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What a long strange trip it has been for The Addams Family. They started out as a collection of unnamed characters in the creepy drawings of the late Charles Addams for “The New Yorker” in the 1930s, got names when…
History tells us the 1853 premiere of Verdi's "La Traviata" was something of a disaster, capped by the fatal miscasting (opposed unsuccessfully by the composer) of a soprano whose girth, in the view of the audience, made her attempts to…
The main thing you need to know about “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” is that it's not the Gershwins' “Porgy and Bess.” Let me me to explain.
Anthony Wininger's "Theater for Men" was an interesting set featuring two short pieces accompanied by a lecture. The two pieces were a speech by Cato the Elder, performed in contemporary dress, and a subversively funny short play by George Kaufman…
Somewhere in Lebanon, in a dark, cold prison cell, three men wait to learn their fate. Will they be killed by their captors? Will their respective governments negotiate for their freedom? Will they lose their minds and slowly go insane…
As a reviewer, comedy is one of those arts I don't typically cover; and, though I'm not exactly sure how to approach the show as a whole, St. Louis' own The World's Greatest Comedians convinced me that the future of…
Friday, 27 June 2014 12:25

Featherweight fun with 'Tarzan' at the Muny

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
It's doubtful that the 2006 stage adaptation of Disney's 1999 animated film “Tarzan” will ever make anybody's list of Great Musicals. But the Phil Collins score (expanded from the five numbers he wrote for the movie) is filled with songs…
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 22:50

St. Lou Fringe 2014: The Misses

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
I have been a big supporter of the St. Lou Fringe festival since its inception three years ago. This year I was out of town for most of the festival’s run (June 18-22), so I only got to six events.…
Monday, 23 June 2014 23:23

St. Lou Fringe 2014: The Hits

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
I have been a big supporter of the St. Lou Fringe festival since its inception three years ago.  This year I was out of town for most of the festival’s run (June 18-22), so I only got to six events. …
On July 17th, 1794, the sixteen women of the monastery of the Carmel of Compiègne in France were guillotined by the revolutionary government for refusing to abandon their vows and their community. The execution, which is widely believed to have…
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