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The soul and intensity of Wagner are on display in 'Siegfried' at Union Avenue Opera

What is it about the music of Richard Wagner--a composer admittedly stained by insularity, prejudice, bitterness and ...

An ode to the original monster and the fertile mind of its mother

Do artists control the characters that live in their minds, or are they controlled by them? Does our gender inhibit u...

You may find the comforts of home at ‘The Spitfire Grill’

With a focus on character development and the struggles of a tiny Wisconsin town, "The Spitfire Grill" is n...

'The Liar' is a madcap romantic romp

Imagine, if you will, that 80's pop icons Cyndi Lauper and Adam Ant decided to write a French farce with the styl...

'Hello Dolly' is still glowing, and still pleasing the crowd, at 50

The MUNY Theater closes out its eight-week season with this classic American musical, and I don't imagine they co...

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:30

Off to see the digitally enhanced Wizard

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Turning movies into musical theatre has been a popular pastime for many years now. No surprise, then, that there have been multiple attempts to bring the much-loved 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” to the musical stage. With all those…
I should state up front that I was never a fan of the late country singer Patsy Cline. I didn't dislike her music; I was indifferent towards it.
Have you heard the one about Lieberman and the sheep?  Or the one about Levinson and his nail business?  Maybe the one about Kaminsky, the kleptomaniac?
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:32

Tasmania sends its 'Love' to us

Written by Steve Callahan
The Terrapin Puppet Theatre visited COCA last week and they gave young St. Louis audiences a taste of some very fine children's theatre.  This was the latest in a splendid series that COCA has offered for some years.
Monday, 05 May 2014 18:34

A Beautiful Horror

Written by Steve Callahan
Can a horror be beautiful?  In Euripedes' "Medea" we see that it can indeed.  Of all revenge stories this is the revenge story.  St. Louis University has mounted a fine production of Robinson Jeffers' free adaptation of Euripedes' play.  
Monday, 05 May 2014 15:00

'The Nerd' is a playfully twisted mash-up

Written by Tina Farmer
"The Nerd" is a delightful, if somewhat insubstantial, bit of theater mischief teeming with wry references and affected mannerisms from the "golden age of Hollywood." Filled with engaging performances built around snappy remarks, witty comebacks, comic expressions, and a dash…
As far as this Broadway fan is concerned, it doesn't get much better than classic Andrew Lloyd Weber, except maybe when he's paired with lyricist Tim Rice. Their very first collaboration, the exuberant classic "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,"…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:21

A Dream Comes to Life at SIUE

Written by Steve Callahan
Pedro Calderon de la Barca is often called "the Spanish Shakespeare".  His play, "Life is a Dream", is enjoying a superb production at SIU Edwardsville.  This play, from 1635, is one of the brightest gems of the Golden Age of…
Monday, 28 April 2014 17:47

To touch the ghost world of the Outback

Written by Steve Callahan
How often have you seen a modern play that was not written in America or England?  Most St. Louis companies produce them rarely or never.  How can we not be provincial in our outlook if we close our eyes and…

Fans of concert poster art are advised to mark their calendars in ink: An exhibition that is currently touring the nation will make a one-evening stop in St. Louis at Mad Art Gallery on May 6, 2014 from 6:30-11 p.m. with featured artist collective Cherokee Print League.

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