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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 11:53

Gotta dance

Written by Bob Wilcox
I'm a little puzzled by the continuing popularity of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Muny. It's one of the shows that pops up regularly. But it's hardly in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition of a memorable score and…
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 10:38

Enchantment Awaits in The Secret Garden

Written by Sheila R. Schultz
A reverie more than a drama, this production is enthralling. The simple story line is interspersed with dream sequences, incantations and other ethereal elements. This musical ignites our imagination with its hypnotic score by Lucy Simon. Beguiling Irish rhythms compete…
Monday, 01 August 2011 22:27

It's that girl again

Written by Bob Wilcox
I'm told that somewhere in the U.S., every day of the year, someone is performing Thornton Wilder's Our Town. I suspect that Annie runs it a close second.
Rossini’s romantic comedy La Cenerentola, based in part on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, was your prototypical rush job. He threw it together in three weeks at the end of 1816 when the libretto he was supposed to set was…
Saturday, 30 July 2011 11:48

All hell breaks loose

Written by Andrea Braun
Director Jason Cannon introduced The Crucible by calling it one of the “best plays of the 20th century.” It’s not, but it may be the most important (and it is very good, as well). This production has a number of…
The ironically titled Mr. Nice charts the rise and fall, and rise and fall of infamous, global drug smuggler Howard Marks. Marks stole a real-life Mr. Nice’s (pron. Neece) identity and enjoys the joke of pronouncing it “nice.” Anyone who…
Thursday, 28 July 2011 16:59

Can you believe that?

Written by Bob Wilcox
I don't know if Insight Theatre Company chose Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) because they thought it's a good play or because it provided roles for the three Joplins –…
Thursday, 28 July 2011 16:38

Child's play

Written by Bob Wilcox
In these reviews, we don't usually cover high school theatre. We do cover community theatre, including the Clayton Community Theatre. Some community theatres during summer vacation hold workshops or camps for young people, and they put on plays. We don't…
When the meek inherit the earth, Seymour Krelborn (Rob McClure) will be standing in line, tripping over his own shoelaces. He is a nebbish who works at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in the slums where “the folks are broke” and “your…
The Webster University/Cinema St. Louis Classic French Film Festival concludes this Thursday through Sunday with four films by four directors. They are: Jean-Paul Rapeneau’s Le Sauvage/Call Me Savage, Robert Bresson’s Journal d’un Curé de Campagne/Diary of a Country Priest, Jean-Luc…
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