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.
"Orders" is a contemporary show that asks an age old question: why do people serve - their country, others, or God -- and how does a young adult know when they are being called to service? Too often, military service seems like a career option of last choice and religious service an outdated, old-fashioned idea. But what if you're the one feeling the call?
Act Two Theatre closes their season with a rousing, nostalgic trip to rural, Depression-era America courtesy of "Smoke on the Mountain." This heartwarming show is filled with bluegrass-infused hymns, spiritual witnessing and more than a few moments of pure comedy as the congregation of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church kicks off its first Saturday night worship service.
What happens when a child is imaginative and bright in ways that challenge social norms? Should the child be coached to emphasize or hide personality traits or behaviors deemed by some to be socially inappropriate? At what age do these questions begin to matter, to the children or to the parents?