The Montana Skatepark Association has put out the call for submissions to this year’s On Deck skatedeck art auction. Here’s the info they sent…
Late in Larke Schuldberg’s play, “Sound of Planes,” 24-year-old Margaret stands on a plain, gray platform and intones a monologue that begins in passive voice. “Now I am breathing in. Now I am breathing out. Now I am breathing in. I see the men. Men in uniform. Men coming up the steps. I take a breath.”
The men come silently in the door.
“Guten tag,” she says, her greeting echoed in ragged unison by her 20-year-old and 16-year-old self, both of whom stand nearby.
It’s a scene that breaks that most basic maxim of conventional theatrical wisdom: Show, don’t tell. With its mash-up of German and English phrases and its mix-up of three different personifications of the same person, it’s also a scene that could only happen in the unreal space of the theatre.
Yet, as the glint of tears on the cheeks of more than one audience member attested, it was a scene that nonetheless punched hard to the gut in Wednesday’s performance of the play’s world-premiere production, at the Crystal Theatre. [Read More...]
Few people outside theatrical circles today remember the name William Inge. Half a century ago, the Kansas-born playwright was considered one of America’s great living voices of the theatre, on equal stature with the likes of Tennessee Williams (who helped foster Inge’s career). His best-known plays – “Picnic,” “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” and most of all “Bus Stop” – were celebrated by critics and widely performed in their time.
Yet something happened on the road to legend: Where Williams’ reputation only grew, Inge faded even before his death, by suicide, in 1973.
Looking back through the lens of Montana Repertory Theatre’s new production of “Bus Stop,” which continues through next week at the Montana Theatre before embarking on a far-reaching national tour, it’s at once easy and confounding to comprehend the fate of Inge and his erstwhile Broadway hit. [Read More...]
The upcoming filmed version of James Welch’s beloved novel, “Winter in the Blood,” is still far from finished; but already, it’s getting some high-profile attention. The LA Times ran a short story yesterday about the film’s growing buzz at the Sundance Film Festival and its buzz in Montana as a whole; you can [...]
Rarely does one find a plot so easy to summarize as that of Larke Schuldberg’s play, “Sound of Planes,” which opens at the Crystal Theatre next week. Yet, according to those involved in Montana Actors’ Theatre’s world premiere production, the plot hardly tells the whole story of Schuldberg’s script.
“I’ve been looking forward to this production all year,” said Rebecca Sporman, the set designer for MAT’s production and a member of the Havre-based company’s artistic council, which selected the play as one of ten shows in the company’s current Missoula season. “It’s my favorite script we’ve chosen.”
“Larke’s plays deal on a very deep character level,” added Kaet Morris, director of the production. “None of the people you see in her plays are stock characters. She’s extremely talented and rigorous with herself about what she chooses to leave in there; so it’s a distilled essence of these people.
“That’s the beauty of this play: It’s about people that are real enough that they could be you or me or any other person.” [Read More...]
Don’t look to Eric John Kaiser for genre-bending musical exploration. Clad in solid colors and typically topped by a short-billed cap, the Portland-based musician looks the part of the music he plays: medium-build, genial, white, American. A typical Kaiser setlist might include the likes of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Paint It Black,” or “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
But then Kaiser starts singing, and the unsuspecting barfly might think he’s hearing the songs through beerphones.
Au contraire, mon frère: You’re not drunk. And Kaiser’s not American. [Read More...]
This very evening, the Missoula Art Museum continues its monthly Artini series of events with Artini: Art and Soul. If you haven’t seen the MAM’s auction show, which is hanging now, you really should; it’s one of the best group shows I’ve ever seen at the museum, and definitely the best auction show [...]
Though it now stands as one of Missoula’s most celebrated cultural traditions, the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival isn’t immune from the effects of the Great Recession. Whereas in the past the festival has been funded in part by donations carried over from the previous year, this spring’s upcoming festival approaches without the luxury of such a cushion.
When times get tough, the tough improvise.
Fortunately, this is jazz we’re talking about. [Read More...]