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Pinocchio has been with us for a hundred and fifty years now, delighting readers of all ages and frightening those of tender years.  Last week-end COCA brought us an admirable staging of Carlo Collodi's beloved tale, produced by the Théâtre…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:55

‘Oleanna’ Travels Down the Slippery Slope

Written by Tina Farmer
David Mamet's "Oleanna" is an intense examination of the power of words and intention. To its credit, Encore! Theater Group spares no punches in this well-acted production, presented in an intimate space that only heightens the dramatic tension developed in…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:35

Fast and Loose Is the Right Touch for Big Laughs

Written by Tina Farmer
There's a sweet and honest charm to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show doesn't over-promise and it's impossible to take too seriously, ensuring it remains a favorite go-to show for amateur and professional companies…
In today's conflicted politically correct culture, the idea of evolution as necessary to the survival of a species is more fodder for disagreement than measured study. When applied to a family filled with secrets, however, the question gains a certain…
Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:21

I Loved it, Yeah, Yeah Yeah

Written by Laura Kyro
Recently the Fabulous Fox Theatre was set to rocking for two performances of "Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles;" a two-hour homage to the Fab Four and dozens of the songs with which they revolutionized popular music.
Saturday, 16 November 2013 15:29

The Godspell Truth

Written by Connie Bollinger
"Godspell" rocked the Peabody Friday night with all the explosive subtlety of a fireworks display. The 2013 incarnation of the 1970's rock sensation burst onto the stage, a suname of sound and color and beautifully pure rock.
Monday, 11 November 2013 13:20

'Faust' sounded heavenly at Winter Opera

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Long regarded by many as one of the highlights of the French grand opera tradition, Gounod's "Faust"—a beautifully sung production of which opened Winter Opera’s season—actually started life in 1859 as an opéra comique with spoken dialog instead of recitatives…
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:41

'All is Calm': A Christmas show for all seasons

Written by Dennis Corcoran
Yes, Christmas might be the best time to see "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914," but any time of year is a good time to revisit a moment of such humanity in a troubled world.
There were many remarkable things about The Shanghai Ballet's production of "The Butterfly Lovers" that Dance St. Louis presented at the Touhill this weekend. The colorful costumes, the incredible athleticism and skill of the dancers, the incisive way artistic director…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:58

'Beauty and the Beast' Brings Disney Magic to the Stage

Written by Erica Kenney
“As I always say, if it’s not ‘baroque’, don’t fix it,” says Cogsworth the clock of the neoclassical architecture of the castle in “Beauty and the Beast” the musical. It’s a play on words from an old saying that can…
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Tok Releases Gold Dollar Hen House Volume 3

Tue April 8
Tok is a Festus based rock band who has been rocking St. Louis for 20 years. They are due to release their third installment of their Gold Dollar Hen House collection on February 28, 2014 at Schlafly's…