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Tesseract Theatre continues to demonstrate a commitment to finding not simply new plays, but new plays that tackle contemporary issues with inventive and imaginative plots and well-informed, yet natural, dialogue. Their current production "Age of Bees," by Tira Palmquist, is…
St. Louis Actors' Studio continues their season of "The Best Medicine," laughter, with dry humor that is at times cruel, at times sarcastic, and always delivered with a hint of exaggeration. At its center, "Art," by Yasmina Reza, is a…
In literature, great characters often make their finest choices in the midst of severe limitations. In the premiere production of "An Invitation Out," characters must make choices about identity within the confines of complex social expectations. Like any comedy of…
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Romantic poem comes to life in this atmospheric and immersive production from Upstream Theater that plunges the audience deep into the Mariner's tale. The play, a spectacular collaboration between Patrick Siler, who adapted the poem, composers and…
Frank Manley and Vincent Murphy's "The Cockfighter" presents a dilemma: how does one deal with the inevitable sadness of the world? In the words of one of their characters: "How can a man lose and lose, over and over and…
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:13

Solving 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Written by Bob Wilcox
When Charles Dickens died, he left unfinished his last novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” A hundred years later, the multitalented Rupert Holmes finished it by inventing a musical that was being performed in Dickens' own time in the styles…
Political campaigns are crazy frenzied things.  A new production by OnSite Theatre invites us to participate in the final hectic moments of a race for the office of Governor. 
I've been attending the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville for five years now, and every time there has been at least one show where the combination of script, acting, and direction was so perfect…
Every Humana Festival has a late night show consisting of short plays with a common theme and featuring members of the Acting Apprentice Company. "That High Lonesome Sound"—this year's show—is all about bluegrass music and the mountain culture that spawned…
T. Oliver Reid takes us from Boyle Avenue to 110th Street.  The sophistication of Bobby Short, the soulfulness of Jeffrey Osborne, the dash of Cary Grant and the liquid grace of Ben Vereen were embodied by T. Oliver Reid in…
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