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The Black Rep
9:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red

The Black Rep is presenting For Colored Girls ... at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Provided by the Black Rep

There are many reasons you might want to see the Black Rep’s current production of Ntozake Shange’s poem series “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” at the Missouri History Museum.

Of course, you get that deep, hard look into the lives of black women in the 1970s as seven characters wearing seven different colors leap, lament and laugh their way through Shange’s classic language.

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Cityscape
11:29 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Nominees For 2014 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards Announced

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

Updated 12:20 p.m.

The St. Louis Theatre Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with their second-annual St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards.

Today on Cityscape, we're talking with two of the 15 members of the St. Louis Theatre Circle to discuss the nominations for the 2014 awards (Full list included below).

Award recipients will be announced on March 17 at COCA.

In studio we have:

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Fringe Festival
11:09 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

St. Louis Fringe Festival Wannabes Need To Act Fast

Em Piro
Credit Courtesy of Em Piro

If you or your group is seeking a spot in St. Louis' 2014 Fringe Festival of performing arts, you’d better have your fingers on the keyboard Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. sharp.

Last year, available slots for online submissions filled up in less than two seconds, according to Fringe founder Em Piro.

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Local Artists Thriving
8:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Creativity Wins: It Was A Good Year For St. Louis-area Artists

From left: Van McElwee (Media Arts), Stan Chisholm (Visual Art), Richard Newman (Literature), Philip Boehm (Literature), Alice Bloch (Dance), Kathryn Bentley (Theater Arts), Deanna Jent (Theater Arts), Juan William Chavez (Visual Arts), Arny Nadler (Visual Arts)
Credit Regional Arts Commission

Whether they were on stage, leaning into the kiln or creatively advocating for justice, it was a banner year for many local artists.

The Regional Arts Commission this year began an unprecedented awarding of money
to St. Louis-area artists through its Artists Count program. Dozens of visual, performing and literary artists were given grants of between $500 and $3,000 for specific projects.

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Holiday Stage Shows
11:46 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Six Holiday Gifts To Yourself On Stage In St. Louis

Credit St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Only 11 more shlepping days ‘til Christmas. But if you need to take a break from the season’s ritualistic mass consumption, upcoming local holiday arts offerings range from ho ho ho to Handel.

“Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah,” presented by the St. Louis Symphony: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd., 63103. $30-$65.

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Theatre review
10:49 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Review: New Jewish Theatre's "The Good Doctor" Promises Laughter, Delivers Chortle

Theatre Reviewer Donna Parrone
(Courtesy of Jeff Hirsch)

New Jewish Theatre opens their 17th season with Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor. More of a sketch comedy piece than a true play, the small vignettes of Anton Chekov’s short stories, represent slices of Russian life at the turn of the last century and are quilted together by a narrator, a writer who is auditioning some of his characters for us. David Wassilak plays the narrator and involves himself in several of the stories (either as the narrator character or as a specific character, it’s a bit unclear.)

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Theatre review
1:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Review: Stages St. Louis' "My Fair Lady" Exudes Energetic Magic

Stages St. Louis' production of "My Fair Lady"
Credit (Courtesy of Peter Wochniak)

I know everyone is probably making the same pun, but Stages St Louis’ closing show of their season, My Fair Lady is, without any doubts, absolutely “loverly.” The moment you enter the theater James Wolk’s set draws you in and sets you down in a London market street circa 1910. Costumes by Dorothy Marshall Englis are exquisite thorough-out, but the opening sets the tone so you are holding your breath to see what Eliza wears at her transformation.

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Theatre review
1:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Review: The Rep's "Cabaret" Mostly Delivers On High Expectations

Nathan Lee Graham as the emcee in The Rep's "Cabaret".
Credit (Courtesy of Jerry Naunheim)

I’m a big fan of opening nights and when it is the Repertory Theatre opening their 47th season with Cabaret, expectations are enormous. There is much to like in this lavish production. As is always true at the Rep, the technical aspects are gorgeous. Michael Schweikardt’s Kit Kat Club is more than just the stage upon which the story sets, it becomes, as he had hoped, another character in the play. Angela Wendt’s costumes, with the exception of the Kit Kat girls opening jazzercise outfits, are eccentric and opulent when appropriate, and tacky and tawdry when needed.

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Cityscape
4:05 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis Presents 'Cabaret'

Nathan Lee Graham in the role of the Emcee in Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of "Cabaret."
Jerry Naunheim, Jr. (Courtesy Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens tonight with a revival of  the musical "Cabaret." First performed on Broadway in 1966, the musical is set in 1930s Berlin.

Because it captures the shift and change in power during pre-Nazi Germany, the show gives you more than entertainment. It also gives you something to think about, said Steve Wolff. He is the artistic director for the Repertory Theatre.

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Theatre review
5:41 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show

Ron Conner in the Black Rep's "Emergency".
Credit (Courtesy of Stewart Goldstein)

Last year, Ron Conner led Black Rep casts in four out of five productions, and from the first, became one of my favorite actors to watch. This year he leads the Black Rep away from its twenty-six year home at the Grandel Theater to the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theater on the campus of Washington University and opens the new season with a sizzling one man show, Emergency. (The Black Rep was recently unceremoniously dumped from their long-time home. Hotchner will not be a permanent space for them, but was the perfect space for this particular show.)

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