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The 'LaBute New Theater Festival,' part two, highlights the craft of storytelling

The St. Louis Actors' Studio once again features the works of established and emerging playwrights in its annual ...

Imperfectly charming, this flawed 'Funny Girl' still entertains

Stray Dog Theater's production of "Funny Girl" is an ambitious undertaking -- the leading role is incre...

Success story: 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' at Stages

You might think that a show like "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which was widely regar...

'Seussical' at The Muny: To Seuss it is faithful, one hundred percent

There may be a more whimsical, charming, and funny show out there with more heart and smarts than “Seussical&rd...

'Sweeney Todd' is razor sharp at Family Musical Theater

When I praised Heather Matthews' performance in "Victor/Victoria" at Family Musical Theater, I said I d...

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Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:35

Fast and Loose Is the Right Touch for Big Laughs

Written by Tina Farmer
There's a sweet and honest charm to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show doesn't over-promise and it's impossible to take too seriously, ensuring it remains a favorite go-to show for amateur and professional companies…
In today's conflicted politically correct culture, the idea of evolution as necessary to the survival of a species is more fodder for disagreement than measured study. When applied to a family filled with secrets, however, the question gains a certain…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:21

I Loved it, Yeah, Yeah Yeah

Written by Laura Kyro
Recently the Fabulous Fox Theatre was set to rocking for two performances of "Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles;" a two-hour homage to the Fab Four and dozens of the songs with which they revolutionized popular music.
Saturday, 16 November 2013 15:29

The Godspell Truth

Written by Connie Bollinger
"Godspell" rocked the Peabody Friday night with all the explosive subtlety of a fireworks display. The 2013 incarnation of the 1970's rock sensation burst onto the stage, a suname of sound and color and beautifully pure rock.
Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:29

Symphony Preview: Birthday Boy

Written by Chuck Lavazzi

Writing in the Larousse Encyclopedia of Music, Donald Paine notes that Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, "may stand as representative of his genius and of the theme that recurs throughout his work: the indictment of human folly as it shows itself both in the tragedy and wastage of war and in the corruption of human innocence."

Monday, 11 November 2013 13:20

'Faust' sounded heavenly at Winter Opera

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Long regarded by many as one of the highlights of the French grand opera tradition, Gounod's "Faust"—a beautifully sung production of which opened Winter Opera’s season—actually started life in 1859 as an opéra comique with spoken dialog instead of recitatives…
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:41

'All is Calm': A Christmas show for all seasons

Written by Dennis Corcoran
Yes, Christmas might be the best time to see "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914," but any time of year is a good time to revisit a moment of such humanity in a troubled world.
There were many remarkable things about The Shanghai Ballet's production of "The Butterfly Lovers" that Dance St. Louis presented at the Touhill this weekend. The colorful costumes, the incredible athleticism and skill of the dancers, the incisive way artistic director…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:00

Symphony Preview: A Turkish Bath

Written by Chuck Lavazzi

This weekend’s St. Louis Symphony concerts are a mix of the familiar and the exotic—or at least, what was seen as exotic in the 18th century.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:58

'Beauty and the Beast' Brings Disney Magic to the Stage

Written by Erica Kenney
“As I always say, if it’s not ‘baroque’, don’t fix it,” says Cogsworth the clock of the neoclassical architecture of the castle in “Beauty and the Beast” the musical. It’s a play on words from an old saying that can…
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