|Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt|
The Blue Strawberry presents a holiday edition of Sunday Standard Time with Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt on Sunday December 10 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. “Join Tim Schall (vocals) and Carol Schmidt (piano) along with special guests Lavonne Byers and Mark Saunders in the lounge for a casual, classy Sunday evening of jazz standards, a little sophisticated pop and a dash of classic Broadway, along with some seasonal favorites.” The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle. For more information: bluestrawberrystl.com.
Cherokee Street Theatre presents The Goonies Live Holiday Show through December 9. “A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure. Prepare to celebrate the 1980s classic as a live-action laugh-out-loud holiday parody.” Performances take place upstairs at The Golden Record, 2720 Cherokee. For more information: https://www.cherokeestreettheatercompany.com
|Christmas with C.S. Lewis|
|The Greatest Show on Earth|
Photo courtesy of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey
ERA Theatre presents Never Let Go: a one-woman Titanic Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 pm, December 7 through 16. “Twenty-four years ago, Rose 'Dawson' miraculously survived the sinking of the Titanic. But her lover, Jack Dawson, did not, and she is not over it. Despite her grief, she's pursuing her dream of becoming an Academy Award-nominated actress. In this production, Rose pitches the idea of turning her story into a work of theatre, or even a motion picture, to an audience of potential producers and investors. She shifts seamlessly from past and present, often without warning, and artistically, and maybe somewhat insanely, blurs the distinction between reality and imagination. Join us for the maiden voyage of your life and never let go!” Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center. For more information: www.metrotix.com.
de Soliel's 'Twas the Night Before...
Photo: Michael Last
First Run Theatre presents Leannán Sidhe Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through December 3. “Leannán Sidhe is Irish Gaelic for "fairy lover." Our play is centered around Mya, a writer who lives in her dreams. In her world the full moon is constantly out, it's always summer, and the dashing British actor Vincent Thane is her lover. But is Vincent real, another fantasy, or some of both? A funny and moving play about how dangerous it can be to achieve your dreams.” Performances take place at the Kranzberg Center in Grand Center. For more information: firstruntheatre.org.
The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Jest Mysteries present Harm for the Hoidays through January 13, 2024. "This may look like a festive Holiday Party for a family-owned, candle-making business but there is danger lurking beneath the mistletoe! Slimy characters, sneaky thieves, blackmailers, cheats and liars prowl around every corner and you oughta know since you’re one of them! They’re malicious conspiring reveals the true nature of Harm Enterprises…organized crime (shhh…don’t tell Grandpa!) But the shortest fuse in the room belongs to Hector Harm, he’s the grinchiest of the Harm siblings and he’s got one of his beady little eyes on old Grandma Harm’s Job. Hope he doesn’t snuff her out before her time!" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For more information: www.lempmansion.com
|Into the Woods|
Photo: John Gitchoff
|Jesus and Johnny Appleweed's Holy Rollin'|
Photo: Jill Ritter Lindberg
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play through December 23. “Engage your imagination in the world of vintage radio broadcasting as you rediscover the magic of the holiday season with It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play. Experience the Golden Age of Radio through this classic holiday film reimaged as a live radio performance. Bear witness to this timeliness holiday story that explores the life of George Bailey, a compassionate and selfless man, standing on the brink of despair, when an angel named Clarence is sent down to Earth to teach George the power of kindness, the importance of family and friends, and the realization that each life, no matter how ordinary it may seem, is truly wonderful.” Performances take on the main stage of the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus.. For more information: www.repstl.org.
Photo: Patrick Huber
The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents the Q Brothers Christmas Carol through December 23. “In this laugh-out-loud hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and get down to the beat? Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, taking this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit to the next level. Best enjoyed by ages 12 & up.” Performances take place at the National Blues Museum downtown. For more information: https://stlshakes.org/production/carol.
The St. Louis Writers Group presents a reading of the new play The Glory of the Yankee Navy by Stephen Clark on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 pm.“On Beacon Hill in the heart of Yankee Boston, the Farnsworth family has a crisis when Elliot wants to sail off and follow the whales.” The reading takes place upstairs at Big Daddy’s in Soulard. For more information, visit the St. Louis Writers Group Facebook page.
Stray Dog Theatre presents the Christopher Durang comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All to You Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 through December 16, with an additional performance at 2 pm on Sunday December 10. “Sister Mary Ignatius has happily been teaching children about the glories of Catholicism and the perils of sin and hellfire for years at her church. What’s a good shepherd to do when it is revealed that members of her flock have strayed far from the path of righteousness? The results are surprising, yet absolutely hilarious. Sister Mary examines the sharp truths about human nature and religion.” Performances take place at Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee in Tower Grove East. For more information: www.straydogtheatre.org.
West End Players presents Walter Cronkite is Dead through December 10. “A fierce thunderstorm has shut down airports up and down the East Coast. Two women, who appear to have nothing in common, are stuck in a waiting area at Reagan National Airport. Patty is a chatty southerner—a blue-collar woman from a red state—who is almost physically unable to tolerate silence. Margaret is a Washingtonian, reserved, educated, liberal and not interested in sharing her thoughts, or her table, with Patty. Forced together for a long night in a public place, the two strangers have no choice but to share a bottle of wine and begin to talk…and to listen. Their conversation is funny, difficult, deeply revealing and astonishingly frank. Patty and Margaret share details of their lives that lead them to a place of kinship neither of them could have imagined. Yes, Walter Cronkite is dead, but his wisdom and compassion lives on in this insightful comedy about what might be possible if people from opposite sides of the political aisle would stop shouting and take even one night to listen.” Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union in the Central West End. For more information: westendplayers.org