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Sunday, 04 October 2015 14:30

Fur flies in 'Venus in Fur'

Written by Bob Wilcox
The set-up is simple. Thomas, a theater director, has been holding auditions for the play he's written. He's on the phone complaining about the women who've read for the lead female role — not good, not smart.
In 2007, as was his habit, Shannon Whisnant bid on and bought at auction, sight unseen, an abandoned storage locker. What he discovers therein propels a bizarre odyssey of his…
Gendered language includes a serious subset of inequality. For example, "bachelor" is an honorific whereas "spinster" is a pejorative. By the same token, "womanizer" has both plus and minus connotations,…
Dante could have used Johann Johannsson to produce the musical accompaniment for The Inferno, for that percussive sound escorts "Sicario" through the rungs of hell. The film may be good,…
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis brings its Shakespeare in the Streets performance series to Old North St. Louis in the whimsical "The World Begun." A community partnered interpretation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," with a time-travel twist, playwright Nancy Bell's story infuses…
St. Louis Actors' Studio opens its ninth season with a show that mines the insecurities, frustrations and sexual tension between a group of young writers. The smartly written script is complemented by solid performances from the ensemble and well-executed, if…
In voiceover narration in the opening scene of "A Brilliant Young Mind," Nathan offers insight into his autism. He says, "Because I don't talk much, people think I don't have…
The French excel at films focused on relationships: the intricacies of emotional and physical connections. Director François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend" resides wholly in that arena with its focused consideration…
When was the last time we saw a film about a boy and an old man? Oh, right: last year's "St. Vincent." "Ashby" is no "St. Vincent" with its well-mixed…
"Stonewall" is not the first look at the uprising in June 1969 that led to gay pride, nor is it the best look. It is just a look, albeit a…
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