Theatre 101

Old is Made New Again for THE CAT IN THE HAT

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 11, 2016

The children in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat live in a home which was once Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s from Into the Woods. The Granny was played by my dear friend, the late Mary Harpel. The little girl in The Cat in the Hat, Emily Rourke, sports a costume which Debby Dowlen […]

Dr. Seuss’ THE CAT IN THE HAT Opens Tomorrow

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 4, 2016

Growing up in Memphis and attending parochial school, I envied all those public school kids who went on field trips to the Pink Palace Museum, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, or even to the zoo. The nuns took us across the school parking lot to Mass each morning — that was the extent of our field […]

Hope for Future Generations Eases Hurt of Judgmental Individuals

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 26, 2016

Shrove Tuesday, when I went to the Y, Jesus music filled the entry and hallways, with bits of scripture written on most surfaces. I was surprised and a little hurt, while stretching before Susan Nicholson’s brilliant and creative Pilates class, when a gentleman was asked by his wife to join in the class. His excuse […]

THE MOUNTAINTOP Opens for Pay-What-You-Can Next Wednesday

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 19, 2016

I’ve been saying (and yet saying incorrectly) grandparents bring children to the theatre. I’ve been wrong — it is the children who bring the adults. It’s the children who are building an audience for the future. If only you could hear the squeals of delight as Little Red Riding Hood scurries through the audience, pursued […]

BLUES IN THE NIGHT Heats Up Cold Winter Evenings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 12, 2016

Winter is almost two-thirds over. I’ve divided winter into thirds: my birthday, Valentine’s Day and The Ides of March. For my birthday, I received a card which read, “Whenever you start forgetting stuff, I promise to tell everyone you’re drunk so they don’t think you’re just old.” Valentine’s Eve — tomorrow, Saturday, February 13, at […]

Support Comes in All Forms

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 5, 2016

I’ve been, for the last 33 years, living with the idea that I didn’t mind those who didn’t help us but that I loathed those who have gotten in our way. Even with a more forgiving New Year’s resolution, I’m now deeply bothered by those who take for granted what good comes from live theatre […]

“Nothing Comes from Nothing” with Donation Scam

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 29, 2016

In these cold dreary days of “fall back” patiently waiting for “spring forward” — along with the lack of light which is dearly wanted in the post-Christmas, early winter blahs — we downtown merchants have asked for years that the lights which are put up at Halloween be left up through Valentine’s Day. But, alas, […]

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & FRIENDS Imparts Life Lessons

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 22, 2016

The Brothers Grimm culled their stories from age-old oral traditions. Over the years, the tales have become pasteurized by none other than Walt Disney, who made them palpable to a large film going audience. In that, the stories lost much of the lessons which they were meant to teach at a time when no one […]

Enhancing Curricula Through Live Theatre

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 15, 2016

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” as Shakespeare so aptly said in Hamlet. This is true for The Vagina Monologues as well. When I first experienced Eve Ensler’s work, I was one in a packed audience in APSU’s Clement Auditorium. I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams what I […]

For five years in a row, we produced during the month of January five of the greatest American plays ever written by some of our greatest playwrights: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and my favorite, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s […]