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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 Sarah Porter

By Jeff Ritter Contributing Writer Sarah Porter is currently bringing down the house in New Line Theatre’s production of “Anything Goes,” playing the magnetic evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. And why not? It’s her dream role in her favorite show, and one she doesn’t want to end. The musical opened March 2, and by the next day, the next…

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“Purple Heart City” Shines Spotlight On North County’s Hidden Shame

The Tesseract Theatre Company’s “Purple Heart City” is a wonderful example of the importance of supporting new theatrical works. Featuring heartfelt and believable performances, this timely and personal story about the toxic waste in North St. Louis County delves into the ongoing human drama many residents endure living on what is, essentially, a dirty bomb. Radioactive waste from the Manhattan…

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The Rep’s “Born Yesterday” Is Funny, Empowering, Relevant

In 30 years, when “Born Yesterday” reaches its centennial anniversary, it could be just as empowering and relevant as it is today. Garson Kanin’s comedy debuted on Broadway in 1946, depicting a rich man who wants power and a woman who finds her own strength. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production shows just how pertinent the corruption scenario is…

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