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Those two pronunciations of the state, according to linguist John Baugh of Washington University in St. Louis, peacefully co-exist and are â€śindicative of all of the linguistic collisions from the rest of the country that happen in our wonderful city.â€ť
Baugh and linguist Cindy Brantmeier of Washington University joined host Don Marsh to talk about how language forms, evolves, and is spoken differently throughout the United States.
In 1988 David Mametâ€™s Speed the Plow opened on Broadway with its skewering, shocking truths about how films get made in Hollywood. In 2013, no one is unaware of how Hollywood makes the blockbusters or the stars.Â (If a studio pays enough papers to say a movie or a star is â€śthe next big thingâ€ť eventually the average person thinks itâ€™s true.) No longer shocking, but with plenty of meat for discussion, Speed the Plow opened this weekend at the New Jewish Theatre.
Opening night at the Repertory Theatre of St Louis is always a delight, the energy is high and the audience filled with St Louis theater people. And delightful certainly describes the opening night of Jon Joryâ€™s adaptation of Jane Austenâ€™s Sense and Sensibility, not only because the direction is strong, the ensemble equally polished and the technical aspects gorgeous, but also because there are a number of St Louis actors onstage which added to the celebratory atmosphere.
Production still from Stray Dog Theatre's production of Psycho Beach Party. (l to r) Paul Edwards as Yo Yo, Jake Ferree as Provoloney, Ben Watts as Chicklet Forrest, Paul S. Cooper as Kanaka, Zach Wachter as Star Cat.
I love going to Stray Dog Theatre. I love the space, I love that Artistic Director Gary Bell greets everyone by name and with a warm embrace. I think Production Manager Jay Hall is one of the most organized, efficient, positive and kind-hearted people in the St Louis theater scene. Even the volunteers seem genuinely happy to pour you a wet one at the Bark Bar and serve the delicious baked goods (still made by Garyâ€™s sister, Jennifer.) So I was very happy to see the opening night of their latest offering, Psycho Beach Party.