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Steve Callahan

For thousands of years gemstones have been mounted in artistic settings—the purpose being to enhance the beauty of the stone itself. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:29

A Last Tape in very high fidelity

The Black Mirror Theatre Company has opened Becket’s Krapp’s Last Tape. The venue is an odd one for live theatre—a small letterpress print-shop. And the theatre company is a brand new one. That’s a tempting combination for me!

Monday, 12 September 2011 17:26

'Falling' is powerful and moving

Deanna Jent's wonderful new play, Falling, is having its premiere at the Mustard Seed Theatre—and it's the most powerful, moving new play I've seen in years. Luckily the fates are giving you another chance to see it: the run has been extended through September 18. You’ll not want to miss it.

St. Louis audiences are being treated to a lovely feast of John Patrick Shanley. After a surfeit of his popular play, Doubt, in recent years we have, in the past two weeks, been invited to take stimulating sips from Shanley's earlier works. Pat upon the closing of Non-Prophet's splendid Danny and the Deep Blue Sea we have the fine offering of Savage in Limbo by the On Site Theatre Company.

Monday, 04 April 2011 21:03

Death of a Golden God

Upstream Theatre has opened a production of The Death of Atahualpa at the Kranzberg.  It's a world premiere of a traditional folk-play from Peru, and it's another in the lengthening series of fascinating works that is making Upstream my favorite company in town. But there are some significant problems with this new piece

Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:32

Gentlemen, start your engines!

It's a happy romp! It's a silly, illogical, lovely tale! And it's a hit! It's New Line Theatre's immensely enjoyable new offering, the musical comedy version of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Saturday, 19 February 2011 16:19

But is it "ART"?

The Riverside Shakespeare Theatre, in St. Charles, is entering its fifth season they're venturing into new and exciting territory. For the past four summers this group has presented free Shakespeare in St. Charles' Frontier Park. Now they are inaugurating their first winter season with a fine production of Art, by Yasmina Reza.

The Clayton Community Theatre has revived Craig Lucas' fantastical little comedy, Reckless, from 1983. We find Rachel, a pretty young wife and mother, experiencing an attack of euphoria on Christmas Eve. Rachel (as more than one critic has said) is something of a Candide in her irrepressibly optimistic attitude toward life. But she's blended with a large dose of June Cleaver (for those of you old enough to remember "Leave it to Beaver"). She's blissful in her conventional domestic role. But when her bliss is interrupted by a warning from her husband that (for reasons never to be explained) he has put out a contract on her life, Rachel flees into the night. And then begins a bizarre and surrealistic adventure.

It was a striking visual moment:  in the spotlight the pretty blonde girl;  the short little black dress, heavily fringed—almost flapper in style.  And—-quite startlingly—long scarlet silk opera gloves.  Ah, that was a true touch of inspiration!  This is the image when Elise LaBarge steps onto the stage of the Kranzberg cabaret to begin her evening of Kurt Weill songs.  It’s beautifully appropriate for her opening number which is, of course, “Mack the Knife”.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 23:00

Tom Stoppard Czechs in at the History Museum

Tom Stoppard is famous for plays aglow with his keen and well-nourished intellectual curiosity. In his 2006 play, Rock 'n' Roll, Stoppard focuses that intellect on the political and social upheavals that rocked his native country, Czechoslovakia, in the decades between the '60's and the '90's as communism faltered, reaffirmed itself, then finally fell.

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