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Joan Lipkin and Darin Slyman, of the VITAL Voice, have paired up to produce the fourth annual "Briefs" shor...

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St. Louis Shakespeare completes its commitment to producing all of William Shakespeare's plays with "Blood R...

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The Rep looks inside Babs' cellar

Jonathan Tolins is a very clever writer. Jeremy Webb is a very smart actor. Put them together, with some inventive gu...

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When I went to Alton Little Theater’s 78th Season opener, The Spitfire Grill, I was expecting a Pump-Boys-and-Dinettes-excuse-to-sing-a-song-show, not the lyrical folk magic that’s on the Spitfire menu.
With a restored 20 minutes, director Nicolas Roeg's 1976 science fiction film The Man Who Fell to Earth celebrates its rerelease after 35 years. The predicament that sends Thomas Jerome Newton to Earth feels quite prophetic now—Newton's planet suffers from…
Some individuals nurture and mentor subordinates affectionately and constructively—up to a point. But as soon as the mentee shows too much talent or savvy, a dynamic dance changes from a charming pas de deux to a destructive entanglement. Such is…
After standing in a line that extended around the side of the Tivoli Theater in the U-City loop clear to the back of the adjacent parking lot and into the alley Tuesday evening, we finally took our seats for the…
Monday, 19 September 2011 14:05

A sheep in wolf’s clothing

Written by Andrea Braun
Victoria Grant (Janna Cardia) is a divorced, unemployed opera singer who is hungry and cold when she wanders into Chez Lui late one night. There she meets Caroll “Toddy” Todd (David Schmittou), a kindly gentleman who stands her to a…
Sunday, 18 September 2011 22:16

Mae West Can’t Say That, Can She?: 'Dirty Blonde'

Written by Andrea Braun
Yes, she could “say that,” and she made crafting double entendres into a fine art. A veritable bouquet of her most famous zingers wraps up Dramatic License’s production of Dirty Blonde with Artistic Director Kim Furlow as the extremely imitable…
In Drive Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn proves his skill at maximizing suspense and jump-starting adrenalin. Drive stars Ryan Gosling as a movie stunt driver and auto mechanic by day and a getaway driver by night. Despite its Danish pedigree,…
Homes, dance clubs, and communal spaces spring to life in contemporary Tehran in producer/writer/director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature film Circumstance. Focused on two teenage friends, 16-year-old Atafeh and Shireen, the story dramatizes the often hidden world within a privileged family…
Monday, 12 September 2011 17:26

'Falling' is powerful and moving

Written by Steve Callahan
Deanna Jent's wonderful new play, Falling, is having its premiere at the Mustard Seed Theatre—and it's the most powerful, moving new play I've seen in years. Luckily the fates are giving you another chance to see it: the run has…
Webster University's Year of International Human Rights Film Series continues on Thursdays through the month of September with writer/director Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor. It's a simple story of transformation, kindness, and the triumph of human compassion. Arriving in New York…
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