Falling snow greeted my niece and me as we left the Fox after the Nebraska Theater Caravan's production of "A Christmas Carol," a fitting close to an evening filled with the oft-told tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. If the audience wasn't in the holiday spirit when they arrived, I am confident the theater's sparkling lobby decorations and the sweetly reverent tone of this holiday classic quickly put them in the mood.
David Mamet's "Oleanna" is an intense examination of the power of words and intention. To its credit, Encore! Theater Group spares no punches in this well-acted production, presented in an intimate space that only heightens the dramatic tension developed in the script. The result is an affecting and lingering performance that, as promised, offers the audience no easy answers.
There's a sweet and honest charm to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show doesn't over-promise and it's impossible to take too seriously, ensuring it remains a favorite go-to show for amateur and professional companies alike. With a focus on frequent and easy laughs, the show is also a can't-miss crowd pleaser.
In today's conflicted politically correct culture, the idea of evolution as necessary to the survival of a species is more fodder for disagreement than measured study. When applied to a family filled with secrets, however, the question gains a certain tragic purpose, fraught with remorse and filled with pain. The St. Louis Actors' Studio digs deep and finds no clear answers in Nicky Silver's bitingly funny, yet poignantly tragic "Pterodactyls."
If there are any broad lessons to be learned from Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," they may be that history can be a bitch and tragedy runs in families. The play is decidedly more complex than those themes, however, and Tesseract Theatre's production demonstrates this complexity in its season-opening production.
Growing up is hard to do. It is rare that the transition from youth to young adult occurs without some pain. It is, in fact, all too common that the pain is almost unbearable. The Washington University Performing Arts Department delves deeply into this subject and delivers a moving, bittersweet production.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis brings history to life with the evocative brilliance of "Fly," a tribute to the Tuskegee Airman. Over the past few years, this previously overlooked corps of African-American airmen has finally begun to receive the hard-earned credit they deserve. The Repertory Theater of St. Louis' production may be the most movingly beautiful and interpretive ovation yet.
Mistaken identity must be one of the oldest tropes in comedy simply because the resulting confusion is so easily mined for humor. Certainly, this can lead to poorly written and lazily structured material. There's no cause to worry about quality, however, when the author is William Shakespeare.
Fall. The time of year when the leaves change color, sweaters are pulled out of storage, and tales of horror, aliens, and ghosts abound. The University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) jumps in, and then takes a step to the right, with "The Rocky Horror Show," the original stage version of the midnight movie favorite.