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It find it interesting that an IMDB listing on screenwriter and playwright William Gibson — he of “The Miracle Worker” fame — fails to mention his 1975 Christmas play, “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the…
Friday, 06 December 2013 19:39

Tradition delights in ‘A Christmas Carol’

Written by Tina Farmer
Falling snow greeted my niece and me as we left the Fox after the Nebraska Theater Caravan's production of "A Christmas Carol," a fitting close to an evening filled with the oft-told tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. If the audience wasn't…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 23:52

Diary of (Another) Young Girl: "Hannah Senesh"

Written by Andrea Braun
‘There are stars whose radiance is visible on earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the…
Racism is one of humanity's least attractive, yet most stubbornly persistent, traits. In his moving drama "My Children! My Africa!" Athol Fugard distills this broad social issue with a narrow focus that personalizes the concept. The Washington University Performing Arts…
Friday, 22 November 2013 00:01

'Sister Act' is not a bad habit

Written by Emily Piro
Broadway is starting to look a lot like Hollywood, and it seems like every week a new musical is announced based on a box office blockbuster. One of the more buzzed about recent additions is a new stage adaptation of…
A lovely, sensitive new play, "The Two Sisters," by Dennis Corcoran has opened at St. Louis Community College at Meramac.  It's set in 1980 in the women's prison at Armagh, Northern Ireland, and it addresses the heroism—and the brutishness—that can…
Pinocchio has been with us for a hundred and fifty years now, delighting readers of all ages and frightening those of tender years.  Last week-end COCA brought us an admirable staging of Carlo Collodi's beloved tale, produced by the Théâtre…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:55

‘Oleanna’ Travels Down the Slippery Slope

Written by Tina Farmer
David Mamet's "Oleanna" is an intense examination of the power of words and intention. To its credit, Encore! Theater Group spares no punches in this well-acted production, presented in an intimate space that only heightens the dramatic tension developed in…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:35

Fast and Loose Is the Right Touch for Big Laughs

Written by Tina Farmer
There's a sweet and honest charm to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show doesn't over-promise and it's impossible to take too seriously, ensuring it remains a favorite go-to show for amateur and professional companies…
In today's conflicted politically correct culture, the idea of evolution as necessary to the survival of a species is more fodder for disagreement than measured study. When applied to a family filled with secrets, however, the question gains a certain…
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