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Winter Opera St. Louis keeps its standards high in its fine production of Verdi's 'Otello.'

If you've never had the chance to see "Otello" the new production at Winter Opera is a lovely opportuni...

A dark and compelling 'Tosca' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago opera lovers are getting a "twofer" with this season's dark and compelling production of Puccin...

'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...

'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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Sunday, 06 November 2011 23:29

'Hit-Story'..or, You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry

Written by Laura Kyro
OnSite Theatre Company has an intriguing new production in its latest offering, the world premier of Hit-Story, by St. Louis playwright Carter Lewis. OnSite Theatre does not stage their productions in a particular theatre, but instead selects venues that enhance…
Friday, 04 November 2011 10:26

'Billy Elliot - the Musical' - Dance: 10, Book: 3

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
I’ve never seen “Billy Elliot”, the 1990 film on which “Billy Elliot – the Musical” is based, so I can’t say how effective lyricist and playwright Lee Hall has been in adapting his own screenplay to the stage. What I…
Plunging into the centuries old debate concerning the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, Anonymous envisions its subject in ways that would delight the legendary bard. For this 16th century period piece mixes love and adultery, loyalty and betrayal in immensely entertaining…
The film Martha Marcy May Marlene unfolds as awkwardly as its awful title. In other words, the identity confusion signaled by these four first names for one woman spills over into the disjointed plot. It begins with Martha's escape from…
Monday, 31 October 2011 22:54

The pleasures of pain

Written by Bob Wilcox
I am very glad to be making the acquaintance of the plays of Rajiv Joseph. His Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is one of the best new plays I've seen in recent years. It is a little strange. Half…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:09

Will the circle be unbroken?

Written by Andrea Braun
Stuart Carden has done consistently excellent work with the Rep, and Circle Mirror Transformation (by 30-year-old Annie Baker)is another in his string of directorial achievements. He and this fine cast make the most out of flawed material. However, the play…
Sunday, 30 October 2011 08:57

Zombies RULE! in 'Night of the Living Dead'

Written by Laura Kyro
The moaning. The shambling, The insistent scratching. The mindless shuffling. The various states of decomposition. The blood. The lust to eat human flesh. Well, if not for the last two, we might well be watching a session of Congress. But…
The Swedish documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 offers a unique, insiders' perspective on the American black power movement during those nine volatile years. After director Goran Hugo Olsson found journalists' 1960s and 1970s footage in the Swedish television archives,…
Beginning with the prospect of an eerie, menacing storm, Take Shelter finds Curtis LaForche in a quizzical state of apprehension facing the ominous clouds. His puzzled, uneasy wariness will increase as nightmares intrude into his sleep and hallucinations populate his…
Moneyball's behind-the-scenes drama is a terrific companion piece to the World Series' on-the-field excitement. Based on the real-life experiences of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, Moneyball asks tough questions, especially how to compete against the wealthiest teams. And it…
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