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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...

‘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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Turandot is one of the most popular and, in many ways, most controversial of Puccini’s operas. Left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death in 1924, it has never been given a fully satisfactory finale. Critical opinion has been…
Before action begins, titles on the screen state, "In memory of the 300,000 victims of the Nanking massacre." This sets the scene for the emotionally overwhelming City of Life and Death. Many features distinguish it as a landmark film: its…
American: The Bill Hicks Story begins early in the life of its title character in suburban Houston. It progresses chronologically through major moments up to Hicks' death of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at only 32. However, the documentary breaks one…
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 10:19

Kiss Me Kate is Wunderbar

Written by Connie Bollinger
What a night! Cole Porter's music and a cast of consummate performers heated up the Muny stage at Monday's opening of Kiss Me Kate.
John Patrick Shanley’s first play is far from his best, but in the right hands, it is a powerful, even visceral experience. Director Ray Gabica and actors Robert A. Mitchell (also Artistic Director of the company) and Brooke Edwards are…
Bride Flight begins in contemporary New Zealand with the death of 75-year-old viticulturist Frank. For his funeral, three women important in Frank's and each other's lives convene after a long absence. The story then fills in their fascinating details, flashing…
The aptly named documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop proves exactly that: Conan is manic, driven, in perpetual overdrive. He longs for a day off from his 44 stop, cross-country tour. When he does get a break, he puts on a…
Forty-nine-year-old Buck Brannaman is already a legend in horse riders' circles and among working cowboys. The documentary Buck about his early life and who he became as he survived those years will, I hope, spread his inspirational attitude to everyone,…
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:20

Picking a bone

Written by Bob Wilcox
Though one of the goopier spin-offs from the Peanuts comic strips declared that happiness is a warm puppy, the musical named for the little beagle doesn't ladle out as much saccharine and sentimentality as does its predecessor, You're a Good…
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:06

Courting Elle

Written by Bob Wilcox
At the end of Legally Blonde, I half expected to see Elle Woods, the blonde of the title, wake up and discover that it had all been a dream. How else to explain how a sorority-girl airhead majoring in fashion…
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