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The New Jewish Theatre considers practical, moral and ethical questions surrounding wealth, greed, religion and motivation in its current production, Deb Margolin's "Imagining Madoff." The story weaves transcripts, testimony, interviews and writings to explore not simply now Madoff succeeded in…
Occasionally, a play sneaks up on you, grabbing you at some visceral, emotional level and knocking you down. The Studio at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' current production is that kind of a play. Deeply thoughtful, and grounded in…
In “The Lion in Winter,” James Goldman has written something of a medieval version of “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.” Given that in Goldman's piece royalty are fighting for provinces and thrones and even lives, the stakes may seem higher…
Monday, 26 January 2015 16:31

Lesser-known Mascagni delights at Winter Opera

Written by Steve Callahan
Winter Opera St. Louis, after a brilliant production of "Le Nozze di Figaro", continues its eighth season with a venture into less familiar fare — Pietro Mascagni's "L'amico Fritz".
The “Cinderella” now at the Fox Theatre is not just any “Cinderella.” It's the “Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.”
In Ken Ludwig's fanciful farce, a golf tournament, an impending engagement and an ill-advised bet between old rivals converge to create an over-the-top comedy that offers easy laughs and physical comedy even if, at times, it tries a bit too…
The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves takes on contemporary divorce and it's wide reaching impact in their current production "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Marguiles. The story is quite interesting, and well-written, but the production lacks the emotional punch and…
The stage adaptation of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," written by Todd Kreidler and based on the screenplay by William Rose, maintains the original film's 1967 setting, but could easily be set in the present time.
First Run Theatre has picked a gem in local playwright Mario Farwell's "Stereo Heart." The play tackles family history, poverty and gang violence with a Shakespearean spirit and a healthy amount of St. Louis sass. After a blue-collar family discovers…
The glitzy, mirrored staircase into the wine cellar at Herbie's provided a fitting portal into "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll," a one-person play written by Eric Bogosian and produced by The Midnight Company. With gritty, memorable characters, veteran performer Joe…
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