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Saturday, 05 July 2008 19:00

West Side Story

Written by Chris Gibson
The Lyceum Theatre Through July 6, 2008 Reviewed by Chris Gibson There are a number of renowned re-imaginings of Shakespeare. And, one of the finest is the musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein's dramatic score…
Friday, 03 October 2008 19:00

War of the Worlds/The Lost World

Written by Chris Gibson
L.A. Theatre Works October 3 - 4, 2008 Reviewed by Chris Gibson The appeal of old time radio shows for me lies in their demand that you use your imagination to conjure up the surroundings that the actors are presenting.…
Sunday, 25 May 2008 19:00

Uvee Hayes

Written by Chris Gibson
The Cabaret at Savor May 23 and 24, 2008 Reviewed by Chris Gibson[NOTE: Uvee Hayes returns for an encore performance at Savor on Friday, June 6, 2008] Uvee Hayes brought her soulful vocals to the Flim-Flam room at the Cabaret…
Friday, 14 November 2008 19:00

Urinetown: The Musical

Written by Chris Gibson
UMSL Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies Through November 15, 2008 Reviewed by Chris Gibson Urinetown is a satirical musical based on the idea that an ecological disaster could create a situation whereby individuals have to pay for the…
Thursday, 19 June 2008 19:00

Una Cosa Rara

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Opera Theatre of St. Louis Through June 20, 2008 Reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi "Å“[T]hus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges."  - Twelfth Night, V,1 That bit of Shakespeare jumped unbidden into my mind as I contemplated Opera Theatre's…
Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:00

True West

Written by Sarah Boslaugh
The Tin Ceiling Through July 25, 2008 Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh Tin Ceiling is trying out several new ideas with their production of True West.  One is not having a director. According to the program notes, this is an experiment…
Saturday, 28 June 2008 19:00

Troilus and Cressida

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Opera Theatre of St. Louis Through June 29, 2008 Reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi William Walton's 1954 opera Troilus and Cressida has had a history almost as unfortunate as that of its protagonists.  From the lackluster Covent Garden premiere, sloppily conducted…
Cabaret St. Louis November 13 and 14, 2008 Reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi In the final moments of Cyrano de Bergerac Rostand's hero, dying in the arms of Roxanne, shuffles off his mortal coil with characteristic style:  "You strip from me…
Saturday, 14 June 2008 19:00


Written by Chris Gibson
SIU-Edwardsville's Department of Theater and Dance Through June 15, 2008 Reviewed by Chris Gibson SIU-Edwardsville's Department of Theater and Dance begin their Summer Showbiz series for 2008 with a revue cobbled together by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray, which features…
Saturday, 20 December 2008 19:00

Titus Andronicus

Written by Steve Callahan
The Tin Ceiling Through December 21, 2008 Reviewed by Steve Callahan I adored Tin Ceiling's gore-fest, Zombozo, a year or two ago and was looking forward to feasting on similar sensibilities in their production of Titus Andronicus--that truly bizarre dip…
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