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Short but powerful, the plays of 'Briefs' present relevant themes and characters

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

For a good time with a twist, try ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Playwright Christopher Durang won a Tony Award for this insightfully hilarious look at aging and modern life through ...

'Blood Reigns: Henry VI and the War of the Roses' gives us history with a side of action

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

'Kinky Boots' dazzles in sparkling stilettos

When music legend and style icon Cyndi Lauper partners with award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein to score a Broa...

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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If you want to know why The Death of Klinghoffer, the 1991 opera by John Adams and Alice Goodman, poses such a challenge for audiences, you need look no further than the title. The murder of wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer by…
Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel, The Mineola Twins follows the relationship of Myra and Myrna, twin sisters who work tirelessly to prove their polarizing differences, yet ultimately are unable to erase the permanence of the genetic tie…
Monday, 13 June 2011 22:44

School daze

Written by Bob Wilcox
Bare makes me feel old. Young people seem to find the musical moving and exciting. Even some people approaching my state of decrepitude have said good things about it, comparing it to Spring Awakening.
Saturday, 11 June 2011 14:49

Bring me the head of Anton Schill: The Visit

Written by Andrea Braun
The Visit is subtitled “A Tragic Comedy,” and I believe that accurately describes this classic drama (1956) which is currently receiving an excellent production from Stray Dog Theatre. I need to say up front that I don’t know much about…
Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:58

Drive, she said: Becky's New Car

Written by Andrea Braun
I’ll bet this has happened to you. It’s a cold morning, you’re in a hurry, and you put the key in the ignition and it almost turns over, then it dies. You repeat the process over and over with the…
Writer/director Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is a light, playful, enjoyable bonbon. In this cinematic love letter to Paris, Allen also pays tribute to literary artists and painters of 1920s Parisian life through Gil, a contemporary, discontented Hollywood scriptwriter.
The Austrian film The Robber dramatizes the story of a real life, bank robber who also excelled as a marathon runner. This sounds like the ingredients for a formulaic caper film with a slight twist. But Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg…
More a spectacularly beautiful visual poem than a straight-ahead narrative, writer/director Terence Malick's much anticipated The Tree of Life gently urges kindness and love while deploring greed and ego. Interrogating the nature of existence and death, love and grief, Malick…
Thursday, 09 June 2011 23:54

A Chorus Line Hits the Mark

Written by Connie Bollinger
It's understandable that some folks might think a show that opened in 1974 could be dated and silly. I mean, the world has changed a lot in 41 years, right? But wait! when it comes to A Chorus Line, you'd…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 17:58

Ill-natured human nature

Written by Bob Wilcox
I guess it's human nature to be fascinated by the nastiness in human nature. Playwright Neil LaBute certainly appears to be fascinated by the nastiness in human nature, which is probably one reason we are fascinated by his plays. It…
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