Sunday, November 01, 2015

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 2, 2015

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Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents The 39 Steps, based on the classic Hitchcock thriller, November 4 - 14. Performances take place at The Chapel Venue, 6238 Alexander Drive. For more information:

Angel Street
Photo: Eric Woolsey
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the drama Angel Street through November 8. Mrs. Bella Manningham is going mad. Confined to an old and dark London home, her suave husband and caretaker, Jack, accuses her of playing wicked pranks and tricks that she can't recall, tormenting Bella and making her question her own sanity. Frightened, Bella believes everyone is against her, until one evening when a keen police inspector pays her a visit, shedding light on information that could save her life. Equal parts mystery, psychology and sin, Angel Street is one of Broadway's longest running plays. " Performances take place on the mainstage at the Loretto-Hlton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO. For more information, call 314-968-4925 or visit Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A Christmas Sleigh-Ing November 6 through December 30th. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Dead! Like Me through November 14. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley presents Decision Height November 6-14. "Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part of help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through Triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in plight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes." Performances take place in the Fisher Theatre on the campus at 3400 Pershall Road. For more information, call 314-644-5522.

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents the thriller Dracula, adapted from the Bram Stoker novel by Balderston and Deane, November 6-15. Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents the drama The Elephant Man Wednesdays through Sundays November 5-15. Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit

I and You
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the drama I and You through November 15. "Anthony is an effortlessly popular "A" student; Caroline is a prickly cynic, homebound with a serious illness. This unlikely duo sits in Caroline's room, trying to cobble together a report on Walt Whitman overnight. As they work and procrastinate, argue and compromise, the teens begin to uncover each other's hidden depths. Full of surprising humor and emotion, I and You explores bravery in the face of an uncertain future and the unique, mysterious connections that bind us." Performances take place in the studio theater at the Loretto-Hlton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO. For more information, call 314-968-4925 or visit Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The Kranzberg Center presents Love, a cabaret starring Dom Thomas, on Saturday, November 7, at 6 and 8 p.m. " ome see Saint Louis' own Dom Thomas in his new cabaret show Love. Featuring a full band; Dom will preform classic tunes from the American song book, as well as original music from his upcoming album 'Sweet Dreams'. Discover Dom's Love for life, family and music in his brand new cabaret!" The Kranzberg Center is at 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Fox Theatre presents the musical Mamma Mia!, based on the songs of ABBA, Friday through Sunday, November 6-8. The Fox Theatre is at 517 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, visit or call 314-534-1678.

Tesseract Theatre Company presents A Mourning Hollow Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., through November 8. "A Mourning Hollow is a romantic comedy set in the town of Plains Hollow, Missouri on Halloween night. It is a collection of vignettes exploring the process of grief in a small town." Performances take place at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. For more information:

Alton Little Theater presents the comedy A Nice Family Gathering Thursdays through Sundays, November 5 - 15, at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. "A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since Dad died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife of 35 years that he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.... " For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit

The Hawthorne Players present the musical Nunsense November 6-15. "Nunsense is the story of how the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. " The performances take place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 921-5678 or visit

The Emerald Room at The Monocle presents an open mic night every Monday from 8:00pm to 11:00pm" "Musical Theater actor? Cabaret singer? Balladeer? Beleter? Coloratura soprano? Crooner? Student? Teacher? Performer? Fan? Come on down and sing. All are welcome. Ron Bryant is your accompanist. Bring your sheet music"." The monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Neil Simon comedy Rumors November 6-15. "The Deputy Mayor of New York and his wife are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Guests arrive to find their unconscious host bleeding and his wife missing. Hoping to avoid a scandal, his lawyer concocts a story to hide what is assumed to be the truth. But as the rest of the guests arrive, the story grows awry with everyone complicit in a hilarious cover-up that no one even really understands." Performances take place in the Robert G. Reim Theatre of the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road. For more information, call 314-821-9956 or visit

Sleepy Kitty
The Presenters Dolan present the duo Sleepy Kitty on Thursday, November 5, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Sleepy Kitty draws inspiration from - and sometimes braids together - George Gershwin, 60's girl groups, surf rock, Broadway, Francoise Hardy, Velvet Underground and Nico. Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult composed and performed the strikingly successful music for Upstream Theater's superb production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (which would have shone at any of the most artistically ambitious companies anywhere.)" The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

The COCA Theatre Company presents Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World, Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. "This contemporary pop/rock musical introduces the audience to an array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of poverty to a woman standing on a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. What emerges is a world on the brink of change filled with extraordinary people moving it forward." COCA is at 524 Trinity in University City. For more information, call (314) 725-6555 or visit

First Run Theatre presents the 2015 Spectrum One-Act Play Festival Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, November 6-15. This year's plays are "Best Friends Forever" by KDHX theatre critic Steve Callahan, "American Dolls" by Rita Winters, "The Patty Duke Question" by Greg Baily, "Kibble" by David Hawley, "The Breeders" by Larry D. Quiggins, "The Hamburger Clown" by David Hawley, "Next" by Gerry Mandel, and "The Problem With Pamela" by Dan McGee. Performances take place at Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind. For more information, call (314) 352-5114 or visit

Storm Large
The Presenters Dolan present Storm Large and Her Four-Piece Band on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "A great singer, killer beauty and funny, fleshy truth teller, Storm has many lives. 1) She is a rock siren. 2) She fronts Pink Martini, a sophisticated pop symphony that tours all over the world. 3) She triumphed ("Sensational," said the NY Times) in a recent Brecht/Weil show at Carnegie Hall with Leonard Slatkin. 4) Best Selling Memoirist. She does it all supremely well. Very lucky to have her in St. Louis for the first time. Not to be missed. Definitely new key. With songs by Elvis Costello, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Olivia Newton-John and Storm Large." The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Act Two Theatre presents the satirical musical Urinetown, November 6-15. "Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!" Performances take place in the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at 1 St Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376. For more information:

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