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Monday, 13 October 2014 21:22

Upstream brings a classic to the Kranzberg

Written by Steve Callahan
My favorite company in town, Phillip Boehm's Upstream Theatre, has opened a classic: Sophocles' "Antigone."
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:10

Wild and crazy kids: 'Bonnie and Clyde' at New Line

Written by Bob Wilcox
We recently saw a musical about people who kill presidents. Now we have a musical about people who kill anyone who gets in the way of what they want. It's being done by New Line Theatre. They've already done the…
An incident of gay bashing lies at the center of playwright Diana Son's "Stop Kiss." We don't see the actual violence. We see what precedes it and what follows it. But the scenes don't come in chronological order. Before and…
Monday, 06 October 2014 17:58

'Bus Stop' warms a blizzardy night at SLU

Written by Steve Callahan
If March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb—or so they say.  On the stage at St. Louis University March is surely roaring in;  we're in the middle of a Kansas blizzard that's burying the roads…
The current Alpha Players production takes place in medieval England, as a historian, played with plummy BBC vowels by Chuck Brinkley, informs us. So Destiny Graham's set shows us the facade of a beautifully painted medieval castle. But obviously painted.…
Who but Stephen Sondheim would think of a musical about people who shoot at presidents. It's called "Assassins," with Sondheim's music and lyrics and a book by John Weidman. And it works, both as script and in this production.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 23:05

A home in the wilderness: 'Off the Map' at West End

Written by Bob Wilcox
"Off the Map" is not an easy play to do. It has something a little Chekhovian about it. A family, a friend, an unexpected visitor, isolated, with troubles personal, financial, even, suddenly, erotic.
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:38

Storm Large sparkles at BB's

Written by Katie McGrath
Jack Sock. Razor Shines. Pickabo Street. Joe Montana. Storm Large.
HotCity theater brings Larry Kramer's heartbreaking "The Normal Heart" to life in a dark, somber production filled with an endless parade of the dead and dying, running through September 27, 2014 the Kranzberg Arts Center. 
Could a group of monkeys, given time and typewriters, actually tap out "Hamlet"? Is it possible that love is more a matter of saying the right thing, in the right way at the right time? If Trotsky didn't know he…
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