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Every Humana Festival has a late night show that features the members of the Acting Apprentice Company. In previous years, the format has been an evening of short plays with a common theme.
As Jordan Harrison's play begins, ten-year-old Kai (Matthew Stadelmann) is enthralled when his grandfather (Paul Niebanck) tells him a story about a magical doorknob fashioned from a crystal eye of the mermaid figurehead from an ancient ship.  Pop the doorknob…
Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" is a memory play. A writer remembers his younger days and the people he worked with on his first job in the big time.
Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:11

Come On, Get Happy!: ‘Rx’

Written by Andrea Braun
If there were a pill you could take to make you love your job, would you use it? If you are as miserable as Meena Pierotti (Laura Singleton), a frustrated poet with an MFA wasting her life editing a livestock…
Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:04

They Had Me at ‘Wilkommen’: ‘Cabaret’

Written by Andrea Braun
‘Cabaret’ tells the story of the last days of the Weimer Republic before the Nazis seized power and engineered one of the most horrifying chapters in recorded history. Fittingly, the show is set in a decadent cabaret, the Kit Kat…
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is a delightful, sometimes intense, sometimes funny, almost always true-to-life glimpse into the complex and challenging personal relationships of five 20-to-30 something, on-again, off-again friends who were asked to be bridesmaids in “Tracy’s” wedding.…
St. Louis Shakespeare closes its 29th season with the Bard's most imitated, and perhaps his most famous, play of all, "Romeo and Juliet." This timeless tale of young love and old grudges is filled with memorable lines and enduring characters…
Expressing the intimacy of a relationship, and the pain of loss, can be a difficult task for actors. Translating these very personal emotions and character choices from the silver screen to the stage is doubly hard. When songs, choreography and…
The Webster Conservatory has revived Craig Lucas’ fantastical little comedy, "Reckless", from 1983.  We find Rachel, a pretty young wife and mother, experiencing an attack of euphoria on Christmas Eve.   Rachel (as more than one critic has said) is something…
Sunday, 30 March 2014 13:06

'Betrayal'-Pinter at his purest

Written by Steve Callahan
Harold Pinter is one of the few playwrights who have become adjectives: you know, like “Shakespearean”, “Shavian”, “Chekhovian”, “Brechtian”.  We so easily say “Pinteresque” to convey that sense of muted menace seeping through the cracks of mundane detail in his…
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