"Thou shalt not kill," the Commandment says. But what if you DO kill a whole lot of people and rather than officials arguing over the choice of "death drugs" you'll receive—oops, wait, that's a state of Missouri thing—you get a medal for your actions?
‘There are stars whose radiance is visible on earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for Mankind.’ –Hannah Senesh
St. Louis is, from what I’ve heard, the trivia capital of the world. “Trivia Nights,” in which competing teams of usually 8 to 10 people, answer quiz questions in various categories, some serious (art history, for example) and some silly (identify breakfast cereals from little samples in baggies—that’s the one I hate the most).
It occurred to me watching “The Good Doctor” this time that its eight vignettes both riff on sketch comedy shows like Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows" where playwright Neil Simon got his start, and are extended jokes. They all have a setup, middle and a punch line or “punch situation” of one kind or another.
Lonesome Hollow is a small town in a natural bowl shaped by the hills around it. It seems peaceful here in a time identified as “soon-ish.” The residents have no particular duties that we can ascertain. Meals and housing are provided, as you would expect, for Lonesome Hollow is a prison.
“Beulah Annan” wouldn’t make a very good song title, but “Roxie Hart,” works just fine. And that girl Roxie has really been around. She was based on Beulah who shot her lover dead (they both reached for the gun) and was acquitted in 1920s Chicago with her stalwart mechanic husband by her side. Beulah divorced him soon after, saying he was “dull.”
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 are getting sorted out, and one of the most familiar stories in the world, we loved it all. Michael Hamilton’s "My Fair Lady" is the most beautiful show I’ve seen this year, and it is a lot more than just a pretty face.
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.”
In "Time Stands Still," Donald Margulies takes a deceptively simple premise, examines it from four different perspectives (one per character), and how you feel about the play may well depend on which character you find espouses your particular belief.
One of R-S Theatrics’ promotional slogans is “Never safe. Always R-S.” I think this means that the company doesn’t put on tired old shows, and is true to its self-definition, but I’ve never thought it made much sense until now.