I have been a big supporter of the St. Lou Fringe festival since its inception three years ago. This year I was out of town for most of the festival’s run (June 18-22), so I only got to six events. Rather than writing a review of each one, I have decided put them into three groups: hits, misses, and flops (a.k.a. “I want my 45 minutes back”). We’ll start with the hits.
Circus Flora's "The Pawn" is the strongest show they've done in years. The unifying concept—a chess game—provides a simple, easily understood thread to link the various acts and doesn't require a lot of narration.
My friend the playwright/producer Joan Lipkin (of That Uppity Theatre Company fame) once remarked that theatre in St. Louis was mostly about real estate. What she meant was that there are far more theatre companies in town than there are spaces in which they can perform.
Celebration of Oneness took place in Strauss Park on Saturday. The event was a gathering of diverse cultures, showcasing music, dance, poetry, storytelling and ending with a Holi Festival of Colors.
On a Thursday afternoon in Strauss Park, the Dynamites featuring Charles Walker filled the Grand Center neighborhood with some serious soul and funk.
International and inter-generational, Nashville band the Dynamites, featuring veteran singer Charles Walker, delivers funk and soul originals with a bang.
On a breezy Thursday night in Strauss Park, Colonel Ford played two sets of down home country-style goodness for an appreciative crowd.