In Ken Ludwig's fanciful farce, a golf tournament, an impending engagement and an ill-advised bet between old rivals converge to create an over-the-top comedy that offers easy laughs and physical comedy even if, at times, it tries a bit too hard to please. "The Fox on the Fairway" quickly introduces us to the various characters while setting up a plot that, though not particularly original, is well suited for the far-fetched twists, improbable revelations and comic misunderstandings of farce.
The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves takes on contemporary divorce and it's wide reaching impact in their current production "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Marguiles. The story is quite interesting, and well-written, but the production lacks the emotional punch and requisite tension needed for an audience to go along for the rough ride.
The stage adaptation of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," written by Todd Kreidler and based on the screenplay by William Rose, maintains the original film's 1967 setting, but could easily be set in the present time.
The musical version of the beloved 1983 movie "A Christmas Story," running at the Fox Theatre through January 4, 2015, features all the highlights of the film, which quickly established itself as a holiday favorite. As such, it's a rollicking, song-filled ride that leads to the perfect Christmas morning in the eyes of a wonderfully average American boy, circa 1940.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Imaginary Theatre Company once again presents a delightful interpretation of a holiday favorite reimagined for young audiences. This year's show "Bah Humbug," retells Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" in just under an hour.
It's time to find your comfy sweatpants, pop open a Pabst Blue Ribbon and check in on the residents of the Armadillo Trailer Park, the happiest down-on-its luck spot in America. This season, the residents are busily singing songs and decorating their trailers in hopes of winning $10,000 from "Mobile Homes and Gardens" magazine.
The New Jewish Theatre keeps their audiences laughing with a lively mix of humor and sex therapy in "Becoming Dr. Ruth," a delightfully informative production. Filled with personal anecdotes from the doctor's public life and deeply personal memories and observations, the show celebrates the resilient spirit and friendly, funny and frank approach to sex of Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Mark St. Germain's one-woman show is an entertaining and insightful look at Westheimer's personal and professional journey.
So often, the days that have the most impact on our lives are the ones that start just like any other day. "Eat Your Heart Out," a St. Louis premiere written by Courtney Baron, focuses on the everyday in an affecting, moving tale of love and need in contemporary America.
St. Louis Shakespeare's Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre company once again strikes gold, this time with "Cannibal: The Musical," a hilariously twisted homage to the classic Hollywood musical written by Trey Parker, half of the creative team behind "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon." Cannibal tells the ill-fated story of a group of miners who met their demise on the trail to Colorado gold.
On paper, "Spring Awakening" shouldn't be an enormously popular coming-of-age musical. The songs are raw and rock infused and the story lacks a stereotypical happy ending. Still, the show is joyfully energetic and the themes are expressed with a thoughtful approach, resulting in a moving, bittersweet production.