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“The 39 Steps” began life as a novel and has been made into at least three movies, but the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version is the favorite. It's the one that Patrick Barlow and John Buchan raided for their stage version.
Friday, 14 November 2014 11:05

'Bus Stop' takes romance on the road

Written by Bob Wilcox
It's early March in 1955, and a blizzard is blowing across the Kansas plains. When the bus from Kansas City pulls into its regular stop at Grace's Cafe, the local sheriff tells the driver that they'll have to wait there…
Kicking off its eighth season, Winter Opera staged its first Mozart opera, "Le Nozze di Figaro." The company's rendition of Mozart's tapestry of love, trickery and royal buffoonery bubbled onstage like champagne, bursting from a fountain of melodies.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 09:05

'Smoke on the Mountain' fills the air with song

Written by Tina Farmer
Act Two Theatre closes their season with a rousing, nostalgic trip to rural, Depression-era America courtesy of "Smoke on the Mountain." This heartwarming show is filled with bluegrass-infused hymns, spiritual witnessing and more than a few moments of pure comedy…
I was looking forward to our visit to the new Boo Cat Club about which we've recently been showered with printer's ink. It's the renovated old Artists' Guild building on Union -- just across from the Union Avenue Opera --…
What happens when a child is imaginative and bright in ways that challenge social norms? Should the child be coached to emphasize or hide personality traits or behaviors deemed by some to be socially inappropriate? At what age do these…
As the global economy begins to rebuild after the recent economic recession, a lot of people who once considered themselves comfortable are finding it difficult to rebound. Max & Louie's United States premiere of the Irish play "Chancers," by Robert…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:48

Love has no age limit in 'Rembrandt’s Gift'

Written by Tina Farmer
It is not uncommon to see a romantic comedy that features a love-triangle even one in which an historic figure come to life in modern times. It is, however, considerably less common that the three characters involved are well past…
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:09

'Dirty Dancing' at the Fox: It's just like the movie!

Written by Bob Wilcox
I have a list of movies that should not have been made into stage musicals. I haven't seen the movie of “Dirty Dancing,” but my friends who were at the opening of the stage version at the Fox and have…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:04

There's something about 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Written by Tina Farmer
St. Louis Shakespeare warms up fall with a breezy, optimistic interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedies. Set in Italy at the end of World War II, this version is bubbly and cheerful, filled with a hopeful tone…
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