Comedies, dramas, musicals, new artists and an opera are among this weekend’s bi-state offerings. Go see a play!
March 8 – 18, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon, Ill.
What It’s About: A series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery. On a deeply cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering poer of the human heart. Relationships end, begin or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers.
Director: Anne Ecker
Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival
March 9 – 11
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble
Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive
What It’s About: To kick off its Season of Entrapment, SATE presents a showcase of original material through its second annual Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival. This year’s festival consists of four new plays written and directed by promising female artists. The festival is named after Aphra Behn, a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, Behn broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors.
“The Accident of Sex” by Lana Dvorak
Director: Lex Ronan
Starring: Rachel Hanks
A one-woman show that imagines Amelia Earhart’s time on a deserted island after she crash-landed while making her famous round-the-world flight in 1937. Using spoken word, monologues, sound and silence, the audience is taken on a journey that explores Amelia’s innermost longings, heartaches and secrets that made up who she was.
“Bar Fight” by Madelyn Boyne
Director: Grace Langford
Starring: Marissa Grice, Sophie Powell, Carl Overly Jr.
A new father and his old friend hang out in a bar after a long absence. When the outing turns into one dude’s drug-aided pickup attempt, his friend tries to intervene.
“Lady Warrior” by Mollie Jeanette Amburgey
Director: Margaret Christie
Starring: Rachel Bailey
A one-woman show about a character on her own philosophical quest to discover her purpose and her meaning in life.
“How to be a Woman” by Amanda Wales
Director: Katy Keating
Starring: Alicen Moser, Carl Overly, Jr., Elizabeth Van Pelt
A comedic and absurd look into what it feels like to try to live up to the contradictory ‘standards’ of being a woman in 2018. Olivia and Jessica are two young women trying to spend a night in their apartment when they are thrust into the middle of an audience and forced to perform on a game show they want nothing to do with.
Photo by Peter Wochniak
March 9 – 25
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
What It’s About: In the era of “fake news,” “Caught” creates a bracingly unique experience that will keep you wondering what’s real and what’s theatre. An art exhibition by a Chinese dissident is the first phase of a multi-layered puzzle, which presents the audience with an ever-changing set of rules. Christopher Chen’s piece deftly examines the blurred lines between truth and artifice, both in the theatre and in life
Director: Seth Gordon
Starring: Kenneth Lee, Rachel Lin, Jeffrey Cummings, Rachel Fenton
“The Elixir of Love”
Wylde Brothers Productions
Winter Opera St. Louis
March 9 at 7:30 p.m., March 11 at 2 p.m.
The Skip Viragh Center for the Performing Arts, Chaminade
March 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
March 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Over Due Theater Company
Olivette Community Center
What It’s About: Stephen Schwartz’ musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, featuring an eclectic mix of songs and parables teaching kindness, tolerance and love.
Co-Directors: Bekah Harbison and Wayne Mackenberg
Starring: Benjamin Sevilla as Jesus, Dennis Folwarczny as Judas/John the Baptist, with Laura Deveney, Shane Rudolph, Christopher Strawhun, MacLean Blanner, Brittany Kohl Hester, Jennifer Kerner, Sarah Polizzi and Eleanor Humphrey.
Of Note: This production is the 2012 revised version.
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor”
March 9-11; 16-18
Theatre Guild of Webster Groves
Tickets: Available at the door (cash or check). No reservations in advance.
www.theatreguildwg.com or 314-962-0876
What It’s About: Inspired by playwright Neil Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince.”
Starring: Jesse Paul, Zach Murphy, Larry Zerega, Peter Wiant, Brandon Atkins, Sarah Hirshfield, Danny Brown, Ivey March and Bill Smith.
Director: Tom Kopp
Of Note: This show includes harsh language and themes, and is not suitable for kids.
The Guild is a very old building, historic in fact, but because of this we are not wheelchair or handicap accessible. The Guild has a total of 31 steps.
Through March 24
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
“The Last Romance”
Through March 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
“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.