Sunday, January 22, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of January 23, 2017

All My Sons
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Arthur Miller's drama All My Sons through January 29. "Miller's breakthrough play is a searing and deeply personal search for morality with shattering repercussions. During World War II, factory owner Joe Keller makes a questionable business decision that costs the lives of American airmen overseas. His misdeed leaves his family fractured as they grapple with the consequences of his actions." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information:

The Fox Theatre presents the musical An American in Paris through January 29. "An American In Paris is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!" The Fox is on North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A Big Easy Murder through April 30. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Circus Harmony presents Bravura Saturdays at 2 and 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through January 29. "Bravura is a musical term whose definition also describes our youth circus performers: exceptional agility and brilliant style. Our theme this year is archetypes. Follow our King as he searches for the Trickster who stole his crown and finds out that one person can wear many hats." Performances take place at City Museum, 701 N. 15th Street. Show admission is free with museum admission. For more information:

Winter Opera St. Louis presents Rossini's comic opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Friday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM, January 27 and 29. Performances take place at The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh. For more information, visit

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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Constellations through February 5 "One relationship, limitless possibilities. When Roland and Marianne meet at a party, a multiverse of potential outcomes unfolds. Each choice they make unlocks a series of branching paths - some wonderful, some tragic. Nick Payne's genre-busting new play explores these alternate universes with wit, wonder and an overflowing sense of life." 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

Peabody Opera House presents the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Friday through Sunday, January 27-29. “The “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, an East German diva, is also the victim of a botched sex-change operation. As she tours the U.S. with her loyal band, Hedwig candidly shares her life story. Raucous, soulful and wickedly funny with a brilliant rock score, this show has inspired legions of fans." The Peabody Opera House is at 14th and Market, downtown. For more information:

Theatre Nuevo presents HELL Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., through January 29. The show is "a devised piece exploring the concepts of personal and religious hells through music, movement, and text written by the performers and creative team. Influenced by a wide variety of cultures: from Christian Hell, the Mayan Xibalba, Buddhism, Islam, D ante's Inferno, to the hot and cold Hells of Naraka; Theatre Nuevo conducts a theatrical experiment to examine damnation and redemption, hand in hand." Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton. For more information:

The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts presents The Improvised Shakespeare Company on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. "Based on one audience member's suggestion, the cast creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each play is completely unplanned, unrehearsed and therefore entirely new." The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts is at 701 College Rd., at Alton St. on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, IL. For more information:

Intimate Apparel
Photo: Eric Woolsey
New Jewish Theater presents Intimate Apparel January 26 - February 12. "New York, 1905, Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house where she sews intimate apparel for clients ranging from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. As the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, Esther remains, lonely and longing. Through a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal. But Esther's heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both. The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress-and of course, skin-determined whom one could and could not marry, even talk to in public." Performances take place in the Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. For more information: or call 314-442-3283.

The Black Rep presents the drama Lines in the Dust through January 29. "When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It's been exactly 60 years since Brown Versus The Board of Education. Lines In The Dust questions how far we've come and more importantly, where we go from here." Performances take place at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. For more information:

The Midnight Company presents Little Thing, Big Thing Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., January 27 - February 11 " LITTLE THING, BIG THING tells the story of a nun, Sr. Martha, and an ex-con, Larry O'Donnell, who are thrown together in a desperate quest to safeguard film exposing deadly misdeeds of a powerful oil company. Chased by hired killers and corrupt cops, they risk their lives and head to Dublin to do the right thing, and deliver the film to the right hands. " Performances take place at Avatar Studios, 2675 Scott Avenue, downtown. Downtown. For more information:

The Emerald Room at the Monocle presents Lola's Flavor of the Month on Friday and Saturday January 27 and 28, at 10:30 p.m. Lola Van Ella's Flavor of the Month! A delicious assortment of sweet and new acts, featuring hand picked performers from around the Saint Louis area and curated by Lola herself! Sponsored by Lola Van Ella Studios and The Emerald Room at the Monocle! " The performances take place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Menopause the Musical
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents Menopause the Musical, "a celebration of women and The Change," through February 12. The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information:

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Murder at the Abbey through April 29. "Welcome to the world of Downton Abbey! A world full of aristocracy, old money but never anything as droll as murder! Congratulations! You've been invited to the dinner party held by the Earl of Grantham himself! Some would kill for the opportunity to meet the Crawley family. They'll all be there! The Earl, his beautiful wife and three daughters...not to mention all the other characters in, (and around), the Grantham house. That's right! All the family, staff and townsfolk will be there. You'll meet lots of fun characters...and you'll play as big, (or as small), of a part as you wish. Up to you. Hope nothing bad happens...but if it does...we might need you to help us figure it out? Or perhaps you're the killer?" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

