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'Or,' gives the Restoration a playful dose of contemporary attitude

With her fanciful play "Or," Liz Duffy Adams has reimagined the early Restoration period with a touch of Ja...

'Blues for Mr. Charlie' at Washington University: not perfect, but powerful

James Baldwin dedicated his play “Blues for Mr. Charlie” to the memory of Medgar Evers and of the four gi...

'Walking the Tightrope' at COCA is nicely balanced

Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre recently presented "Walking the Tightrope"—a little gem of a the...

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ has a bite that equals its bark

If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts t...

'The Winslow Boy' pairs social justice with a bit of romance

The St. Louis Repertory Theatre's current production, "The Winslow Boy," by Terrence Rattigan, is, at i...

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Monday, 16 April 2012 15:03

A hazy shade of winter

Written by Andrea Braun
The Winter’s Tale experience starts promisingly when audience members are issued necklace badges instead of tickets to enter, which are examined by a couple of sober, black-clad guards using laser pointers.
This year’s fifth annual St. Louis Q-Fest offers something for just about everyone with 21 fiction and nonfiction features plus seven short films with the U.S., Canada, Belgium and Italy represented. Q-Fest kicks off its five days at the Tivoli…
Multi-award winning producer, director, writer and editor Steve James has crafted engaging, landmark documentaries for over 25 years. This weekend Webster University hosts James for a filmmaking workshop along with screenings of four of his works: Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters,…
St. Louis’ fifth annual Q-Fest continues with feature narratives and documentaries plus short subjects. Three excellent documentaries headline the fest’s second half: Vito, Jan’s Coming Out and This Is What Love in Action Looks Like. The nonfiction Vito profiles gay…
In the Black Rep production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," the cancers of racial inequality and overt cruelty are laid bare with a finessed, punch-to–the-gut impact, one that left me with a renewed sense of outrage for a brand of…
Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:01

The secret’s in the storytelling

Written by Mark Bretz
Mary Zimmerman comes by her academic standards naturally, as the daughter of two college professors at the University of Nebraska. Her writing skills, however, are the product of a fanciful imagination that has guided her artistic achievements since childhood.
Friday, 13 April 2012 17:01

The Angel has landed

Written by Andrea Braun
Once upon a time, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was an automatic death sentence for anyone who contracted it.* There was no known cure and the progress of a patient from its diagnosis or its precursor, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)…
Friday, 13 April 2012 14:43

It's a Shatner World after all

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Not all one-person shows are created alike. Some are like quality off-the-rack suits that can be worn effectively by anyone of the right physical type; think “Belle of Amherst” or “Barrymore”. Others are like custom-tailored outfits designed for a unique…
A lovely pairing of first-rate animation and well-chosen jazz makes the Spanish film Chico and Rita a multifaceted pleasure, despite a conventional scenario. Set primarily in Cuba in the late 40s and early 50s, the story begins with an elderly…
Documentaries following underdog sports teams through a turbulent season have become terribly clichéd. The Academy Award winning documentary Undefeated at first seems cut from the same cloth but it quickly shows that it is much, much more than the same…
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