The story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid in a tiny annex with her family to avoid deportation to the concentration camps during World War II, is well known. Her tragic fate has been told time and again since the discovery of her diary shortly after the war's end. And yet, in an age of history deniers, and in a world where genocide is still a threat, it is important that this story be told again, and again, in the hope that a lesson will be learned and such atrocities will never be repeated.
The classic style of the mid twentieth century murder mystery is ever-present in Stray Dog Theatre's production of "And Then There Were None," one of Agatha Christie's most popular stories. The entire show, from the mid-century modern furnishings to the gorgeous costumes, perfectly coiffed hair and well-stocked bar, references the stereotypes of the period, as do the characters.
HotCity theater brings Larry Kramer's heartbreaking "The Normal Heart" to life in a dark, somber production filled with an endless parade of the dead and dying, running through September 27, 2014 the Kranzberg Arts Center.
Could a group of monkeys, given time and typewriters, actually tap out "Hamlet"? Is it possible that love is more a matter of saying the right thing, in the right way at the right time? If Trotsky didn't know he was dead, how would he behave?
Commedia dell'arte -- that wonderful theatrical form that emphasizes comedy through plot, dialogue and physical action -- comes to life on The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' stage. Richard Bean's laugh-out-loud interpretation of Carlo Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters," with songs by Grant Olding, follows the misguided adventures of Francis Henshall, a man attempting to fatten his belly and pockets by serving two gentlemen at the same time.
With this inspiring, engaging musical, the Black Rep once again demonstrates why it is among the most consistently exceptional theater companies in the region. From the selection of material to the technical details to the casting, the company produces compelling shows that entertain without shying away from substantive themes and provocative subjects.
R-S Theatrics once again chooses to take a different perspective on history, this time looking through the eyes, and hearts, of the women behind the presidents, our first ladies. It's a provocative approach, treated with a sense of the fantastic in Michael John Lachiusa's "First Lady Suite," and the company does a remarkable job of finding meaning, motivation and texture in their production.
St. Louis-based playwright, director and actor Stephen Peirick introduced audiences to "Four Sugars," during its premiere production at Stray Dog Theater's New Works Lab. Peirick's work has been produced in 12 states and he's won numerous accolades for both his full-length and one-act plays, so he's steadily building his reputation. If there are any doubters left, this two-act play should solidify Peirick's standing as an up-and-coming playwright of note.
Do artists control the characters that live in their minds, or are they controlled by them? Does our gender inhibit us or does it free our imagination? Can we be both the creator and the creature? Can the monster have questions of its own, beyond knowing the mind of its creator? Interesting questions to ponder from the "Mary Shelley Monster Show," a very intriguing and intellectually bent production.
With a focus on character development and the struggles of a tiny Wisconsin town, "The Spitfire Grill" is not your typical musical. It's a story of resilience and hope, yes, but it's also a nicely woven exploration of the fragile thread that keeps us from despair, mistrust and cruelty. Insight Theatre Company's current production plays small, drawing the audience in and delivering a warm, intimate story accompanied by heartfelt songs.