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Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Barefoot in the Park

K's Theatrical Korps

Through 11/18/2007
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
K's Theatrical Korps (KTK) has chosen to mount Neil Simon's 1963 romantic comedy, Barefoot in the Park. Barefoot is the story of newlyweds Paul Bratter (Vince Wieck), a straight-laced lawyer, and Corie (Allison Hoppe), his free-spirited wife, who are moving into their first New York apartment a week after their wedding. It so happens this apartment is a fifth floor walkup with access, heating, space, and structural integrity issues.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 19:00

Wonderboy

Edison Theatre Ovations Series

February 21, 2009
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
The Washington University Ovations Series continued its 2008-2009 offerings with performances of Wonderboy, by the Joe Goode Performance Group, a company based in San Francisco. Taking over the University's Edison Theatre for two nights, the company dazzled and fascinated the audience with an assemblage of dance, music, light, poetry, puppetry, and song.

Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:00

Prelude to a Kiss

Clayton Community Theatre

Through February 1, 2009
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
The theatre at Washington University's South Campus (formerly the CBC campus on Clayton Road in Richmond Heights) is currently hosting the Clayton Community Theatre's production of Prelude to a Kiss, a Craig Lucas dramedy about love based on appearance, the dismal state of the world, and ultimately approaching death and how it can be understood and accepted (yes, there are laughs). It first opened on stage in 1988 and a 1992 film of the play starred Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan.

Sunday, 25 May 2008 16:43

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

Affton Centerstage Theatre Company

Through May 24, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
Affton Centerstage Theatre Company recently presented Wade Bradford's comedy Sleeping Beauty and the Beast. Being presented as a "family theatre" offering, it has something for all ages, and all ages were in the audience.

Sunday, 03 August 2008 19:00

My One and Only

The MUNY

Through August 3, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
When musical theatre is at its best, you just know it. The book is entertaining and enthralling, the music is memorable and the lyrics seamlessly advance the plot, chemistry between the leading lady and gent sizzles, dance numbers are lively and clever, the energy exuded by the cast can be felt throughout the house (no matter its size), and every aspect of the production harmonizes into something you
Saturday, 12 July 2008 19:00

My Fair Lady

The MUNY

Through July 13, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
This week The St. Louis MUNY gets all prim and proper with My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe's classic musical, first performed in 1956 and starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. Based on the book Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, who isn't familiar with the sweet story of the poor cockney flower girl who learns to speak "proper" English from a pompous academic, changing her own life and his in the bargain? While the score and lyrics for the show are more expository than orchestrally sweeping, many of the songs are well-known and timeless, such as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On The Street Where You Live," and "The Rain in Spain."

Saturday, 23 August 2008 19:00

Meeting at the Elder's Circle

Footlights Productions

Through August 24, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
When asked to relate what he felt his musical play, Meeting at the Elder's Circle "The Gathering of the Ushers," was written for, playwright Joel P.E. King said, "Raising the Community by raising awareness of ourselves." Following on, he indicated he believed that revealing our individual challenges (be they intolerance, misunderstanding, pride, a troubled past, etc.) to others can lead to understanding and acceptance for all.

Friday, 21 November 2008 19:00

Love Songs from American Musical Theatre

Spotlight Theatre

November 20 - 23, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
If one is considering doing a cabaret highlighting musical theatre love songs, it's a good thing there's an almost unlimited selection to choose from the past 70+ years. I'd conservatively estimate that greater than 90 percent of ALL musical theatre songs might be classified as overtly or obliquely love songs. Local theatre artists Pamela Reckamp and John Flack took advantage of that largess in constructing their Spotlight Theatre Cabaret Series offering, Love Songs from American Musical Theatre.

Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:00

Ladyhouse Blues

ACT Inc.

Through June 27, 2008
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
It's 1919, and the war is winding down in Europe. In south St. Louis, electricity is the new thing coming around, and the cost of everything is going up. Because of the absence of husbands and older sons who have been away fighting, the modest urban brick homes are filled mostly with women, earning these domiciles the monikers of "Ladyhouses." These women (and others like them throughout the country) are increasingly inserting themselves into the workforce outside the home, and also into the political arena. This is the tough world in which Kevin O'Morrison's drama, Ladyhouse Blues, is set.

Saturday, 21 November 2009 19:00

The Pillowman

pillowman.jpgWashington University Performing Arts Department

Through November 22, 2009
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
The Performing Arts Department (PAD) at Washington University (WU), is presenting The Pillowman, by playwright Martin McDonagh. The play was first performed in London in 2003 and since then has won a number of literary awards and glowing reviews where it has played around the world.

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