Disco may be as dead as (if not deader than) vaudeville, but don’t try to sell that to the crowds whooping it up at “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Fox.
The Mustard Seed Theater's current production, "Mrs. Sorken" and "The Duck Variations," features two short pieces presented in a fast-paced and quickly executed evening of theater. The engaging cast, complemented by an appropriately nondescript set and technical design, are seasoned veterans who inhabit their characters with a light, cheery touch and deft sense of timing.
Every performing arts organization has its share of potboilers—light entertainments designed to reach a popular audience and boost box office revenues. Most have a short shelf life but some, like Verdi’s “Aida”, exceed expectations and wind up as part of the standard repertoire.
Edward Albee just never tires of being brilliant. The St. Louis Actors Studio has opened a production of Albee’s "The Goat: or Who is Sylvia?" It’s directed by Wayne Salomon, and it’s a stunningly beautiful piece of theatre. It is certainly the best thing I’ve ever seen at the Gaslight Theatre—and one of the best I’ve seen anywhere in some years. It’s passionate; it’s violent; and ultimately it’s bloody—yet it’s suffused with Albee’s distinctive delicate wit.
Inside the phantasmagorical, unbelievable, kid’s paradise called the City Museum there is a little glass big top filled with flying children, tight rope walkers, jugglers, dancers, aerialists, contortionists, acrobats and clowns.
Like its protagonist, Amy Herzog’s comedy/drama “4000 Miles” seems a bit aimless and not really sure of what it wants to be. The cast does fine work and the technical aspects are, as usual, exemplary, but ultimately the emotional stakes in the script aren't high enough to make it more than moderately interesting.
Predicaments, or problems requiring resolution, are a part of life. Looking on the bright side, you could say that dealing successfully with problems and challenges helps us grow, and makes life interesting. And such challenges beset us all, the great and the not-so-great. Even terrorists ironically find themselves forced to negotiate a path of pitfalls.
Part study in the importance of family and past sacrifices, part ghost story, the Black Rep’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ by August Wilson is lively, funny and challenging.
The world premiere production of “Café Chanson” is an archetypal diamond in the rough: quality material that wants only a bit of polishing to make it into a gem.
"The Fire Within", a biography of Jackie Robinson (2007) busts the generally accepted image of Robinson as the well-mannered, married, conventional Jackie and paints a portrait of an angry man who Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey urged to use his fury on the playing field, instead of in responding to his treatment by fans and teammates. This is the template Dan Gutman follows in his children’s book, "Jackie and Me", the basis for Steven Dietz’s play.
It's a cliché. Follow your dreams. If you are Alex Owens (Emily Padgett), you will realize your dreams after overcoming pernicious self-doubt and other obstacles. It's better to leap and fall than to never leap at all. Padgett nails the lead with verve. Her dance and vocal skills are excellent. Her acting chops get little workout because the book is clumsy and flimsy .
Why do humans have that opposed thumb? Well, I realized last night that the obvious and true purpose of that useful digit is so that we can grab a stick and pound on things! Humans just LOVE to pound on things! Of course, over the millennia we have regularly and vigorously and joyously pounded on each other—but our real love is for pounding on stuff that makes a “BOOM!” You can’t keep us from doing it. We’ll pound on anything. Just put a toddler, a pan and a wooden spoon together and you’ll see what I mean.
Margie is a single mother with an adult dependent child, living in South Boston, a.k.a. 'Southie'. She has just lost her job. Her attempts to find a new job bring her into contact with an old boyfriend, Mike, now a successful doctor. This meeting of two worlds with a common origin explores issues of class, poverty and relationships in both a dramatic and often funny way.