Occasionally, a play sneaks up on you, grabbing you at some visceral, emotional level and knocking you down. The Studio at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' current production is that kind of a play. Deeply thoughtful, and grounded in history, "Safe House" challenges assumptions, providing a seldom seen glimpse of the old south, delivered in richly textured, carefully developed performances.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of Shakespeare's most popular and accessible plays. The current production at the Repertory Theatre brings to life many of the features that explain its continuing appeal over the last 400 years.
The Rep has opened that hilarious backstage slap-stick sex-farce, "Noises Off". This amazing play by Michael Frayn has left audiences breathless with laughter since 1982 when it won both the Olivier and the Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy. With the help of a few modernizing touch-ups by the playwright over the years it shows no sign of aging. It's still bright and fresh and goofy and wild and delightful—AND an immense challenge for any company attempting it.
Introducing young children to the magic of theater is no small challenge. Luckily, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has found the perfect balance of story, song, and warmth to entice little audiences.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis brings history to life with the evocative brilliance of "Fly," a tribute to the Tuskegee Airman. Over the past few years, this previously overlooked corps of African-American airmen has finally begun to receive the hard-earned credit they deserve. The Repertory Theater of St. Louis' production may be the most movingly beautiful and interpretive ovation yet.
Margie is a single mother with an adult dependent child, living in South Boston, a.k.a. 'Southie'. She has just lost her job. Her attempts to find a new job bring her into contact with an old boyfriend, Mike, now a successful doctor. This meeting of two worlds with a common origin explores issues of class, poverty and relationships in both a dramatic and often funny way.
So you're directing a script by a young playwright who obviously has a feel for what works on stage, for how to build a scene, how to set things up for physical comedy.
Countless numbers of us have grown up with Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Their funny, scary, often outrageous shenanigans have been a staple of American literature, movies and theater for almost a century and a half.
Set in 1880's America and subtitled The Vibrator Play, In the Next Room, Sarah's Ruhl's, funny, touching, social comedy might make you blush but it's sure to make you laugh.
It's always a pleasure to spend time with the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan, and the Rep's production of the George F. Kaufman and Moss Hart classic You Can't Take It With You finds them as quirky and appealing as ever. The performances are uniformly excellent, Steven Woolf's direction keeps the actors and the action moving at a brisk comic pace, and the message that the best things in life are free comes through loud and clear.