An acknowledged innovator throughout his career, Paul Taylor has choreographed dance performances since the mid-1950s. Now 85, he shows no inclination and expresses no desire to slow down as shown in the entertaining and informative documentary "Paul Taylor: Creative Domain." Director, producer and editor Kate Geis quietly observes Taylor working, letting his pace guide this appreciative study of his process.
"Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" is still merrily dancing and skipping in my ear. Will I ever get it out? Why in the world would I want to?
The Rep has opened that hilarious backstage slap-stick sex-farce, "Noises Off". This amazing play by Michael Frayn has left audiences breathless with laughter since 1982 when it won both the Olivier and the Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy. With the help of a few modernizing touch-ups by the playwright over the years it shows no sign of aging. It's still bright and fresh and goofy and wild and delightful—AND an immense challenge for any company attempting it.
Opionated and original, philosopher Slavoj Žižek takes on our pervasive and long-standing cultural attitudes in "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology," a two hour interrogation of embedded values teased out through decades of film history. Though in many ways the film is a protracted lecture, the illustrative film clips with Žižek in remarkably similar settings brings principles to vivid life.
I’ve long felt that Jerry Vogel is one of the best actors in town. His performance in "An Iliad" at the Upstream Theatre now convinces me that he is simply the very best actor in St. Louis. It’s one of the absolute best performances I’ve ever seen in over fifty years of serious involvement with theatre. And it’s a tour-de-force!