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Steve Callahan

Old and new, borrowed and blue--all the elements are there in the St. Louis Symphony's evening of Brett Dean's "Lost Art of Letter Writing" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 1".

Saint Louis University has long been one of my favorite sources of quality theatre.  Yesterday I went to their studio production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s play, “Scotland Road[i],”  from 1993.  It’s a curiously haunting mystery-cum-ghost story that in this production is very engaging indeed. 

Monday, 26 October 2015 18:51

Hallowe'en is Over Due this year!

"They're creepy and they're kooky,
mysterious and spooky.
They're all together ooky,
the Addams Family."

The Irving Sisters appeared at the Kranzberg Saturday, September 5, and they gave us ninety minutes of bright delight.  It was the cabaret debut of this most talented “girl group”—and it was awash in nostalgia.

Monday, 03 August 2015 16:54

Take a delightful ride on the 'Carousel'

Hawthorne Players has opened a fine production of the beloved “Carousel”, by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:03

'Moon Over Buffalo' shines in St. Louis

Insight Theatre has opened a solidly entertaining production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.”

Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:34

Everything glows in 'Anything Goes'

WOW!!!  “Anything Goes” has opened at Stages St. Louis, and it is simply stunning!   Every song, every character, every step, every gesture, every tiny comic bit is perfect!  Every single moment of this show is a delight.

Thornton Wilder. He just gets better with the years. Wilder was the author of “Our Town” (which everyone from here to Mars has seen) and of “The Matchmaker,” which became “Hello Dolly!” (and everyone from here to Pluto has seen that). But he also wrote a wonderfully playful tragic heroic comic allegory called “The Skin of Our Teeth.” And everyone everywhere should certainly see that.

From the moment that Scott Schoonover raised his baton to invoke that incredible athletic overture it was re-confirmed to me that "Don Giovanni" is indeed the zenith of 18th Century opera. 

ERA has opened a brilliantly adventurous adaptation of "Three Sisters" at the St. Louis Fringe Festival. It's called, simply, "MOSCOW!"  Anton Chekhov would heartily approve as did the cheering audience at last night's performance.

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