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Friday, 17 October 2014 14:16

Anne Frank's voice lives on, lest we forget

Written by Tina Farmer
The story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid in a tiny annex with her family to avoid deportation to the concentration camps during World War II, is well known. Her tragic fate has been told time and…
The classic style of the mid twentieth century murder mystery is ever-present in Stray Dog Theatre's production of "And Then There Were None," one of Agatha Christie's most popular stories. The entire show, from the mid-century modern furnishings to the…
The Over Due Theatre Company is a small impecunious group. With a budget of about two cents and a shoestring they continue to impress me—especially with their musicals.
Monday, 13 October 2014 20:22

Upstream brings a classic to the Kranzberg

Written by Steve Callahan
My favorite company in town, Phillip Boehm's Upstream Theatre, has opened a classic: Sophocles' "Antigone."
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:10

Wild and crazy kids: 'Bonnie and Clyde' at New Line

Written by Bob Wilcox
We recently saw a musical about people who kill presidents. Now we have a musical about people who kill anyone who gets in the way of what they want. It's being done by New Line Theatre. They've already done the…
An incident of gay bashing lies at the center of playwright Diana Son's "Stop Kiss." We don't see the actual violence. We see what precedes it and what follows it. But the scenes don't come in chronological order. Before and…
Monday, 06 October 2014 16:58

'Bus Stop' warms a blizzardy night at SLU

Written by Steve Callahan
If March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb—or so they say.  On the stage at St. Louis University March is surely roaring in;  we're in the middle of a Kansas blizzard that's burying the roads…
The current Alpha Players production takes place in medieval England, as a historian, played with plummy BBC vowels by Chuck Brinkley, informs us. So Destiny Graham's set shows us the facade of a beautifully painted medieval castle. But obviously painted.…
Who but Stephen Sondheim would think of a musical about people who shoot at presidents. It's called "Assassins," with Sondheim's music and lyrics and a book by John Weidman. And it works, both as script and in this production.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:05

A home in the wilderness: 'Off the Map' at West End

Written by Bob Wilcox
"Off the Map" is not an easy play to do. It has something a little Chekhovian about it. A family, a friend, an unexpected visitor, isolated, with troubles personal, financial, even, suddenly, erotic.
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