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Shahnaz Ahmed

First Run Theatre’s production of Brooklyn Bagatelle by Neville Mur was a powerful dramatic comedy about the Marr family and the generational conflicts that take place within.

Sunday, 01 April 2012 22:16

Confusing 'Camden and Lilly'

Carter W. Lewis' play Camden and Lilly felt like a strange, almost esoteric experience. I didn't understand the plot.

Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:01

Perfect timing!

Six creative one-acts - all in one evening, all by David Ives, and it was All in the Timing!

Sunday, 18 March 2012 17:43

'Tartuffe' clowns around

Jean-Baptiste Moliere's comedy Tartuffe was meant to be clever and funny, but even a classic script couldn't have saved UMSL's clownish adaptation of this play.

Saturday, 03 March 2012 18:05

Sparkling glass

The lights were dimmed to black at the end of The Glass Menagerie, and I sat there choked up and unable to process or describe what I had just seen. The power of the performance blew me away.

Saturday, 03 March 2012 00:31

You must see Harvey!

Harvey—the Pultizer Prize winning comedy by Mary Chase about Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend, a 6 foot three and one half inch tall rabbit—needs no introduction.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 22:03

Wake up and laugh, St. Louis.

The world premiere of "Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs", is a charming, smart, and witty evening of comedy. It was very well acted, and I particularly enjoyed the light hearted humor.

Monday, 27 February 2012 23:14

Same dress and not much more.

Allan Ball's "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" could be classified as a comedy. Set in Meredith's (played by Kimi Wibbenmeyer) bedroom during her sister's wedding reception, the play revovles around how five of the bridesmaids use the locale as a way to escape the reception party and get to know each other better in the process. The story seems clever and there were funny moments, but this production was not absorbing.

Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:24

'Autobahn': More than just a highway.

Neil Labute's Autobahn is a pleasant twist from the usual structure of plays. It is a compilation of seven short plays, presented as one. Each vignette, or short one act takes place in the front seat of an automobile with two characters, and of course, different situations that range from  serious to funny to absurd.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:30

Good play for good reasons!

I would say that Bad Things for Good Reasons is a play that we need to not just watch, but experience. Set in a small Ozark town, the play is about those characters whose stories seem surreal as they unwind. Are we judgmental of those around us that aren't so like us? And what if they opened up and you got a glimpse of their world?

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