Sunday, February 02, 2020

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of February 3, 2020

New entries this week include drama at Stray Dog and cabaret at the Blue Strawberry and the Sheldon.

Myriad Productions presents Sam Shepard's Buried Child Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, through February 9. "A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince's hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is. Nor does his father, Tilden, a hulking former All-American footballer, or his uncle, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Only the memory of an unwanted child, buried in an undisclosed location, can hope to deliver this family." Performances take place at The Olive Tree, 1211 South Newstead Avenue in The Grove. For more information:

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:

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Dress the Part through February 15. "The Q Brothers return to high school in a new hip-hop musical based on Shakespeare's Two Gentleman of Verona. Proteus and Valentine are high school football stars at Verona College Prep who learn a thing or two about love, friendship and loyalty. Over twenty characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride." Performances take place at The Ready Room in the Grove neighborhood. For more information, including dates and times:

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents the interactive comedy Flanagan's Wake running through March 21. "The hit show from Chicago, Flanagan's Wake, is the hilarious interactive show that brings Flanagan's Irish family to St. Louis where they will memorialize his passing. Audiences participate in this comedic memorial with plenty o' pints, crazy sing-a-longs, telling of witty tales and mourn the passing of one of their own: Flanagan. Audiences will pay their respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. Listen to a eulogy written by County Sligo's best-known writer, Mickey Finn, and tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. You can cross yourself with the blessings from St. Gregory's parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross your fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn't cast a spell on you. Mayor Martin O'Doul will preside over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat)." The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information:

Metro Theatre Company presents Ghost Fridays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, through March 1. "Metro Theater Company presents the rolling world premiere of a new play adapted by Idris Goodwin from Jason Reynolds's award-winning best-seller for young readers. Running is all that Castle Cranshaw, a.k.a. "Ghost," has ever known, but he runs for all the wrong reasons until he meets Coach, who sees something in him: raw talent. The story follows Castle as he tries to stay on track, literally and figuratively, harnessing his aptitude for speed on an elite local track team while battling the difficult realities of his past and present. Ghost also highlights the importance of allyship. As his teammates become friends and Coach stands in as a father figure, Castle finds a place where he belongs. " The performances take place at The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center. For more information:

Arvell Keithley
The Blue Strawberry presents Arvell Keithley in His.Story! 45 Years of Musical History in One Night! on Saturday, February 8, at 8 pm. " 45 years of musical history in one night of song with Arvell Keithley. Come and experience Arvell, up close and personal, one night only at The Blue Strawberry. Share his story through his unique perspective as he and his 7-piece band travel through time. Arvell & Company will present to you an entertaining medley of music spanning his more than four-decade career." The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

Alton Little Theater presents the classic drama Inherit the Wind Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, through February 9. "The compelling classic of American Theater based upon the trial which pitted Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan. A story as relevant today as it was in the 1920's because this moving and meaningful play is, at heart, addressing the freedoms of every American." Performances take place at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit

The Sheldon Concert Hall presents Ben Nordstrom and Steve Neale in The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 pm. "Two of St. Louis' favorite musical theater performers come together to celebrate music icons Billy Joel and Elton John. Enjoy hits such as "New York State of Mind," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" and "Your Song," performed with Ben and Steve's trademark wit and charm." The Sheldon is at 3648 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

My Name is Asher Lev
Photo by John Gitchoff
New Jewish Theater presents My Name is Asher Lev Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 4 and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through February 9. "My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist." 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 St. Louis Family Theatre Series presents Owen and Mzee, the Musical Saturday, February 8, at 2 pm. "The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world. The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart." 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

