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The Fox Theatre presents Blue Man Group through December 2. In her review for 88.1 KDHX, Em Piro describes it as "a fun show, with just enough provocation to be culturally relevant." The Fox Theatre is at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, call 314-534-1678.
HotCity Theatre presents Charles Busch's comedy The Divine Sister November 30 through December 15. "This hilariously irreverent tale tells the story of an indomitable Mother Superior (played 'in-drag') trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing 'visions', sexual hysteria among her nuns, a Da Vinci Code style mystery, and a 'well-endowed' former flame intent on luring her away from her vows." Busch's lunatic sensibility is always worth seeing, and this should be a nice antidote to all the Christmas Carol and Nutcracker performances we get around this time. Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, visit www.hotcitytheatre.org or call 314-289-4063.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the comedy The Foreigner November 28-December 23. Performances take place on the main stage at the Loretto-Hlton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO. "In this wild and wacky comedy, Charlie Baker needs to get away, and his friend Froggy knows just the place - his favorite little fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To get Charlie some much needed peace, Froggy convinces the locals that his friend doesn’t understand English. But the plan backfires when all the lodge’s inhabitants start revealing deep secrets and diabolical plans in front of their quiet foreign guest." It has been a few decades since the Rep did this fast-paced and somewhat political comedy. Sadly, the satire of Southern bigotry is still relevant. For more information, call 314-968-4925 or visit repstl.org.
Union Avenue Opera presents The Mini Ring, a free “family opera” based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, on Friday, December 1, at 1 PM. The performance takes place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union at Enright in the Central West End. Anna Russell still has the best condensed Ring ever, but I expect this would be a good way to introduce younger audiences to Wagner's complex universe. For more information, visit unionavenueopera.org or call 314-361-2881.
Mustard Seed Theatre presents Imaginary Jesus through December 2 at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. "This hilarious, faced-paced show follows Matt on his journey to discover the true face of Jesus. Along the way he makes friends with St. Peter, a talking donkey and a modern Magadalen; while facing down 'Magic Eight-Ball Jesus,' 'Social Justice Jesus,' 'Legalist Jesus,' and 'King James Jesus' just to name a few." In his review for 88.1 KDHX, Robert Mitchell says this "hilarious look at a young writer's spiritual quest for the perfect personification of his personal Jesus" boasts a "star-studded cast" that's "filled with some of the best, and the funniest that STL has to offer." For more information, call (314) 719-8060 or visit the web site at www.mustardseedtheatre.com.