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Review of Digging Up Dessa at Metro Theater Company

Digging Up Dessa investigates a cluster of themes of importance to young audiences. The ambitious play by Laura Schellhardt receives a splendid production from Metro Theater Company.

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Review of The Trial of the Century at Circus Flora

Once a year, for a couple of weeks, Circus Flora invites the rest of St. Louis, and our neighbors and friends, to come to the Big Top so they can share with us what they do. It is always a treat.

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Review of Fun Home at Take Two Productions

Take Two Productions is a community theater that gravitates toward musicals of substance, such as its current offering, Fun Home. The company presents the show with great distinction.

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Review of Blue/Orange at Stray Dog Theatre

If a person picks up an orange, a perfectly ordinary orange, and says it is blue, even continues to say it is blue when he peels it open, is that person delusional? That’s the question posed by Christopher, a young Black man in a London mental hospital, for the two psychiatrists who are treating him in Blue/Orange at Stray Dog Theatre.

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Review of The Gradient at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Steph Del Rosso’s new play, The Gradient, is named for its setting—a residential facility where people accused of sexual misconduct receive treatment. In the not-too-distant future depicted in the play, the alternative to The Gradient is prison.

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Review of This Is Our Youth at Saint Louis University Theatre

This Is Our Youth may or may not be based on the author’s life, but the play has the ring of lived experience in the excellent production at Saint Louis University.

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Review of The 39 Steps at The Alpha Players of Florissant

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Farce is even harder. It is a serious craft. Like any good craftsperson, the actor takes pleasure in doing good work. But that is something the audience sees only indirectly, if at all. What they see is the character doing ridiculous, silly, very human things, done precisely and with invention.

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Review of The Story of My Life at New Line Theatre

Scott Miller and New Line Theatre are easing themselves into the Reduced Pandemic Era with a small, pleasant production of a small, pleasant musical, The Story of My Life, with two actors and an accompanist

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Review of Jersey Boys at Stages St. Louis

Like all jukebox musicals, Jersey Boys is built around preexisting songs. Like few other jukebox musicals, Jersey Boys features a story as brilliant as the score.

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Review of Elsinore at Prison Performing Arts

Elsinore presented a bold perspective on a classic in last weekend’s fine production by the Alumni Theatre Company of Prison Performing Arts (PPA). It was the company’s first full-length production performed in the St. Louis community.