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The Hawthorne Players, now in their 68th year, are currently staging a somewhat uneven production of "The Secret Garden" at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:40

Not a jolly holiday with 'Mary Poppins'

Written by Em Piro
The day was gray and ordinary. All it needed was for someone to make the sun shine bright – and I had high hopes that might be a certain magical nanny, currently dominating the stage at the Muny.
To say that Stages St. Louis' production of "Legally Blonde" sparkles seems an understatement, the musical is big and confident, filled with bright lights, pink glitter and, yes, sparkle. The production never takes itself too seriously, however, and the actors…
The St. Louis Actors' Studio certainly doesn't lack ambition, as evidenced by the decision to devote a full month to a slate of new, unproven works. The first part of the festival set the tone with assertive, contemporary shows that…
Stray Dog Theatre closes its tenth season with the deliciously twisted musical "Little Shop of Horrors." One of the delights of this musical is that even though we know the story, the show, when done well, feels fresh. As usual,…
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…
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