The New Jewish Theatre considers practical, moral and ethical questions surrounding wealth, greed, religion and motivation in its current production, Deb Margolin's "Imagining Madoff." The story weaves transcripts, testimony, interviews and writings to explore not simply now Madoff succeeded in stealing so much money from so many unwitting people, but what compelled him to do so and why was it so easy?
Occasionally, a play sneaks up on you, grabbing you at some visceral, emotional level and knocking you down. The Studio at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' current production is that kind of a play. Deeply thoughtful, and grounded in history, "Safe House" challenges assumptions, providing a seldom seen glimpse of the old south, delivered in richly textured, carefully developed performances.
The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves takes on contemporary divorce and it's wide reaching impact in their current production "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Marguiles. The story is quite interesting, and well-written, but the production lacks the emotional punch and requisite tension needed for an audience to go along for the rough ride.
The stage adaptation of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," written by Todd Kreidler and based on the screenplay by William Rose, maintains the original film's 1967 setting, but could easily be set in the present time.
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 Too often, military service seems like a career option of last choice and religious service an outdated, old-fashioned idea.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?