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Puccin's romantic drama "La Rondine" was something of a problem child for the composer. Opera Theatre's utterly splendid production of the original 1917 version (there are thee altogether) illustrates the issue: Giuseppe Adami's clunker of a libretto. As beautifully sung,…
Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:22

'The Pillowman' will leave you sleepless!

Written by Steve Callahan
If you think those tales from the brothers Grimm get pretty grim, think again. You ain't seen grim till you've seen the blacker-than-black little fables that spring from the mind of Martin McDonagh in his play, "The Pillowman." The Theatre…
Gitana Production's "Black and Blue" is a thought provoking, well-acted and strongly worded play that stirs discussion in an attempt to create a fuller, more varied and nuanced understanding of racial conflict, not only in St. Louis but across America.…
Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis' 15th season tackles one of Shakespeare's most well known plays, "Antony & Cleopatra," with a bold, lust-filled and politically intriguing production. The tragedy of Cleopatra's last love affair is set among the wars of Rome,…
Stage director Michael Shell, conductor Ryan McAdams, and the cast of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' "Barber of Seville" can all congratulate themselves on a job well done. Kelley Rourke's translation/adaptation of the original libretto and Mr. Shell's visual concepts…
An original play by Tesseract Theatre's artistic director Taylor Gruenloh, "An Initial Condition," running through May 24, 2015, is a thoughtful, and well thought-out, play. The script scatters a few interesting twists throughout, and is brought to life with solid…
The Rat Pack is back, and the Fox has got 'em, at least through Sunday. This snappy tribute to the 1960s-era Las Vegas Rat Pack—Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop—is making its first St. Louis appearance,…
There's a lot of charm and plucky energy in Kirkwood Theatre Guild's tale of life as a single girl, circa 1922, running through May 10, 2015. The lead character, "thoroughly modern" Millie Dillmount, is filled with optimism and a spunky,…
The New Jewish Theatre production of David Hein and Irene Sankoff's unapologetically autobiographical musical "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" is a pleasant and pleasing little show. It's so light that a stiff breeze would blow it away, but its…
"The Tempest," that rich bittersweet fantasy, sits like a dessert atop the great feast of Shakespeare.   This, the bard's final play, was given a splendid production by the Webster Conservatory under the direction of Paul Mason Barnes.
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