Thursday, May 09, 2013

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of May 10, 2013

As always, the choices are purely my personal opinion. Take with a grain (or a shaker) of salt.

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The Black Rep presents the world premiere of Smash/Hit! through May 19. “An Iraqi War vet fights to leave the battlefield behind, and make his way in the treacherous world of Hip Hop.” Performances take place at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square. "What makes the play work so well," writes Tina Farmer in her review for 88.1 KDHX, "is the combination of the actors' performances and the well-written, tightly connected script. The language used and situations presented speak directly to a contemporary audience". For more information, visit or call 314-534-3810.

Carol Schmidt
R-S Theatrics presents Songs for a Cause, a fund-raising cabaret for the group Visiting Orphans, on Sunday, May 12, at 7 PM. “Annie Chase works with the group Visiting Orphans and is raising money to go back to the orphanage in China that her group has visited for 3 years and care for babies and children where there is a low care-giver to child ratio.” Performers include Anna Blair, Dennis Folwarczny, Ken Haller, Kay Love, Christina Rios, Christy Simmons, and Annie Chase. And, of course, me. Carol Schmidt is pianist and music director for the evening, which takes place at Bethel Lutheran Fellowship Hall at 7001 Forsyth. For more information:

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HotCity Theatre presents the St. Louis premiere of Maple and Vine May 3-18. “Disgusted with today's SCANDALOUS society where vulgarity and obscenity are actually rewarded? Overwhelmed by computers, smart phones, tablets and the such? Well, forsake Reality TV and your electronic devices for the dry martinis and Tupperware parties of the 1950's, when the simpler life was much more wholesome. Or ... was it?” I saw the world premiere of this at the Humana Festival two years ago and was very impressed with it; I'm looking forward to seeing what HotCity does with it.  Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, visit or call 314-289-4063.

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