Sunday, January 05, 2020

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week January 6, 2020

The post-Christmas season kicks off with new shows from The Black Rep, New Jewish Theatre, and Fly North Theatricals, among others.

Emily Skinner
The Blue Strawberry presents Broadway My Way with singer Emily Skinner and pianist/music director John Fischer on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, at 8 pm. " In her captivatingly all-in cabaret show, Tony-nominated Broadway star Emily Skinner (Side Show, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Jekyll & Hyde, The Cher Show) takes us on a tour of her neighborhood. A favorite at The Rep in Follies and The MUNY in The Little Mermaid. " The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

New Line Theatre presents a public reading of the new musical Gilbert and Sullivan's Bloody Kind Oedipus on Monday, January 6, at 8 pm. "After shocking the music and theatre worlds by rediscovering Gilbert and Sullivan's lost masterpiece The Zombies of Penzance in 2013, and then staging and publishing the controversial original opera, in 2018, now New Line Theatre artistic director Scott Miller has done it once again. This time, Miller has unearthed Gilbert & Sullivan's even darker and funnier BLOODY KING OEDIPUS, a comic opera no one even knew existed until now, based on Sophocles' iconic Greek tragedy of murder, incest, disfigurement, suicide, and lots of prophecies, which first debuted in 429 BC. And now, at long last, King Oedipus, Queen Jocasta, General Creon, Milo the Herald, and all of Thebes will make their light opera debut. Miller has painstakingly reassembled these rediscovered materials into their original form; and St. Louis composer and orchestrator John Gerdes is reconstructing Sullivan's music, after doing the same with The Zombies of Penzance." The reading takes place at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive. For more information:

The St. Louis Family Theatre Series presents the Theatreworks USA production of Click, Clack, Moo Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and Saturday, January 18 at 2 pm. “'Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!' Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. 'No way,' replies Farmer Brown. 'No blankets!' So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin." 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

CSZ St. Louis presents The ComedySportz Show on Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. The show is "action-packed, interactive and hilarious comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle it out for points and your laughs! You choose the winners the teams provide the funny!" Performances take place on the second floor of the Sugar Cubed, 917 S Main St. in St Charles, Mo. For more information:

Ester and Eric's One Woman Show
New Jewish Theater presents Ester and Eric's One Woman Show Saturday, January 11, at 8 pm. "Thanks to a double booking, frenemies are forced to perform their solo shows on the same stage at the same time. See what TimeOut New York says is an 'uproarious event' featuring two 'narcissistic actors.' Come for the comedy, stay for the drama.” The performance takes place at The J's Carl and Helene Mirowitz Banquet and Performing Arts Center 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. For more information: or call 314-442-3283.

Fly North Theatricals presents the new musical Madam opening on Thursday, January 10, at 7:30 pm and running through February 2. "ELIZA HAYCRAFT - She built an EMPIRE of brothels based on three simple rules. . . RESPECT, CONSENT, and PAY UP FRONT! In 1870 - she was the richest and most powerful woman in the City of St. Louis! But in 1870, Eliza Haycraft was dying. . . And the richest and most powerful men in the City of St. Louis. . . They were hellbent on taking it all away from her. With a score by STL-based composer Colin Healy (The Gringo, Forgottonia) described as 'power swing', fusing elements of modern pop and musical theatre with traditional St. Louis blues and swing revival, you can move-and-be-moved by this turbulent story about the right to be remembered, the meaning of love, and the power of 'no.'" Performances take place at the .ZACK, 3224 Locust in Grand Center. For more information:

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro opening on Wednesday, January 8, and running through February 2. " The Greek tragedy Medea is reborn through the experiences of a young immigrant family living in modern day Los Angeles. Shrouded in evocative mysticism, this tale of love, loss and transformation pulses with an escalating sense of danger. In this fresh retelling, Medea and Jason grapple not only with their own star-crossed marriage, but with the weight of the sacrifices demanded in the battle between assimilation and tradition." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information:

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents the thriller Night Watch, opening on Friday, January 10, at 8 pm and running through January 19. "Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body-this time a woman's-but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved-Elaine's old friend and house guest Blanche; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid Helga-all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax." Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

The Black Rep presents August Wilson's Two Trains Running opening on Wednesday, January 8, at 7 pm and running through January 26. "In August Wilson's masterpiece, history unfolds around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh's Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers. Now the owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman. Part of Wilson's trailblazing American Century Cycle, Two Trains Running paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation." Performances take place at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. For more information:

Christy Simmons
The Blue Strawberry presents When Life Give You Lemons with singer Christy Simmons and pianist/music director Joe Dreyer on Thursday, January 9, at 8 pm. "Join Christy as she makes lemonade out of her adventures with love and loss, love and loss, love and…well you get the picture. 'When Life Gives You Lemons' is an irreverent romp through the peaks and valleys of the dating game, told through the sassy song stylings and storytelling of this critically acclaimed cabaret veteran." The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

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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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