March has roared in with a variety of shows to grab your heart, tickle your ribs, and stimulate your brain. Here’s what is happening in the bi-state area in our weekly segment, “Go See a Play,” regularly posted on Thursdays. See you at a show!
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.
New Line Theatre
Marcelle Theatre, 3310 Shepard Drive
Box Office: MetroTix.com, 314-534-1111
What It’s About: It’s 1934 and we’re going on a wild transatlantic cruise full of sex, booze, God, and gangsters. Welcome to the S.S. American, where anything can happen, and it usually does in this mashup of musical comedy, gangster movie, screwball comedy, and social satire, because even in terms of form, anything goes!
Director: Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor
Starring: Sarah Porter, Evan Fornachon, Eileen Engel, Kimmie Kidd-Booker, Aaron Allen, Sarah Gene Dowling, Zachary Allen Farmer, Jeffrey Wright, Dominic Dowdy-Windsor, Will Pendergast, Clayton Humburg, Jason Blackburn, Michelle Sauer, Larissa White, Alyssa Wolf and Sara Rae Womack.
Of Note: New Line returns Cole Porter’s rowdy, naughty, subversive masterpiece of musical comedy to its wild, wacky roots, and its stinging satire of Americans’ habit of turning religion into show business and criminals into celebrities, along the way skewering Wall Street, Prohibition, the Brits, class, and several other ripe targets.
Photo Jill Ritter Lindberg
March 2 – 4
Show times are Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and evening at 6:30 p.m.
Box Office: MetroTix.com, 314-534-1111 or at the Fox before the show.
What It’s About: Set in the decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
Director: Walter Bobbie
Starring: Terra C. MacLeod is Velma and Dylis Croman is Roxie.
Of Note: This production is based on the 1997 Broadway revival that won six Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
The longest-running American musical currently on Broadway.
Photo Paul Kolnik
“The Last Romance”
March 2 – 18
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Insight Theatre Company
Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand
Box Office: MetroTix.com, 314-534-1111
What It’s About: “The Last Romance” is about an opera-loving American in his 70s who once auditioned for the Met. Currently widowed, he meets an attractive woman named Carol while living with his sister Rose.
Director: Alan Knoll
Starring: Joneal Joplin, Maggie Ryan, Tommy Nolan, Craig Sturdevant,
Of Note: Insight opens their 11th season with this comedy/drama that is written by Joe DiPietro, who wrote “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and the book for ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
Talkbacks take place after the Sunday matinees.
Photo John Lamb
Until You’ve Walked in Her Shoes
Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m.
Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown, Clayton
Jack C. Taylor Library Lewis Auditorium
Tickets: Available at Brownpapertickets.com or at the door
What It’s About: We must keep the conversation going in our local communities. We will celebrate and honor these brave survivors whose voices are being heard. This is a platform through theatre to help her tell her story through poetry, dance, monologues, music and more.
Of Note: “Until You’ve Walked in her Shoes” Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes in celebrating and honoring women in the community that are doing extraordinary things to help serve the underserved. Our goal is to always impact the lives of women through education and empowerment and fundraising efforts.
Though we are not a theatre company we are a company that does theatre and use it to help give a voice to issues that plague our communities.
For more information, please contact Michelle Dillard at (314)920-6596 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action”
That Uppity Theater Company
Sunday, March 4, at 11 a.m.
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd,
What It’s About: Even though there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real, human-caused and will have catastrophic effects, it is still a struggle to educate and motivate the public to take action.
Producers: Joan Lipkin and Pamela Reckamp
Starring: John Flack, Don McClendon, Elizabeth McCormick, Pamela Reckamp and Donna Weinsting.
The Platform will also include dance performances from Ashley Tate, Jordan McDaniel, and Carrie Collins-Whitfield of the Ashleyliane Dance Company.
Of Note: This is a one-hour encore. Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 was a worldwide series of performances of short plays inspired by climate change and prevailing attitudes toward science. That Uppity Theatre Company is the only company in Missouri to participate in this international theatre initiative.
This free special Arts Festival Platform will reprise several of the vignettes and performances seen at the Ethical Society last fall.
Through March 4
Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus
What It’s About: Three generations of the Blake family have gathered in a dingy New York City apartment for Thanksgiving. Everyone’s trying to make the best of it, but life’s little indignities are piling up. With a mixture of pathos and dark humor, Stephen Karam’s vivid family portrait is nothing but honest.
Director: Steven Woolf
Starring: Brian Dykstra, Darrie Lawrence, Carol Schultz, Kathleen Wise, Lauren Marcus, Fajer Kaisi
Of Note: “The Humans” won four Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Play, Reed Birney as Erik Best Featured Actor, Jayne Houdyshell as Deirdre the Best Featured Actress and David Zinn, Best Scenic Design. It also was a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“Menopause the Musical”
Through March 31
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza
635 West Port Plaza
What It’s About: Four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more.
Starring: Laura Ackerman, Marty K.Casey, Lee Ann Matthews and Rosemary Watts
Director: Seth Greenleaf
Of Note: There are 1.7 million menopausal women worldwide. Nearly 11 million people in 13 countries (more than 350 cities) have attended the performance. It’s the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history. Internationally, the show has performed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom, South Africa and South Korea.