Caleb Long
The Blue Strawberry presents Caleb Long in Petty: The Musical A cabaret of songs from shows I didn't book but should've on Thursday, February 6, at 8 pm. "Caleb Long has burst onto the St. Louis cabaret scene fully formed. A really talented, big and nuanced theater voice, he moves into cabaret from musical theater energetically, cleverly and well. in a show he co-created with Colin Healy. Petty: The Musical follows Caleb Long as he recounts all the roles he didn't book (but should have). Caleb explores his downright pettiness (of course), but also his joy, regret, self-discovery, confidence, and acceptance for things that are simply out of our control. " The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Phantom of the Grand Ole Opry February 1 through April 26. "Millions of people flock to the Grand Ole Opry House to see Tammy Whino's one woman show, "Stand By Your Man." Here, amid the fried chicken, line dancing and dinner theatre, Tammy is the Queen of the Grand Ole Opry. Or is she? When she is found murdered, many suspect the Phantom because everyone knows the house is haunted. Or could the murderer be Billy Ray Serious, Naomi Dudd, and we can't forget about Nelson Willy?" For more information:

Clinton County Showcase presents the musical Rock of Ages Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, February 7-16. " t's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard! Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing and longs for small-town girl Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes." Performances take place outdoors at the Avon Theatre, 535 N. 2nd St. in Breese IL. For more information, visit

The Monroe Actors Stage presents the comedy The Solid Gold Cadillac Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 pm, February 7-16. "When down-to-earth secretary Laura Partridge asks some highly pertinent but embarrassing questions at the stockholders' meeting of a major New York corporation, the company's arrogant board of directors tries to buy her silence with a cushy position in shareholder relations. The scheme backfires, however, when Laura falls in love with the company's gruff CEO and makes herself the leader of an all-out shareholders' revolt." Performances take place in the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Waterloo, Illinois. For more information, visit or call 618-939-7469.

The Blue Strawberry presents Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes in Songs of Love and Heartache on Friday, February 7, at 8 pm. "An intimate show with the crystalline sound of Sarah Jane on vocals, Joe Park on guitar and Guy Cantonwine on upright bass. A celebration of love and heartache because that's how love goes." The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

The Thanksgiving Play
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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents The Thanksgiving Play through February 9. "Four earnestly progressive theatre-makers want to create a politically correct Thanksgiving play that is historically accurate, avoids all possible stereotypes and doesn't offend anyone. Guess how long it takes for everything to fly off the rails? This wickedly hilarious satire hurtles into glorious chaos, skewering both its characters' pretensions and the traditional "Thanksgiving story."" Performances take place in the Studio Theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information:

Three Tall Women
Stray Dog Theatre presents Edward Albee's drama Three Tall Women opening on Thursday, February 6, at 8 pm and running through February 22. "A young lawyer has been sent to sort-out the finances of an elderly client, although more than money is at issue. With a nurse companion steadily alongside, the old woman's conflicted life is laid bare in all of its charming, vicious, and wretched glory. Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize, Three Tall Women, a semi-autobiographical view of the playwright's mother, is often seen as Albee's most personal and compelling play." Performances take place at The Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee. For more information, visit or call 314-865-1995.

Act Two Theatre presents the comedy Who's in Bed With the Butler Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, February 7-16. " A California billionaire has bequeathed all of his assets to his only daughter, Constance - except the $22 million yacht he wanted Josephine to have, a $25 million art collection left to Renee, and some priceless antique automobiles willed to Marjorie. Constance arrives at her father's mansion with her lawyer, determined to find out who these women are and to buy them off or contest the will. The butler seems to hold the key, and she learns from him that the three sultry ladies were her father's lovers." Performances take place in the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at 1 St Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376. For more information:

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Upstream Theater presents Wildfire through February 9. "Claudette, Claudia, Claudine, Carol, Callum, and Caroline have more in common than names that begin with C-they are haunted by a family history of childhood trauma, which unfolds across three generations-and then loops back … to the future. They do what they can to survive. Sometimes by baking cookies, sometimes by playing fantasy games, and sometimes by smashing a hammer into a TV. Highly absurd, terribly funny and beautifully constructed, WILDFIRE is a mix of ferocious black comedy and a humanistic worldview which recognizes that seemingly unremarkable lives can experience extraordinary fates." Performances take place at the Marcelle Theatre in Grand Center. For more information, including show times:

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