The Alpha Players present the comedy The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through March 6. Performances take place in the James J. Eagen Center in Florissant. For more information: alphaplayers.org.
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ERA Theatre presents the radio play SHE by Nancy Bell with music by Joe Taylor and Lyrics by Nancy Bell via on-demand streaming "SHE controls the radio station of the fascist regime in power. SHE's also the star of the broadcast. Her recording studio abounds with music and oysters. But in the nearby government camps full of misfits and would-be revolutionaries, only torture and starvation is thick on the ground. Tonight, however, SHE's realm feels different. The bombs sound closer. Time moves faster. But SHE will finish her radio show, and it will be her finest. If executing every number in the broadcast means some people need to die, so be it; it is a small sacrifice. The citizens need her and she will not let them down." SHE is available on most major platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, YouTube, and BandCamp. For more information: www.eratheatre.org
First Run Theatre presents Spectrum 2022: A Festival of Short Plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 pm, March 4-13. Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton, MO. For more information: firstruntheatre.org
The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Jest Mysteries present Bullets in the Bathtub J through May 7. "Mob bosses, flappers, bootleggers and crooked cops will abound as event attendees are transported back in time to Trixie's speakeasy right in the heart of the roaring 20's. There will be plenty of rowdy characters at this fun, interactive event but none so dangerous as Harry "Bullets" Hyde. He’s the boss of the bosses and he is not too keen on "The Familys" taking over his territory. Parts will be passed out at the door and guests can participate as much or as little as they would like too. Some might be famous gangsters of the past, others may dodge the cops as they bootleg over state lines and a few might even be fun, flirty flappers. When a group like this gets together, it’s almost inevitable that somebody ends up "sleeping with the fishes." The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For more information: www.lempmansion.com
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Photo: Jill Ritter Lindberg
R-S Theatrics presents While the Ghostlight Burns, a virtual discussion series featuring R-S Artistic Director Sarah Lynne Holt in conversation with St. Louis theatre artists, Mondays at 7 pm. Conversations will be archived at the R-S Theatrics YouTube channel. For more information: r-stheatrics.com/while-the-ghostlight-burns.html
Photo by Phillip Hamer
The St. Louis Writers' Group presents a reading of the The Piéta Trilogy by Richard Stimac on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 pm. “Richard Stimac is a published poet. The Pieta Trilogy of one-act plays is his first attempt at writing drama. One reader suggested Sam Shepard and Harold Pinter as role models, given Richard's tense domestic setting.” The reading takes place upstairs at Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney in Soulard. For more information, visit the St. Louis Writers' Group Facebook page.
The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents the musical Rent Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, February 25 – March 6. Performances take place in the Edison Theatre on the Washington University Campus. For more information: pad.wustl.edu.
Webster Conservatory presents The Learned Ladies by Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur, through March 6. “Molière’s timeless comedy satirizes pseudo-intellectualism and social climbing while celebrating the power of true love to expose and conquer hypocrisy. Wilbur’s “lighter-than-air verse upholds the idiom and letter of Molière,” describes a New York Times critic. The translator’s “rhymed couplets are always crisp and playable.” Guest artist Rebekah Scallet, Producing Artistic Director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre from 2011 to 2020, directs. Performances take place in the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves. For more information: www.webster.edu/conservatory