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Opera Theatre of St. Louis Hits All the Right Notes with THE MAGIC FLUTE (Review)

Posted: June 22, 2022 at 12:40 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

With so much intensity permeating through Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 48th season, it is good to see the company let its hair down. With two emotionally heavy world premieres surrounding it, The Magic Flute provides some much-need relief.  Renovated by director Omer Ben Seadia’s clever pacing, Jessica Jahn’s vivaciously creative costumes, and Ryan Howell’s set design, […]

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The Fight for Equality Has Dire Consequences in OTSL’s Poignant HARVEY MILK (Review)

Posted: June 18, 2022 at 10:49 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It is only fitting that Opera Theatre St. Louis closes out its 48th season with an opera about overcoming adversity. Back on its home stage in front of an audience for the first time since 2019, the company has faced several challenges, including postponing two world premiere presentations. But, in the case of Harvey Milk, […]

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Theatre Review: AWAKENINGS Is the Sleeper Hit of the Season

Posted: June 13, 2022 at 9:53 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

For Opera Theatre St. Louis, the season doesn’t get much better than having two world premiere operas in the same season. The first, an adaptation of Dr. Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings, was originally planned as the opener for the 2020 season. Despite being stalled, this highly emotional opera has finally arrived. Relentless in its intensity […]

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Review: CARMEN Opens 2022 Festival Season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: May 25, 2022 at 3:44 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Bullfighting and bravado take center stage for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ feisty production of Carmen. Set in Franco’s Spain, Rodula Gaitanou’s battle of the sexes takes a little time to get going. But, once it does, the production kicks into overdrive. Opening the company’s 48th season, Gaitanou’s interpretation breaks away from the trendy projections […]

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Album Review: Pixies Live In Brixton

Posted: February 18, 2022 at 3:54 pm   /   CD Reviews

After an unpleasant split in 1993 fans of the Pixies were resigned to the fact that the band would never play together again. At the time, the future of the band looked dire. Singer Frank Black was making solo records, Kim Deal was having success with The Breeders and The Amps, while Dave Lovering and […]

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Movie Review: YELLING FIRE IN AN EMPTY THEATRE (Slamdance Film Festival)

Posted: February 7, 2022 at 3:14 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Justin Zuckerman’s Yelling Fire in An Empty Theater removes any pretense that moving to a new city is easy, fun, or romantic. His entertaining first feature film replaces these tropes with a gritty narrative rich in bohemian angst. Isadora Leiva gives a lively performance as Lisa, a young woman whose arrival in New York is fraught with […]

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Review: FERROEQUINOLOGY (Slamdance Film Festival)

Posted: February 4, 2022 at 4:08 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Pulling into the station as the world is reopening and people are rushing to get back to normal, Alex Nevill’s leisurely documentary Ferroequinology could not be better timed. Translated literally as “the study of iron horses,” his film, streaming as part of Slamdance 2022, follows two wandering spirits as they set out on separate railroad photography […]

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Review: PARIS IS IN HARLEM (Slamdance Film Festival)

Posted: February 4, 2022 at 4:04 pm   /   Movie Reviews

There is a lot to unpeel in Christina Kallas’ Paris Is in Harlem. Screening as part of the 2022 Slamdance Film festival, this emotionally powerful and crisply paced film uses the cultural tapestry of Harlem as the backdrop for exploring multiculturalism. Structured like a jazz composition this fine example of socially conscious cinema piles layers […]

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Review: The St. Louis Symphony and John Adams Save the Best for First

Posted: January 31, 2022 at 12:09 pm   /   Concert Reviews

Although he cut his teeth in the minimalist traditions of Steve Reich and John Cage, John Adams has established himself as an American composer whose genre-bending classical pieces and operas (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, Doctor Atomic) have made him the country’s most prolific composer. Creating a body of work rooted in language […]

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Review: BEYOND VAN GOGH at Saint Louis Galleria

Posted: November 24, 2021 at 3:55 pm   /   Live Theater, St. Louis Events

Although he did not achieve great success during his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh’s popularity became unparalleled in the decades after his death.  Since his death in relative poverty in 1890, his works are now worth millions and featured in museums, private collections, and exhibitions around the world and Immortalized in popular culture through prints, posters, […]

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