The musical "Georama," a staged reading of which was part of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Ignite! New Play Festival in 2014, is getting a fully staged world premiere right now in the Rep studio. It's not perfect, but has a lot going for it: a great cast, a literate book, an appealing score, and above all, a fascinating story about John Banvard.
Based on the award-winning children’s novel written by Dave Barry and St. Louis native Ridley Pearson, "Peter and the Starcatcher" was adapted for the stage by Rick Elice and debuted on Broadway in 2012. The play went on to receive five Tony Awards. Since ending its Broadway run in 2013, "Peter and the Starcatcher" has made its way to audiences throughout the U.S. and now, thanks to the Repertory Theater, is here in St. Louis for local audiences to enjoy.
The thriller “Angel Street” (a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton originally titled "Gaslight" and famously filmed in 1944 under that title) begins in a Victorian drawing room complete with an imposing fireplace and enclosed enough to give one something of the claustrophobic feeling that Bella Manningham (Janie Brookshire) has been experiencing lately.
With “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” the title explains the show itself. It’s not the story of Johnny Cash the man, nor his demons or his loves, but of his music, specifically the music he wrote.
In his director's notes for "Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976," Seth Gordon notes that the play "asks questions that are important for us to contemplate and then leave us to work it out in the end. I've heard many an audience member tell me that his or her favorite play is the kind that keeps one talking about it for a long time after viewing."
I wonder how many reviewers will mention West End Players Guild's (WEPG) production of "Opus" in 2013 when they review this one. Is it appropriate to do so?
The Repertory Theatre of St Louis opens its forty-seventh season with a BANG! Director/Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge has brought us a lovely gift in the form of a new production of the venerable "Cabaret".
The mood is set for "Double Indemnity" the minute you walk into the theater. Small windows let in rays of eerie white sunlight. A smoky haze swirls above the stage. The terra cotta roof and plastered walls paired with streaks of sunlight makes it unclear as to whether the scene is set inside or outside, during night or day.
"Venus in Fur" is a clever, funny, and slightly creepy piece from David Ives, the master of the ingenious one-act and the inventive historical adaptation. At 100 minutes or thereabouts it may be a bit repetitious in places, but overall it's a classic example of the "well-made play" a la Terrence Rattigan or J.B. Priestly.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's production of "Sense and Sensibility" is polished and entertaining. The story, adapted from the Jane Austen novel, follows two sisters on their quest to find husbands.