humana Fest day 2…the best of times, the worst of times

Kevin R. Free Sharon Washington Marjorie Johnson and Sean Dugan_Dot_Photo by Bill Brymer

Kevin R. Free Sharon Washington Marjorie Johnson and Sean Dugan_Dot_Photo by Bill Brymer By PAM HARBAUGH LOUISVILLE, KY — Friday at the Humana Festival started with breakfast hugs from Les Waters, the artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, which runs the Humana. The theater offered breakfast at Milkwood restaurant which is in...

Blogging from the Humana Festival

By PAM HARBAUGH LOUISVILLE, KY — I’m here to experience one of the highlights of the year for me — the final industry weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays held in the spring at the revered Actors Theatre of Louisville. The long weekend begins with a cocktail party at a deliriously...

‘Bad Dog’ opens at Orlando Shakes

Production photo by Tony Firriolo features Orlando Shakes' cast of "Bad Dog."

Production photo by Tony Firriolo features Orlando Shakes’ cast of “Bad Dog.” By PAM HARBAUGH The best theater organizations in this country not only produce excellent theater, but they also help birth new works. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre does just that with its annual “Playfest!” and its affiliation with the acclaimed National New Play...