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Some teachers want to inspire children, to build their minds and prepare them for the future. Other teachers want to protect children, to insulate them from the dangers of reality, to nurture and to care for them. In Evelyne de…
"O the tango is done with a thin black moustache a wide scarlet sash, black boots and a whip."  When Jerry Leiber wrote those lyrics for "The Tango" (recorded in 1975 by Peggy Lee), he was reflecting the darkly sensual…
The New Jewish Theatre considers practical, moral and ethical questions surrounding wealth, greed, religion and motivation in its current production, Deb Margolin's "Imagining Madoff." The story weaves transcripts, testimony, interviews and writings to explore not simply now Madoff succeeded in…
Occasi essay writer onally, a play sneaks up on you, grabbing you at some visceral, emotional level and knocking you down. The Studio at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' current production is that kind of a play. Deeply thoughtful, and grounded in…
In “The Lion in Winter,” James Goldman has written something of a medieval version of “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.” Given that in Goldman's piece royalty are fighting for provinces and thrones and even lives, the stakes may seem higher…
Monday, 26 January 2015 17:31

Lesser-known Mascagni delights at Winter Opera

Written by Steve Callahan
Winter Opera St. Louis, after a brilliant production of "Le Nozze di Figaro", continues its eighth season with a venture into less familiar fare — Pietro Mascagni's "L'amico Fritz".
The “Cinderella” now at the Fox Theatre is not just any “Cinderella.” It's the “Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.”
In Ken Ludwig's fanciful farce, a golf tournament, an impending engagement and an ill-advised bet between old rivals converge to create an over-the-top comedy that offers easy laughs and physical comedy even if, at times, it tries a bit too…
The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves takes on contemporary divorce and it's wide reaching impact in their current production "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Marguiles. The story is quite interesting, and well-written, but the production lacks the emotional punch and…
The stage adaptation of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," written by Todd Kreidler and based on the screenplay by William Rose, maintains the original film's 1967 setting, but could easily be set in the present time.
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