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Dennis Corcoran

Devised theatre can be many things, created in many ways. Unpredictability is its most predictable quality. You simply have to go to find out and the quality of what you find can vary widely, from the banal and boring to the brilliant.

Webster University’s Conservatory program, “A Reconsolidated Life: A Devised Piece” deserves a full two-week run of its own – it is just that good.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is a delightful, sometimes intense, sometimes funny, almost always true-to-life glimpse into the complex and challenging personal relationships of five 20-to-30 something, on-again, off-again friends who were asked to be bridesmaids in “Tracy’s” wedding. What an event it proved to be!

Yes, Christmas might be the best time to see "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914," but any time of year is a good time to revisit a moment of such humanity in a troubled world.

"The Hothouse" is a dark, sinister play with plenty of laughs to go around - classic early Pinter and very well done.

When I asked if I could review "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," a show which concluded at UMSL on Sunday, Nov. 3, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.

Killer Joe is a sordid, sick tale of violence, depravity, greed, drugs, nudity and sex all set in a Texas trailer park, peopled by the disturbingly dysfunctional Smith family and their hired gun – a cop by day, a hit man by night - Killer Joe.

Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights is a show you just might have to tough out to gain the full measure of, but I think it's worth the effort.

There is much to admire in Esther's character, the focus of Lynn Nottage's engaging play Intimate Apparel.  She is unflinchingly honest, kind, soft-spoken, humble and hard-working. 

First Run Theatre’s An Evening of Mysteries consists of two long 1-act plays by local playwright Richard LaViolette:  Divine’s Grace and The Kerpash Affair - each as sweet and innocent as crime and skullduggery can be.

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