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“The 39 Steps” began life as a novel and has been made into at least three movies, but the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version is the favorite. It's the one that Patrick Barlow and John Buchan raided for their stage version.

Published in Theater Reviews
Monday, 10 March 2014 22:04

Double trouble

"Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" seeks a slasher who killed three dancers in the chorus of a musical called "Manhattan Holiday." It also has other villains. That's why playwright John Bishop had to make it the "Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," even though he wrote it in 1987: one set of villains are Nazi saboteurs.

Published in Theater Reviews
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 00:01

Welcome to Texas

The Immigrant, now at the New Jewish Theatre, makes you feel warm-hearted and good about America and Americans without feeling embarrassed about feeling warm-hearted and good about America and Americans. It tells the true story of Haskell Harelik, a Russian Jew who leaves the land of Cossacks and pogroms for a safer and better life in the U.S., and winds up in the small town of Hamilton, Texas. Befriended by the local banker and his wife, Harelik progresses from selling bananas from a cart to owning a prosperous dry goods and variety store.

Published in Theater Reviews
Monday, 11 October 2010 00:00

Asher Lev's leap to stage falls short

My Name Is Asher Lev has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner from the novel of the same name by Chaim Potok. But it hasn't been adapted enough.

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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…