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Sheila R. Schultz

Saturday, 01 November 2008 19:00

The Color Purple

The Fox Theatre

Through November 2, 2008
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
I jumped out of bed this morning before my first cup of coffee with a burning desire to grab the phone shouting, "You gotta see this show" to everyone I knew.  I got my jolt the previous night from the The Color Purple with its rousing score, vivid characters, and robust story overflowing with humor, heartbreak and grinding lust.

Saturday, 20 September 2008 19:00

Sarafina!

The Black Rep

Through September 21, 2008
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
My 10th grade English teacher frequently assigned  "Compare and Contrast" essays to help us analyze disparate pieces of literature.   Even when the differences were overwhelming, we could usually identify a similarity or two, however superficial.  Allow me to compare the ridiculous to the sublime.

Saturday, 27 September 2008 19:00

Chaim's Love Song

New Jewish Theatre

Through September 28, 2008
Reviewed by Sheila Schlutz
The wandering Jew.  I'm not referring here to Chaim Shotsky, the mid-seventy year-old retired mailman of the title.  A far greater drama swept me out of my home over the weekend and I was evacuated.   The antagonist: Hurricane Ike.  Hence, the wandering Jew.  There's a lot of clean-up now ... don't ask, so forgive me if I cut to the chase and skimp on details here.  
Saturday, 24 October 2009 19:00

The Phantom of the Opera

The Fox Theatre

Through October 25, 2009
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
I can't imagine a more appropriate setting for this musical extravaganza than the Fox Theatre. The splendor of its enormous foyer prepares me for total immersion into Phantom's ornate Paris opera house. 

Monday, 31 August 2009 19:00

The Harold

improvtrick0908.jpgThe Improv Trick

Through September 1, 2009
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
In a pinch, we can all improvise.  Politicians have elevated the practice to an art form.  Even youngsters improvise.   Ask any Mom who's caught a kid with his hand in the cookie jar.  It's all about spontaneity and the ability to manufacture bogus - I mean fictional - scenarios with some plausibility.

Saturday, 06 February 2010 18:00

The Color Purple

colorpurple1002.jpgThe Fox Theatre

February 2 through 7, 2010
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
"When I go into a musical, I feel like I'm going to a party!" actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein once proclaimed. I couldn't put it better.  The singing and dancing create a festive mood.  The Color Purple is an old-fashioned book musical with exuberant dancing and a rousing score that re-energizes the story adapted by Marsha Norman from Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The story is set in Georgia, 1909.

Friday, 06 November 2009 19:00

Sleuth

sleuth0910.jpgThe Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Through November 8, 2009
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
[Producer's note: Sleuth was reviewed at a preview performance just prior to opening night.]
Before composing Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer wrote television commercials, including one for Coca-Cola® or Pepsi ® (he can't remember which). At first, I was surprised by this discovery, but it made sense when I realized that commercials are designed to entice and manipulate viewers.

Saturday, 13 February 2010 19:00

Romeo and Juliet

romeoandjuliet1001.jpgThe Black Rep

Through February 14, 2010
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
Preface to those intimidated by the mere thought of attending a Shakespearean play:  There are few Shakespearean scholars. Most ordinary folk are unwilling to admit they are baffled by Shakespearean dialogue because everyone else pretends to get it right off the bat. Don't believe it. Before attending a play of the Bard, read a few online reviews to get a grasp of the story and major characters. Don't get hung up on subplots and minor characters. Reviews of prior productions are fine.  Before entering the theatre, remind yourself that it's not necessary to comprehend each and every line of dialogue. 

Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:00

Little House On The Prairie, The Musical

The Fox Theatre

November 24 through 29, 2009
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
Calico bonnets of pink, yellow and blue pastel dot the audience. Throughout the auditorium, children squeal with delight at the antics of Laura Ingalls, the irrepressible tomboy featured in a musical homage to the American pioneer spirit. The libretto is based on the beloved series of children's books written Laura Ingalls Wilder and inspired by her memories.

Saturday, 29 August 2009 19:00

La Cage aux Folles

Curtain Call Repertory Theatre

Through August 30, 2009
Reviewed by Sheila Schultz
Long before American TV audiences said, "Bravo!" to Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, a funny thing happened on the way to the theatre.  In 1982, Broadway songwriter Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame) and playwright Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) teamed up to adapt Jean Poiret's contemporary French farce about a quirky gay couple. 
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