Monday, October 19, 2015

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of October 19, 2015

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The Presenters Dolan present Jeffrey M. Wright in The 40's: Theirs...And Mine on Saturday, October 24, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Songs from the 40's through today from a singer in his 40's. Songs made famous by artists as diverse as Comden/Green, Cole Porter, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Webb, U2, and Rodgers and Hammerstein - all with the magic touch of Rick Jensen's amazing arrangements. Back in town from his gig at 54 Below in NYC with Alex Rybeck, Jeff also guested at the Metropolitan Room." The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Over Due Theatre presents the musical The Addams Family, based on the cartoon characters of Charles Addams, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, October 23 - November 1. Performances take place at the Olivette Community Center, 9723 Grandview Drive, in Olivette, MO. For more information, call 314-210-2959 or visit

Photo:  Lon Brauer
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the drama Angel Street through November 8. Mrs. Bella Manningham is going mad. Confined to an old and dark London home, her suave husband and caretaker, Jack, accuses her of playing wicked pranks and tricks that she can't recall, tormenting Bella and making her question her own sanity. Frightened, Bella believes everyone is against her, until one evening when a keen police inspector pays her a visit, shedding light on information that could save her life. Equal parts mystery, psychology and sin, Angel Street is one of Broadway's longest running plays. " Performances take place on the mainstage at the Loretto-Hlton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO. For more information, call 314-968-4925 or visit Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Dead! Like Me through November 14. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

Photo: John Lamb
Stray Dog Theatre presents the musical Dogfight Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM through October 24. "A contemporary musical with timeless themes of love and compassion woven into 1960's America as our boys stand at the brink of service in Vietnam." Performances take place at The Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee. For more information, visit or call 314-865-1995. Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The Presenters Dolan present Dean Christopher in Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, A Tribute to Dean Martin on Thursday, October 22, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Dean Christopher has opened for Frank Sinatra, Jr. and several times for Don Rickles. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to one of his show business idols, Dean Martin. Dean just regrets that he is not and never could be as cool." The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Get "Hitched" To A Redneck Or Die through October 31. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Photo: Jill Ritter Lindberg
New Line Theatre presents the regional premiere of the musical Heathers, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, through October 24. "New Line opens its 25th season with the regional premiere of the pitch-black musical comedy HEATHERS, written by the award-winning team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness) and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). This hilarious, big--hearted, and homicidal new musical is based on the 1989 cult film, truly one of the darkest teen comedies of all time. The original screenwriter Daniel Waters called it, 'a Carson McCullers-style novel of a girl who meets the Antichrist as a teenager.'" Performances take place at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in Grand Center. For more information, visit or call 314-534-1111. Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

De Kus
Upstream Theater presents De Kus (The Kiss) by Dutch author Ger Thijs, translated by Paul Evans through October 25. "When a lonely stand-up comic and an anxious housewife meet on a country path, they embark on a journey toward an unknown and surprising fate...where one kiss could change the entire world." Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information, including show times: Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The Emerald Room at The Monocle presents Patrick Livingstone in Magique Uniqe on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. "Dive into this spellbinding and fascinating magical journey as Vaudeville magician Patrick Livingstone takes the stage of The Emerald Room at The Monocle. This performance will have you mesmerized as you take a fantastic adventure accompanied by live musical performances and the witty banter our cabaret cast! This up close and personal presentation will stimulate and impress the senses in this oh, so unique performance!" The monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Ken Haller
The Presenters Dolan present Ken Haller in an encore performance of Mama's Boy on Friday, October 23, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Ken got love of music from his Irish-Catholic mom who would sing standards while keeping house and raising five kids. You won't want to miss this heartwarming, hilarious, moving show from one of St. Louis's foremost cabaret artists!" The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Catalyst Communications Theatre presents the Variety Children's Theatre production of the musical Mary Poppins Friday through Sunday, October 23-25. Performances take place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the UMSL campus. For more information:

The Fox Theatre presents Matilda the Musical, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, October 21 - November 1. "Winner of 50 international awards including 4 Tony Awards  and seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny." The Fox Theatre is at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

Meghan Kirk
The Emerald Room at The Monocle presents Meghan Kirk and Friends on Thursday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Guest performers for this cabaret evening include Tim Schall, Colleeen Sheeley, Jeff Wright, and Angela Moore. Carol Schmidt is pianist and music director. The monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville presents The Miss Firecracker Contest Wednesday through Sunday, October 21-25. "It's a comic volcano of a play, populated by offbeat, but vital, larger-than-life characters......" The Hollywood Reporter The place is the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven, the time a few days before the 4th of July. Carnelle Scott (known as "Miss Hot Tamale" ) is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest - hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. but the unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner, who has walked out on her rich but boring husband and her two small children, complicates matters a bit, as does the repeated threat of Elain's eccentric brother, Delmount, to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. Somehow, Carnelle perseveres!" Performances take place in the Dunham Hall theater on the campus in Edwardsville, IL. For more information, call 618-650-2774 or visit

