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Review of Camelot at the Muny

The Muny’s current production of Camelot uses the small cast version of the show. This edition was created to meet the needs of small theaters, but it works well at the spacious Muny, too.

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Review of The Normal Heart at Stray Dog Theatre

The writing, the acting, the production of The Normal Heart at Stray Dog Theatre thrill with a passionate outcry from the earliest days of the AIDS crisis that still resonates today.

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Review of Dear Jack, Dear Louise at the New Jewish Theatre

Dear Jack, Dear Louise is the current offering at the New Jewish Theatre. This brilliant staging is certain to be among the outstanding comedies of the year.

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Review of Every Brilliant Thing at St. Louis Shakespeare

Every Brilliant Thing gives its central character a highly unusual challenge. In St. Louis Shakespeare’s absorbing production, Isaiah DiLorenzo surmounts that challenge with apparent ease that is surely the result of extremely hard work with the director, Donna Northcott. DiLorenzo’s character is making “a list of everything brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.” […]

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Review of The Member of the Wedding at the Clayton Community Theatre

The Clayton Community Theatre recently produced Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding, a play that ran for almost two years on Broadway in the middle of the twentieth century and made a star of young Julie Harris, who won an Oscar nomination for the film version and has had a long career has one […]

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Review of The Quest for the Innkeeper’s Cask at Circus Flora

After a pandemic-delayed season last year, Circus Flora is back at its usual time with a splendid show entitled, The Quest for the Innkeeper’s Cask.

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Review of Awakenings at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

An opera is a drama. Drama lives on conflict.  The opera Awakenings, currently at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, takes place in a hospital. A hospital offers two obvious sources for conflict: conflict between individuals in the hospital, and the conflict between the physicians and staff and the illness they are trying to treat. […]

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Review of Chicago at The Muny 2022

The current Muny season is beginning with the same show that ended last season, the Kander and Ebb masterpiece, Chicago. The Muny generally does not bring a show back until five years have passed since the last production. An exception is in order this year because last year’s superb staging of Chicago closed after only […]

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Review of Tom Sawyer at the Alpha Players

Being Missourians, we’re all familiar with Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Director and Set Designer Stephen Chamineak made use of that familiarity in the recent production of the play Tom Sawyer at The Alpha Players of Florissant. The writer of the play, Tim Kelly, had done the same in his adaptation of the […]

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Review of Harvey Milk at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

The original version of Harvey Milk premiered in 1995. The opera by composer Stewart Wallace and librettist Michael Korie was a three-act, three-hour work. The new, two-act performing edition is an hour shorter. Reducing the requirements for staging the opera will surely result more performances of a piece that deserves to be heard. It tells an iconic story in beautiful, gripping music.