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My take: Mabel Mercer Award–winning cabaret artist Steve Ross has a long and happy relationship with St. Louis, going back to the early days of the Grandel Cabaret Series. He was one of the first performers to be featured by Jim Dolan's Presenters Dolan organization when it got off the ground many years ago, so his appearance last weekend at Jim's newest venue, The Blue Strawberry, feels a bit like a homecoming. Personally, I have been an admirer of Mr. Ross's debonair, witty, and charismatic work ever since I first saw him at the Grandel in 2001. An evening with Steve Ross an object lesson in why cabaret is such a vibrant art form. Don't miss him.
|It's a Wonderful Life|
Photo: Jennifer Lin
My take: Well, it wouldn't be the holidays without someone doing a stage version of this beloved movie. Metro's approach has the advantage of treating it as the basis for a story that's less about the original film and more about the intrepid group of employees of a fictional radio station doing their best to work together to bring it to life over the air. "Metro Theater Company's It's a Wonderful Life brings an hour or so of a captivating and classy good time to an appreciative audience, a terrific start to the holiday season," writes Mark Bretz at Ladue News. "Don't forget to clap on cue."