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Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:16

Summer lovers, some are not

Written by Bob Wilcox
At Washington University's Performing Arts Department, Director Henry Schvey, his designers, and his cast have mounted a very clear, well-spoken and attractive production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy and fantasy that is one of Shakespeare's perennially most popular…
Saturday, 26 February 2011 10:22

Much Ado About Nothing is Really Something

Written by Connie Bollinger
The level of professionalism in Saint Louis University Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is astounding; the towering set, the luscious costumes, the actors, the technical precision, even the music blends and swirls into a delicious sauce of…
Saturday, 19 February 2011 23:46

Homecoming King: Craig Pomranz at the Kranzberg

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Before he even sang a note, it was already clear from Craig Pomranz’s publicity material that he had both a reputation as a technically strong singer and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Anybody who sells t-shirts with the phrase “I…
Saturday, 19 February 2011 16:19

But is it "ART"?

Written by Steve Callahan
The Riverside Shakespeare Theatre, in St. Charles, is entering its fifth season they're venturing into new and exciting territory. For the past four summers this group has presented free Shakespeare in St. Charles' Frontier Park. Now they are inaugurating their…
Saturday, 19 February 2011 15:50

Mame is still a grand old dame

Written by Connie Bollinger
There's a lot that's right with the Brass Rail Players' production of Mame. The sets and costumes are appropriately lavish, the lighting is near perfect, and I don't think I've ever seen a more dedicated group of chorus members, dancers…
Friday, 18 February 2011 23:31

Ask not for whom the Siren sings. . .

Written by Andrea Braun
Deborah Zoe Laufner’s Sirens was a hit at the 2010 Humana Festival of Plays in Louisville, KY, and Kathleen Sitzer announced that, to her knowledge, this presentation is its Midwest premiere. The story is intriguing, the cast is top-notch, and…
Friday, 18 February 2011 15:21

A Garden of Earthy Delights

Written by Connie Bollinger
Alan Ayckbourn's Round and Round the Garden has wit, sophistication, sight gags, innuendo, double entendre, physical humor, impeccable timing and jolly amoral characters; in other words, all the elements of a ripping good English farce.
If you think it’s tough for theatre to compete with digital entertainment, imagine Shakespeare’s competition: blood-spattering cockfights, bearbaitings and public executions. What’s a playwright to do? Macbeth. For a penny apiece, groundlings could jostle for a ringside spot in the…
Monday, 14 February 2011 23:36

Ruined and after

Written by Bob Wilcox
In current and recent wars in Africa, civilians suffer more deaths than the armies, along with mutilations and rape – rape sometimes with a knife or bayonet as the instrument of rape, leaving the woman permanently damaged and in pain…
Monday, 14 February 2011 23:11

Random access

Written by Bob Wilcox
Closer has lots of dirty words. It even has some dirty actions. It's a play about geometry.
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