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Friday, 14 November 2008 19:00

Mass Appeal

The Midnight Company

Through November 15, 2008
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
You couldn't ask for a better setting for Mass Appeal than Christ Church Cathedral. A National Historic Landmark designed in early English Gothic style, the Cathedral's soaring arches and magnificent altar screen are a physical embodiment of man's spiritual aspirations.

Saturday, 01 November 2008 17:28

Il tabarro

Union Avenue Opera

Through November 1, 2008
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
It takes just under an hour to present Il tabarro, but in that space of time Giacomo Puccini's opera tells a complete story of love, betrayal and murder, while featuring some of Puccini's most evocative and harmonically interesting music. Union Avenue Opera presented Il tabarro in a concert version this past weekend which highlighted some fine voices in a work eminently suited to the spirit of the Halloween weekend.

Sunday, 29 June 2008 19:00

GreenHouse New Play Festival

HotCity Theatre Company

Through June 29, 2008
Reported by Sarah Boslaugh
The GreenHouse New Play Festival, presented by HotCity Theatre at the Centene Center this past weekend, included some of the most interesting theatre performed in St. Louis this year. Five new plays, chosen from over 300 submissions, were presented in staged readings to an involved and theatrically-savvy audience, who did not hesitate to share their suggestions and criticisms during the talkback sessions which followed each performance. Cockeyed by William Missouri Downs was selected as the Festival winner: it will be given another staged reading this fall, after an intensive 10-day workshop, and will also be presented in a full production as part of the 2009 HotCity Mainstage season.

Friday, 19 December 2008 19:00

Die! Mommie! Die!

Stray Dog Theatre

Through December 20, 2008
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
Holidays have a way of bringing families together, for better or for worse. And thanks to American school and work schedules devised to accommodate the Christian holidays, Christmas togetherness is enforced on many families regardless of their religious affiliation.

Friday, 29 August 2008 19:00


Union Avenue Opera

Through August 30, 2008
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
I've probably seen more productions of Carmen than any other opera, but it never gets old. This show has everything: a clear story which is both specific and timeless, great music, colorful crowd scenes, fortune-telling and even a knife fight. Through it all Bizet tells the story of one of the great doomed romances of all time, which is indicated by the distinctive "fate theme" first heard in the overture and which returns at regular intervals throughout the opera.

Saturday, 18 October 2008 19:00

A Fire Bright as Heaven

St. Louis Actors' Studio

Through October 19, 2008
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
A Fire Bright as Heaven, a one-man show written and performed by Tim Collins, is the second entry in the St. Louis Actor's Studio 2008-09 season, devoted to "Power and Politics." In it, Mr. Collins assumes a variety of roles within a series of scenes organized into five chapters, all based on his own experience and created, the program informs us, through "a synthesis of original writing, observation and interviews."

Friday, 27 March 2009 19:00

Glengarry Glen Ross

HotCity Theatre

Through March 28, 2009
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
Glengarry Glen Ross is all about language: specifically how the bottom-feeding real estate salesmen of the play use and abuse language to create themselves and the world they live in. One gets the impression that if they ever stopped talking they'd just disappear in the proverbial puff of smoke.

Saturday, 06 February 2010 18:00

Duet for One

Soundstage Too! 

February 5 through 7, 2010
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
Duet for One by Tom Kempinski was a smash hit  in London in 1980 and proved equally popular in a 2009 revival. Now, thanks to Soundstage Productions, St. Louisans have a chance to check it out for themselves. Stephanie (Christina Rios) is a professional violinist recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has begun seeing a psychiatrist, Dr. Feldmann (Ken Haller) to help her deal with the disease and its repercussions for her life.

Friday, 17 July 2009 20:00

Cowboy Mouth

Mad Art Gallery

Through July 18, 2009
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
Maybe Sam Shepard viewed life as a battle, or maybe he simply found it a useful device around which to shape his plays. Either way, he returned to that theme again and again. Sometimes the battlers are brothers (True West, The Late Henry Moss), sometimes an entire family (Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child), and in Cowboy Mouth they are a man and a woman. The play becomes considerably more interesting if you understand that they are thinly veiled portraits of Shepard and the poet/musician Patti Smith, who performed the roles of Slim (Shepard) and Cavale (Smith) in the 1971 U.S. premiere.

Saturday, 26 September 2009 18:08

Cirque d'Or

Golden Dragon Acrobats

September 26, 2009
Reviewed by Sarah Boslaugh
I saw the most amazing display of athletic ability this weekend but it had nothing to do with the Cardinals, the Rams, or any of the many area college or high school teams. No, these athletes were the sixteen members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats who performed Cirque d'Or this past Saturday at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.

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