First Run Theatre has picked a gem in local playwright Mario Farwell's "Stereo Heart." The play tackles family history, poverty and gang violence with a Shakespearean spirit and a healthy amount of St. Louis sass. After a blue-collar family discovers a seeming windfall of half a million dollars' worth of cocaine, what ensues is comic, surprising, and eventually heart-wrenching. Farwell's script is strong and rich in symbolism, compelling despite some confusion at its close.
First Run Theatre, a professional company dedicated to the production and promotion of works by local playwrights, closes its season with an entertaining new entry in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The show, Jason Slavik's "Whatever Remains" is entertaining and well paced, if occasionally a bit of a credibility stretch.
The First Run Theatre produces only world premieres. In a new venture the company is presenting "Spectrum" their very first fully rehearsed and staged evening of very short plays—that is, plays from ten to twenty minutes long. This is a very challenging format. The author has not the leisure to spend much time on character development or plot complexities. He must be concise and efficient, yet still effectively dramatic or comic. And the evening, though rather mixed, is most definitely a success.
Predicaments, or problems requiring resolution, are a part of life. Looking on the bright side, you could say that dealing successfully with problems and challenges helps us grow, and makes life interesting. And such challenges beset us all, the great and the not-so-great. Even terrorists ironically find themselves forced to negotiate a path of pitfalls.
First Run Theatre’s production of Brooklyn Bagatelle by Neville Mur was a powerful dramatic comedy about the Marr family and the generational conflicts that take place within.
First Run Theatre’s An Evening of Mysteries consists of two long 1-act plays by local playwright Richard LaViolette: Divine’s Grace and The Kerpash Affair - each as sweet and innocent as crime and skullduggery can be.
First Run Theatre's Spectrum 2011 short play festival is as close to a guaranteed good evening of theatre as it gets. Eight plays by seven playwrights… different themes, styles, and takes on life … and all short. So, if you don’t like one, it will be over soon and, in a full evening’s menu of theatre, something is bound to please. Simply stated, there is something for everyone.