Normally we write about music happenings around Louisville, but I think it’s also important to be supporting all kinds of arts around town. Last weekend we attended the second to last performance of At the Vanishing Point, a play put on by Actors Theatre. We were especially interested because we knew that cellist Ben Sollee would be playing throughout the show. Our interest in the nearby Butchertown neighborhood solidified our decision to attend.
I was unsure what the experience would be like because I had read that there was a lack of connection between each character, and a seeming lack of a plot line. It’s safe to say that I’m happy I attended because my experience was the opposite of that critic’s. At first, the connections were unclear because only one story was told at a time, but they were made evident as the next characters were introduced. I don’t know how much of the story was fictional, but I imagine there are factory-working families in Butchertown who can relate. The sets were simple, fairly bare, and very reminiscent of the neighborhood. My nose could almost detect that distinct Butchertown odor. I think Naomi Iizuka, Les Waters, and Actors Theatre did a wonderful job of revisiting the banks of Beargrass Creek.