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In literature, great characters often make their finest choices in the midst of severe limitations. In the premiere production of "An Invitation Out," characters must make choices about identity within the confines of complex social expectations. Like any comedy of manners, the script hides profound truths behind the silliness and superficiality of human conventions. This visually stunning production combines fun and philosophy to produce a thoroughly entertaining social critique.
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Mustard Seed Theatre's current production is the world premier of local playwright Rob Maesaka's touching historic fiction, "White to Gray." The story intertwines interracial romance and ages-long battles between parents and their children with history. In particular, the show offers a personal glimpse into the effect of World War II on Japanese Americans in Hawaii (as well as other American communities).

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:06

'Falling' Soars

It's been two-and-a-half years since Deanna Jent's remarkable play, "Falling", premiered at the Mustard Seed Theatre. This has been a busy time for Ms. Jent and her play. An off-Broadway production in 2012 was met with glowing reviews (and a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Play"). "Falling" was produced in Los Angeles in 2013 and is appearing all over the country this year. Next year Brazil!

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Sunday, 17 March 2013 09:56

Pluto Ruhls the Underworld

Fontbonne University has opened a charming production of "Eurydice", a very slight piece by Sarah Ruhl. Whimsical, with occasional wisps of poetry, this little story is a retelling of the Orpheus legend—but with a focus on Eurydice.

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Monday, 10 December 2012 13:38

Missouri angst and love in 'Talley's Folly'

What happens when an immigrant Jewish accountant from St. Louis falls in love with a Missouri country girl? You get gefilte catfish, matzo balls made of cornmeal, and a unique love story that has charmed millions and made the world see that Lebanon, Missouri, is a town of far greater depth of spirit than most people realized.

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Saturday, 04 February 2012 00:38

'Playland' immerses, incites and illuminates

Mustard Seed Theatre presents "Playland," the story of two men wrestling with inner demons played out upon the grounds of a traveling amusement park in South Africa. The black box theatre at Fontbonne University is a malleable space. Having both painted and acted in the theatre, I am somewhat smitten with its versatility.

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Monday, 18 April 2011 22:04

Royal pain

Mustard Seed Theatre's artistic director Deanna Jent has created a convincingly playable adaptation of C.S. Lewis's novel Till We Have Faces. In his novel, Lewis wrote his own version of paper writing service the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros, and play and novel present the essentials of that ancient tale. But Lewis, and Jent following him, make the focus of their version not Psyche herself but her old sister Orual, like Psyche the daughter of a king, eventually herself the ruler of the land.

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Monday, 11 October 2010 01:00

Asher Lev's leap to stage falls short

My Name Is Asher Lev has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner from the novel of the same name by Chaim Potok. But it hasn't been adapted enough.

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Mustard Seed Theatre has dusted off the classic French comedy Tartuffe. With a merry multitude of comic rhymes, period costumes and an extravagant set, Tartuffe mocks the hypocrisy of those who use piety as a tool for manipulation along with those who are taken in by such surface sentiment.

The character Tartuffe, played by Gary Wayne Barker, has wormed his way into the heart and house of Orgon a nobleman associated with Louis XIV's court. Orgon has invited Tartuffe into his home as a permanent house guest. In Orgon's eyes, Tartuffe is the most pious and forthright of men. He is not. We know he is not because the first thing we see him do is try to seduce Orgon's wife, Elmire. The man's tongue darts in and out in a continuous wetting of his thin smarmy lips as he peers wantonly at Kelly Ryan's Elmire. Even when Tartuffe is caught red handed, Orgon will not listen to reason and continually sides with the scheming Tartuffe over family members.

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