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Improv comedy group is making it up as they go along
DOUGLAS IMBROGNO | Sunday Gazette-Mail
Improv comedy group is making it up as they go along

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One recent night at Taylor Books, Melissa Ellsworth was trying to describe what she and a group of companions have been doing every Tuesday in the basement of the downtown bookstore and coffee shop.

Improv comedy...

Bell, Book and Candle may put a spell on you, if you let it

“Bell, Book and Candle,” a mostly lighthearted comedy — imagine a cross between “Bewitched” and a gender-reversed version of “The Stepford Wives” — opened Friday night at the Alban Arts and...

Review: Quintessential Kathy Griffin takes stage at Clay Center

“Nobody’s safe,” Kathy Griffin promised as she opened her stand-up comedy act Thursday night at the Clay Center during her 80-city “Like a Boss” tour.

And she made good on her word, making fun of us, herself,...

Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage
Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage

For a play to work, you need the right cast. You need actors who are comfortable around crowds, able to take direction and willing to learn lines.

None of these things describes your average house cat.

So, when the Alban Arts Center...

Kathy Griffin brings the ‘D-List’ to C-town
Kathy Griffin brings the ‘D-List’ to C-town

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kathy Griffin has a lot going on. The comedian’s schedule this year includes 80 stand-up performances (so far), among them a show Thursday night at the Clay Center in Charleston.

Aside from the comedy gigs,...

Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’

The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The fall can be terrible and for...

CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas
CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas

Old Tunes & New Blood: Legacy of Wilson Douglas

Modock Rounders

Buffalo Skinner CD-3085

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The title says it all. The Modock Rounders (fiddler Jesse Pearson, with Kim Johnson on banjo and Cody Jordan on guitar) pay ...

FestivALL play deadline has been extended to May 20

FestivALL deadline has been extended to May 20

FestivALL has extended the deadline for its Location Play Contest until May 20.

The challenge is for writers to use the location to figure prominently in the script. This year’s...

Second weekend for shows

Community theater continues this weekend with a slate of performances including the second weekend showings of the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s production of “Into the Woods,” in the Charleston Civic Center’s Little...

'CYAC Cares!' stages series of social-action plays
'CYAC Cares!' stages series of social-action plays

Some theater is just for entertainment, some theater is just for the art of it and some theater is more about a kind of responsibility. Dan Kehde said the Contemporary Youth Arts Company's social-action plays are theater that needs to be done....

‘Into the Woods’ is simply spectacular

If you were to mix up everything you love about fairy tales, add in a dash of terror, sprinkle on some playful humor and wrap it in outstanding music you would have the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s Friday night opening of “Into the...

Modernist Rachmaninov played with nuanced rhythm, but a bit brittle

Russian pianist Lola Astanova was popular enough with the local audience in her performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the West Virginia Symphony in November, 2013 that she was brought back this season. Friday night she joined...

Actress find dream role in ‘Into the Woods’
Actress find dream role in ‘Into the Woods’

ctress Kristin Pennington gushed when she talked about Charleston Light Opera Guild’s latest production, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

“I love ‘Into the Woods,’” she said....

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