Sunday, July 03, 2016

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of July 4, 2016

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The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Bullets in the Bathtub through July 30. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

Cocktails and Curtain Calls presents A Company of Wayward Saints, opening on Sunday, July 10, and running through July 17. " Performed in the style of commedia dell'Arte. A troupe of travelling players, who are far from home and without means, wanders into a public house putting on a play in the hopes that a wealthy patron may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. The play-within-a-play is nothing less than the history of man; from the Garden of Eden, through birth, adolescence, marriage and death. Along the way they enact other wayward adventures such as the homecoming of Odysseus and the assignation of Julius Caesar. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and understanding. Best of all, there is no fourth wall, the audience is in on all of the fun! Come early and enjoy a delicious appetizer, meal and your favorite beverage in this popular central west end venue." Performances will take place at Dressel's in the Central West End. For details on performance times and locatsions, visit

Grey Gardens
Max and Louie Productions presents the musical Grey Gardens July 8 - 30. “Not since Mama Rose and Gypsy has there been a mother/daughter act as hilarious, as heartbreaking and as utterly unforgettable as “Big” Edith and “Little” Edie Beale - Jackie Kennedy's most outrageous relatives - in the acclaimed musical smash Grey Gardens! From the grandeur of an East Hampton high society party in 1941 to the sensational tabloid headlines that rocked the Kennedy clan in 1973, Grey Gardens is scandalously entertaining. Step into the world of Grey Gardens and see the other side of Camelot.” Performances take place at the Wool Studio Theatre at the JCC, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. For more information, visit

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's Summer Showbiz Series presents the musical Hairspray July 8 - 17. "It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her “'do!” Performances take place in the Dunham Hall Theater on the campus in Edwardsville, IL. For more information, call 618-650-2774 or visit

Union Avenue Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, July 8 - 16. "Oh how complicated love can be! Nanki-Poo is desperately in love with Yum-Yum who happens to be betrothed to the new Lord High Executioner. Ko-Ko must find someone to execute or it will be his neck on the line. Will a case of mistaken identity save the day as these two conspire - or will heads roll? Witty lyrics and a topsy-turvy plot make this light-hearted tale of forbidden love and trickery a story that reaches beyond traditional interpretations. Widely regarded as the finest Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado will captivate and delight at every turn." Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union at Enright in the Central West End. The opera is sung in English with projected English text. For more information, visit or call 314-361-2881.

The Muny presents Meredith Willson's The Music Man opening on Tuesday, July 5, and running nightly at 8:15 pm through July 11 in the outdoor theatre in Forest Park. "Buyer beware! Professor Harold Hill, the slickest, slyest con man on the Iowa circuit is headed our way, eager to make mischief and steal your heart. Set on the 4th of July, every note in Meredith Willson's iconic score is as delectable as a slice of Mom's apple pie. And by the way, if you think The Muny will settle for just “76 Trombones” onstage - you don't want to miss this parade!." For more information, visit or call 314-361-1900.

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, Part 1 July 8 - 17 at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 North Boyle. The festival features professional, new and previously unproduced one-act plays 45 minutes or less in length, chosen from submissions to the festival over the previous year. The plays in Part 1 are “Life Model” by Neil LaBute, “Fire Sans Matches“ by Jeff Carter, “Winter Break“ by James Haigney, and “Mark My Worms“ by Cary Pepper. For more information, call 314-458-2978 or visit

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents readings of plays by the High School finalists in the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 North Boyle. The festival features professional, new and previously unproduced one-act plays 45 minutes or less in length, chosen from submissions to the festival over the previous year. The plays, written by local area high school students, are “Shabbat Dinner” by Hannah Knapik, “Lazy Boy” by Charlotte Leavengood, “License and Registration Please” by Maia Cataldo,“The Sixth Amendment “ by Andrew Dickey, and “Beautiful” by Maya S. Cohen. For more information, call 314-458-2978 or visit

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Nursery Crimes through July 31. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Show Me Arts Academy and That Uppity Theatre Company present the Spreading the Love Youth Tour on Tuesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. "These youth performers will also engage in service learning throughout the tour including participating in a school supply drive, volunteering at a children's hospital, and with veterans, which will also provide opportunities to learn through engagement with new cultures." The performance takes place at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. For more information:

First Run Theatre presents the world premiere of Trick and Antonia by Jenn Ciavarella Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., July 8-17. In the closing days of The Cold War, Patrick - a promising intelligence agent discovers his wife is a Soviet spy who has been pumping him for information. Years later, Patrick, at the end of his career and his rope, is tasked with discovering the whereabouts of a missing agent behind enemy lines. The person who may know is Patrick's former wife, who has been recently detained by the FBI. As tensions build, Patrick must navigate conspiracies and the demons of his past to find the truth and perhaps discovered whether he ever knew the woman he loved." The performances take place in the theatre on the campus of DeSmet Jesuit High School on Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. For more information on First Run Theater's Play Reading Festival -

Ben Watts
The Emerald Room at the Monocle and The Presenters Dolan present Ben Watts in Wonderful Enough on Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m. "Ben Watts is a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood. He brings charm and class to jazz standards, long-forgotten show tunes, 80s power rock ballads, and everything in between. Wry, witty, and darkly funny, his stories and songs will leave you laughing and wanting more. With sings Cole Porter, Noël Coward, Kurt Weill, Peggy Lee andJerry Herman." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

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