Sunday, November 13, 2016

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 14, 2016

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First Run Theatre presents the 2016 Spectrum One-Act Play Festival Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM, November 18 - 20. This year's plays are Placebo Effect and Reunion by David Hawley; The Technicians by Robert Stevenson; Most Real by Colin Percival McLaughlin; A Pride of Dummies and And They All Lived Happily Ever After Joe Wegescheide; Fartocalypse by Dan Viggers; and Fear of Mediocrity by Nathan R. Hinds. Performances take place in the Thomas Hunter Theatre at DeSmet Jesuit High School, 233 N New Ballas Road. For more information, call (314) 352-5114 or visit

The 2015 cast of All is Calm
Photo: John Lamb
Mustard Seed Theatre presents the a cappella musical All is Calm Thursdays through Sundays through December 11. "Join us in celebrating the power of peace in this acapella musical based on the true story of soldiers during World War I who for one night, put down their arms and played soccer instead of exchanging bullets." Performances take place at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. For more information, call (314) 719-8060 or visit the web site at

The University Theatre at Saint Louis University presents Tom Stoppard's classic Arcadia Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. November 17-20. Moving back and forth between two centuries, modern scholars living in an English country house discover truths about the previous residents in this comedic and entertaining exploration of mathematics and science and the nature of romance. There will be a pre-show discussion led by Professors Kent Staley and Benjamin de Foy, at 6:30p, prior to the Thursday, November 17 performance. The University Theatre is located in Xavier Hall, 3733 West Pine Mall. For more information:

R-S Theatrics presents Boom Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., November 18 - December 4. "Jo, a female journlism student, and Jules, a male marine biologist, meet in a subterranean biology lab for an erotic "casual encounter." But there's nothing casual whatsoever about this particular evening. Will meaningless sex have meaning? What's going on in the fish tank? And who is that woman, Barbara, pulling levers in the corner? Something is about to explode." Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive. For more information:

The St. Louis Family Theatre Series presents the TheatreworksUSA production of A Christmas Carol Sunday, Friday, and Saturday at 2 p.m., November 20 - 26. "This musical interpretation of the Charles Dickens' classic captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens' original message that the holiday season should be a "kind, forgiving, charitable time," a sentiment which still rings true today." Performances take place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 314-921-5678 or visit

The Touhill Performing Arts Center presents Fame: The Musical on Sunday, November 20, at 4 p.m. "In spring 1980, over 4,000 young hopefuls auditioned for the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. Only 97 students were admitted … the cream of the crop! Fame: The Musical is a full-throttle journey traversing the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music, and theatre. The Touhill is on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. For more information:

Fun Home
Photo: Joan Marcus
The Fox Theatre presents the musical Fun Home opening on Tuesday, November 15, and running through November 27. "Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes." The Fox is on North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Emerald Room at the Monocle and The Presenters Dolan present singer Brooke Michael Smith in The Girl I Mean to Be on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at 8 p.m. "A night of songs and stories melding contemporary and classical musical theatre, refashioned pop songs, and a few original indie-folk tunes. There will be something for everyone throughout this journey of self-discovery and songs that have influenced Brooke along her way. Brooke was born and raised in St. Louis and has also lived and performed in Los Angeles, New York, and now San Francisco, where she was recently named Best New Cabaret Artist for 2016. Eryn Allen is pianist and music director for the show, which is directed by Broadway star Faith Prince." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Rebel and Misfits Productions presents Hamlet: See What I See, the first project in a series called The Immersive Theatre Project, through November 18. The show features an adapted script of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Performances take place at the Barnett On Washington, Grand Center. The show begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00 PM and audiences can expect direct contact with characters from the show throughout the evening as part of the immersive theatre experience. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Its's a Wonderful Death through January 8, 2017. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare's Macbeth Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 16 - 20. "After his glorious victory in a civil war, Scottish general Macbeth encounters three ominous witches. They prophesize his magnificent rise to power, but it is not through noble means. His path involves murder, deceit, and ruthless pursuit of power. All the while his wife, Lady Macbeth, pushes for more, and the body count rises. The infamous Scottish Play is one of magical fantasy and tragedy that is considered by many to be Shakespeare's darkest work. It begs the question: Is there a limit to human ambition?" Performances take place on the Browning Mainstage Theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information, or call 314-968-7128.

Family Musical Theater presents the A Song for Christmas, a musical revue of holiday favorites, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 17 - 20. Performances take place at the Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan. For more information, visit or call 314-571-9579.

The Performing Arts Department at Washington University presents the world premiere of Thinking It by Washington University playwright in residence Carter Lewis Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 17 - 20 "Have you ever woken up with a feeling of ecstasy and not known why? And the ecstasy stays inside you like a hunger? Is it Love? Is it Faith? Is it Drugs? Or did something happen to you? And then you try to figure it out. And then you try to make a choice about what that feeling is. And you make that choice. Does Thinking It…make it true?" The performances take place in Edison Theatre in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre on the Washington University campus. For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit

St. Charles Community College presents the comedy Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike Tuesday through Sunday, November 16 - 20. "Stuck in their family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet existence until their lives are thrown into comic upheaval with the arrival of their B-list celebrity sister, Masha, and her 20-something boy toy, Spike. Add to that a soothsaying housekeeper, a star struck young neighbor and a rather odd costume party, and the stage is set for mayhem and hilarity in this present-day homage to Chekhov. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play." Performances take place in the SCC Center Stage Theater in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, MO. For more information, call 636-922-8050 or visit

St. Louis Community College at Meramec presents the musical Violet Wednesday through Sunday, November 16 - 20. The production is recommended for mature audiences. Performances take place in the theatre on the campus at 11333 Big Bend Road. For more information, or call 314-984-7500.
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For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.

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