Stray Dog Theatre brings a fantasy fairy tale to life in a charming staging of "Spellbound, a musical fable," a world premiere musical fable by the company's artistic director Gary F. Bell and his friend and writing partner Robert L. White. The inventive script borrows liberally from nostalgic interpretations of traditional European fairy tales with numerous quips and references to more contemporary American pop culture, from the blues, rock, and doo wop to children's books, movies, and television.
The fourth year of St. Lou Fringe Festival, is a celebration of performing arts featuring more than 100 shows and events. This year the festival expanded over two weekends, with creative workshops and parties offered during the days the theaters were dark. And, in the reviewer's opinion, this is not merely good for the Fringe, this is a great step for St. Louis theater and arts.
Act Two Theatre closes their season with a rousing, nostalgic trip to rural, Depression-era America courtesy of "Smoke on the Mountain." This heartwarming show is filled with bluegrass-infused hymns, spiritual witnessing and more than a few moments of pure comedy as the congregation of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church kicks off its first Saturday night worship service.
"Fiddler on the Roof" is a classic of American Musical Theatre, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The story of Tevye and his family in 1905 Tsarist Russia is—as the lyrics of its song, "Sunrise, Sunset" says—laden with happiness and tears.
This being my first visit to the "exclusive mobile home community" of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida, I needed to get the lay of the land and the characters. Fortunately, they weren't shy.
Writer/director Stuart Murdoch's "God Help the Girl" has as sweet a heart as its protagonist Eve does. In this age of so many mean-spirited offerings, that makes it a welcome change while it also offers a challenge, for this quietly effective story, set in a sunny Glasgow and peppered with musical interludes, unfolds slowly, with restraint.
The Hawthorne Players, now in their 68th year, are currently staging a somewhat uneven production of "The Secret Garden" at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre.
The Fox was a rockin' recently with three performances of the US touring production of "Rock of Ages." Rather than having anything to do with the Christian hymn of the same name, this extravaganza of 80's rock standards had the audience playing air drums and air guitars throughout the house.
What if you were foolish, and yet thought you were smart? Now extend that to everyone you know, all laboring under same delusion. Add music, color, costume, and a talented cast, and you have the world of "Shlemiel the First."