This past Saturday (June 27th, 2015) was the last day of the St. Lou Fringe Festival and, by sheer coincidence, also the best one as far as the shows I saw went. Better yet, three of the four I saw were by local groups.
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.
Thursday, June 25th, turned out to be my best Fringe experience yet, with two fine one-person shows and a powerful Shakespeare-inspired cabaret act.
With apologies to Rev. Dodgson: The time has come, the critic said, to talk of many things / Of Wonderland and mustache wax, and kids who act and sing.
The stroll to downtown St. Louis' City Museum consists of cracked and cobbled stones that prove themselves ankle-twisters after several libations. Their unsteady ground further rumbled under foot as an unseen siren's wail emanated from the building the path surrounds.
Midwest Mayhem celebrates its ninth year on May 15 at the City Museum. As a KDHX DJ and music and art lover, it's a highlight of my year.
The Black Rep's production of the near iconic "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" is a vibrant interpretation that keeps the focus squarely on the material and performances. Based on the 1975 choreopoem by Ntozake Shange, the production features 20 spoken word poems interwoven with choreography, as voiced by seven formidable actresses and musician Jeff Anderson.
The 8th annual Midwest Mayhem -- KDHX's annual member thank-you party -- took place at the City Museum on Thursday, May 9.