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Bullying could be considered a kind of “violent delight” (Shakespeare’s words, though that wasn’t his subject) to those who practice it, but they are a cowardly breed. Cyberbullying is a great temptation to young people who have all manner of…
December 4th, 1956, was a very auspicious day – especially for music producer Sam Phillips.
"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" follows the structure of a farce and, as such, multiple characters' lives become crisscrossed, and star-crossed, in order to bring to light the primary themes of the play. Interestingly, these themes are…
Monday, 22 April 2013 14:03

A Bernstein Banquet

Written by Steve Callahan
Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most prodigiously gifted musician in America’s history.   He was a world-class conductor, pianist and educator, and his prolific outpouring of compositions included symphonies, ballets, piano choral and chamber music, film scores, hit Broadway musicals and…
Monday, 22 April 2013 00:27

Still Waiting for Godot

Written by Robert Ashton
Samuel Becket's "Waiting for Godot" is considered one of the masterpieces of modern theater and yet it is performed rarely. St. Louis Actor's Studio's production, directed by Bobby Miller, has some good moments but does not, in the end, reveal…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 22:45

Enchanted woods

Written by Bob Wilcox
"Into the Woods" is one of my favorite Sondheim musicals – which is to say, one of my favorite musicals, period.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 22:30

That was no lady

Written by Bob Wilcox
Farce requires a high degree of craft. Great skill is required, both in writing farce and in playing farce. Ken Ludwig has written one extremely well crafted farce. He's written others that are not as well crafted. Lend Me a…
I approached the Mustard Seed Theatre's production of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" with a "how are they going to make it work on stage" skepticism. The 400-plus page novel spans a woman's life, from abusive childhood experiences through near death,…
Thursday, 11 April 2013 22:28

'Til death do us part

Written by Bob Wilcox
With her plays "The Clean House", "Dead Man's Cell Phone", and "In the Next Room", Sarah Ruhl has become one of my favorite playwrights. She combines a quirky sense of humor with a serious examination of life in a way…
Monday, 08 April 2013 20:05

A burning passion

Written by Bob Wilcox
I think I'm not giving anything away when I suggest that when in a play set in Spain in the 15th century the Inquisition examines a priest who has married a Jewish woman and who is himself a Jew, that…
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Tok Releases Gold Dollar Hen House Volume 3

Tue April 8
Tok is a Festus based rock band who has been rocking St. Louis for 20 years. They are due to release their third installment of their Gold Dollar Hen House collection on February 28, 2014 at Schlafly's…