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Marissa Mulder's "The Songs of Tom Waits," which had its premiere last March at New York's Metropolitan Room under the more accurately descriptive title "Tom…In His Words," comes to The essay writer Gaslight Cabaret Festival dripping with praise. In a profile of…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:02

Tim Schall takes us back to '1961'

Written by Katie McGrath
Tim Schall's musical exploration of 1961 demonstrates that it was a very good year.  
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:51

The Boys Are Back in Town

Written by Tina Farmer
There's a contemporary swagger present in the Fox Theatre's current production of "Jersey Boys" that slides smoothly into the history of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The combination works well, resulting in a smart, snappy production that thoroughly entertains.…
Ah, bliss! Here's a toast to the post-WWI, emerging from the Depression leisure class. Particularly when they are as delightfully portrayed as by the student actors in Washington University's "You Can't Take It with You." The show breezes along, and…
I've always maintained that actors in general and musical theatre actors in particular have something of a head start when it comes to cabaret. They already know how to give meaning to a lyric and how to connect with an…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:05

'Other Desert Cities' takes the long way home

Written by Tina Farmer
Some family secrets are mere trifles, intended to spare hurt feelings. Others are meant to secure someone's place in the family tree or inheritance. And then, there are those family secrets that cause deep hurt and lasting damage. The Repertory…
Monday, 17 February 2014 18:20

Winners? Losers?

Written by Bob Wilcox
Playwright Brian Friel, best known for "Dancing at Lughnasa," wrote "Lovers" fairly early in his career. It's now being produced by West End Players Guild under Jan Meyer's sure-handed direction.
The story of the community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, its origins and struggles, is an interesting and important square in the American quilt. That this small community also contributed to the American folk art movement in significant ways with their…
Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:32

'Man of LaMancha' is a textured and charming fantasy

Written by Tina Farmer
Audiences at the beautiful Peabody Opera House were treated to a brief escape from the winter's chill in St. Louis with a warm and inviting production of "Man of La Mancha" from Chasing Windmills LLC. The cast is strong throughout…
Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:05

'The Little Dog Laughed' and he was not alone

Written by Tina Farmer
Though "The Little Dog Laughed" is filled with biting and insightful humor that keeps the audience laughing along, I can't remember the last time a "happy ending" made me feel so blue. The short scenes, well defined characters and sharp…
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