When you step back and take a deeper look, William Missouri Downs' "Kosher Lutherans" is less about religion and more about adaptation. Though the play centers on a "perfect" Jewish couple, it is not their religion but how they handle the challenges and surprises, the "curveballs," that life throws their way that propels this show forward and provides its theme.
Mr. Sloane is a gorgeous young thing and everybody wants him. Mr. Sloane hasn't had a single scruple for ever-so-long. Mr. Sloane's polite demeanor is marbled with streaks of blazing viciousness. Mr. Sloane is quite a piece of work.
How many times have you thought about unplugging from the perpetually connected modern world? Perhaps you've caught yourself wishing for a simpler time? A time before wireless devices and the 24/7 news cycle, a time like the 1950s. The characters in Jordan Harrison's "Maple and Vine" are presented with just that opportunity, and their choices create an interesting and thought-provoking evening of theater.
The world premiere by Lia Romeo at HotCity Theater offers a fresh and funny look at the lives of Ladue high school students and their use - and misuse - of social technology
‘Tis the Silly Season for Theatre where the saddest thing we see on stage is Tim Cratchit’s tiny crutch. No one shoots his eye out or is overlooked by Santa or, if an angel, fails to get his wings. Many interchangeable children receive whatever other Lifetime movie miracle might be in order.
Lynn Hallaby (Nicole Angeli) doesn’t know why she needs to go to Alaska and work as a commercial fisherman. Her family, including husband, Ray (Eric Dean White); parents Margie and Hudson (Peggy Billo, Joe Hanrahan), and brother Kelly (Charlie Barron) haven't a clue either. All she is sure of is that this is something she must do, and all her family is determined to do is stop her.
Don (Steve Isom) is the kind of Little League coach that intimidates kids and their parents both. At first glance, it does seem that, to Don, winning really is the only thing. He’s a middle-aged guy who drinks beer, acts like an adolescent about women, and still remembers a baseball game he played at 12 as the highlight of his life.
Intelligent Life is fun to watch in some ways. Technically, it’s slick and professional. The set (C. Otis Sweeney) is a cluttered marvel—I think HotCity works its prop people (here led by Meg Brinkley) harder than anyone else around. The costumes (Jane Sullivan) are character-appropriate and clever, especially some Halloween garb—you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Kevin Beyer in a sparkly full-body turkey suit. The lights (Michael Sullivan) and sci-fi sound (music chosen and effects designed by Matthew Koch) evoke an atmosphere of expectation and even some discomfort. Does something wicked this way come?
Jami Brandli demonstrates courage as a playwright by using The Sinker as a title. If the play weren't any good, it would be tempting to make the second letter a "t." But that's not going to happen here. Brandli has written an absorbing piece, well acted by a cast of three and directed by Annamaria Pileggi. It is this season's fully mounted presentation chosen from among the 2009 GreenHouse Series 300-plus entries. HotCity sponsors Greenouse to solicit and develop new plays and have been rewarded with Kevin Kline nominations (and two wins) during the past five years.