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The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Bullets in the Bathtub through July 30. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: mansion.com
Cocktails and Curtain Calls presents A Company of Wayward Saints through July 17. " Performed in the style of commedia dell'Arte. A troupe of travelling players, who are far from home and without means, wanders into a public house putting on a play in the hopes that a wealthy patron may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. The play-within-a-play is nothing less than the history of man; from the Garden of Eden, through birth, adolescence, marriage and death. Along the way they enact other wayward adventures such as the homecoming of Odysseus and the assignation of Julius Caesar. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and understanding. Best of all, there is no fourth wall, the audience is in on all of the fun! Come early and enjoy a delicious appetizer, meal and your favorite beverage in this popular central west end venue." Performances will take place at Dressel's in the Central West End. For details on performance times and locatsions, visit eventbrite.com.
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Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's Summer Showbiz Series presents the musical Hairspray through July 17. "It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her “'do!” Performances take place in the Dunham Hall Theater on the campus in Edwardsville, IL. For more information, call 618-650-2774 or visit siue.edu.
Insight Theatre Company presents the musical Jon and Jen July 15 - 31. "This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Jen and her younger brother John are growing up in the ever-changing world of mid-century America. As the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family, and battle lines are drawn between the once-close siblings. When John is killed in Vietnam, Jen is left to reconcile her memory of their fractured relationship along with his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world." Performances take place in the Heagney Theatre, 530 East Lockwood on the campus of Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves. For more information, call 314-556-1293 or visit insighttheatrecompany.com.
Family Musical Theater presents the Disney's The Little Mermaid opening on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. and running through July 24. Performances take place at the Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan. For more information, visit familymusicaltheater.org or call 314-571-9579.
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St. Louis Actors' Studio presents the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, Part 1 through July 17 at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 North Boyle. The festival features professional, new and previously unproduced one-act plays 45 minutes or less in length, chosen from submissions to the festival over the previous year. The plays in Part 1 are “Life Model” by Neil LaBute, “Fire Sans Matches“ by Jeff Carter, “Winter Break“ by James Haigney, and “Mark My Worms“ by Cary Pepper. For more information, call 314-458-2978 or visit stlas.org.
The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Nursery Crimes through July 31. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com.
Theatre Nuevo presents Orgullo: A Pride of One Acts July 14 - 24. Orgullo (Spanish for “pride”) will feature bilingual scripts from playwrights nationwide, focusing on the themes of Latin pride and identity. Original work from national playwrights like Tlaloc Rivas, José Casas, Alvaro Saar Rios and more will be featured in the lineup of one act plays. Performances take place at the 1900 Park Creative Space in Lafayette Square. For more information: www.theatrenuevo.com.
First Run Theatre presents the world premiere of Trick and Antonia by Jenn Ciavarella Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 17. In the closing days of The Cold War, Patrick - a promising intelligence agent discovers his wife is a Soviet spy who has been pumping him for information. Years later, Patrick, at the end of his career and his rope, is tasked with discovering the whereabouts of a missing agent behind enemy lines. The person who may know is Patrick's former wife, who has been recently detained by the FBI. As tensions build, Patrick must navigate conspiracies and the demons of his past to find the truth and perhaps discovered whether he ever knew the woman he loved." The performances take place in the theatre on the campus of DeSmet Jesuit High School on Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. For more information on First Run Theater's Play Reading Festival - firstruntheatre.com.
The Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Twisted Improv on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. at The Steamboat Room, 314 S. Clay in Kirkwood, MO. "Join Adam and his crew for an interactive night of fun and laughter.Beer, wine and food available from Kirkwood Station Brewery." For more information: ktg-onstage.org.
The Muny presents the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein opening on Wednesday, July 13, and running nightly at 8:15 pm through July 19 in the outdoor theatre in Forest Park. "The gang's all here: Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Igor and the horse-frightening Frau Blücher - together again in scenic Transylvania to reanimate a monster. Only the deranged mind of Mel Brooks could have inspired such lunacy. As Mel's 1974 movie comedy classic comes to bawdy, musical life onstage, you too will feel like “Puttin' on the Ritz” as you revel in a madcap evening of mad scientists, yodeling lab assistants ... everything you need for one hilarious Muny night!" For more information, visit muny.org or call 314-361-1900.