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Robert Ashton

Monday, 22 April 2013 00:27

Still Waiting for Godot

Samuel Becket's "Waiting for Godot" is considered one of the masterpieces of modern theater and yet it is performed rarely. St. Louis Actor's Studio's production, directed by Bobby Miller, has some good moments but does not, in the end, reveal to the audience why this piece of work is considered so great.

Part study in the importance of family and past sacrifices, part ghost story, the Black Rep’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ by August Wilson is lively, funny and challenging.

Margie is a single mother with an adult dependent child, living in South Boston, a.k.a. 'Southie'. She has just lost her job. Her attempts to find a new job bring her into contact with an old boyfriend, Mike, now a successful doctor. This meeting of two worlds with a common origin explores issues of class, poverty and relationships in both a dramatic and often funny way.

In 1859, Baltimore was home to 25,000 free blacks but with abolitionism and talk of secession growing their world is changing. 'Facing the Shadows', a Black Rep premiere of a play by Sheila Payton performing at the Missouri History Museum, tells the story of a group of women trying to live a free life confronted with a run-away slave and a potentially life-changing decision.

“Chastity Belts and Beards” may seem an unpromising title for a Shakespeare play but The Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC) managed to create a sometimes hilarious, always entertaining, two act “Shakespearean masterpiece.”

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