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St. Lou Fringe Review – Andrew Frank: Benign Violation

Andrew Frank is a local comedian who brings his stand up routine, “Andrew Frank: Benign Violation,” to the Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery as part of the 2017 St. Lou Fringe Festival.  I wasn’t expecting a stand-up routine to be a part of the festival, as it typically attracts more theatrical performances.  And Frank did introduce himself as doing a one…

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How Do We Express a Job Well Done?

A few weeks ago, an article was making the rounds on some of the theatre discussion boards about audience applause and standing ovations.  At the time, I had my own very strong opinions about standing ovations and how everyone should be using them.  In my personal opinion, I think the standing ovation is very over used.  Applause is nice and…

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Theatre Comes Home

When someone tells you they are going to the theatre, many times an image of a grand performance hall with an ornate stage and a majestic curtain comes to mind.  But theatre can happen anywhere, and the metro St. Louis area has some very unique performance venues that you may not know about including churches, renovated city council chambers, past convents,…

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Talent Spotlight: Mark Van Coutren

Mark Van Coutren is a 2017 graduate of Francis Howell North High School and will be attending Truman State University in the Fall.  He has been active in his high school theatre program and a few surrounding community theatres.  I had a chance to talk with him and get a younger perspective about community theatre.

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