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.
Part study in the importance of family and past sacrifices, part ghost story, the Black Rep’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ by August Wilson is lively, funny and challenging.
At the core of The Merry Wives of Windsor are two smart, vivacious and often vicious women, Mistress Page played by Jamie Marble, and Mistress Ford played by Suki Peters.
Right now, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is featuring two plays in which questions of faith are paramount. The one on the main stage in Webster Groves – High – has the big star. But the one at the Grandel Theatre – Geoffrey Nauffts's funny, sad, and insightful Next Fall – has a stellar script and a uniformly fine cast to boot.
Depending on your age or gender, you will likely take one of two positions after viewing Shakespeare's comedy Taming of the Shrew. You will regard the play as either a male locker room where misogyny and machismo permeate the air or as a satire of sorts, where Shakespeare takes the opportunity to mock the institution of marriage and the expectations placed on wedded women. Regardless of where you land, Shakespeare's four hundred year old classic remains ahead of its time as it continues to spark the million dollar question...must we completely compromise and sacrifice our sense of self in order to achieve wedded bliss?