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Circus Flora's "The Pawn" is the strongest show they've done in years. The unifying concept—a chess game—provides a simple, easily understood thread to link the various acts and doesn't require a lot of narration.
One of Shakespeare's best loved and most well known plays, "Henry V" tells the continuing story of Hal, introduced as a young ne'er do well prince who brilliantly redeems himself and earns the throne in "Henry IV." Now crowned King…
Harold Pinter's tale of family dysfunction is a well-acted, sharply directed and tightly produced piece, driven by a surprisingly satisfying level of dark humor and absurdity. What it lacks are easy answers and a clear path towards resolution, though this,…
There's never a dull moment in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of "The Magic Flute." That's because director Isaac Mizrahi keeps his performers (including a cast of seven dancers) in constant motion. The resulting stage pictures are impressive,…
There was a chill in the air opening night of "Henry IV," and a slight wind, adding a sense of drama well before the curtain. The show, teeming with intrigue, war and Prince Hal's transformation, keeps the tension mounting, weaving…
Monday, 19 May 2014 22:20

To bee or not to bee

Written by Bob Wilcox
Going to Florissant to see the Alpha Players' production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” I was thinking, do I really have to sit through “Spelling Bee” again? Yes, it's a charming and clever piece, but four or…
"Meskerem":  We'd call it September, but in the ancient calendar of Ethiopia Meskerem is the first month of the new year.  It follows three dismal months of gloom and heavy rain.  It's bright and sunny and it brings the renewal…
"August, Osage County" is a deeply thoughtful, often intensely disturbing look at the secrets families keep and the ways those same secrets are used as ammunition to wound or control other family members. It isn't a pretty show, but it…
Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre, the wild child of St. Louis Shakespeare, turns to the golden age of network television in its latest production, an action-packed, played for laughs "The One-Hour Twilight Zone: Live" now showing through May 17, 2014 at…
The perils and pitfalls of a single woman in her mid-to-late twenties are accurately chronicled, and vividly characterized, in Slightly Askew Theater Ensemble's acerbic and perceptive "Bachelorette." A tightly wound contemporary dramedy, the production is smartly directed and well acted…
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