Sunday, November 12, 2023

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 13, 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

One night only!
The Blue Strawberry presents TINA featuring Laka on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm. “A soulful singer and a stylish mover, lovely Laka shakes up a crowd up with her dynamite voice and magnetic presence. After multiple sold-out shows in downtown St. Louis, Laka returns to Blue Strawberry, transforming into her greatest musical inspiration, Tina Turner. Laka has spent years studying Tina's craft, embodying her iconic style and making it her own. This tribute spans Tina's her early St. Louis days with Ike to the stadium-filled success she found later in life, from humble beginnings to her triumph over nearly insurmountable odds. This is a high energy celebration of Tina's life and legacy. Get ready.”  The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

Matthew Scot
The Blue Strawberry presents singer Matthew Scott on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm. “Matthew Scott ( Broadway credits: Jersey Boys, An American in Paris, Sondheim on Sondheim) has created a deeply personal - and therefore universal - show about the experiencing a big loss, and finding joy again. When Scott's dad was 33, The Jesus Year - and the title of this show - he came to know that he might not live to see his four young sons grow up. So he began writing them a letter — life lessons ranging from communication to spirituality to sex - that was found after his death, when Scott was 13. For Scott, the letter became a cherished guide to growing up as he navigated intimate relationships, a professional career, challenges with anxiety, and the early years of fatherhood to two sons of his own. Scott, who by then has taken Broadway by storm in a string of hits that includes Sondheim on Sondheim, Jersey Boys and An American in Paris — has woven his father‘s letter, anecdotes from his own life, and a collection of classic pop and Broadway songs (from Paul McCartney and Billy Joel to William Finn and Stephen Sondheim) into a moving and rousing one-man show, with direction by Joe Calarco and music direction by Vadim Feichtner.”  The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle. For more information:

Bread and Roses Missouri presents by Colin McLaughlin Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 3 and 7 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm, November 17 through 19. “In post-Civil War St. Louis industry is booming, but workers aren’t getting a fair deal from the bosses. Longshoreman Jonah must decide–join the growing strike, or stay on the job so he can continue to provide for his younger sister Eleanor, the only family he’s got right now. 1877 depicts the incredible true story of the St. Louis General Strike of 1877, the only strike of its kind to happen in the United States before or since. Told with six actors playing dozens of characters and featuring music from the era, 1877 reveals an important and largely untold history of St. Louis and the Labor Movement that still resonates today.” Performances take place at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. For more information:

Robin de Jesus
The Cabaret Project presents Robin de Jesus Thursday and Friday, November 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm. “You will be wowed by Robin de Jesus. This three-time Tony nominee (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles, and The Boys in the Band) will take the stage on November 16th and 17th, 2023. You may recognize Robin from his co-starring role opposite Andrew Garfield in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Oscar nominated film Tick, Tick, Boom, as Seymour in The Muny's recent production of Little Shop of Horrors or from Netflix’s The Boys in the Band. We are thrilled to present this gifted and dynamic singer/actor in his St. Louis solo performance debut. All performances take place in the Ballroom at The Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center. For more information:

Critique Theatre Company presents a re-imagined version of Sophocles’ Elektra Thursday through Saturday, November 16 through 18, at 8 pm. “Based on the play by Sophocles, utilizing Anne Carson’s translation, and blasting Marina and the Diamonds' hit 2012 album ELECTRA HEART. For one weekend and one weekend only, Elektra will be crying her heart out to the gods hoping for gory revenge against the murderers of her father. Only one catch…she lives in their castle walls! Join Elektra and the house of Pelops in this 2012 Tumblr girl nightmare at CTC’s revival of a brand new ELEKTRA.” Performances take place at Green Finch Theater Dive, 2521 S. Jefferson. For more information:

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
The Fabulous Fox presents Tina – The Tina Turner Musical November 14 through 26.  “An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.  Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, this electrifying sensation will send you soaring to the rafters.” The Fabulous Fox is on North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

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:

St. Louis University Theatre presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 2 and 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm, November 16 through 19. “Described by Edward Albee as "the greatest American play ever written," Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage" and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager, and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually — in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre — die.” Performances take place at the Xavier Hall Main Stage on the campus at 3733 West Pine Mall in Grand Center. For more information:

The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Yazmina Reza’s God of Carnage Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm, November 16 through 19. “God of Carnage follows a meeting between two sets of parents after a playground altercation between their sons. The adults agree to settle the dispute amicably, putting on a show of politeness. However, the facade of civility quickly falls as the four give into their childish rage. Couple spats with couple, husbands turn on wives, and the ugly side of humanity is revealed with hilarity. This dark comedy reminds us of how close we are to crossing a line, and how ridiculous it looks when we do.” Performances take place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre on the Washington University Campus. For more information:

Winter Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni Friday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, November 17 and 19. “Mozart’s comedic masterpiece, Don Giovanni, depicts the reckless journey of a charming and immoral young man who seals his own fate within a day. Inspired by the legendary Don Juan, the opera portrays a seductive protagonist who is adored by women just as much as he adores them, but his disregard for moral boundaries catches up with him. The audience witnesses the inevitable consequences of Don Giovanni’s defiance of societal norms, highlighting the universal truth that even he cannot escape the repercussions of his actions.” Performances take place at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 201 E. Monroe in Kirkwood, MO. For more information:

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