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|Am I Black Enough Yet?|
Photo: Brittanie Gunn
My take: Tesseract has been tackling new and adventurous material for many years now. The company's current production is a reprise of the first show they ever presented, and it's getting good notices. "Still relevant," writes Tina Farmer at KDHX, "the entertaining show is the perfect choice to revisit as the company prepares for its next chapter, in the new .Zack Arts Incubator."
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
My take: One of Sonheim's more intellectualy ambitious works (the book is by James Goldman, best known for the brilliant Lion in Winter), Follies uses the age-old device of mismatched lovers to reflect on the fragmentation and disintegration of American culture in the years following World War II. It's a complicated and frankly expensive piece to produce, which is probably one reason why it hasn't been seen here since the original Broadway cast played the Muny in 1971. Reviews for the Rep production have been uniformly excellent and I'm looking forward to seeing this myself this weekend.
|A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder|
Photo: Joan Marcus
My take: Speaking of rave reviews, this hit Broadway musical has been gather them for some time now, copping the 2014 Tony for Best Musical along the way. This tour has gotten great notices locally. "Sometimes people complain that theater isn’t 'fun", writes Judy Newmark at STLToday.com. "These people need to see 'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,' the blithe treat that opened Tuesday at the Fox Theatre. If that doesn’t make them change their minds, nothing will."
Photo: Michael Young
My take: R-S continues to go its own unique way, this time with a trio of one-act musicals that take a wry look at love and its discontents. "Director Christina Rios and musical director Leah Luciano have put together an evening of completely engaging entertainment that looks at love from the failed perspective" writes Tina Farmer at KDHX.
|Miss Julie, Clarissa and John|
Photo: Phillip Hamer
My take: Rewriting Strindberg's 1888 tragedy and moving it to the post-Civil War South could be an invitation to disaster, but Mr. Southers appears to have pulled it off, based on the reviews. At Stage Door STL, Steve Allen says the script is "is nothing short of brilliant" while the production itself is "powerful theatre, well directed and a splendid cast who exemplifies the quality and longevity of the Black Rep."
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Remember Me as its Shakespeare in the Streets 2016 production nightly at 8 PM, Friday through Sunday, September 16 - 18. "Local beer, donuts, bowling and the Bard will all come together as Shakespeare in the Streets heads to Maplewood. This year's production, Remember Me, will feature a mash-up of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth, with a little Romeo and Juliet thrown in." The production will feature the combined talents of professional actors performing alongside local residents and students. Performances take place in the streets of Mapelwood, MO. For more information: sfstl.com
My take: The Shakespeare in the Streets project is a remarkable if not unique example of how theatre can be a community event. Each summer, the company produces an original script in and around the streets of a particular St. Louis neighborhood, relying heavily on the particular aspects of that neighborhood for inspiration. This time around there are Maplewood ghosts and, of course, live music by local performers.