Interview: Black Thought, Tariq Trotter of The Roots

Posted: September 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm   /   Interviews

At a time when the world is struggling to get back on its feet The Roots are here to show us the way. Their uncanny ability to tap toes and lift spirits through their music, an unpredictable mélange of soul, rock, funk, and rap, has made them one of the most innovate collectives of the […]

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Review: NEW WORKS, BOLD VOICES Speaks Loudly for Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: June 17, 2021 at 10:53 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

At a time when many companies are coming out of the pandemic, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is turning on the lights. While the last year has been challenging for opera, theater groups and arts organizations, it also has sparked a creative resourcefulness that has resulted in powerful new works. OTSL’s New Works, Bold Voices […]

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Review: Hanging On the Telephone – La voix humaine at Opera Theatre

Posted: June 7, 2021 at 11:51 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It’s hard to move on when you can’t stop looking back. This is especially true for Elle, the center figure in the tragic La voix humaine. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, Francis Poulenc’s scarcely performed opera about love, life, loss and death is eerily relevant in the time of a global pandemic. Unofficially […]

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Review: Opera Theatre Drives Fast On Highway 1, U.S.A.

Posted: June 1, 2021 at 8:31 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

William Grant Still may not be as well known to casual opera fans as Verdi or Rossini, but he should be. An arranger for W.C. Handy and composer of over 200 operas, ballets, and symphonies, he is considered the dean of African American composers. Every bit as prolific as Duke Ellington or Terence Blanchard, Still’s […]

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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: Gianni Schicchi Begins New Season of Opera Theatre St. Louis

Posted: May 27, 2021 at 8:16 am   /   Film, Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

The parallels between Gianni Schicchi’s premiere in 1918 and its placement as the opener for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ new season are striking. Then, as now, the world found itself struggling with a pandemic, political tension, economic hardship, and of course, widespread divisiveness. Back then, just as now, things seemed dire. But once again, […]

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Virtuosity and Variations: A Musical Journey with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Posted: May 4, 2021 at 10:06 am   /   Concert Reviews

With live performances coming to a grinding halt, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra found itself in the same precarious position and thousands of other arts organizations across the country as they sought ways to connect with audiences in a world filled with separation and isolation The orchestra’s answer was to let the music be the […]

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Movie Review: ME TO PLAY (Slamdance Film Festival)

Posted: February 21, 2021 at 10:53 am   /   Film, Movie Reviews

For actors, the very notion of a final performance fills them with dread. Riding off into the sunset is not easy and the adulation of interacting with an audience is something that is direly missed. This is especially true for Dan Moran and Chris Jones, two veterans of films and stage whose careers have been […]

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Movie Review: A BRIXTON TALE (Slamdance Film Festival)

Posted: February 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm   /   Movie Reviews

In a year where the film industry has seemingly come to an abrupt halt, the Slamdance Film Festival has given it momentum. Pivoting to a virtual event this year, the 2021 lineup features 25 feature films along with 107 shorts and episodics, and a new program titled Unstoppable, a showcase for creators with disabilities. Founded in […]

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Opera Theatre of St Louis Cruises Into Port with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Posted: January 26, 2021 at 10:17 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

At a time when the arts face unprecedented challenges in connecting with audiences, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is continuing its mission to educate and entertain with a new production of The Pirates of Penzance that provides rousing entertainment for the entire family. Clocking in at thirty minutes, this abbreviated version of The Pirates of […]

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Posted: January 5, 2021 at 9:35 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

With the final installment of Cooking, Carols and Cocktails, making a mess has never tasted so good. Presented by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as a four-part web series highlighting local musicians and chefs, this final bite features a revered local favorite, gooey butter cake. Sprinkled in for flavor are the jazzy and funky […]

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