The play begins and almost immediately it is clear why Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun" has been highly successful and celebrated for over 50 years. Her genius not only lies within the dynamic characters she created, but also in the manner in which she captured the human condition with such precision and authenticity.
It is easy to understand why "Boeing Boeing" became such a popular piece of French theater in the 1960's, with productions spanning fifty-five nations around the globe. Written by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross, "Boeing Boeing" has crossed cultural boundaries to reveal and poke fun at universal truths of relationships and romantic behavior.
KTK Productions is self-described as an independent amateur theatre company, performing works with an ensemble spirit. Operating for nearly three decades, KTK is presumed to have a solid understanding of how to stage quality theatre, regardless of how amateur they claim to be.
Henry V is the final installment in a series of Shakespeare's historical plays -beginning with Richard II, moving on to Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and finishing with Henry V.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel, The Mineola Twins follows the relationship of Myra and Myrna, twin sisters who work tirelessly to prove their polarizing differences, yet ultimately are unable to erase the permanence of the genetic tie that binds.
There is an untapped cultural resource here in St. Louis, and it is poised to become the artistic beacon of our fair city; Opera. Well over a year ago I was fortunate enough to witness some of the finest opera singers in our area deliver a breathtaking production that I thought may be artistically exclusive to that particular company. Last weekend, however, I was reminded that theatre companies are only as good as the talent they place before audiences, and the talent displayed in Winter Opera St. Louis’ production of Cavalleria Rusticana was quite simply, remarkable.
Several area theatre companies are staging works by acclaimed playwrights to illuminate the turbulence of today's political climate. While some author's reference current events to push an agenda or present alternate points of view; others, such as Argentina's Lucia Laragione, weave political overtones within more fanciful contexts to raise awareness of historical events and social injustices.
There were a select few wise enough to leave shopping behind last weekend and transport to a place where a farm girl from Kansas can carry a dog in basket, link arms with a lion, tinman, and scarecrow and skip down a yellow brick road – all while sporting a flashy pair of ruby heels.
Some consider playwright Joan MacLeod to be a champion of the underdog, producing plays that give voice to those typically silenced or underrepresented within Western society. And while MacLeod develops characters who share vivid and powerful stories, she creates some of the most authentic, engaging theatrical experiences for those fortunate enough to partake.
To perform an Oscar Wilde play and do it justice is no easy task; but to do a Readers Theater production of an Oscar Wilde play is a far greater challenge, and one in which Soundstage Productions most notably attempts with their latest production of Wilde's An Ideal Husband. For those unfamiliar with Readers Theater, or as Soundstage calls it, "Theater of the Mind," it is a shift in focus from the traditional, more visually stimulating staging of a play to a more auditory and text-driven version. This format of theater requires actors to rely heavily on the voice as their expressive instrument, taking away their ability to employ costumes, sets, blocking, etc. as a way of establishing tone, time or place.