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Go See a Play: What’s Happening April 18-25

You know what’s in bloom besides the daffodils? Fresh, live theater at venues large and small – and in the streets. Shake, shake, shake your Will groove thing. That’s right, all of the Bard’s 38 plays are somewhere in town, in some form, during the next five days (April 18-22). Better yet, some programs are free. But wait, there’s more….

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‘A Tree, Falling’ is a Play to Remember

By Bradley Rohlf Contributing Writer “A Tree, Falling” puts on display the tragedy of memory loss, alongside the joy and sorrow of life. It is an impressive production all around, and leaves the audience with plenty to ponder. The Upstream Theater play follows a series of visits between Lola, a volunteer “friendly visitor,” and Lenny, an octogenarian suffering from dementia….

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A Grand and Glorious ‘Hamilton’ for All of Us

Note: Portions of this review were shared immediately post-show April 4 on Facebook and on KTRS’s “All Access with Jay Kanzler” April 5. By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor How lucky we are to be alive right now, to be able to experience the cultural phenomenon that is “Hamilton.” You might have seen snippets on television or heard the soundtrack, but…

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Angela Ingersoll Convincing as Judy Garland in ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’

By Jordan Zeitler Publisher Although Judy Garland has been gone for almost 50 years, her spirit continues to live on in the hearts of fans all around the world. Nowhere as much, though, as it does in the vessel of Angela Ingersoll. In her touring concert, “Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine,” Ingersoll leaves you wanting more. The way…

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West End Players Guild to Present Three Timely Comedies in 108th Season

For 2018-2019, West End Players Guild offers an exciting menu of three timely comedies – one of them a world premiere – plus an inspiring true story of women on the forefront of scientific exploration. September 28-October 7, 2018:  Steven Dietz’s This Random World (the myth of serendipity) mines the comedy of missed connections.  “The characters are drawn with empathy…

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Tom Ridgely Named Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Executive Producer

After a nine-month national search, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has appointed Tom Ridgely, a Drama Desk-nominated director, producer and educator, as the Festival’s new Executive Producer, a title that encompasses both artistic and executive leadership roles. “The Festival Board members are excited that we have found in Tom Ridgely a leader who will provide the artistic vision, entrepreneurial talent, organizational…

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Take Ten with Julie Johnson from A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Julie Johnson is undaunted about taking on one of country music’s most enduring legends. As Patsy Cline, she will sing 21 of the superstar’s greatest hits, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Sweet Dreams.” “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” opens at The Playhouse@Westport on April 17 and runs through May 6. This loving tribute honors…

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Go See a Play: What’s Happening April 13 – 17

We quibble with T.S. Eliot about his famous quote. April is the cruelest month only if you can’t fit in all the theater that’s available. Talk about a full menu of offerings! Musicals, comedy, dramas, original and adapted works all in the mix this week, and Shake 38 is on the horizon. Here’s what’s happening in our orbit: “Cardboard Piano”…

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“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Still Absurdly Fun

By Jeff Ritter Contributing Writer Tom Stoppard’s brilliant meta-play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is difficult to explain to anyone who has never seen it nor Stoppard’s self-directed 1991 film starring Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and Richard Dreyfuss. It’s a bit like the musical “Wicked,” where the story intersects, at times, with “The Wizard of Oz.” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are…

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Take Ten with Omega Jones

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor Triple-threat Omega Jones has grown into a commanding presence on stage. In recent years, he has played such disparate roles as Magaldi in “Evita,” a jerky jock in “Heathers,” the help in “Grey Gardens,” and the piano-playing Coalhouse Walker Jr. in “Ragtime,” for which he won Outstanding Actor in a Musical from the St. Louis…

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