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Monday, 22 July 2013 22:24

Plains song

Written by Bob Wilcox
A rousing rendition of the title song from "Oklahoma!" can go a long way toward redeeming even a mediocre production of the musical. Fortunately, the current production by Family Musical Theatre needs little redemption.
"Les Miserables" is back at The Muny this week, just as it was back at the Fox last fall, and probably will return to each of them again and again. It is a very popular show.
Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:57

Nothing poor about this 'Butterfly'

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
It has been ten years since Union Avenue Opera presented Puccini’s 1904 “Japanese Tragedy” “Madama Butterfly”, and if the current production is any indication, they have waited far too long. Musically and dramatically it’s solid work, with eye-catching sets and…
Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:17

An enchanted evening

Written by Bob Wilcox
The U.S. had been an Asian empire at least since the Spanish-American War. But the engagements in the Pacific in World War II brought the culture conflicts of East and West home more thoroughly than ever before, penetrating even that…
The St. Louis Actors' Studio kicks off its inaugural "LaBute New Theater Festival," part one, with five well-written, well-performed new works that pack a punch. Each piece features contemporary persons in contemporary settings exploring the fine art of living, and…
Gitana Productions joyfully and effectively struts its stuff with the entertaining, educational and dance infused play "Soy Yo!' (or I am me). This original piece, written with attention to detail and heart by Mariah L. Richardson, celebrates "what it's like…
Performance art should look effortless. Picture Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, gliding together across a polished floor. Their dance routine is utterly spontaneous. Live theatre provides similar illusion for our diversion.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:09

Time to get out of the habit

Written by Bob Wilcox
Have you ever seen "Nunsense"? Has anyone not seen "Nunsense" in one of its seven versions, 10,000 productions, or five DVDs over the last 30 years?
Of course Cinderella ends up with Prince Charming. She’s beautiful, obedient and always cheerful. Who wouldn’t be smitten? I was 7 years old. “But, what about me?” I wondered. “What’s in store for girls like us?” The answer seemed painfully…
Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:37

'The Kiss' spreads joy at Opera Theatre

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Fed up with politics? Disgusted with TV? Got a headache from 3D movies? Wilted by the heat? Well, take heart, dear friends. Opera Theatre has a charming romantic comedy for you that will take your mind off whatever’s bugging you…
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