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'As You Like It' takes Shakespeare on a spirited, romantic romp through the Ozarks

The forest of Arden is found in the Ozark mountains of 1929 in Slightly Askew Theatre's excellent interpretation ...

In Chicago, an ideal revival of 'Der Rosenkavalier'

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of its 2006 production of Richard Strauss's bittersweet romantic comedy ...

'I'll Be Back Before Midnight' is a captivating suspense best served cold and creepy

A creaky old country farmhouse and a tale of a murderous hermit set the tone in Peter Colley's "I'll Be ...

'Eleemosynary' dramatizes the give-and-take between mothers and daughters

Fifteen-year-old Artie stands at the top of a steep, muddy hill, wood and canvas wings strapped to her back. Her moth...

'Under the Lintel' asserts that faith, hope, and love are worthy mysteries to pursue

In 1986, a lonely librarian in charge of the overnight return box at her location begins an unexpected and surprising...

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:25

In Chicago, a revival of 'Nabucco' stars the chorus

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Verdi's 1842 Biblical melodrama "Nabucco" ("Nebuchadnezzar") was the composer's first big hit. As Evan Baker observes in his program notes for Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of their 1997 production (which runs through February 12), the opera "scored a rousing…
On paper, storyteller Alan Bennett's "The Lady in the Van" tries hard to convey what a stinky nuisance it was for him to accommodate a pushy old woman in his…
It’s been a week of Irish ghosts, a week of Irish loss and pain and guilt.  It’s been a week of Irish tales that hover under an almost imperceptible mist of Catholic mysteries.  It’s been a week of playwright Conor…
Most Holocaust stories are about survival, for they are told by those who lived. Nevertheless, the Holocaust, according to László Nemes, was not about survival: it was about the extermination…
Two horseback riders in 1835 Walachia, now the northern part of Romania, hunt for the escaped Gypsy slave Carfin who allegedly stole money from his master. On a literal and…
Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates short films for Oscar contention in animation, live action and documentary categories. The nominees for each category are assembled…
Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates five short documentaries for an Oscar. Organized into two programs, these films represent Liberia, Pakistan, Vietnam and the United…
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:03

'The Weir' haunts St. Louis

Written by Steve Callahan
It’s an utterly engaging evening of ghostly tales and drink.  It’s full of that banter and intimacy and teasing good fellowship and gossip that we have no word for, but which the Irish call “craic.” 
Monday, 25 January 2016 23:33

Moving picture star: 'Georama' at the Rep Studio

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
The musical "Georama," a staged reading of which was part of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Ignite! New Play Festival in 2014, is getting a fully staged world premiere right now in the Rep studio. It's not perfect, but…
Monday, 25 January 2016 10:50

'Cosi fan tutte' shines at Winter Opera!

Written by Steve Callahan
Gina Galati and her Winter Opera continue to bless St. Louis with exemplary productions!  They’ve just opened “Così fan tutte,” and it’s a superb presentation of this popular Mozart work.
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