Live Theater Reviews

Theatre Review: Sparks Fly and People Die in OTSL’s Julius Caesar

Posted: June 15, 2024 at 9:54 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Passion and politics collide with dire consequences in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ mesmeric Julius Caesar. Based on Handel’s opera seria, this company premiere features a talented ensemble performing some of the grandest arias in opera. While Handel’s opera is based on Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC (during the height of the Roman […]

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Theatre Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Stages St. Louis

Posted: June 12, 2024 at 7:30 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Stages St. Louis kicks off its 38th season by visiting the south in Steel Magnolias. Told through the backdrop of a beauty parlor, the play explores friendship, grief, aging and the relationship between women. Set in a small town in Louisiana, the story revolves around six friends as they navigate life while supporting one another’s […]

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Bad Bohemians: Poverty, Passion and Poor Health Abound in Opera Theatre’s La bohème (Review)

Posted: June 3, 2024 at 7:29 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 49th season continues with a sprightly yet sorrowful production of Puccini’s La bohème. An indispensable part of the opera canon, it was last performed by the company in 2016. La bohème is based on a short story by Henri Murger, a poet and novelist known for his depictions of Parisian […]

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Theatre Review: MJ the Musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Posted: June 2, 2024 at 12:08 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

One of the most prolific and popular artists in history, Michael Jackson’s legacy is a mix of controversies, chart-topping hits, and an unending drive to push the boundaries of the musical experience. Captivating audiences worldwide, Jackson pushed the boundaries of creativity, influenced pop culture, and grew into an iconic figure that continues to dominate the […]

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Theatre Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Presents a Sidesplitting and Surreal ‘The Barber of Seville’

Posted: May 31, 2024 at 10:46 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 49th season begins with a vibrantly colored, laugh-out-loud production of The Barber of Seville. Last staged by the company eight years ago, this production retains the vocal ornamentation, passion, and over-the-top melodrama found in Rossini’s comic bel canto masterpiece.  But there are a few big changes. First, the opera has […]

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Theatre Review: MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL at The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Posted: May 6, 2024 at 7:56 am   /   Live Theater Reviews, Live Theater

In the summer of 2001, as a 17-year-old, I joined a group of friends to watch Moulin Rouge at a local theater. Initially reluctant about a musical, my decision was swayed by the company of my friends rather than the film itself. However, I left the theater pleasantly surprised, laughing and singing along with them. […]

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Review: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Performs “Brahms X Radiohead” With Composer/Conductor Steve Hackman

Posted: March 6, 2024 at 6:47 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

As classical music looks to connect with younger audiences, the programming offered by many of symphonies is adapting. While the classics of Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and their ilk remain standard in symphonic repertoires, the works of these masters now are nestled amongst film scores, themed concerts, and rock music. This synthesis of rock and classical […]

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Theater Review: COMPANY at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Posted: February 29, 2024 at 10:23 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Growing older can make anyone contemplate their place in life. But in Company, turning 35 causes the protagonist, Bobbie, to evaluate the relationships, friendships, and societal norms surrounding her. Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning music and lyrics, the national tour explores marriage, loneliness, connection, and the human experience. The musical is thoroughly Sondheim – complex […]

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Theater Review: Fascism, Physics, and Friendships Collide in COPENHAGEN

Posted: February 20, 2024 at 3:01 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

From physics to physical confrontation, the St. Louis Actors Studio production of Copenhagen delivers tense drama, political intrigue, and plenty of existential dread. Focusing on the story, director Wayne Saloman’s minimalist staging allows the actors to bring the intensity, making this a must-see production. Set against the backdrop of occupied Denmark, Copenhagen uses nonlinear time to chronicle the friendship between […]

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Theatre Review: FUNNY GIRL at the Fabulous Fox

Posted: January 25, 2024 at 5:10 pm   /   Film, Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Hello gorgeous! Funny Girl takes center stage as a timeless classic that continues to captivate audiences with its irresistible charm and poignant narrative. An iconic production that debuted on Broadway in 1964 with a movie following in 1968, it solidified the critical acclaim of star, Barbara Streisand. Funny Girl is based on the semi-biographical story […]

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