"Connect the Dots"
Core Project of Chicago
I enjoyed this modern dance troupe. Blue Dots, four in all, slid along the black box floor amidst a web of blue painters tape.
The five-day 2nd Annual St. Lou Fringe Festival is happening this June 20-24. This year's Fringe has a multitude of local and national arts groups performing in indoor and outdoor venues around Grand Center and Midtown Alley in St. Louis.
It's been a week since I spent four days at St. Louis's first ever fringe festival, and I've finally recovered enough to write about it.
The Repertory Theatre's latest production of Tom Dudzick's comedy Over the Tavern provides a wonderful evening of nostalgia. Much like something from Homer, the play is filled with mythical character-types and detached gods. The gods number three - God, Ed Sullivan and the unseen but always present grandpa. The characters of cranky nun, gruff father and mother trying to hold a household together are from the age of America that is known in our collective mythos as the 1950's. They might be from a bygone era but each character is just as relevant as Oedipus was to that first audience of Greeks.
Upstream's new production of Oedipus King is an intimate affair. The 70 seat Kranzberg black box is a far cry from a Greek amphitheater, but Philip Boehm has taken this change of venue and directed a simple and subtle production of the venerable Greek tragedy.
In St. John Hankin's English comedy, The Cassilis Engagement, young Geoffrey Cassilis has gone and proposed to a woman beneath his social standing, and the gaggle of snobbish ladies who live around the his mother's country home are none too happy about that fact. The play takes place near the turn of the last century at one of those English country houses where servants are dressed in proper attire and marble columns line the walls. Despite her brave face, Mrs. Cassilis doesn't approve of her son's choice of bride either. To rectify the situation, Mrs. Cassilis hatches the perfect plan. While Ethel and her mother are down visiting, Mrs. Cassilis will show the bride-to-be how utterly boring country life is compared to the excitement of London.