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 play begins and almost immediately it is clear why Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun" has been highly successful and celebrated for over 50 years. Her genius not only lies within the dynamic characters she created, but also in the manner in which she captured the human condition with such precision and authenticity.
"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 Too often, military service seems like a career option of last choice and religious service an outdated, old-fashioned idea.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?
It's early March in 1955, and a blizzard is blowing across the Kansas plains. When the bus from Kansas City pulls into its regular stop at Grace's Cafe, the local sheriff tells the driver that they'll have to wait there until the road crews can clear the highways ahead of them.
I was looking forward to our visit to the new Boo Cat Club about which we've recently been showered with printer's ink. It's the renovated old Artists' Guild building on Union -- just across from the Union Avenue Opera -- and it's the venue for a production of "Stairs to the Roof" by Tennessee Williams.
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?
The story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid in a tiny annex with her family to avoid deportation to the concentration camps during World War II, is well known. Her tragic fate has been told time and again since the discovery of her diary shortly after the war's end. And yet, in an age of history deniers, and in a world where genocide is still a threat, it is important that this story be told again, and again, in the hope that a lesson will be learned and such atrocities will never be repeated.
The classic style of the mid twentieth century murder mystery is ever-present in Stray Dog Theatre's production of "And Then There Were None," one of Agatha Christie's most popular stories. The entire show, from the mid-century modern furnishings to the gorgeous costumes, perfectly coiffed hair and well-stocked bar, references the stereotypes of the period, as do the characters.
HotCity theater brings Larry Kramer's heartbreaking "The Normal Heart" to life in a dark, somber production filled with an endless parade of the dead and dying, running through September 27, 2014 the Kranzberg Arts Center.
Do artists control the characters that live in their minds, or are they controlled by them? Does our gender inhibit us or does it free our imagination? Can we be both the creator and the creature? Can the monster have questions of its own, beyond knowing the mind of its creator? Interesting questions to ponder from the "Mary Shelley Monster Show," a very intriguing and intellectually bent production.