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I’ve long felt that Jerry Vogel is one of the best actors in town. His performance in "An Iliad" at the Upstream Theatre now convinces me that he is simply the very best actor in St. Louis. It’s one of the absolute best performances I’ve ever seen in over fifty years of serious involvement with theatre. And it’s a tour-de-force!

Saturday, 01 June 2013 15:13

'Bukowsical' brightens the lower depths.

For twenty-two years Scott Miller and his New Line company have been zapping the St. Louis musical theatre scene with bolts of energy. Off-beat, eccentric, sometimes dark, often hilarious, occasionally outrageous and always fresh, New Line productions are for folks who have accepted the fact that Rogers and Hammerstein are actually dead.

Every boy of ten needs a Mrs. Mannerly—a much older woman to show him the ways of the world.  Now, I’m not talking about a Mrs. Robinson, oh, no (though that, of course, is always nice).  No, I mean someone who will teach the lad proper customs and behavior that will allow him to pass smoothly into adult society.

Chekhov wrote his wistfully bleak “The Three Sisters” fifty years before Beckett wrote his existentially bleak “Waiting for Godot”. Each play shows a world where hope must ultimately end in disappointment. But, because of some tragic flaw in the human spirit, after each disappointment that hope must, in desperation, be rekindled.

Monday, 22 April 2013 13:03

A Bernstein Banquet

Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most prodigiously gifted musician in America’s history.   He was a world-class conductor, pianist and educator, and his prolific outpouring of compositions included symphonies, ballets, piano choral and chamber music, film scores, hit Broadway musicals and operas.  Among his shelves-ful of awards from around the world we find nine Grammys and two Tonys.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 18:03

Rigby brings home the gold in 'Peter Pan'

Rigby brings home the gold! Once or twice in your lifetime, if you’re lucky, you may be blessed to see a performance that is iconic—that is simply perfect in every way.

In 1937 Australian dock-workers refused to load scrap iron into ships destined for Japan because imperial “fascist” Japan was attacking China.  Then-Attorney-General Robert Menzies threatened to jail any workers who refused to load this “pig iron”.   Thus Menzies, earned the soubriquet “Pig-iron Bob”.  He went on to lead the “Liberal” (actually conservative) party to victory and to become Australia’s longest-reigning Prime Minister.   His reactionary followers were called the “pig-iron people”.

Elvis Presley lives! And lives and lives and lives . . . Each year Washington University’s A. E. Hotchner playwriting competition serves as muse to budding playwrights among the Wash U. student body.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 08:56

Pluto Ruhls the Underworld

Fontbonne University has opened a charming production of "Eurydice", a very slight piece by Sarah Ruhl. Whimsical, with occasional wisps of poetry, this little story is a retelling of the Orpheus legend—but with a focus on Eurydice.

It’s the oldest love story in the world: boy meets horse, boy loses horse, boy gets horse back. And that old story comes to the Fox in a production of "War Horse" that is visually and aurally stunning.

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