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Thursday, 12 September 2013 21:35

'My Fair Lady' at Stages: The Fairest of Them All

Written by Andrea Braun
At times, it was if the stage almost shimmered. The audience applauded the set (well, the costumes really) twice and the singing and dancing were spectacular. Despite a three-hour length, a few draggy parts in Act II while plot points…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:51

Unconventional theme keeps 'Parade' marching along

Written by Tina Farmer
The rape and murder of an innocent 13-year-old factory girl and the subsequent incarceration and trial of the accused rapist is most definitely not a standard musical theme. R-S Theatrics production of "Parade," a musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason…
Mr. Sloane is a gorgeous young thing and everybody wants him.  Mr. Sloane hasn't had a single scruple for ever-so-long.  Mr. Sloane's polite demeanor is marbled with streaks of blazing viciousness.  Mr. Sloane is quite a piece of work.
Monday, 09 September 2013 23:32

Dealing with death and deformity

Written by Bob Wilcox
Some one-person shows have one character. Some have many characters. "The Purpose Project: Thao's Library" has one actor and one character, and they are the same person.
Monday, 09 September 2013 19:23

'Emergency': Welcome to the land of liberty

Written by Bob Wilcox
Some one-person shows have one character. Some have many characters. "Emergency," currently at The Black Rep, has one actor and many characters. Like most one-person shows, it's more storytelling than drama, though it has moments of theatrical excitement, thanks both…
Dr. Seuss, in his 1961 story, "The Sneetches," taught a lesson against prejudice that no Sneetch was different or better than any other Sneetch, whether or not they had stars on their bellies. Playwright Alfred Uhry is exploring a very…
Torture, trust and the unknown are deep subjects to cover in an evening that combines modern dance and a short play. The Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble has chosen to take a bold path with its presentation of "Nine," a provocative…
Stray Dog Theatre's New Works Laboratory presents an opportunity to participate in the development of new plays, and its free performances offer St. Louisan's a unique look at the creative process. The collaboration between playwright, actors and audience serves the…
Saturday, 24 August 2013 17:08

Mama’s Pride: 'The Lyons'

Written by Andrea Braun
If Joan Crawford had lived long enough to see Nicky Silver’s outrageous dysfunctional family matriarch, Rita Lyons (Judi Mann), poor Joan would have felt more like Mother of the Year than “Mommie Dearest.”
St. Louis Shakespeare is now performing The Two Noble Kinsmen because scholars have by and large agreed that Shakespeare wrote about half of it, probably when John Fletcher asked him to help give the Globe Theatre's audience something fresh. So…
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