A ‘Guys and Dolls’ with Gusto and Gumption at Stray Dog Theatre

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor Stray Dog Theatre’s “Guys and Dolls” has gusto from the guys and…

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Lively ‘Grease’ Is a Time, Place and Feeling at Stages St. Louis

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor “Grease” may be the word, but I have one for the Stages…

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Ahh, Those Sweet, Tragic Birds of Youth: Union Avenue Takes on ‘La Boheme’ Once More, with Aplomb

By C.B. AdamsContributing Writer It is tempting to explore the modern cultural significance of Puccini’s La Bohéme.…

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Big Dreams, Big Voices Boost ‘Paint Your Wagon’ Makeover at The Muny

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor Eureka! A robust makeover to an unremarkable ‘50s era musical “Paint Your…

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Flashy ‘Footloose’ Is a Fun Frolic at The Muny

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor Eighties flash meets Millennial muscle in The Muny’s super-charged “Footloose,” a sprawling…

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LaBute Festival: New Plays Tackle Harsh Realities, Wild Absurdities in America Today

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor Women rule in three of the four sturdy one-act plays presented in…

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Union Avenue Opera Puts Up a Can-do ‘Candide’

By CB AdamsContributing Writer The title Candide (music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire)…

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New World ‘Cinderella’ Features Splendid Voices, Unusual Look

By Lynn Venhaus Managing Editor This is not your grandmother’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” Nor does it…

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Down in the Marrow – Opera Theatre’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Breaks Hearts and Boundaries

By CB AdamsContributing WriterTo mix musical genres – and to begin with the finale of Fire Shut…

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