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Review: ‘Titus’ at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

To close out its current season Opera Theatre St. Louis has chosen a Mozart masterwork that, while sometimes remains forgotten in context with his other operas, is filled with enough intrigue, power politics and deception that it could be ripped form today’s headlines. The biggest takeaway from the company’s production of Titus is to not […]

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Review: Theatre Macabre Brings the Dark Laughs With ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Many film-goers will recognize the name Martin McDonagh as the writer / director of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012). What they might not realize is that McDonagh is an accomplished playwright, responsible for several critically acclaimed plays – including the Laurence Olivier Award-winning play The Lieutenant of Inishmore. This weekend, theatre patrons in St. Louis […]

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Review: Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Turns The Muny Into Underwater Kingdom

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 10:08 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

The Little Mermaid will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in theaters, back in 1989, and my love of Disney has only grown since then. Getting a chance to see one of the classics brought to life is always exciting, especially when it’s a show full […]

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Review: ‘The Sweet Smell of Success’ at New Line Theatre (thru June 24)

Posted: June 20, 2017 at 9:46 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Welcome to 1950s New York City. It’s a world of celebrity, nightlife, and the column of J.J. Hunsecker. 60 million people drink their morning coffee while reading the dirt, where anybody who’s anybody wants to read their name in black and white. And if you’re a press agent who wants to eat, you better get […]

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Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ THE TRIAL

Posted: June 8, 2017 at 9:55 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

There is a dystopian uneasiness enveloping Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ The Trial that is both timely and frightening. Based on Franz Kafka’s absurdist novel the opera, making its American premiere with this production, is nothing short of a minimalist masterpiece. It has been transformed from page to stage by Christopher Hampton, who wrote the libretto, […]

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Opera Theatre St. Louis’ The Grapes Of Wrath Packs An Intense Wallop

Posted: June 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Taking a landmark work of American literature and turning it into an opera is not the easiest thing in the world to do. When the book is The Grapes of Wrath, the stakes are even higher. Knowing that the novel’s social pulse and familiar characters resonate throughout our popular culture, Opera Theatre of St. Louis […]

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Review: ‘Madame Butterfly’ Opens 42nd Season of Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 7:56 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

There’s a momentum of intensity throughout Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ new production of Madame Butterfly that leaves audiences braced for impact as the production climaxes to an emotionally exhausting final act. Anointed as the opening production of the company’s 42nd season, Giocomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly uses the backdrop of a modernized Japan to reflect […]

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Review: ‘Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage’ at the Fabulous Fox (May 12-14)

Posted: May 13, 2017 at 7:59 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Fans of the Dirty Dancing film will love the musical that will be at the Fox for this weekend only. The show may have hit a couple sour notes on opening night, but overall, it was a fun, energetic homage to the hit film. Playing the role of Johnny Castle was Christopher Tierney. Taking over a […]

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Review: Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! (Playhouse @ Westport)

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 10:27 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Surely most everyone has heard that, “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” What they may not realize, however, is that expression comes from the title of a book published in 1992 by Dr. John Gray. It’s a metaphor for the differences in how men and women think. In short, they may as well […]

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Review: Disney Presents ‘The Lion King’ at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Posted: April 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Now playing through May 7. Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy. First and foremost, one of the biggest stars of the show is the music. The collaboration between Elton John and Tim Rice (Aladdin, Aida) proved to be a huge success, winning them the Academy Award […]

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