St. Louis Actors' Studio presents A Behanding in Spokane through December 17. "In Martin McDonagh's first American-set play, Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for almost half a century. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and we're set for a hilarious roller coaster of love, hate, desperation and hope." Performances take place at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 North Boyle For more information, call 314-458-2978 or visit stlas.org.
Lindenwood University presents the drama A Christmas Carol Thursday - Saturday, December 7 - 9, at 7:30 p.m. "This timeless classic follows the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge on a fantastic journey through time and space, forced to confront his past, present, and future through the aid of his spiritual guides. Returning to the main stage Lindenwood Theater for 2017." The performances take place at The Lindenwood Theatre at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the Lindenwood campus in St. Charles, MO. For more information, call 636-949-4433 or visit www.lindenwood.edu/center.
The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents The Christmas Killer through December 31. " Welcome to the party sponsored by Chatty Cathy, (and the "Misfit Toys"). We certainly hope that you can find a good home for one of our toys! Of course, it'll be a fun party as long as the wrong element doesn't show up! We're talking about Ricky Stitch, of course. Gee! I hope nothing bad happens to him! Anyway, you'll meet lots of characters tonight. In fact, you'll be a character too! Whether you'd like to participate a lot, or just a little, we promise you great holiday fun when you attend 'The Christmas Killer!'" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: lempmansion.com.
The Bankside Repertory Theatre Company presents the American premiere of The Devil's Passion by Justin Butcher Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., December 8 - 16. "This thought-provoking, one-man "passion play" presents the story of Jesus through the eyes of Satan. And he's not happy. " Performances take place at the Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway in Alton , IL For more information: www.banksiderep.com.
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville presents The End: an Apocalypse Anthology through December 10. "The End: An Apocalypse Anthology is comprised of eight one act plays. Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Others have their money on a zombie apocalypse. The eight plays tackle these and other questions with all sorts of answers and some questions of their own." Performances take place in the Metcalf Student Experimental Theater on the campus in Edwardsville, IL. For more information, call 618-650-2774 or visit siue.edu
The St. Louis Writers' Group presents An Evening of One-Act Plays on Monday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place upstairs at Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney in Soulard. For more information: www.stlwritersgroup.com.
Clinton County Showcase presents Everyone's Christmas Story Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m and Sundays at 2 p.m. "How do you tell an old story in a new way, especially when it's the most important story of all? That's the problem facing a young writer who is trying to write the annual church Christmas play. Bored by the same old manger and angels and shepherds, she tries to liven it by turning the humble and familiar characters into pop stars, superheroes, gangsters, and circus performers in her imagination. She has loads of fun during this creative process, interacting with her jazzed-up versions of these characters. Yet, as they play out the story in her bedroom, she starts to see things differently and comes to realize how amazing the Biblical account really is… just the way it is, was, and always will be. She realizes it's truly everyone's story." Performances take place at the Avon Theater, 525 North 2nd Street Breese IL. For more information, visit ccshowcase.com.
R-S Theatrics presents the drama The Flick Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m., December 8 - 23. "THE FLICK welcomes you to a rundown movie theatre in Worcester County, MA, where Sam, Avery and Rose are navigating lives as sticky as the soda under the seats. The movies on the big screen are no match for the tiny battles and not so tiny heartbreaks that play out in the empty aisles." Performances take place at the Kranzberg Black Box Theatre, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information: r-stheatrics.com.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the First Church of Christ, Scientist present The Forgotten Carols Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm. "Have you ever wondered what the innkeeper thought that turned away Joseph and Mary on Christmas Eve? The Forgotten Carols stage performance shares the warmth of the Christmas spirit through a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little known characters in the nativity. Accounts from the innkeeper, shepherds and other open our hearts to the joy of this special season." Proceeds will benefit Clayton Community Theatre and homelessness in St. Louis through The St. Patrick Center. Performances take place at the Washington University South Campus Theatre. For more information, call 314-721-9228 or visit placeseveryone.org.
|Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates|
New Jewish Theater presents A Jewish Joke through December 10. "During the 1950's, the great era of Jewish humor, we meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz who is about to open a big movie. When he discovers to his surprise -- and chagrin -- that his name appears on Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous "black list," Bernie is confronted with the dilemma of naming names and implicating his writing partner in order to save himself and his career. This poignant solo comedy shows one small man facing the tough American events of the mid-20th century. A story as relevant today as it was during the McCarthy era." Performances take place in the Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. For more information: www.newjewishtheatre.org or call 314-442-3283.
|The King and I|
Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents Aristophanes's comedy Lysistrata Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., December 6 - 17. "How do you end a war that seems never ending? Aristophanes' famous play, Lysistrata, takes on this question as it centers on the lives of the soldiers' wives toward the end of the Peloponnesian War. One woman, Lysistrata, under the impression that a man's libido is ultimately his driving force in life, comes up with an interesting peace solution: to deny their husbands and lovers sexual relations until they can settle on a peace agreement that will end the war. However, Lysistrata's strategy effectively creates even more conflict than before as the sexes begin to feud with each other. Aristophanes' play is both comic, poignant, and revealing as it examines gender relations that somehow still feel relevant thousands of years later." Performances take place at the Stage III Auditorium on the Webster University campus. For more information, www.webster.edu or call 314-968-7128.
Unity Theatre Ensemble presents the holiday musical revue Make a Joyful Noise Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 3 and 8 pm, December 8 and 9. Performances take place at the Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan in the Carondelet neighborhood. For more information: utensemble.org.
|Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly|
The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Murder on 34th Street through December 31. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com.
The Goshen Theatre Project presents the mystery dinner theatre production The Mystery Of The Fountain Of Fair Fortune December 8 and 9. For more information: www.goshentheatreproject.org.
Alton Little Theater presents A Nice Family Christmas Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 10. "A Holiday sequel to the beloved and zany family our audiences met in A NICE FAMILY GATHERING...Add a Saucy Grandma, an eccentric Uncle..and competing Siblings....will the magic of Christmas bring this dysFUNctional Family back together? You Betcha!" Performances take place at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit altonlittletheater.org.
Mustard Seed Theatre presents the drama Remnant Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., December 7 - 23. There will be shows at 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, December 23. “In a desolate future, a family unwraps presents from the past. This was the first Mustard Seed production and we're excited to revisit it - the cast is 3 women and 2 men and it's set in a post-apocalyptic time when language has unraveled and customs like “Christmas” are mysterious and challenging.” 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 www.mustardseedtheatre.com.
Ignite Theatre Company presents Seussical the Musical Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., December 7 - 10. "The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge - not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant." Performances take place at the .ZACK, 3224 Locust. For more information: ignitewithus.org.
Photo: Justin Been
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin, opening on Thursday, December 7, with shows at 2 and 8 pm and running through December 17. "The multi-talented Evan Tyrone Martin, warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole in An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. Martin intimately relates Cole's musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E,” “Smile” and of course holiday favorites. " The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information: playhouseatwestport.com.
|Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt|