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Cityscape
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art

Max and Louie Productions' "Quills" debuts July 31. Playwright Doug Wright will participate in a post-show "talk back" on Aug. 1 and 2.
Credit John Lamb

A dark comedy, "Quills" imagines the final days of French aristocrat and writer Marquis de Sade “somewhat fictionalized to my own nefarious purposes,” said playwright Doug Wright.

“It is a play that tackles provocative literature and sexuality and a host of other taboo topics in, I hope, a way that audiences find fiendishly entertaining.”

The marquis was confined to an asylum in Charenton, France.

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Cityscape
4:38 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage

Whit Reichert (J.B. Biggley) and Ben Nordstrom (J. Pierrepont Finch) in Stages St. Louis' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Credit Peter Wochniak

St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and Stages St. Louis is bringing it back to St. Louis.

Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.

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The Muny
9:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment

Sarah Heet working as an usher earlier this season.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Coming away with a new favorite song is part of the Muny tradition for thousands of St. Louis families. But some families are taking home more than a catchy tune — they’re also leaving with paychecks.

Five members of the Heet family have worked at the Muny as ushers. Two are still on the job. Alex Heet, 21, is a college student in her fifth summer at the Muny. Her sister, Sarah, 18, is ushering for a third year.

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Stages St. Louis
10:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight

Zoe Vonder Haar and Jacqueline Petroccia as Louise Seger and Patsy Cline in Stages' presentation of “Always…Patsy Cline.”
Credit Peter Wochniak | Pro Photo STL

From the minute Patsy Cline’s biggest fan demands “How y’all doin’?” you just know it’s just a matter of time before she’s side-by-side with the singer, doing the swim to “Stupid Cupid.” Watch out, front row and bald-headed men, the spotlight's headed your way too.

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'Wizard of Oz'
3:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Could Your Fido Be The Next Toto, Too? SIUE Seeks Four-Legged 'Wizard Of Oz' Star

Is your dog headed for a career in theater?
Credit Kelsey Proud

Originally published Monday, April 14. Updated Friday, April 18 after Cityscape to include audio from the show and the Name the Dog quiz.

Does your dog enjoy the spotlight? Can he or she endure a few flying monkeys and a simulated tornado?

Congratulations – you may be the proud pet parent of not only a special pup but the next Toto, too. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking a dog to play Dorothy’s canine sidekick in its summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Fox Theatre
10:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’

Credit The Fabulous Fox

Ever dreamed of appearing onstage at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, basking in the lights, beaming at the audience – even once?

Thank you, Fox and the musical “Once” for helping me cross that off my bucket list. Through April 20, you, too, can stand in the very space where giants – including Nat “King” Cole, Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor – have planted their feet since 1929.

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Metro Theater Company
8:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups

The Clothings resist sorting.
Credit Provided by Metro Theatre

Can girls have short hair that isn’t a hairstyle? Can boys try on tutus? In ways both overt and subtle, society often says they can’t, or at least, they shouldn’t.

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Metro Theater Company
8:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference

Wesley Middleton
Credit Provided by Metro Theatre

As Metro Theater’s “Unsorted” debuts for public audiences this weekend, the playwright reflects on the personal difficulties that contributed to her exploration of gender.

When Wesley Middleton was growing up in Macon, Ga., she was shocked to learn that boys and girls had to play by different rules. She chafed under the pink-or-blue scenario.

“I always felt more like a person than a girl,” Middleton told St. Louis Public Radio.

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Cityscape
12:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Metro Theater Company Presents 'Unsorted'

Metro Theater Company performing "Unsorted."
Credit Metro Theater Company

Since the 1970s, Metro Theater Company has been performing thought-provoking, and often original, works for young audiences in St. Louis and beyond.

Currently the company is touring area schools and stages performing “Unsorted” by Wesley Middleton. The forty-minute drama explores themes of identity and belonging through characters that personify pieces of clothing.

Metro Theater Company Artistic Director Julia Flood and Old Bonhomme Elementary School teacher Lori Humphrey joined Cityscape host Steve Potter in studio to discuss the play.

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Theater Circle Awards
1:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Mustard Seed, Actors' Studio Sweep STL Theater Circle Awards But Many Are Winners

From "All Is Calm," produced by Mustard Seed Theatre
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

Mustard Seed Theatre Company was the big winner at the second annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, held Monday night. But everyone there seemed to find reason to celebrate.

The COCA theater in University City drew a full house for local theater's special event, an evening of hearty applause, warm camaraderie and good-natured ribbing.

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