Alpha Players present the musical 1776 September 30 - October 9. "It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence." Performances take place at The Florissant Civic Center Theater, Parker Rd. at Waterford Dr. in Florissant, MO. For more information: alphaplayers.org, call 314-921-5678.
The West End Players Guild opens their 106th season with Tom Stoppard's Arcadia Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, September 30 - October 9. There will also be a show on Thursday, October 6, at 8 PM. "Stoppard spins simultaneous tales set two centuries apart in the same room of an English manor. The stories are bittersweet, the characters are endearing and the play is a delight." Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 North Union at Enright in the Central West End. For more information, call 314-367-0025 or visit www.westendplayers.org.
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Fontbonne University Theatre Department presents Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake), Thursday through Sunday, September 29 - October 2. "It's Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice's father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes -- Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin's affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own..." Performances take place in the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre on Wydown and Big Bend. For more information: www.fontbonne.edu/academics/departments/fine-arts-department/theatre-productions.
The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents CSI: Bissell through October 30. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com
The Performing Arts Department at Washington University presents Cyst Happens by Brett Carr on Friday, Septermber 30, at 7:00 p.m. as part of The A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. "What if you woke up one morning and octopuses were eating your brain and you really don't like octopuses? And now you can't drive and you really like cars. And your friends are different, and you really don't like different. And everyone you know is suddenly a doctor, and you really don't like doctors? And...well...I can't remember the other thing." The performance takes place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre in the Mallinckrodt Student Center on the Washington University campus. For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit pad.artsci.wustl.edu.
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents the one-man show Defending the Caveman, opening on Friday, September 30, and running through October 23. " Defending the Caveman, is the longest running solo show in Broadway history, is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, making it a perfect entertainment option for couples or for a girls' night out. The show has also been seen and recommended by thousands of marriage and family therapists and counselors for its humorous look at the inherent differences between the sexes." The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information: westportstl.com.
St. Louis University Theatre presents Lisa Loomer's Distracted, described as a “fast-paced and comic look at parenting in the age of the Internet and Ritalin”, opening on Friday, September 30, at 8 p.m. and running through October 9. Performances take place in Xavier Hall, 3373 West Pine Mall. For more information, call 314-977-3327 or visit slu.edu/utheatre.
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The Emerald Room Cabaret presents comic A Gentle Reminder: Coco Peru's Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.September 30 and October 1. "Ever since becoming a YouTube sensation Coco Peru has been inundated with emails from people of all ages asking her the same question, “Coco, what is the secret to a happy life?” So, being the giver that she is, Coco wrote a new show A GENTLE REMINDER - COCO'S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE where, through story and song, Coco shares with her audience a step by step guide that leaves you prepared to enter the world again ready to create your very own “somewhat” happy life. " The performances take place in The Emerald Room at The Monocle Bar, 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information: themonoclestl.com.
The Performing Arts Department at Washington University presents Hell-Burnt by Danny Washelesky on Saturday, October 1, at 2 p.m. as part of The A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. "Dealing with the Devil takes on new meaning when the game is Texas Hold'em. Putting your soul on the table seems to be the only way out for a man who is all in. In this very funny morality tale, Zack learns that demons cheat, paper cuts are painful, and the path to the outside is inside you." The performance takes place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre in the Mallinckrodt Student Center on the Washington University campus. For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit pad.artsci.wustl.edu.
The Looking Glass Playhouse presents the rock musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through October 2. "The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless." Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit www.lookingglassplayhouse.com.
Slaying Dragons and The Independence Center present Mind Shattering Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play is " a theatrical production in two acts exploring causes and events that prompt thoughts and emotions to break from reality, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." Performances take place at Southampton Church, 4716 Macklind. For more information: slayingdragons.org.
Gitana Productions presents New World, an original one-act play by Lee Patton Chiles about three refugee women from Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Republic of the Congo. The play is based on interviews and documented accounts of three women who came to St. Louis hoping to create a new world by healing old world wounds. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., October 1 and 2 at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy in the Gallaudet Building. at 1616 S. Grand. A Q and A session with the participation by the Center for Survivors of Torture and War will follow each performance. For more information: gitana-inc.org.
The Fox Theatre presents the musical Once Friday through Sunday, September 30 - October 2. "Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance." The Fox is on North Grand in Grand Center. For more information: fabulousfox.com.
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Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents Slasher by Allison Moore Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., September 28 - October 9. “Every actor has their big break: for DiCaprio is was the epic Titanic, for young Sheena it's a low-budget horror movie. At least that's what she thinks, but her mother begs to differ. As a diehard feminist, Frances sees her daughter's role as 'last girl' horribly offensive. She will stop at nothing to pull the brakes on the film. Hopefully everyone survives the ordeal. This hilarious dark comedy won high praise at its premiere at the 2009 Humana Festival. It's a night of laughs...with a few screams mixed in of course.” Performances take place in the Emerson Studio Theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information, events.webster.edu or call 314-968-7128.
The Performing Arts Department at Washington University presents Son of Soil by Andie Berry on Saturday, October 1, at 7 p.m. as part of The A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. "America is sick. The rivers run with blood and the trees bend under human weight. Peak, Ohio is a town trapped by horrific traditions and Ruth has seen her share. In this lyrical vision, she must learn to love across boundaries and find solace in the world that remains." The performance takes place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre in the Mallinckrodt Student Center on the Washington University campus. For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit pad.artsci.wustl.edu.
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Valhalla Cemetery and The Hawthorne Players present Voices Of Valhalla: A Hayride Through History September 30 - October 9. Hayrides through Valhalla Cemetery depart every fifteen minutes beginning at 6:30 each evening as members of the Hawthorne Players portray some of the noted locals buried in Valhalla. Valhalla Cemetery is located at 7600 St. Charles Rock Road. For more information, visit hawthorneplayers.com.
The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Zombie Love through October 28. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: lempmansion.com.