By Lynn Venhaus
T.S. Eliot described April as “the cruelest month,” but it sure doesn’t apply when talking local theater. Theater will be in full bloom all during April.
Not watching basketball? GO SEE A PLAY.
“Daddy Long Legs”
Insight Theatre Company
March 28 – April 14
Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Marcelle Theatre in Grand Center
What It’s About: Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey. Daddy Long Legs features music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables), and is a “rags-to-riches” tale of newfound love.
Cast: Starring Jennier Theby Quinn
“Into the Woods”
Take Two Productions
March 29-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Tower Grove Church
What It’s About: An alumni cast is performing “Into the Woods” for two shows as a fundraiser for Take Two Productions.
Cast: Avery Smith, Jazzy Danziger, Kim Klick, Jeffrey M. Wright, Corey Fraine, Patrick Kerwin, Karen Fulks, Terri Bellstein, Kim Smith, Melanie Kozak, Lauren Arnet, Eileen Wallhermfechtal,
Young People’s Theatre
March 22 – 24, March 29-31
St. Charles Community College
Stage Theatre in Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Mo.
What It’s About: Jack Kelly is a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. They fight for what is right and seize the day!
“The Play That Goes Wrong”
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
March 15 – April 7
Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road
Box Office: 314-968-4925
What It’s About: Calamity, disaster, fiasco: whichever word you’d like to choose, the opening night performance of “The Murder at Haversham Manor” has gone decidedly wrong. A maelstrom of madcap madness ensues, complete with collapsing scenery, unconscious actors and a stage crew pushed to the brink. Will The Rep survive this train wreck of a play? Come find out!
Director: Melissa Rain Anderson
Cast: Ka-Leung Cheung, Ryan George, Benjamin Curns, Michael Keyloun, Ruth Pferdehirt, Matthew McGloin, John Rapson and Evan Zes.
Of Note: The Rep’s production is the first stand-alone production outside of New York and London. The Broadway run was extended, and now there is a 12-city national tour underway, but this is not a touring show.
The Midnight Company
March 28 – April 13
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Kranzberg Arts Center black box theatre
What It’s About: Two actors take on 21 characters in a struggling small town. They decided to put on a play!
Director: Sarah Whitney
Starring: Joe Hanrahan, Shane Signorino
Of Note: This one-act by James Hindman is presented without an intermission.
“The Sound of Music”
Stifel Theatre,14th and Market
March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
What It’s About: The true story of Maria and the von Trapp Family.
“Time Stands Still”
New Jewish Theatre
March 28 – April 14
Box Office: 314-447-3283
Starring: Wendy Greenwood, Ben Nordstrom, Jerry Vogel, Eileen Engel
What It’s About: In this play, a top photojournalist recovers from a near-fatal roadside bomb blast as her long-term relationship with a reporter undergoes its own test of survival. Donald Margulies, whose widely admired plays, Sight Unseen and Collected Stories uncovered the personal wounds inflicted on the battlefronts of art and fiction writing, now takes as his subject a creative couple who have met, worked and loved amid the all too real, mortal combat of the Middle East.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
March 26 – April 7
What It’s About: The musical tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.