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Down With Love Brings Perfect Harmony to the Monocle

It was a packed house on Manchester Friday night, as the small back room theatre was filled to its capacity with a well treated crowd at the Monocle. Luke Steingruby and Marcy Ann Wiegert starred in the Cabaret-style show, “Down With Love.” The show takes responsibility for the dozens who enjoyed their evening in The Grove.

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Put On A Happy Face with MASC’s Production of Bye Bye Birdie

The Waterloo-based theatre had a packed house on opening night and they didn’t miss a beat. Monroe Actors’ Stage Company (commonly known as MASC) brings you back to the sock hop era to give you a lot of laughs, love, and (almost) kisses. The show follows a struggling songwriter Albert Peterson (Jeff Clinebell), and his secretary/ steady Rose Alvarez (…

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Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Masters the Equation for Theatrical Beauty with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis began its 51st season on Friday, September 8th with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. When I learned that this show was being put on here in St. Louis, I knew I had to see it, because it is adapted from one of my favorite books. (And that is an understatement.)…

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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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