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents A Night of One Acts Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

The Emerald Room at The Monocle presents an open mic night every Monday from 8:00pm to 11:00pm" "Musical Theater actor? Cabaret singer? Balladeer? Beleter? Coloratura soprano? Crooner? Student? Teacher? Performer? Fan? Come on down and sing. All are welcome. Ron Bryant is your accompanist. Bring your sheet music"." The monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Piano Lesson
Photo: John Lamb
Clayton Community Theatre presents August Wilson's The Piano Lesson through October 25. Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, this Pulitzer Prize-winning 1990 play by American playwright August Wilson follows the lives of the Charles family and an heirloom, the family piano. The play focuses on the tension between family members who treasure the piano as a link to the family history, and those who want to sell the piano to improve the family's economic status. What The Piano Lesson finally seems to ask is: "What do you do with your legacy, and how do you best put it to use?" Performances take place at the Washington University South Campus Theatre. For more information, call 314-721-9228 or visit Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

Fontbonne University's Theatre Department presents April De Angelies' Playhouse Creatures October 22 through November 1. "The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Theaters have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage. Playhouse Creatures focuses on five of the most famous (Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton) to provide a moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses." Performances take place at Fontbonne University's Black Box Theatre located in the Southwest building on the campus at Big Bend and Wydown. For more information: or call (314) 719-8060.

St. Louis University Theatre presents Scotland Road by Jeffrey Hatcher October 23-25. "A young woman rescued from an iceberg in the North Atlantic, speaking only the word 'Titanic' is questioned by a man who tries to expose her as a fake. His only clue to her true identity...her references to an unknown place called 'Scotland Road.'" Performances take place in the Studio Theatre at Xavier Hall, 3373 West Pine Mall. For more information, call (314) 977-2998 or visit

 Take Two Productions presents the rock musical Spring Awakening October 23-31. "It's Germany, 1891. A world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. Join a group of students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years." The show is recommended for mature audiences. Performances take place at Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind in South City. For more information, visit

The Sunshine Boys
Photo: Eric Woolsey
New Jewish Theatre presents Neil Simon's comedy The Sunshine Boys through November 1. "Al Lewis and Willie Clark, as 'Lewis and Clark' were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. But they haven't spoken in over a decade. Now CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a 'History of Comedy' retrospective. A grudging reunion brings them back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Classic Neil Simon, a lot of it is epically funny and all of it is cheerful." Performances take place at the Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theatre at the JCCA, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. For more information, call 314-442-3283 or visit Read the 88.1 KDHX review!

The St. Louis Writers Group presents the world premiere of Starfest the Musical, with book and lyrics by Mario Farwell and music by Stratos Diamantis, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., October 23-25. "The Story opens with our dashing hero, Starfest battling the maniacal villain Zerker, who is bent on world domination! Along the way two earthlings are caught up in the melee and taken across the universe for the adventure of their lives! This musical adventure is a parody of classic Science Fiction shows like Flash Gordan and Buck Rodgers and promises to be an action packed crowd-pleaser!" Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton. For more information:

The Tavern of Fine Arts presents vocalist Dom Thomas and pianist Michael Harvey in Sweet Dreams, the Official Album Listening Party on Thursday, October 22, at 8 p.m. "Sweet Dreams the album listening party will be an event promoting the digital release of Dom Thomas's first studio album. Dom Thomas will sing a couple of songs and guest will get a preview of the entire album through the night. Guest will be able to purchase the album via email and Tips and donations will be accepted." The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

Lina Koutrakos
The Presenters Dolan present singer Lina Koutrakos and pianist/composer Rick Jensen in Two for the Road on Sunday, October 25, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Mainstays on the NY cabaret performance circuit, and both accomplished songwriters, Lina and Rick have mentored and taught many of our town's best cabaret performers. They team up here to practice on Sunday what they preach during the week. " The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

O'Fallon TheatreWorks presents the drama Wit at the O'Fallon Municipal Centre auditorium October 23 - November 1. "Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, Margaret Edson's extraordinary first play, Wit, is a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Synopsis: Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her intellectual approach to the study of Donne has been intensely rational. But as her illness progresses, Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience. " The O'Fallon Municipal Centre is located at 100 North Main Street in O'Fallon, MO. For more information, visit or call 636-379-5606.

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