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Mr. Sloane is a gorgeous young thing and everybody wants him.  Mr. Sloane hasn't had a single scruple for ever-so-long.  Mr. Sloane's polite demeanor is marbled with streaks of blazing viciousness.  Mr. Sloane is quite a piece of work.

The OnSite Theatre Company has opened a strange, lovely little play called "There's a Gun in Your Goodbye Bag" by Elizabeth Birkenmeier.

"Murphy's Law" has opened at the First Run Theatre, and, as "Variety" used to say, it's "BOFFO!"

The St. Louis Actors Studio has opened a fine production of "King Lear".

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 16:13

'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 14:03

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.

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.

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