Alton Little Theater presents the farce Nana's Naughty Knickers Thursdays through Sundays, January 27 - February 5. "When Nana invites her granddaughter, Bridget, to live with her, mayhem ensues since Nana has been subsidizing her income with a lingerie business, catering to local ladies not yet ready to be "over the hill." Complications arise when Bridget brings home her cop boyfriend and the landlord gets wind of the shenanigans going on in Nana's rent-controlled apartment. The Senior Citizen's sexy sidelines will keep the audience in stitches...indeed, they may laugh themselves right out of their knickers!” Performances take place at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit

Cocktails and Curtain Calls presents One Last Job by Patrick Conroy opening on Monday, January 23, at 8 p.m. and running through February 8. "The 1970's and 1980's were a turbulent time in Irish History. The Irish Republican Army (IRA), a paramilitary organization seeking civil rights for its people and the reunification of Ireland defended their areas against the occupying British Forces. This fictitious story tells of the chance encounter of a young British Soldier and a recently retired IRA operative. Their personal struggles, their lives and the lives of their families quickly become entangled and entwined. This play attempts to describe the thoughts and actions of people caught up in roles not entirely of their choosing. In war, there are no easy answers and lives are forever changed." Performances will take place at McGurk's Irish Pub in Soulard. For more information:

The Florissant Fine Arts Council presents the Troupe America production of the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes on Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker Road at Waterford Drive in Florissant, MO. "The original songs written in the style of 1950s hits have captured the flavor of bluegrass, country and early rock music in this Broadway precursor to the “Juke Box” musical. Tony nominated for best musical. From Troupe America." For more information, call 314-921-5678 or visit

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents Ruthless the Musical opening on Thursday, January 26, and running through February 5. "Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run." Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit

The Marcelle Theater presents Alan Ox in the original one-man musical There's an Alien in My Soup opening on Thursday, January 26, and running through February 4th. The show "breaches the UFO taboo by diving headfirst into it. No holds barred. Featuring 7 military personnel coming forward, forsaking their anonymity to share what really happened behind closed doors when 'they' came to visit Earth." Performances take place at the Marcelle Theater in Grand Center, three blocks east of Powell Hall. For more information:

Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents the comedy Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs by St. Louis playwright Steve Peirick through January 29. "Some would say Cameron Dobbs is a loser who never gets a break. He's turning 30 and all he wants is a quiet birthday dinner with his brother, Owen, and sister-in-law, Abby. Unfortunately, they have different plans. Unknown to Cameron, Abby has decided to fix him up with her friend, Natalie, and Owen has invited their loving but neurotic mother, Helen. Cameron is not thrilled by these surprise guests, and to add to his chagrin, the dinner menu is a list of food to which he is allergic. After an unenthusiastic introduction, Natalie convinces Cameron to leave the dinner party and celebrate with her. As his family awaits his return, Cameron begins the journey toward recreating his life and embracing manhood." 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

Alfresco Productions presents the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory January 27 - February 4. "The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences." Performances take place at the Alfresco Art Center, 2401 Delmar in Granite City, IL. For more information: (618) 560-1947 or

The Gateway Men's Chorus presents Winter's Fire: A Homegrown Cabaret on Sunday, January 29, at 3 p.m. " Come and warm yourselves amongst the friendly smiles, laughs, memories and songs provided by members of the Gateway Men's Chorus. Tix are 25$ and includes one comp event themed beverage. Quantity limited, and seating is on a first come basis." The show takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in The Grove. For more information:

Yasmina's Necklace
Photo: Traci Clapper
Mustard Seed Theatre presents Yasmina's Necklace Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., January 27 - February 12. “Fresh from its sold-out world premiere in Chicago, Yasmina's Necklace is an unlikely romance between Yasmina, a recent immigrant from Iraq and Abdul Samee, who wants to change his name to Sam and turn his back on his Iraqi and Puerto Rican heritage.” 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

Upstream Theater presents the US premiere of The Year of the Bicycle Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., January 27 - February 12. "Joanna Evans' award-winning play tells the story of Amelia and Andile who befriended each other over a garden when they were eight. Many years later, now grown up but estranged, they fall into a concussion at the exact same moment and meet once again in each other's mind. A witty and poignant examination of childhood, memory and South Africa's born-free generation. Skipping from frolicky lightness to the dark borders of loneliness, this US premiere shows people reaching across walls that separate: race and class, innocence and guilt, playfulness and fear, yesterday and today." Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, including show times:

The Emerald Room at the Monocle presents The Chicago Cabaret Project in You Bette We Did on Saturday, January 28, at 8 p.m. "You Bette We Did! captures renditions of her swing-band era songs, not to mention Broadway classics, songbook standards, Sophie Tucker jokes and her smash hit movie ballads. You'll hear it all at this loving tribute to a true legend." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Next Generation Theatre Company presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. "Come experience an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening." 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

Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out the St. Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
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