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Phillip Hitchcock

Saturday, 27 June 2009 18:00

Little Shop of Horrors

Stages St. Louis

Through June 28, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
Seeing Little Shop of Horrors at Stages was like visiting old friends, for a couple of reasons. One, I love this musical and have seen it a number of times including the L.A. premiere some 25 years ago at the Geffen Playhouse. And two, going to Stages never disappoints. You can always count on their talented team of artists to deliver high quality, polished entertainment and this production of Little Shop of Horrors is no exception.

Saturday, 25 April 2009 18:00

Hairspray

The Fox Theatre

April 24 through 26, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
Showing at the Fox, for a brief three day run, is the bus and truck tour of Hairspray, the John Waters movie-turned-musical-turned-movie extravaganza It's the touching story of Tracy Turnblad whose dream of dancing on the Corny Collins Show triumphs over adversity, and even racism in 1960's Baltimore.

Saturday, 03 October 2009 18:00

Guys and Dolls

Stages St. Louis

Through October 4, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
There's a "can't go wrong" quality about Guys and Dolls, the time honored musical by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Set in New York in the mid 20th century, the plot revolves around Nathan Detroit, a con man and gambler who organizes the longest running, floating crap game in the city. To raise funds, he bets fellow gambler and leading man Sky Masterson that he can't date the next doll he sees. That particular doll, Detroit makes sure, is Sarah Brown, a pure at heart Salvation Army reformer. Meanwhile Detroit does his best to avoid the matrimonial clutches of his (literally) lovesick fiancee, Miss Adelaide. It's a great set up for hilarious confusion and misunderstandings, true love and a very funny evening of musical comedy.

Friday, 29 May 2009 19:00

Cockeyed

HotCity Theatre

Through May 20, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
Phil is a nerd.  Not just a "masking tape on his glasses, pocket protector" kind of nerd.  Phil is an uber nerd.  He majored in philosophy and works as an accountant.  In high school, the kids in band camp and the math club would have made fun of him.  But Phil is in love with the pretty secretary at the office, Sophia, and that's really what the world premiere of Cockeyed is all about.

Saturday, 27 June 2009 18:00

Blues in the Night

The Black Rep

Through June 28, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
 If you don't have tickets to the Black Rep's production of Blues in the Night, run, don't walk, to the Grandel Theatre Box Office and get them right now.  If you love the theatre, if you love music, especially the blues, this production is not to be missed.  These performers don't just sing the blues, they "channel" the blues.

Friday, 19 June 2009 18:00

Becoming Emily

That Uppity Theatre Company

June 18 through 20, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
The debate over a woman's right to choose rages on at The Black Cat Theatre in Maplewood with the performance of Becoming Emily, the latest offering from That Uppity Theatre Company and groundbreaking artistic director Joan Lipkin. Becoming Emily, tells the story of a nurse whose life was transformed in an instant when the "New Woman, All Women" healthcare clinic where she worked was bombed by Eric Rudolf leaving Emily Lyons, blind, mutilated, and nearly dead.

Saturday, 21 March 2009 18:00

...At Last

Soundstage Productions

Through March 22, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
Three consummate performers, a piano, a charming musical score, and my imagination! It's an amazing night of musical theatre with the season opener and world premiere of Soundstage's production of Leona and Laura Ernst's musical ...At Last running through March 22nd at the Regional Arts Commission.

Saturday, 18 April 2009 18:00

The Ugly One

uglyone.gifECHO Theatre Company

Through April 19, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
I remember an episode of The Twilight Zone where an elderly couple used their retirement to "trade in" their worn out bodies for young nubile replacements. The teleplay ends with a weepy homage to Browning's Grow Old with Me, the best is yet to be and the realization that happiness is ultimately an inside job. If Mel Brooke's had directed that script you would have had something like The Ugly One, a blistering, pull no punches comedy by Marius von Mayenburg that satirizes our celebrity and beauty obsessed culture.

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