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Interview with Community Arts Festival Organizer Paige Walden-Johnson

When Paige Walden-Johnson and Rain Stippec met at Webster University, they were taking the same freshman psychology class and became fast friends before they ever danced together. Rain, who was on crutches for an injury that spanned her whole first semester in Webster’s dance program, needed help carrying her books up the stairs to class. Now, Paige is supporting her…

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St. Lou Fringe Review: On the Exhale

On the Exhale production art / Photo via Metrotix

The relationship between actor and audience member is strikingly vulnerable in a half-full black box; you cannot escape each other’s gaze and attention and wandering thoughts. On the Exhale, produced and performed by 2016 Fringemeister Elizabeth Ann Townsend, expertly leverages this sense of nakedness in its brisk 60 minutes.

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St. Lou Fringe Review: Song for Vanya

Song for Vanya has been highly anticipated since it’s announcement one year ago at the 2016 Fringe Fest. Headlining as the festival’s national act, the production team has been working over time to bring this classic story to the Grandel stage. With powerful songs, smooth melodies, and intense dialogue, this work in progress is well on it’s way to a…

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St. Lou Fringe Review: Time for a Change

Intimately arranged seats around the Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery were filled to capacity and more chairs were brought in for the final showing of Tony L. Marr Jr.’s Time for a Change in this year’s Fringe. The limited space available for the actors to perform in was not a hindrance for the four-actor cast; it was quite the contrary. The…

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St Lou Fringe Review: Didn’t You See Us?

Part of the difficulty of Fringe theatre is properly setting the scene pre-show. With gruesome newscasts in lieu of pre-show music, Didn’t You See Us? by The Black Mirror Theatre made very clear what the audience was in for as soon as the studio theatre doors opened. The play was well-served by producer Dennis M. Corcoran’s set design, using garden tools…

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