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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…
Monday, 11 October 2010 01:00

Asher Lev's leap to stage falls short

Written by Bob Wilcox
My Name Is Asher Lev has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner from the novel of the same name by Chaim Potok. But it hasn't been adapted enough.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 01:00

No turkey at Mamet's White House this Thanksgiving

Written by Bob Wilcox
In November, playwright David Mamet has written a farce about American politics. Mamet always puts comic moments in his plays, but those plays usually stay within hailing distance of recognizable reality. November certainly presents recognizable elements of the American processes…
Monday, 11 October 2010 15:49

Almost perfect in Almost, Maine

Written by Steve Callahan
St. Louis University offers such a spectrum of fine theatre! Last May I thrilled to their dark, weighty expressionist Machinal. Last week I delighted in their production of a play that's as light and insignificant as a snowflake. Almost Maine,…
Universities are generally a wonderful source of drama that you can't see anywhere else. They're undaunted by large casts or complex technical demands or even by box-office considerations. They can do a play simply because it's great. Webster Conservatory's latest…
Friday, 01 October 2010 10:47

St. Louis Shakespeare sails through The Tempest

Written by Bob Wilcox
He conjures storms, renders his enemies defenseless, creates Hollywood spectacles out of thin air, and even arranges for a handsome prince to fall in love with his daughter. Marvel Comics should create such a superhero.
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 10:20

New Line Theatre jazzes up I Love My Wife

Written by Bob Wilcox
Having showcased their badness with Love Kills and The Wild Party, Scott Miller and his New Line Theatre, self-christened “The Bad Boy of St. Louis Theatre,” have decided to back off and just be a little naughty with their current…
Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:43

Zen and the art of Emozioni Ricordati

Written by Gary Liam Scott
The Zen master D. T. Suzuki once wrote: "In Zen there is nothing to explain by means of words....Do not remain silent; nor be discursive." Performance artist Tom Brady, in his new work Emozioni Ricordati (Recalled Emotions), presented by Annonyarts,…
The Alpha Players of Florissant have taken on a rather ambitious production in their staging of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Most of the people in the audience the night I was there seemed of an age to remember the…
Sunday, 10 October 2010 12:39

A problematic Proof at Insight Theatre

Written by Andrea Braun
At its heart, David Auburn's Proof is a mystery. Did Catherine (Colleen Caul) create a proof for a mathematical assumption long considered to be beyond the capabilities of the best minds of the century, or was she taking credit for…
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