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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:21

A Dream Comes to Life at SIUE

Written by Steve Callahan
Pedro Calderon de la Barca is often called "the Spanish Shakespeare".  His play, "Life is a Dream", is enjoying a superb production at SIU Edwardsville.  This play, from 1635, is one of the brightest gems of the Golden Age of…
Monday, 28 April 2014 17:47

To touch the ghost world of the Outback

Written by Steve Callahan
How often have you seen a modern play that was not written in America or England?  Most St. Louis companies produce them rarely or never.  How can we not be provincial in our outlook if we close our eyes and…
Gotta sing! Gotta dance! Gotta be a cabaret star! The Presenters Dolan closed out the Gaslight Cabaret Festival with Lara Teeter tripping the light fantastic in his cabaret debut "Lucky To Be Me."
Saturday, 26 April 2014 15:53

Senses subject to assault and battery!

Written by Steve Callahan
I went to "Blue Man Group" at the Peabody last night and my eyes, my ears, my intelligence, my taste and my patience were all violently assaulted.  This sort of production is aimed at audiences who won't be satisfied unless…
The Webster Conservatory has mounted a simply terrific "Into the Woods"!  I always say that your best bang for the buck in entertainment comes from university theatres—and the Conservatory is right at the top of my list when it comes…
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:49

ERA 'Makes Hamlet' afresh

Written by Steve Callahan
What can one make of "Hamlet"?  Last night I learned that if someone is very intelligent and gifted she can "Make Hamlet" into a refreshing, gripping delight. 
The Washington University Performing Arts Department production of "Twelfth Night" is a well-acted, well-interpreted production that does a lot to please its audience. The set and lighting design, by Quinlan Maggio and Sean M. Savoie, is simple, location, time and…
A clever gear, perhaps a machine of some sort, but represented as a clock, sets the stage for the imaginative and inventive "Unsorted," a children's show from the Metro Theater Company. The actors, in costumes that cleverly represent piles of…
The University of Missouri -- St. Louis department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies brought heart and compassion to their production of "The Laramie Project" April 10 through April 13, 2014. The clarity and voice of the production stood out,…
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:06

'Falling' Soars

Written by Steve Callahan
It's been two-and-a-half years since Deanna Jent's remarkable play, "Falling", premiered at the Mustard Seed Theatre. This has been a busy time for Ms. Jent and her play. An off-Broadway production in 2012 was met with glowing reviews (and a…
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