Sunday, August 28, 2016

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of August 28, 2016

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For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.

The Caterpillar's Lament
The Presenters Dolan and the Emerald Room Cabaret present Kyle Twomey and Amelia Jo Parish in The Caterpillar's Lament on Friday, September 2, at 8 p.m. "A cabaret show about coming of age, crossing downstage and breaking free of whatever cocoon-cliche in which you find yourself trapped in. Come watch Kyle and Amelia put on a show about what they've learned thus far, and celebrate your caterpillar fierceness. These half-baked divas guarantee laughs, cries, inbetweens, and some second banana bread (seriously). Come out and join us, and show off your wings! Or fuzz. Wherever you are in the process, we think you're cool." The performance takes place in The Emerald Room at The Monocle Bar, 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents CSI: Bissell through October 30. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Curtain's Up Theatre presents the musical Damn Yankees Thursday through Sunday, September 1-4. "Based on Douglass Wallop's novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, this story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Real estate agent Joe Boyd wishes that just once the Washington Senators could beat those "damn Yankees" and ends up making a pact with Applegate, who appears to be a slick salesman, but is far more than what he seems." Performances take place at the Alfresco Art Center, 2401 Delmar in Granite City, IL. For more information, visit

The Heir Apparent
Photo: John Lamb
St. Louis Shakespeare presents the comedy The Heir Apparent by Jean-François Regnard, as adapted by David Ives, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., September 1- 4. " Paris, 1708. Eraste, a worthy though penniless young man, is in love with the fair Isabelle, but her forbidding mother, Madame Argante, will only let the two marry if Eraste can show he will inherit the estate of his rich but miserly Uncle Geronte. Unfortunately, old Geronte has also fallen for the fair Isabelle, and plans to marry her this very day and leave her everything in his will-separating the two young lovers forever. Eraste's wily servant Crispin jumps in, getting a couple of meddling relatives disinherited by impersonating them (one, a brash American, the other a French female country cousin)-only to have the old man kick off before his will is made! In a brilliant stroke, Crispin then impersonates the old man, dictating a will favorable to his master (and Crispin himself, of course)-only to find that rich Uncle Geronte isn't dead at all and is more than ever ready to marry Isabelle! The multiple strands of the plot are unraveled to great comic effect in the streaming rhyming couplets of French classical comedy, and everyone lives happily, and richly, ever after." Performances take place at the Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan in the Carondelet neighborhood. For more information, call 314-361-5664 or visit

Photo: John Lamb
Mustard Seed Theatre presents Kindertransport, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., through September 4. "During 1938-39, almost ten thousand children, mostly Jewish, were sent from families at risk in Nazi occupied Germany to safety in Britain. Samuel's play explores the lives of mothers and daughters torn apart and brought together by this "Kindertransport." " Performances take place at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. For more information, call (314) 719-8060 or visit the web site at

R-S Theatrics presents Love? Actually..., an evening of three one-act musicals, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., September 2 - 18. Performances take place at The Westport Playhouse, 635 Westport Plaza. For more information:

Phoebe Elliot and Gina Venier
The Presenters Dolan and the Emerald Room Cabaret present Phoebe Elliot and Gina Venier on Saturday, September 3, at 8 p.m. "Pop songstress Phoebe Elliot broke into the music scene at age 4, harmonizing to Disney tunes in the back seat of the family minivan. After writing her first song at fifteen, she knew right away she wanted to be an artist. Originally from St. Louis, Elliot currently lives in Nashville and continues to write, perform, and collaborate with other songwriters and musicians, under the watchful eye of Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride). With her soulful voice, and "one woman-band" set up of cajon, kick pedal, guitar, and "lucky egg," Venier wow-ed producers and judges with her first audition of ZZ Ward's "Put The Gun Down." After all three judges gave her a "yes" she was through to Hollywood. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Conick Jr. were continually surprised and impressed by the unique performances she brought to the show. Lopez called her a, "funky, funky girl" and Urban would frequently comment on Venier's "true artistry." Gina made it to the season's overall Top 48 contestants, and was Top 24 for female contenders. " The performance takes place in The Emerald Room at The Monocle Bar, 4510 Manchester in The Grove neighborhood. For more information:

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Zombie Love through October 28. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. 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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