In 1986, a lonely librarian in charge of the overnight return box at her location begins an unexpected and surprising journey when she discovers a returned book that is one-hundred and thirteen years overdue. So begins the New Jewish Theatre's production of "Under the Lintel," a play filled with questions, clues, and unexpected adventure that artfully ponders the nature of faith.
The Black Rep's production of Dominque Morisseau's searing contemporary drama "Sunset Baby" is a tense show that suffers no fools and offers no easy answers. Set in an urban neighborhood rife with gun crime, prostitution, and drugs, the show avoids simple stereotypes and pat responses. Instead we see authentic people, with significant flaws and genuinely admirable qualities combined, who are trying to make their way to a better place.
The story of the first Plantagenet king comes to life in James Goldman's deeply researched historical drama, set in 1183 but scripted with contemporary dialogue and influences. The show peaks into the personal life of Henry the second, revealing the temperament, motivations and seemingly callous behavior of those in power.
Max and Louie Productions presents a thoughtful, moving premiere of director Ken Page's original play, "Sublime Intimacy," that explores the ways people respond to love and intimacy when it presents itself in unusual forms. The show is told through narration, monologue, and short scenes, with J. Samuel Davis anchoring as narrator, and presumed voice of the author, Tim Pace. He introduces us to a cast of characters deeply affected by the grace, beauty, and all-encompassing connection they felt, at some pivotal point in their life, towards a dancer.
The ancient art of folding known as origami starts with a pristine sheet of paper, but as soon as a single score or fold is made, the paper is scarred. Though it can be flattened out again, once folded the sheet is permanently changed, retaining evidence, or memory, of the fold. People can be like that as well, we start out a blank slate but our experiences, happiness and pain alike, leave a mark.
Every stranger we meet presents us with an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to emphasize some aspects of our identity above others. In “The Kiss”, a Dutch play by Ger Thijs translated by Paul Evans, the interest resides in what two people reveal by their choices of how to present themselves to each other.
Clayton Community Theatre shows just how successful community theater can be with a stirring production that demonstrates an appreciation of Wilson's exceptional script and an emotional connection to its themes.
St. Louis Actors' Studio opens its ninth season with a show that mines the insecurities, frustrations and sexual tension between a group of young writers. The smartly written script is complemented by solid performances from the ensemble and well-executed, if not always surprising, plot twists.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis brings history to life with the engrossing "All the Way," a fascinating look at the early years of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. Strong, realistically portrayed characterizations and a brisk, determined pace that seems to mirror Johnson's energy and style ensure the show is wholly entertaining throughout.
In R-S Theatrics current show, after the failure of the power grid the near future is a bleak, electricity-less dystopia. The show starts as drama and slowly evolves through three acts into a musical mythology about the past based on pop culture, particularly the television series "The Simpsons." The strong cast, with sure-handed direction from Christina Rios, handles the transitions well, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshingly different production.