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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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“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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Faith Put on Trial in David Ives’ Engrossing ‘New Jerusalem’

  By Andrea Braun Contributing Reviewer Imagine you’re a Jew in Amsterdam in the mid-17th century. You are tolerated in this cosmopolitan city. Likely you’re of Portuguese descent, born of a family who fled the Portuguese Inquisition to find freedom to worship among the Dutch. They call your people conversos, and that’s fine with you because your Iberian identity is…

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Amusing Actress Chronicles Life With Heart and Humor in ‘STIFF’

By Jordan Zeitler Publisher “STIFF: A Fast-Paced Story About Moving Slow” uses both humor and heartbreak to craft a poignant piece of art. In this one-woman show, Sherry Jo Ward plays the role of a lifetime: Herself. A woman who once had the whole world at her feet, she finds out her life has changed forever, in a matter of…

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‘The Color Purple’ Radiates at The Fox

By Jacqueline McGarry Contributing Writer As a musical, “The Color Purple” intends to make itself known. The Tony-winning 2016 Broadway revival has big shoes to fill. From its origin as Alice Walker’s 1982 epic novel that won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award novel to the Oscar-nominated 1985 Steven Spielberg film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, to its…

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Alpha Players’ ‘The Odd Couple’ Fails to Create the Perfect Pair

By Jordan Zeitler Publisher The Alpha Players take on one of Neil Simon’s most popular plays, and the result is not the perfect pair you expect. “The Odd Couple” is a hard show to mess up, but somehow this production did. The biggest problem was that Patrick Brueggen, playing the larger-than-life divorced slob Oscar Madison, struggled with his lines during…

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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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Glamour, Glitz and Grueling Humanity in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Like the plentiful drinks that the men and women of the Roaring Twenties consume throughout the show, O’Fallon Theatre Works splashes “The Great Gatsby” into our laps right away with grand Jazz Age details. Widely considered one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century, “The Great Gatsby,” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald during the decade of decadence, follows…

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