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Review of The Gondoliers at Winter Opera Saint Louis

In the second production of its 15th season, Winter Opera Saint Louis once again demonstrated its knack for presenting operettas with a fine production of The Gondoliers.

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Review of Rehearsal for Murder at The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves

Rehearsal for Murder has theatre’s doubleness right in its title. We’re at a rehearsal, where we get to know both a character in a play and the actor playing that character, and can we always be sure which is which?

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Review of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Edward’s sufferings are serious and are barely resolved. But in the production at Webster University’s Sargent Conservatory, a reassuring environment that can comfort as it alarms has been created.

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Review of A Piece of My Heart at West End Players Guild

Although the women interact throughout, the play is a series of vignettes. Each woman has her own experiences and her own story, all grounded in the same common experience. I think playwright Lauro makes it work pretty well. So do Players Guild’s director Dani Mann and her cast.

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Review of Cats at the Fox

Cats opened in London in 1981. At one time, it was the longest running musical in both London and New York. Forty years later, Cats is playing once again at the Fox, where the show still delivers the goods.

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Review of Comfort at St. Louis Actors’ Studio

What depth there is in these two characters, in addition to the dramatic excitement, Kari Ely and Spencer Sickmann find and expand. Go thrill to what these two actors can do with this script.

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Review of Songs for Nobodies at Max & Louie Productions

Lennon convincingly incarnates each of these ten women. In singing as the five, she does not so much attempt directly to imitate them as to present their manner and style, their essence and their individuality. She is doing amazing work and giving us great pleasure.

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Review of A Christmas Carol at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Pleasures of the familiar are much in evidence in the fine production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Hana S. Sharif, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. So are pleasures of the unfamiliar.

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Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Saint Louis University

I welcome novel interpretations of the classics, especially when the ideas are as resonant as the ones in the recent staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Saint Louis University.

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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.