David Mamet's "Oleanna" is an intense examination of the power of words and intention. To its credit, Encore! Theater Group spares no punches in this well-acted production, presented in an intimate space that only heightens the dramatic tension developed in the script. The result is an affecting and lingering performance that, as promised, offers the audience no easy answers.
In today's conflicted politically correct culture, the idea of evolution as necessary to the survival of a species is more fodder for disagreement than measured study. When applied to a family filled with secrets, however, the question gains a certain tragic purpose, fraught with remorse and filled with pain. The St. Louis Actors' Studio digs deep and finds no clear answers in Nicky Silver's bitingly funny, yet poignantly tragic "Pterodactyls."