Darkly comic and nearly equally as unsettling, "The Killing of Sister George," presumably relates the sad story of the death of a beloved radio character. Under this pretense the audience is offered an at times too intimate look at a disturbingly codependent relationship between the actress who portrays Sister George and her roommate. The play, set in the 1960s, was considered daring and explicit, and the movie version garnered an X rating at its release, possibly due to the presumed lesbian relationship as well as the disturbing control struggles, verbal abuse, and suggested violence between the lead characters.
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.
The University of Missouri -- St. Louis department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies brought heart and compassion to their production of "The Laramie Project" April 10 through April 13, 2014. The clarity and voice of the production stood out, and was nicely complemented by the technical design.
When you step back and take a deeper look, William Missouri Downs' "Kosher Lutherans" is less about religion and more about adaptation. Though the play centers on a "perfect" Jewish couple, it is not their religion but how they handle the challenges and surprises, the "curveballs," that life throws their way that propels this show forward and provides its theme.
That a man named Lincoln would portray President Lincoln in an arcade role playing game is an interesting twist; that the same man would have a brother intentionally named Booth is a recipe for an unhappy ending. It is on this premise that "Top Dog / Underdog" revolves, ever so quietly, and the story unravels, ever so painfully.