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‘Animals Out of Paper’ reveals the creases where memory and hope collide

The ancient art of folding known as origami starts with a pristine sheet of paper, but as soon as a single score or f...

Cabaret review: Singer/songwriter Susan Werner brings the fall Gaslight Cabaret Festival to fine finish

Susan Werner's two shows at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival this past weekend marked her first solo appearances loc...

'Irving Berlin's White Christmas' sparkles with romance, nostalgia, and song

The Fox Theatre kicks off the holiday season with a romantic comedy musical filled with favorite tunes from Irving Be...

Theater Unspeakable does the impossible in 'Superman 2050' at COCA

It would seem nearly impossible for group of seven actors to perform an action-packed Superman tale on a 3-foot by 7-...

'The Misanthrope' at Washington U.: Is it Moliere? Or is it karaoke night?

Richard Wilbur’s translation of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” is a swift and witty expose of bo...

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Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has every element an entertaining film could want: terrific cinematography, solid sound design, a clever script, breathtaking pacing, brilliant editing, and superb acting—all in the service…
Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s film “Seven Psychopaths” is about, well, truth in labeling, seven psychopaths. As such, some bloody violence punctuates ugly murders that occur at regular intervals. Self-consciously playing this…
Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:55

One person’s comedy is another person’s “Huh?”

Written by Laura Kyro
The Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis recently hosted a performance by The Improv Shop troupe. The Improv Shop is a “St. Louis-based improvisational comedy theater and school.”
I’ve always maintained—sometimes against stiff critical headwind—that cabaret is essentially a form of musical theatre, and that some of the best cabaret artists are the ones with a solid stage background. If you doubt that, head on over to the…
The 7th annual Grove Fest took place on Saturday, October 6 in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis and featured an array of local music, interactive art, street performances and…
Monday, 08 October 2012 16:49

Big little man

Written by Andrea Braun
Opportunities to see a Eugene O’Neill play on a St. Louis stage are rare, so you should take the chance to see this one, not just because it’s O’Neill, but because it’s terrific theatre. Director Philip Boehm and his cast…
Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary "Detropia" is a lovely, profoundly sad elegy to the once powerful city of Detroit. By the conclusion, the situation has begun minimal but…
Monday, 08 October 2012 12:08

Two boys 'found' in Yonkers

Written by Andrea Braun
The New Jewish Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers is a delight from beginning to end. It isn’t a perfect play, but under the sure direction of Doug Finlayson and the abundance of talent on stage and behind…
The tensions of adolescence blossom into full bloom at an nineteenth-century boarding school.
Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:40

(Re)Inventing Van Gogh

Written by Andrea Braun
I’m not sure how to classify Steven Dietz’s Inventing Van Gogh. It is an epistolary drama constructed in a multi-layered way with aspects of spiritualism and magic realism in the mix. It is didactic (it’s tricky to create dialogue from…
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