Sunday, January 08, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of January 9, 2017

All My Sons
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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 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:

The Emerald Room at the Monocle presents The Bon Bons Bourdoir: An Intimate Burlesque Cabaret on Saturday, January 14, at 10:30 p.m. "Get up close and personal with members of Lola van Ella's professional burlesque troupe The Bon-Bons during a new monthly show! An Intimate Cabaret showcases the diverse talents of these performers-ranging from sultry fan dances to playful chair acts, rowdy floor routines to stripped down singing-all set in the gorgeous, grandiose backdrop of The Emerald Room at The Monocle. While each member brings a unique style and sensibility, all of them are dedicated to sass, class, and old-fashioned showgirl charm." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Theatre Lab presents Closer by Patrick Marber Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., January 12-22. "This play follows four lives that intertwine over the course of four and a half years. This densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal contains twelve scenes that chronicle the love affairs, rivalries, seductions and betrayals of four characters (two men, two women,) in a spare, intense style -- sometimes coarse, sometimes obscene, but calling for real sensitivity and vulnerability in the acting. Contains very strong language and sexual references." Performances take place at the .Zack Artist Incubator, 3224 Locust in midtown. For more information:

KTK Productions and Take Two Productions present Faith, Hope, and Charity, a cabaret to benefit Southampton Church Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., January 13-15. The show features "uplifting selections from Broadway and beyond by favorite KTK Productions_and Take Two Productions performers." Performances take place at Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind. For more information: or call 314-351-8984.

Java Jived
The Emerald Room at the Monocle presents Java Jived on Friday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. "Java Jived specializes in a cappella arrangements of jazz and pop classics from the 20's to the 80's. Known for its fine blend and intonation, this high-energy ensemble performs polished stylistic renditions of challenging repertoire by the best contemporary arrangers, including Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, Teena Chin, and Gene Puerling, who is well known for his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer. " The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Black Rep presents the drama Lines in the Dust January 11-29. "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:

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 January 13 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:

Gary Cox
The Emerald Room at the Monocle and The Presenters Dolan present singer Gary Cox in My Father's World on Thursday, January 12, at 8 p.m. "Gary Cox returns to the St. Louis stage with his new cabaret, the comic and compassionate My Father's World. The show is a loving tribute that explores the not always easy, but always affirming, bond between father and son. The show is a funny, affectionate and moving blend of traditional songs, Broadway standards - and folk gospel!" The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Emerald Room at the Monocle presents Nasty Women: A Comedy Show on Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m. "The Monocle is proud to present a delightful blend of sketch, improv, and stand-up, all written and performed by comical ladies. These fierce feminists are taking over the Emerald Room stage for a night of bitchin' jokes and ridiculous sketches! Featuring Poor Monsters, Casual Pussy Improv, We Are Jenny Lewis, Libbie Higgins, and more!." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

First Run Theatre presents the Prometheus' Dream Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, January 13-22. "In this modern retelling of the story of Frankenstein, a controversial doctor makes a discovery which could alter the way we look at mortality. With his successful test subject, Adam, Dr. Franken travels the lecture circuit, gaining riches and fame. However, the relationship between the doctor and his protégé begin to break down as Adam rediscover parts of his past and regains a sense of self. As conflict gives way to bitter animosity, both learn valuable lessons about the price and fame and glory. Due to language, recommended for mature audiences." 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 St. Louis Family Theatre Series presents the Skippyjon Jones Snow What Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., January 13-15. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." 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 Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia Fridays through Sundays, January 13-22. "Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or who has found him-bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major “bone” contentions between the couple." The shows contains adult themes. Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

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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