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|A Jewish Joke|
Photo: Eric Woolsey
My take: With the paranoia-drenched fascism McCarthy championed on the rise again, this play feels sadly timely. "The deceptively straightforward show reflects on a time in U.S. history when citizens were encouraged to turn against each other with suspicion and distrust," Tina Farmer reminds us in her review for KDHX. "Though filled with a keen sense of humor, the lesson of this poignant tale is one we would be well advised to heed in today’s tumultuous times."
|The King and IPhoto: Matthew Murhpy|
My take: This show is a classic for some very sound reasons, and this tour of the recent Lincoln Center revival appears to be a good one. "[Director Bartlett] Sher's re-telling of this iconic show pays homage to the classic," writes Shannon Cothran in her KDHX review, "reviving memorable scenes and choreography from Jerome Robbins, but the story doesn't feel stale: Every bow, smile, and turn of the wrist feels fresh and delightful".
Photo: Justin Been
My take: A hit on Broadway in 1987 and in cinemas in 1989, Steel Magnolias is a heartfelt tribute to the resiliency of its small town characters and to the importance of friendship in hard times. In his review for Ladue News, Mark Bretz notes that Stray Dog Artistic Director Gary Bell "directs with a sure and steady touch, maintaining the focus on Harling’s fun-loving but also tender script."