The New Jewish Theatre opens its nineteenth season with the Neil Simon comedy "The Sunshine Boys," a sweet tribute to the era of vaudeville that's also an honest look at aging in an American culture increasingly focused on youth. Engaging performances and a pleasantly amusing script ensure this show is entertaining even for audiences with no recollection of the uniquely American variety of entertainment known as vaudeville.
St. Louis Shakespeare adds another feather to its brightly decorated cap with their thoroughly enjoyable, visually and emotionally satisfying production of Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy, "Twelfth Night."
The set-up is simple. Thomas, a theater director, has been holding auditions for the play he's written. He's on the phone complaining about the women who've read for the lead female role — not good, not smart.
St. Louis Shakespeare aims for a comic bulls-eye with James McLure's played-for-laughs wild west interpretation of favorite Shakespearean tropes. "Wild Oats" is a rollicking good send up, and a gloriously over-the-top production that encourages the audience to laugh, hoot, boo, and holler along with the amiable cast.
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble takes audiences back to the age of the great plague in "One Flea Spare," Naomi Wallace's darkly comic, emotionally intense morality play. The script is layered with interesting plots and subplots, and the language teases and dances with colorful, pointed dialogue and a surprising psychological complexity.
St. Louis Shakespeare brings "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler" to life in a fantastic tale filled with "what ifs," "why nots," and a few wistful insights delivered in richly varied characters and imaginative situations.
The second half of St. Louis Actors' Studio's "LaBute New Theater Festival," hits another high note. The five plays presented examine the nature of human relationships, and the dances we go through in order to start and preserve those that are significantly important to each of us.
The fourth year of St. Lou Fringe Festival, is a celebration of performing arts featuring more than 100 shows and events. This year the festival expanded over two weekends, with creative workshops and parties offered during the days the theaters were dark. And, in the reviewer's opinion, this is not merely good for the Fringe, this is a great step for St. Louis theater and arts.
Once again, the creative ensemble at the Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre has collaborated on a comedic reinterpretation of a hugely popular series, this time HBO's acclaimed "Game of Thrones," based on the novels by George R. R. Martin. "Game of Thrones: GoT Parody?" conveys the show's essential story arc while pushing the plot, themes, and relationships to comic extremes.