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.
Like its protagonist, Amy Herzog’s comedy/drama “4000 Miles” seems a bit aimless and not really sure of what it wants to be. The cast does fine work and the technical aspects are, as usual, exemplary, but ultimately the emotional stakes in the script aren't high enough to make it more than moderately interesting.
A Gnome for Christmas (Written by Sarah Brandt, Directed by Doug Finlayson) is a Holiday musical now being presented by the Imaginary Theatre Company, the resident, professional, touring ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.