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Knoll’s towering achievement in ‘Infected’

A slumped middle-age man is in an antiseptic room – a clinic or hospital? We’re wearing protective masks, and with all the airborne illnesses thriving this winter, the beginning of “Infected” seems plausible and topical. Clearly, he is agitated. However, it’s not external forces that are toxic. It’s the guy himself. We don’t know his name. He’s just referred to…

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‘Red Scare on Sunset’ a delectable, zany romp

What a campy, kitschy, zany romp “Red Scare on Sunset” is. One of playwright – and drag legend – Charles Busch’s funniest spoofs yet, it’s eerily timely, and laugh-out-loud entertaining on the Tower Grove Abbey stage. Stray Dog Theatre’s third Busch show is light-hearted merriment with a message, combining luxurious Hollywood glamour with a goofy political parody. Director Gary F….

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St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s “Blackbird” raw and unforgettable

The raw and risky “Blackbird” draws us into a danger zone – sex with a minor — and the aftermath of broken wings struggling to fly again. Playwright David Harrower opted not for moral judgments, and instead is brutal about our truth and our memories. How would two people recall their illicit affair 15 years earlier, when he was 40…

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Clayton Community Theatre Offers a Reflection of Love, Humanity, and Friendship

Deep in the heart of Kansas, a quaint little diner is a frequent “Bus Stop.” But on a cold winter’s night, a storm rages, and a group of strangers get to know each other. Things heat up as they wait for the road to open, and Clayton Community Theatre’s strong ensemble presents an interesting character study. The set design, with vivid…

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The Laughs Are Endless At The Playhouse @ Westport Plaza with ‘Menopause The Musical’

If you’re looking for a perfect girls’ night out, the side-splitting musical comedy “Menopause the Musical” is just the ticket. Now at the Playhouse @ Westport through March 31, this zippy celebration of sisterhood has been a perennial favorite in St. Louis and a huge hit in Las Vegas for 16 years. The predictable, but fun, story centers on four…

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‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ Now Playing at The Rep

Sugar-coated and candy-colored, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a slick feel-good musical designed to warm hearts and provide good cheer. That mission is accomplished on The Repertory Theatre’s mainstage on a dreary winter’s evening. A comforting walk down memory lane for those of a certain age, and a nostalgic bit of history for other generations, around 35 major pop hits of…

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Put on Your ‘Kinky Boots’ and Strut Your Way To The Peabody

Brimming with charm, wit, and passion, “Kinky Boots” is a dynamic musical and visual spectacle. Its uplifting story, complemented by an electrifying score by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper, super-charged the audience. This must-see national tour is at the Peabody Opera House for one more performance at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

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Impossible Things Can Happen Every Day with Cinderella at The Fabulous Fox

The version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is currently playing at The Fabulous Fox in St. Louis, December 28-31, 2017. This Cinderella has been updated by Douglas Carter Beane from Hammerstein’s original book. Some of the original songs have been cut, without a problem. The emphasis on characters has changed, and new themes introduced. In particular, the stepsisters are now…

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So Much to Love in Max and Louie’s Souvenir

“It’s better to be kind than right.” A perfect summation of the Max and Louie production of Souvenir, now running at the Marcelle Theatre through December 31st. Director Sydnie Grosberg-Ronga elegantly interprets playwright Stephen Temperley’s loving tribute to Florence Foster-Jenkins, a socialite and amateur singer in the early 20th century, and her longtime collaborator, accompanist, and friend, Cosme McMoon. This…

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