Sunday, October 22, 2023

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of October 23, 2023

What's on St. Louis theater and cabaret stages this coming week. Please leave a comment if anything was wrong or got left out

Act Two Theatre presents the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, October 26 through November 5. “With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another!” Performances take place at the St. Peters Cultural Center in St. Peters, MO. For more information:

Albion Theatre presents the thriller Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz hrough November 5. “Horowitz is known for his novels (including The Alex Rider series, Magpie Murders and many more) and his TV work (Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders etc.)  This is his only full-length play.  Set in an asylum for the criminally insane, a writer of ‘true crime’ paperbacks is trying to get an interview with a notorious mass murderer but nothing is as it seems.” Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center 501 N. Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

John Lloyd Young
The Blue Strawberry presents Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 and 26, at 7:30 pm. “John Lloyd Young's Broadway: In his signature passionate and thrilling style, Tony and Grammy Award winner John Lloyd Young interprets the spine-tingling, soul-bearing showstoppers that shaped his earliest Broadway aspirations. Young sings from Jersey Boys, The Wiz, Chicago, Hair, Les Misérables and more, along with classics by legendary Broadway writers including Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein, and Loesser. John Lloyd Young is the Tony and Grammy award-winning star from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys, as well as Clint Eastwood's Warner Bros. movie adaptation. Young is the only American actor to date to have received all four major Lead Actor honors in a Broadway musical: the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Award.”   The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

Joe Serafini
The Blue Strawberry presents Joe Serafini, from Disney+'s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at 7:30 pm. “Joe Serafini is an actor & musician, best known for his role as Seb Matthew Smith on the Disney+ hit, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. A theatre kid from Pittsburgh, PA, Joe grew up playing the piano and performing in musicals from a very young age. Most recently, he starred as Jack in Into the Woods at the Pittsburgh CLO. He debuted his solo show to a sold-out crowd at the Green Room 42 last summer, and is working on putting out his own original music in the near future.”    The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt
The Blue Strawberry presents Sunday Standard Time with Tim Schall and Carol Schmidt on Sunday October 29 at 6 pm. “Join Tim Schall (vocals) and Carol Schmidt (piano) in the lounge for a casual, classy Sunday evening of jazz standards, a little sophisticated pop and a dash of classic Broadway. Tim is no stranger to the theater and concert stages of St. Louis, Chicago and New York's Lincoln Center. Carol has a rich history of entertaining St. Louis audiences as musician and singer. Together they will help you wind down your weekend with timeless music and a lot of irreverent dry humor.” The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle. For more information:

See You in a Minute
Contraband Theatre presents the world premiere play See You in a Minute by Jacob Juntunen, directed by Ellie Schwetye Wednesdays at 7pm and Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, through October 28. “In 2041 Kathryn returns to her parents to take care of them during a pandemic, risks her NYC job, and this brings up no 2020 trauma. Right?” Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton, MO.  For more information:

The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Jest Mysteries present Zombie Love through November 4. "Calling all Zombies! Tired of being judged for munching on the occasional brain? So what if you're not really "alive" anymore. You can still enjoy socializing with the living and enjoying a hilarious show together. Well, we've got the perfect show for you. Drama! Comedy! Looove! ...And, of course, Zombies! But some zombie has ignored rule number one in the “Zombieing for Dummies” handbook…No biting.  Nina Tina Deena May will never be the same…do you know who’s to blame? And, no, it was not Mike Tyson! " The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For more information:

The cast of Eddie and Vinnie
Metro Theater Company presents Eddie and Vinnie, a new play by Jenny Millenger, through November 5. Public performances are Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 and 2 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, October 27 through November 5.  “Eddie is an unstoppable artist with a uniquely beautiful mind – and his best friend is a gecko. Together, the pair spends hours making intricate and beautiful puzzles. But he’ll be solving worse puzzles in summer school if he can’t get his grades up. In a last-ditch effort, Eddie teams up with the overly helpful new girl for the dreaded end-of-year report. Will their presentation on MC Escher save his grades? Eddie & Vinnie reminds us all that there is more than one way to learn – and more than one way to shine.”  Best enjoyed by ages 6 – 12, the show’s approximate run time is 60 minutes with no intermission. For more information:

The Immigrant
Photo: Jon Gitchoff
New Jewish Theatre presents The Immigrant Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 4 and 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through October 29. “Rural Central Texas, 1909. A young Russian-Jewish immigrant, newly arrived in America through the port of Galveston, pulls his banana cart into the hamlet of Hamilton. Fleeing the vicious pogroms of his homeland, he has sought refuge in the land of the free. Able to speak only Yiddish, alone amid a staunchly Christian community, he begs for shelter. Taken in by a local couple, over the next 30 years, he makes a home and raises a family in this tiny town. A religion meets religion, culture meets culture, fear meets fear and love meets love. This is the true story of Haskell Harelik, ‘the Immigrant’.” Performances take place at the SFC Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. For more information:

Saturday Night Fever
Photo: John Lamb
Stray Dog Theatre presents the musical Saturday Night Fever Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 through October 28, with additional performances 2 pm Sundays, October 15 and 22. “Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon, this electrifying show is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees, classic disco tracks, and new original songs. Burn, baby, burn!” Performances take place at Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee in Tower Grove East. For more information:

Bitter Fruit
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Upstream Theater presents the US premiere of Bitter Fruit, by award-winning playwright Héctor Levy-Daniel in a translation by Philip Boehm, through October 29. “ María doesn’t understand why her mother hired this new maid. She’s convinced the woman’s spying on behalf of the workers in their factory. But there’s something about her even more unsettling… Tensions smolder as a web of secrets, deceptions, and denials begins to unravel in this taut drama by Argentine playwright Héctor Levy-Daniel, where memory may be challenged, identities displaced, and even love may be sacrificed on the altar of class.” Performances take place at the Marcelle Theatre, 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr. in Grand Center. For more information:

The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents the musical Cabaret Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, October 27 through November 5. “Join us for a raucous and risqué revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical masterpiece.  Set in the chaotic world of Weimar Berlin, Cabaret is a phantasmagorical theater of pleasure, churning with hedonistic “camp,” that dances wildly on the edge of disaster.  As the looming Nazi storm becomes terrifyingly real, the play asks the challenging, and deeply resonant, question:  “What would you do?”” Performances take place in the Edison Theatre on the Washington University Campus. For more information:

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