New exhibitions director Matt Distel’s
first big show at The Carnegie gallery in Covington, Ky., which opened
last week, is important in its own right as well as for what it says
about Distel’s curatorial desires for the institution.
When Andrew Carnegie mapped out plans for
libraries across America — including one now serving as the Carnegie
Center in Covington — he probably never envisioned one of them as a
venue for a play about issues of love and sexuality in the 1880s. But
that’s what’s happening at the Carnegie (Nov. 4-20) when Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play is presented.
If it’s great singing and musical accompaniment that draws you to classic musicals, then you need to spend some time at the Carnegie Center in Covington where there’s currently a satisfying staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Otto M. Budig Theatre.