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Theater Reviews

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:30

A fine, full, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Written by Bob Wilcox
Eugene O'Neill created one of the masterpieces of American theatre – of world theatre – out of the agonies of his own family. His father became a wealthy matinee idol in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, made miserly…
The Washington University Ovations Series continued its 2010–2011 offerings with a performance of 500 Clown Frankenstein, by 500 Clown, a theatrical group out of Chicago. Taking over the University's Edison Theatre for two nights--the first night with their take on…
In this thoughtful comedy, Amanda Blue (Rachel Hanks) steps out onto a stage nearly bare but for some chairs, music stands and drapes, and begins to talk. She is 25 years old, in a relationship with a guy supposedly destined…
Saturday, 30 October 2010 19:47

This fall don't miss the Rep's Next Fall

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Right now, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is featuring two plays in which questions of faith are paramount. The one on the main stage in Webster Groves – High – has the big star. But the one at the…
The Chosen is grounded in dichotomy: Hasidim/Contemporary Orthodoxy; Prayer alone/Activism; Speech/Silence. Two fathers and two sons interact over a chasm of differences among each other and within themselves. Aaron Posner whose My Name is Asher Lev closed yesterday at The…
From before the moment that the house lights go off, and the bare, black wall we've been looking at lights up with hundreds of tiny stars, we already know what we're in for – because we know that Kathleen Turner…
Monday, 18 October 2010 10:53

Three into two won't go

Written by Andrea Braun
As it happened, the highlight of Three Men and a Baby. . . Grand! was a provided by pianist John Boswell when he had the audience shout out song titles. He wrote them on a list, then performed a medley…
Friday, 15 October 2010 01:00

Dead and (I'm) loving it

Written by Andrea Braun
So, there are these five college students who go to a remote cabin in the woods for spring break. Sound familiar yet? Ash (Gregory Cuellar) and his girlfriend, Linda (Julie Venegoni), his sister, Cheryl (Anna Skidis), his best friend Scott…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:22

Another Hit for Echo Theatre Company with Another Home Invasion

Written by
Some consider playwright Joan MacLeod to be a champion of the underdog, producing plays that give voice to those typically silenced or underrepresented within Western society. And while MacLeod develops characters who share vivid and powerful stories, she creates some…
Upstream's new production of Oedipus King is an intimate affair. The 70 seat Kranzberg black box is a far cry from a Greek amphitheater, but Philip Boehm has taken this change of venue and directed a simple and subtle production…
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