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Saturday, 06 December 2014 21:47

Blithe Spirit not quite ready to materialize

Written by Robert Ashton
Actors' Studio's production of "Blithe Spirit", directed by Bobby Miller, has many good moments and much promise but on opening night did not seem quite ready for the public.
If your only exposure to George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward's 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess" has been the tour of the cut down "Broadway" version that played the Muny this past summer or even the interesting but flawed Union Avenue…
St. Louis Shakespeare's Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre company once again strikes gold, this time with "Cannibal: The Musical," a hilariously twisted homage to the classic Hollywood musical written by Trey Parker, half of the creative team behind "South Park" and…
Director Laura Poitras begins her documentary "Citizenfour" with Edward Snowden cautiously and surreptitiously contacting her. Signing his encrypted email Citizenfour, Snowden invites Poitras' involvement in revelations of covert NSA surveillance on millions of Americans, among others, scrutiny that the NSA…
The latest installment in "The Hunger Games" franchise, "Mockingjay -- Part 1," works hard to ramp up plot intensity, all the while building to a resolution that will come only a year from now in "Part 2." That it succeeds…
A revisionist addition to the western genre, "The Homesman" is a curious film. Its title suggests an emphasis on the cantankerous George Briggs though its focus more often falls on women of the plains, notably Mary Bee Cuddy who saves…
On paper, "Spring Awakening" shouldn't be an enormously popular coming-of-age musical. The songs are raw and rock infused and the story lacks a stereotypical happy ending. Still, the show is joyfully energetic and the themes are expressed with a thoughtful…
Matthew Vandyke had no friends. He was the only child of an only child and was doted on by his divorced mother and her parents, who lived with them and did his laundry. Matt has obsessive-compulsive disorder and fears harming…
I first saw "Riffs in a Set of 10"—veteran St. Louis actor/director Chris Limber's loving and literate tribute to the hipster attitude of the "Beat Generation"—last summer at the St. Lou Fringe Festival. At the time I was pretty much…
Ideally, the filmmaker, James Marsh, would have named this film, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," for "The Theory of Everything" is based on Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir. However, Marsh's movie tries to tell her domestic story as well…
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