The New Jewish Theatre opens its nineteenth season with the Neil Simon comedy "The Sunshine Boys," a sweet tribute to the era of vaudeville that's also an honest look at aging in an American culture increasingly focused on youth. Engaging performances and a pleasantly amusing script ensure this show is entertaining even for audiences with no recollection of the uniquely American variety of entertainment known as vaudeville.
Insight Theatre Company's production of Rebecca Gilman's thought-provoking play, "Spinning Into Butter," takes a look at race relations at a predominantly white college located in Vermont. Sarah Daniels, an admissions specialist, has been hired by Belmont College to help increase the school's student diversity, particularly through encouraging those designated as "minority" students to attend, and stay, at the college.
If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts two people can inflict on each other, the way they keep jabbing at the same wounds, ensuring they never heal but remain raw and painful. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," perhaps Albee's most well known work, is a tour de force in this respect, and the St. Louis Actors' Studio production does not disappoint.