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The forest of Arden is found in the Ozark mountains of 1929 in Slightly Askew Theatre's excellent interpretation of "As You Like It," one of Shakespeare's most frequently performed romantic comedies. With a layered story that features rivalries, fools both…
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of its 2006 production of Richard Strauss's bittersweet romantic comedy "Der Rosenkavalier" ("The Cavalier of the Rose"), which runs through March 13, has everything a great night at the opera should have: wonderful music,…
A creaky old country farmhouse and a tale of a murderous hermit set the tone in Peter Colley's "I'll Be Back Before Midnight," a two act thriller from Stray Dog Theatre that's filled with enough twists and dark comedy to…
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:25

In Chicago, a revival of 'Nabucco' stars the chorus

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Verdi's 1842 Biblical melodrama "Nabucco" ("Nebuchadnezzar") was the composer's first big hit. As Evan Baker observes in his program notes for Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of their 1997 production (which runs through February 12), the opera "scored a rousing…
Fifteen-year-old Artie stands at the top of a steep, muddy hill, wood and canvas wings strapped to her back. Her mother is attempting to prove that mankind – in this case, a woman – can fly without mechanical contraptions. Despite…
In 1986, a lonely librarian in charge of the overnight return box at her location begins an unexpected and surprising journey when she discovers a returned book that is one-hundred and thirteen years overdue. So begins the New Jewish Theatre's…
It’s been a week of Irish ghosts, a week of Irish loss and pain and guilt.  It’s been a week of Irish tales that hover under an almost imperceptible mist of Catholic mysteries.  It’s been a week of playwright Conor…
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:03

'The Weir' haunts St. Louis

Written by Steve Callahan
It’s an utterly engaging evening of ghostly tales and drink.  It’s full of that banter and intimacy and teasing good fellowship and gossip that we have no word for, but which the Irish call “craic.” 
Monday, 25 January 2016 23:33

Moving picture star: 'Georama' at the Rep Studio

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
The musical "Georama," a staged reading of which was part of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Ignite! New Play Festival in 2014, is getting a fully staged world premiere right now in the Rep studio. It's not perfect, but…
Monday, 25 January 2016 10:50

'Cosi fan tutte' shines at Winter Opera!

Written by Steve Callahan
Gina Galati and her Winter Opera continue to bless St. Louis with exemplary productions!  They’ve just opened “Così fan tutte,” and it’s a superb presentation of this popular Mozart work.
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