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Monday, 05 May 2014 15:00

'The Nerd' is a playfully twisted mash-up

Written by Tina Farmer
"The Nerd" is a delightful, if somewhat insubstantial, bit of theater mischief teeming with wry references and affected mannerisms from the "golden age of Hollywood." Filled with engaging performances built around snappy remarks, witty comebacks, comic expressions, and a dash…
As far as this Broadway fan is concerned, it doesn't get much better than classic Andrew Lloyd Weber, except maybe when he's paired with lyricist Tim Rice. Their very first collaboration, the exuberant classic "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,"…
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…
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