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Chris Gibson

"American Idiot" is an absolute blast, a musical filled with energy and exuberance, both evidenced in the music and in the performances.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Wicked

The Fox

Through January 6, 2008
Reviewed by Chris Gibson

Wicked is pure spectacle, or to quote Glinda the Good Witch herself, it's a "thrill-ifying" experience that dazzles and delights, with terrific performances and eye-popping scenic design and special effects. The plot gives a backstory to L. Frank's Baum's Wizard of Oz, that is unexpected, and infused with a positive message about accepting people for who they are and not how they appear.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

To Kill a Mockingbird

The O'Fallon Repertory Theatre

Through 11/04/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
The O'Fallon Repertory Theatre is presenting Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. But by dramatically condensing the action and events that take place over a three year period in the book, the playwright lessens the scope of the story and dilutes the tension. An intermission that occurs right as the pivotal trial begins only adds to the problems with this production.
Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Sunshine Boys

The Lyceum Theatre

Through 8/1/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys is equal parts comedy and drama. The play is basically a love letter to all the great comedy teams that performed in vaudeville, movies and television, but was supposedly inspired by the largely forgotten duo of Smith and Dale.

Monday, 01 October 2007 19:00

The Secret Garden

Overdue Theatre Company

Through 10/7/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson

With each successive show, Over Due Theatre Company continues to grow and improve. Their current production is the musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, The Secret Garden. While this ambitious production might not be a complete success, it's certainly entertaining and moving.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Seamstress of St. Francis Street

First Run Theatre

Through 8/19/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson

First Run Theatre continues their season with Mario Farwell's play, The Seamstress of St. Francis Street. I can appreciate that the mission of First Run is to present new, original works by local playwrights to the public, but I think more care needs to be taken to ensure that the plays are truly ready for an audience.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The SantaLand Diaries

Stray Dog Theatre

Through December 22, 2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
If you're the type of person whose view of Christmas is a bit left of center, then Stray Dog Theatre's production of The SantaLand Diaries, is the must-see event of the season. The SantaLand Diaries is a brilliant and biting series of comic riffs on Christmas from the point of view of a former Macy's elf.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Philadelphia Story

The Lyceum Theatre

Through 8/15/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story is probably most famous for its 1940 movie adaptation which starred Katherine Hepburn. But, I'd read that the play was actually much wittier than the film and explored the themes of class division, as well as satirizing fashionable society.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Music Man

Alpha Players

Through 10/14/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
Sure it's corny and quaint, but Meredith Wilson's play, The Music Man, is also filled with some wonderful songs that have become standards. Alpha Players present a solid if unspectacular production of the show as their first of the season.
Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Bomb-itty of Errors

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis - Off Ramp Series

Through December 9, 2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
Some people would rather see Shakespeare performed in traditional fashion, but I personally prefer an inspired re-imagining. After all, the bard himself was well known for his prowess at remaking the work of others.
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