Sunday, December 10, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of December 11, 2017

A Behanding in Spokane
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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

The Hawthorne Players present The Best of Hawthorne: Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, December 16, at 2 and 7 pm. "These boot scootin' versions of Christmas favorites will take folks back to the golden era of the singin' cowboys such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and will also feature more modern numbers by artists like George Strait and Michael Martin Murphey. Even the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Riders in the Sky will be represented. Songs from singin' cowgirls like Dale Evans, the Davis sisters and Suzy Bogguss will also be part of the show. This rousing holiday hoedown will be great entertainment for folks of all ages." The performance takes place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 921-5678 or visit

The Cabaret Project and The Improv Shop present The Blue Velvet Lounge Saturday, December 16, at 8 pm. "The Cabaret Project teams up with The Improv Shop to co-present their dynamic, fully improvised theater piece featuring live jazz standards - direct from the mythical Blue Velvet Lounge. Each performance features eight smart, funny improvisers who create the stories and sagas of the patrons of the Blue Velvet Lounge - on the spot. Surrounded by live jazz vocal standards, this character driven story is a different show each night it's performed. The Blue Velvet Lounge is a perfect evening out for lovers of cabaret and comedy. Food and drink available at the Improv Shop." The performance takes place at The Improv Shop, 3960 Chouteau in The Grove. For more information:

Peabody Opera House presents A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage on Friday, December 15, at 6:30. “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. This Peanuts Experience also includes an intermission and, after the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites.” The Peabody Opera House is at 14th and Market, downtown. For more information:

The Fox Theatre presents The Nebraska Theatre Caravan's musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 1 and 6 PM, December 14 - 17. "A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens' fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manger” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel." The Fox is at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

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:

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. through December 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:

R-S Theatrics presents the drama The Flick Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through December 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:

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Metro Theatre Company presents Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates through December 22. In this timeless story, Hans and Gretel Brinker strive to provide for their family and prove their own worth by entering a local speedskating contest - first prize is a pair of gleaming silver skates! The play culminates with a spectacular St. Nicholas Day race on the stage of The Grandel Theatre stage. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates celebrates generosity, helping others and is an exhilarating tale of courage and determination." Performances take place at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center. For more information:

Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt
The Stage at KDHX presents Holiday Swing with singer Tim Schall, along with Carol Schmidt on piano and Ben Wheeler on bass, on Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 pm. "Tim Schall is one of the leading voices in the St. Louis cabaret scene. He brings a sophisticated take to seasonal classics such as What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Let It Snow, Little Drummer Boy and lots more." The performance takes place at The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

Metro Theatre Company presents A Joyful Noize! on Saturday, December 16, at 2 pm. "Joyful Noize! features some of St. Louis' best pop and rock n' roll musicians (Lydia Caesar, Grant Essig, Jeff Faulkner, Jim Ousley, Paul Kriege, Radomir Ratkovic) coming together to play holiday rock n' roll favorites from bands like the Beach Boys, U2, Train, Norah Jones, Chuck Berry and more at the beautifully renovated Grandel Theatre. After the concert, there will be a signing party for the Joyful Noize! Tales from the Season comic book - three amazing holiday stories written by Jim Ousley with artwork from a group of talented St. Louis artists." The performance takes place at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center. For more information:

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. through December 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, or call 314-968-7128.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly through December 24. "In this winning and witty sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the bookish middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet finds hope for a new life beyond her family from an unexpected holiday romance. Austen fans and first-timers alike will find much to love in this alluring comedic tale." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information:

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:

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Imaginary Theatre Company presents the children's musical The Nutcracker, with music and lyrics by the late Neal Richardson, opening on Saturday, December 16, with performances at 11 am and 3 pm, and running through December 23. "Marie is a little lonely after her family moves to a new town, but when her Godfather arrives with some mysterious Christmas Eve packages, she finds magic in very unlikely places. One of Godfather's gifts is a wooden nutcracker that appears to be nothing more than an ugly toy, but Marie soon discovers there may be more than meets the eye. The Nutcracker leads Marie on a magical adventure full of evil mice, dancing fairies and distant lands, showing her along the way that friends may not be so hard to find and that the magic of Christmas can last the whole year through." Performances take place in the Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School, 530 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. For more information:

Mustard Seed Theatre presents the drama Remnant Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 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

Equally Represented Arts presents The Residents of Craigslist, an "original, found-text play created entirely from Craigslist posts," Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm, December 13 - 16. The evening includes a yard sale/silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and "performances by famous local bands and musicians." Performances take place at Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive in Grand Center. For more information:

Second Presbyterian Church presents The Secret of Christmas: A Christmas Cabaret with singers Merry Keller and Bob Becherer and pianist Ron Bryant on Sunday, December 17, at 3 pm. "Join Bob, Merry, Ron and friends for a warm, tender and fun Christmas Cabaret. You are certain to hear many of your favorite Christmas songs and will leave with a happy heart, a lighter stride in your step and joy to celebrate the holiday season." Second Presbyterian Church is at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West Enc. For more information:

Max and Louie Productions presents Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins December 15 - 31. “Dubbed by her critics as the “Dire Diva of Din”, passionate music lover and wealthy socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins enjoyed a remarkably successful concert career even though she was unburdened by talent and deliriously tone deaf.Her story is told through the eyes of her pianist, Cosme McMoon. A truly talented musician, he regards her at first as a little more then an easy way to pay the rent, but his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and a unique kind of love.” Performances take place at the Marcelle Theatre, 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr. in Grand Center. For more information, visit

Steel Magnolias
Photo: Justin Been
Stray Dog Theatre presents the comedy Steel Magnolias Thursdays through Saturdays through December 16. "All the ladies who are "anybody" flock to Truvy's beauty salon where she dispenses shampoos and free advice. Filled with hilarious repartee and good ol' Southern charm, the play explores the lives of six remarkable women and the special qualities that make them truly touching, funny, and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad." Performances take place at The Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee. For more information, visit or call 314-865-1995.

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin 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:

Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out the St. Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
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