John Harrell, Symmonie Preston and Chris Johnston run lines for Aphra Behn's The Rover, onstage at Blackfriars Playhouse for the American Shakespeare Center's Renaissance season. Photo: Jay McClure.

ARTS Pick: The Rover

17th century spy and playwright Aphra Behn’s work returns to the American Shakespeare Center with a production of The Rover (subtitled The Banish’d Cavaliers), a romantic romp through the Naples Carnival. Rakish naval captain Willmore finds himself trapped in a love triangle filled with convents, courtesans and mistaken identities. From thieves and prostitutes to nuns […]

Major players Stephen Nachmanovitch and Robert Jospé will collaborate in the live improv concert Free Play at UVA’s Brooks Hall on Saturday. Photo: Greg Nachmanovitch.

Hipper than jazz: Two local cats take improvisation to another plane

Jazz player and UVA music professor Robert Jospé has some pretty far-out ideas about music. But Stephen Nachmanovitch, the man who’ll join Jospé onstage for a completely improvised concert on January 24 at UVA’s Brooks Hall, makes him seem like an accountant in a conservative suit. “My early musical experiences were in the classical music […]