Stage & Dance

Escapist fare dominates Actors Theatre's 2009-10 season

Actors Theatre of Louisville unveiled its 2009-10 season schedule this week with numerous funny, escapist titles in the lineup.

Lookingglass Alice, Aug. 25-Sept. 19: Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre delivers an acrobatic take on Alice in Wonderland.

Dracula, Sept. 16-Oct. 31.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sept. 29-Oct. 24: Many observers say ATL artistic director Marc Masterson has been on something of a roll with his Shakespearean efforts lately. This time, he takes on the tale of the four lovers in a mysterious world.

A Christmas Story, Nov. 3-29: Based on the hit movie about Christmas and a little boy's desire for a Red Ryder BB gun that will "shoot your eye out."

A Christmas Carol, Dec. 8-27.

Crime and Punishment, Jan. 5-31: Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus re-imagine Fyodor Dostoevsky's sprawling novel as a 90-minute drama.

Ella, Jan. 26-Feb. 20: A musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

■ Humana Festival of New American Plays, Feb. 21-April 3.

The Cherry Sisters Revisited, March 18-April 18: Writer Dan O'Brien and composer Michael Friedman's story of a inept duo that became a vaudeville hit.

For season ticket information, call 1-800-428-5849 or visit