Sunday, November 08, 2015

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 9, 2015

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The 39 Steps
Photo: Joey Rumpell
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents The 39 Steps, based on the classic Hitchcock thriller, through November 14. Performances take place at The Chapel Venue, 6238 Alexander Drive. For more information:

The Muny presents musical theatre star Beth Leavel in a cabaret evening on Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. Performances take place at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3658 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A Christmas Sleigh-Ing November 6 through December 30th. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall 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., November 13-22, 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 Crimes of the Heart November 13-22. "Crimes of the Heart is filled with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past and seize the future-but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. This winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize will be directed by Ken Clark, who says, 'If you think your family has issues, wait until you visit the Magrath household. As my grandmother once said, Southern hospitality can't fix crazy.'" Performances take place in Xavier Hall, 3373 West Pine Mall. For more information, call (314) 977-2998 or visit

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:

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley presents Decision Height through November 14. "Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancee to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part of help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through Triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in plight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes." Performances take place in the Fisher Theatre on the campus at 3400 Pershall Road. For more information, call 314-644-5522.

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents the thriller Dracula, adapted from the Bram Stoker novel by Balderston and Deane, through November 15. Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents the drama The Elephant Man Wednesdays through Sundays through November 15. Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit

I and You
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the drama I and You through November 15. "Anthony is an effortlessly popular "A" student; Caroline is a prickly cynic, homebound with a serious illness. This unlikely duo sits in Caroline's room, trying to cobble together a report on Walt Whitman overnight. As they work and procrastinate, argue and compromise, the teens begin to uncover each other's hidden depths. Full of surprising humor and emotion, I and You explores bravery in the face of an uncertain future and the unique, mysterious connections that bind us." Performances take place in the studio theater 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!

MADCO (Mid American Dance Company) presents Liquid Roads on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, at 8 p.m. " Returning after a successful debut in 2014, MADCO celebrates the music and dance of its hometown St. Louis in Liquid Roads. Infused with the music that flowed up the Mississippi and into our hearts, the show reaches beyond contemporary dance to pure entertainment as four musicians accompany the dancers onstage with original and familiar songs." The performance takes place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri at St. Louis Campus. For more information:

New Jewish Theater presents A Little Night Music, an evening of songs from Jewish Broadway and more with singer Johanna Elkana-Hale on Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m. The performance takes place at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. 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, November 13-22. "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.

Alton Little Theater presents the comedy A Nice Family Gathering Thursdays through Sundays, through November 15, at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. "A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since Dad died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife of 35 years that he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.... " For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit

The Hawthorne Players present the musical Nunsense through November 15. "Nunsense is the story of how the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. " The performances take place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 921-5678 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, Burn Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, November 13-22. "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

Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Neil Simon comedy Rumors through November 15. "The Deputy Mayor of New York and his wife are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Guests arrive to find their unconscious host bleeding and his wife missing. Hoping to avoid a scandal, his lawyer concocts a story to hide what is assumed to be the truth. But as the rest of the guests arrive, the story grows awry with everyone complicit in a hilarious cover-up that no one even really understands." Performances take place in the Robert G. Reim Theatre of the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road. For more information, call 314-821-9956 or visit

Karen Oberlin
The Presenters Dolan presents Karen Oberlin in Secret Love: A Tribute to Doris Day on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Headliner at 54 Below, the Algonquin, Birdland, Feinstein's and Café Carlyle, Karen Oberlin encounters the work of this great American artist." The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

The Presenters Dolan present the duo Sleepy Kitty on Thursday, November 12, at 8 PM as part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival. "Sleepy Kitty draws inspiration from - and sometimes braids together - George Gershwin, 60's girl groups, surf rock, Broadway, Francoise Hardy, Velvet Underground and Nico. Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult composed and performed the strikingly successful music for Upstream Theater's superb production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (which would have shone at any of the most artistically ambitious companies anywhere.)" The performance takes place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Karin Allyson
Photo: Reisig and Taylor
Jazz at the Bistro presents vocalist Karrin Allyson singing Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. "Four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson recently went back to the recording studio for an intimate look at the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein." Jazz at the Bistro is at 3536 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

First Run Theatre presents the 2015 Spectrum One-Act Play Festival Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through November 15. This year's plays are "Best Friends Forever" by KDHX theatre critic Steve Callahan, "American Dolls" by Rita Winters, "The Patty Duke Question" by Greg Baily, "Kibble" by David Hawley, "The Breeders" by Larry D. Quiggins, "The Hamburger Clown" by David Hawley, "Next" by Gerry Mandel, and "The Problem With Pamela" by Dan McGee. Performances take place at Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind. For more information, call (314) 352-5114 or visit

COCA presents the Theatre Unspeakable production of Superman 2050 Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15. "Epic story, pocket sized proportions-seven actors share one tine platform (just 3-by-7 feet of space) and upon it an original Superman tale unfolds. Set in a fictional 2050 Metropolis with a remarkable resemblance to Chicago, this production highlight imaginative, resourceful cast member who use only their bodies and voices to create every prop, scene, sound effect and character in a battle between Superman and Lex Luthor." COCA is at 524 Trinity in University City. For more information, call (314) 725-6555 or visit

Metro Theatre Company presents a free public performance of Talkin' Trash by Nicholas Kryah on Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m. "Talkin' Trash tells the story of a young boy obsessed with trash and recycling who moves to a rundown neighborhood next door to an elderly woman who struggles with compulsive hoarding. Their unlikely intergenerational relationship touches on issues of community, responsibility and friendship." The performance takes place at Robinson Elementary School located at 803 Couch Avenue in Kirkwood, MO. For more information:

Act Two Theatre presents the satirical musical Urinetown, through November 15. "Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!" 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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