Ken Page

Taylor Steward, Antonio Rodriguez, Em Piro and Pete Winfrey in "Bad Jews"
Eric Woolsey

‘Tis the season for blue-light specials and blow-up Santas. But if you want to get away from December’s traditional trimmings, three plays open this week that have nothing to do with the holidays.

Except for one thing. Like the season, the productions are all about relational angst. Cue the piercing release of pent-up resentment and painful regret. At least it won’t be tied up with a big shiny bow.

Max and Louie Productions

Renowned singer, actor, playwright and St. Louisan Ken Page describes it like this: “There’s a point in the play where one of the characters says ‘It’s like that captain of the football team that you fell in love with or that boy whose green eyes you still see when you close yours…you know the one.’ It’s that thing, that’s what it’s based on.”

The ‘it’ in that description is “Sublime Intimacy,” the name of Page’s new play for Max and Louie Productions, which will have its world premiere on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

Marissa Mulder
Gaslight Cabaret Festival

The nine-week Gaslight Cabaret series includes Marissa Mulder’s “The Songs of Tom Waits,” lauded by the New York Times as “the best of the season.”

St. Louisans who like to gorge themselves on entertainment may already indulge in movie marathons and TV binge-watching. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 20, they can also get their fill of cabaret performances.

Ken Page
Gaslight Cabaret Festival

The Gaslight Cabaret Festival,  two months of cabaret performances at the Gaslight Theater, opens next week with a show by Broadway veteran and St. Louis native Ken Page.

Page got his start at the MUNY more than 40 years ago. After two summers performing at the MUNY, he moved to New York City, where he performed on Broadway in the original casts of “Cats,” “Ain't Misbehavin',” “The Wiz”,” Ain't Nothin' But The Blues,” and “Guys & Dolls.” Fans of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” may recognize him as the voice of Mr. Oogie Boogie.

Graphic design by Patrick Huber, based on a water-color by Mimi Korach Lesser, courtesy Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

St. Louisan Ken Page is an actor and director.  He has an accomplished career including prominent roles in the original Broadway production of Cats and Ain’t Misbehavin’.  You also may recognize him as the voice of Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Page, who describes his new work, Café Chanson, as “ballet in song,” talked with host Steve Potter, along with Philip Boehm, the artistic director of Upstream Theater.

Here’s more info on the play from Upstream Theater: