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Review of The Thing – A Live Parody! at Cherokee Street Theatre

After an unavoidable pandemic pause, Cherokee Street Theatre is back with another delightful spoof of Hollywood horror. The company’s latest production is a send up of John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.

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Review of Tinsel Town by The Midnight Company

Joe Hanrahan’s latest effort, Tinsel Town, is thoroughly delightful in its world premiere by The Midnight Company. The script is a sequence of three two-characters dialogues that take place in Los Angeles within a single 24-hour period.

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Review of The Science of Leaving Omaha at Washington University Performing Arts Department

I always enjoy the way playwright Carter W. Lewis’s mind works. Who else would set a play in the crematorium in the basement of the small Belladona Funeral Home in Omaha, Nebraska? Or start the play with about five minutes of a young woman alone in the furnace room with a body in a body bag lying on a table, prepared for the fire?

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Review of Who’s Holiday at Stray Dog Theatre

Stray Dog Theatre has a history of counterprogramming in December. The company presents an antidote to seasonal good cheer for theatergoers who have had their fill of traditional holiday fare. Sometimes the alternative is serious. This year it’s a satire.

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Reviews of “Fleshtones” and “Playing for Real” at First Run Theatre

First Run Theatre has come dancing out of the COVID interruption with two very different but equally entertaining plays. J.E. Robinson’s “Fleshtones” is a realistic family story. Ron Asher’s “Playing for Real” is meta doubled and tripled.

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Review of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Hawthorne Players

Hawthorne Players recently presented a polished and entertaining production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. The Marvelous Wonderettes is a jukebox musical boiled down to the essentials. Its 26 songs are pop hits of the ’50s and ’60s. Most are well crafted and well attuned to the emotional and mental lives and maturity of the teenagers they are meant to appeal to—successfully, in most cases.

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Review of The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Kirkwood Theatre Guild

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were two of the most successful playwrights of the mid-twentieth century American theatre. Together they wrote one of the theatre’s best comedies, The Man Who Came to Dinner. And the Kirkwood Theatre Guild is giving it a worthy production.

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Review of Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Fox Theatre

Times have changed since the film Pretty Woman became one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time. The story’s soft-edged portrayal of the sex trade is even more problematic today than it was when the film premiered in 1990. If this concern is not a deal-breaker, the stage adaptation, Pretty Woman: The Musical, can be an enjoyable evening of theater in the North American tour now playing at the Fox Theatre.

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Review of Sondheim on Sondheim at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

The cast radiated infectious energy when its members burst onto the stage for Sondheim on Sondheim in the recent staging by the Sargent Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University. The sense of a special occasion never left this superb production.

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Review of The Desperate Hours at The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves

The current production of the play The Desperate Hours by The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves demonstrates that this script about the invasion of the home of a suburban family in Indianapolis by three escaped convicts who hold the family hostage still works.