"Godspell" rocked the Peabody Friday night with all the explosive subtlety of a fireworks display. The 2013 incarnation of the 1970's rock sensation burst onto the stage, a suname of sound and color and beautifully pure rock.
Long regarded by many as one of the highlights of the French grand opera tradition, Gounod's "Faust"—a beautifully sung production of which opened Winter Opera’s season—actually started life in 1859 as an opéra comique with spoken dialog instead of recitatives and without large ballet sequences. It was only the addition of the former in 1860 and the latter in 1875 that elevated Faust to the position of eminence it held in opera houses for over a century.
The best thing about “Freud’s Last Session”—in which a fictional meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis becomes a debate on the existence of God—is the quality of the production. Director Michael Evan Haney’s blocking, pacing, and overall feel for dramatic crescendos and diminuendos bring life to what is, on paper, a somewhat static script.
St. Louis is, from what I’ve heard, the trivia capital of the world. “Trivia Nights,” in which competing teams of usually 8 to 10 people, answer quiz questions in various categories, some serious (art history, for example) and some silly (identify breakfast cereals from little samples in baggies—that’s the one I hate the most).
What's that crashing against your screen door? Well, if it were mid-summer it would, of course, be all those June-bugs. But in October it's got to be that annual infestation of zombies. There's no escape! They're out there, everywhere! And they will get you!
Alex Phillips and David Reddick
There are two types of cafes in the movies. There's the hive of romance -- think Brad Pitt and Claire Forlani in "Meet Joe Black" -- a cozy room with warm, milky drinks and longing eyes.
Not Quite Right Improv Group
Perhaps because it was the 11th show I had seen over a two-day marathon of shows, or because it was the last slot of a very long weekend spanning four days and over 100 performances, I struggled with Not Quite Right improv group.
The Four Fronts
In a tribute to classic American Lindy Hop and early traditional jazz dancing, "Rhythm City" made Kranzberg Cabaret travel back in time with a high-energy act that was guaranteed to make you start hand-clappin' and toe-tappin'.
NonProphet Theatre Company's 'Montana: A Shakespearean Scarface' finds humor, pathos in adaptation of film.
"Connect the Dots"
Core Project of Chicago
I enjoyed this modern dance troupe. Blue Dots, four in all, slid along the black box floor amidst a web of blue painters tape.