October 22 through 25, 2008
Reviewed by Steve Callahan
Fran Landesman is back in town!!! Under the aegis of Cabaret St. Louis she gave four performances at the Gaslight Theatre to utterly adoring audiences. For our younger listeners who may need an introduction, Ms. Landesman and her husband Jay were the central figures in that astonishing cultural phenomenon called Gaslight Square some forty years ago. They were proprietors of the Crystal Palace, a theatre bar where many of America's brightest young talents made fledgling appearances--Barbra Streisand, the Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller, Miles Davis, Nichols and May, Woody Allen, Dick Gregory, Lenny Bruce, Oscar Peterson and others. Their improv group, the Compass Players, later went on to Chicago to become the Second City company.