Sunday, November 15, 2015

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 16, 2015

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R-S Theatrics presents Animals Out of Paper Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., November 20 - December 8 "When a reclusive origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his eager high-school teacher, she discovers that life and love can't be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold." Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive. For more information:

Chuck Lavazzi
Photo: Jill Ritter Lindberg
The Cabaret Project and 88.1 KDHX present the monthly cabaret open mic night on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 to 10 PM at the Tavern of Fine Arts “Drop by and enjoy a night of great music from St. Louis cabaret artists, backed up by the inimitable Carol Schmidt on the baby grand.” The master of ceremonies is Chuck Lavazzi, senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX. If you're planning to sing, be prepared to do one or two songs and bring music, preferably in your key. At least one of your two songs should be a medium-or up-tempo number. We'd also recommend that you have your song memorized. The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt at Waterman in the Central West End. There's free parking in the lot right across the street. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A Christmas Sleigh-Ing through December 30th. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents The Christmas Show November 20 - January 2. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

The Monroe Actors Stage Company presents A Christmas Story, based on the stories of Jean Shepherd, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through November 22, in the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Waterloo, Illinois. For more information, visit or call 618-939-7469.

St. Louis University Theatre presents Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m., November 20-22 The play is "the touching and funny story of the three Magrath sisters as they deal with adversities and struggle to overcome past resentments. Performances are in the Main Stage Theatre in Xavier Hall, 3733 West Pine Mall. For more information, reservations and online ticket information go to

The St. Louis Family Theatre Series presents Fly Guy and Other Stories Sunday, Friday, and Saturday, November 22, 27, and 29, at 2 p.m. "A new musical revue based on favorite children's books. Book titles subject to change: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig by Kate McMullan, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores by James Howe, Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes and Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch." 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

White Christmas
Photo: Kevin White
The Fox Theatre presents the musical Irving Berlin's White Christmas Tuesday through Sunday, November 17-22. The Fox Theatre is at 517 North Grand in Grand Center. "This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and join us at the Fox for Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical." For more information, or call 314-534-1678.

Topper Productions and Michael Bogus present Craig Pomranz in Love Takes Time Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. "Craig Pomranz brings his new show "Love Takes Time" from NYC and London to Webster Groves. Featuring diverse songs ranging from Irving Berlin up to Cyndi Lauper and Stevie Wonder. you'll wonder if "time" in the title refers to time spent longing for love, time in love, or references in song? You'll have to come and decide for yourself." The performance takes place at Cyrano's 603 East Lockwood in Webster Groves. For more information:

Prison Performing Arts presents Mass Meaning, Mass Incarceration Explored by Inmates, on Thursday, November 19, at 1 and 7 p.m. "Created by inmates at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO, this dynamic, moving and funny original work explores the topic of mass incarceration in America. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the participants. Performances take place at at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO. For more information:

The Performing Arts Department at Washington University presents the Moliere's comedy The Misanthrope, translated by Richard Wilbur, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through November 22. "Moliere's most enduringly modern comedy tells the story of Alceste, a scrupulous young man who despises the flattery and superficiality that prevails among the social elites of Paris. But Alceste is in love with Celimene, who embodies the duplicity that he can't stand in others. This stripped-down production, which imagines Moliere's story. Into the midst of a group of well-connected young people concerned with love, money and reputation, renews Moliere's fundamental questions: can someone of strong moral principles exist in a sophisticated social world?" Performances take place in the Hotchner Studio Theatre in the Mallinckrodt Student Center on the Washington University campus. For more information, visit or call 314-935-6543.

St. Louis Community College at Meramec presents the musical Monty Python's Spamalot Wednesday through Sunday, November 18-22. Performances take place in the theatre on the campus at 11333 Big Bend Road. For more information, call 314-984-7500.

Alfresco Productions presents the Agatha Christie thriller The Mousetrap Friday through Sunday, November 20-22 "This is the longest running play in history. It is the classic suspense thriller: a group of people trapped in a boarding house during a huge snowstorm. A body is discovered. Who will be next?" Performances take place at the Alfresco Art Center, 2401 Delmar in Granite City, IL. For more information: (618) 560-1947 or

St. Charles Community College presents the comedy Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music Wednesday through Sunday, November 18-22. "This hilarious comedy features Eve, who lives over the Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music Bar. She is paid a visit by her niece Catherine, a novice nun who's been asked to leave her convent. It seems Catherine suffers from a curious compulsion to yell obscenities at the wrong moment and even, on occasion, bark like a dog. Roy, an honest if simple fellow from the bar downstairs, wants to court Catherine whether she's a nun or not.” Performances take place in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, MO. For more information, call 636-922-8050 or visit

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:

Rapture, Blister, Burn
Photo: John Lamb
The West End Players Guild continues their 105th season with Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, BurnThursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM, November 19-22. "After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine became a 'rock star' in the academic world and a go-to cable TV commenter, while Gwen gild a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs." There will also be a show on Thursday, November 19, at 8 PM. Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 North Union at Enright in the Central West End. For more information, call 314-367-0025 or visit

Jefferson College presents the A Seussified Christmas Carol on Saturday, November 21, at 2 p.m.. The performance takes place at the Jefferson College Fine Arts Theatre on the campus in Hillsboro, MO. For more information, visit or call 636-481-3369 or 636-789-3000 ext. 3369.

The Presenters Dolan present Emily Johnson in Solo on Thursday, November 19, at 8 p.m. " After her successful debut cabaret, Emily Johnson returns to sing the songs of her vocal idols-including Whitney Houston, Sam Smith, and Adele. Join her as she explores a more intimate side of these iconic artists in this soul-searching performance." The performance takes place in the Emerald Room at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove neighborhood. For more information:

Family Musical Theater presents the musical revue A Song for Christmas Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 19-22. Performances take place at the Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan. For more information, visit or call 314-571-9579.

Brian Owens
The Presenters Dolan presents Brian Owens in The Soul of Cash on Thursday, November 19, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. " Following a wildly popular sellout in the spring, Brian Owens comes back with a soulfully interpreted tribute to Johnny Cash. Brian Owens could be calling Nashville home, or LA or New York. But he chooses to live here. So we don't have to go anywhere else to hear him." The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents the comedy Stage Door Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 18-22. “Stage Door is a comedy about sixteen young women who have moved to New York City in the hopes of pursuing careers in acting. They are all living in Mrs. Orcutt's boarding house with the girl with no talent and the over the hill actress. But the story really revolves around one woman named Terry Randall who is competing for a position in the theatre. One by one, her competitors drop out of the quest for the job, but a man named David Kingsley helps Terry to keep fighting for the job. Mattie the maid, her husband, gentleman callers and many others who find themselves in the boarding house provide comedic relief and excitement.” Performances take place on the main stage of the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information, or call 314-968-7128.

The Presenters Dolan presents singer/songwriter Susan Werner on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Singers and songwriters don't get more talented than Susan Werner. She's a master of so many genres, and about to add Broadway. Susan is the composer and lyricist of Bull Durham, scheduled to open next year." The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Would you like to be on the radio? KDHX, 88.1 FM needs theatre reviewers. If you're 18 years or older, knowledgeable in this area, have practical theatre experience (acting, directing, writing, technical design, etc.), have good oral and written communications skills and would like to become one of our volunteer reviewers, send an email describing your experience and interests to chuck at Please include a sample review of something you've seen recently.

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