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Saturday, June 18, 2022

With Muny's ‘Camelot,’ director Matt Kunkel brings ‘new life’ to classic musical by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Matt Kunkel directs an adaptation of "Camelot" that places emphasis on story's heart and focuses on Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:18AM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Cast of 'Chicago' at the Muny reunites for 'a journey that we have to finish' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Tale of high-kicking and lowdown showgirls Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly returns, this time as the first show in Muny's 104th season.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:18AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival focuses on rom-com side of 'Much Ado About Nothing' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Instead of focusing on darker aspects of "Much Ado About Nothing," emphasis has shifted to “the lightness, and the humor, and the romance.”

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:37PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Female writers, directors take the spotlight at SATE's 6th Aphra Behn Festival by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

SATE's annual showcase for female writers and directors is named for trailblazing 17th-century English playwright.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 10:33AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

National Dance Week returns, bringing 50 companies to streets of Grand Center by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

After two years of cancellations, National Dance Week features 50 companies and "a big diversity of dance styles."

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:42PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Stray Dog Theatre's ‘Jurassic Park’ musical spoof has a message about gender by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Stray Dog Theatre presents a musical spoof of the "Jurassic Park" franchise.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:42PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Foulmouthed puppet has a mind of its own in ‘Hand to God’ at St. Louis Actors' Studio by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents Tony-nominated play about a foulmouthed puppet whose words become increasingly threatening.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:03PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

‘39 Steps’ at the Rep puts a satirical spin on classic Hitchcock spy film by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Hitchcock's 1935 film and the novel on which it was based is the inspiration for a satirical version of "The 39 Steps," onstage at the Rep.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:18PM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Black Rep presents provocative play inspired by unethical actions of 'father of modern gynecology' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Black Rep presents "Behind the Sheet," inspired by the true story of the "father of modern gynecology," set against the backdrop of slavery.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 05:18AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

St. Louis native goes from Muny stage to 'Mean Girls' national tour by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

St. Louis native Kaitlyn Louise Smith is on her first national tour, in the ensemble with "Mean Girls."

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 05:03PM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Metro Theater's 'Last Stop on Market Street' takes a ride through hip-hop, Motown by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Jacqueline Thompson directs musical starring jazz singer Denise Thimes.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 01:06AM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Musical's messages of acceptance, empowerment resonate with star of 'The Prom' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Kaden Kearney, one of show's stars, is grateful for musical's underdog story and representation of "queer women."

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:24PM
Saturday, January 15, 2022

New Jewish Theatre will kick off 24th season with Neil Simon comedy by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Company returns to live performance with Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:54AM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Back to the Jellicle Ball: 'Cats' leaps onto Fox Theatre stage by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Tayler Harris assumes iconic role in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot poems.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 10:36AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Rep's production of 'A Christmas Carol' promises to be 'full of joyful noise and theater magic' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis stages an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 10:36AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Playwright Neil LaBute, St. Louis Actors' Studio collaborator, takes 'Comfort' in the theater by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

His latest collaboration with St. Louis Actors' Studio "forges new ground," exploring family dynamics of mother and son.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:24AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Festive fare and new play by Neil LaBute highlight season’s stage offerings by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Holiday-themed options include "A Christmas Carol," "The Elf on the Shelf," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," The Nutcracker" and more.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:48PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

'Pretty Woman' tour brings Broadway back to the Fox Theatre by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Venue's last theatrical production was "The Band's Visit" in March 2020, before "heartbreaking" cancellation of programming.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:54PM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Lifelong performer Gayle Seay will lead Stages St. Louis as new artistic director by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Gayle Seay, a New York-based casting director whose extensive background includes work as an actor and choreographer, succeeds Michael Hamilton.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:36PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

Theater, dance promise thrilling fall season as live performance returns by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Among the highlights are a Neil Simon play, a ballet showcase, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama and a musical tribute to Miriam Makeba.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 01:24PM

'Dreaming Zenzile' at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is latest project for top director by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

New York director Lileana Blain-Cruz helms musical tribute to life and career of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 01:24PM
Friday, September 3, 2021

The Black Rep works up a 'Sweat' to launch its 45th season by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

"Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about factory workers coping with an uncertain economy, will kick off the Black Rep's 45th season.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 06:36PM
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021

10th annual St. Lou Fringe Festival includes virtual, in-person programming by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The showcase for theater on a shoestring budget is taking a hybrid approach, with a combination of virtual performances and productions staged outdoors and in person.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:54AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cheryl Strayed's 'Tiny Beautiful Things' moves from page to stage by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Cheryl Strayed's empathetic, insightful advice columns are the basis for a play by Nia Vardalos, presented by Max & Louie.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 06:18AM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Esteemed New York ballet company returns to its roots for eight-city tour by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

New York's American Ballet Theatre brings free performances to Forest Park for its "ABT Across America" tour.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:18AM
Friday, June 11, 2021

One-man show 'Here Lies Henry' opens Midnight Company season by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Joe Hanrahan, who stars in Daniel MacIvor’s "Here Lies Henry," loves the challenge of a one-person show

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:06PM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pulitzer exhibition reflects scope of work by feminist artist Hannah Wilke by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Exhibition includes nearly 120 works by feminist artist Hannah Wilke, who didn't limit her imagination to just one medium.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:18AM
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Rep welcomes audiences back with 'a ghost story,' 'Mlima's Tale' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

“Mlima’s Tale" marks a return to live, in-person performance for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:48PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tony winner André De Shields stars in 'King Lear' that engages with the times at Shakespeare Festival by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

André De Shields, a living legend of American theater, stars in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival production in Forest Park

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:33PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

SATE presents live, virtual performances for fifth annual Aphra Behn Festival by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The festival, which kicks off the “Season of the Do-Over,” is named for a 17th-century English playwright who became a role model for later generations of female authors.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:24PM

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