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Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson Chris has been active in the local theatre scene for over 30 years. In addition to his acting work, he's also contributed as a director, writer and composer. Though, initially a film buff, he grew tired of the sanitized, PG-13 rated blockbusters that were being continually shoved down his throat by the studios. An opportunity to review theatre in St. Louis has grown exponentially with the sudden explosion of venues and talent in the region. He now finds himself obsessed with witnessing those precious, electric moments that can only happen live, on stage.
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BWW Reviews: Entertaining New Work WHITE TO GRAY at Mustard Seed TheatreBWW Reviews: Entertaining New Work WHITE TO GRAY at Mustard Seed Theatre
Posted: Feb. 12, 2015


BWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Company to Perform GISELLE at the TOUHILL, 2/21-22BWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Company to Perform GISELLE at the TOUHILL
Posted: Feb. 19, 2015


BWW Reviews: Outstanding Production of THE WINSLOW BOY by The Repertory Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: Outstanding Production of THE WINSLOW BOY
Posted: Feb. 17, 2015


BWW News: St. Louis Theatre Circle Announces Nominees for 2014BWW News: St. Louis Theatre Circle Announces Nominees for 2014
Posted: Feb. 3, 2015


BWW Reviews: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Stunning Production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?BWW Reviews: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Posted: Feb. 19, 2015


BWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGEBWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGE
Posted: Feb. 11, 2015


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BWW Reviews: The Muny's Kooky and Outstanding Production of THE ADDAMS FAMILYBWW Reviews: The Muny's Kooky & Terrific Production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Posted: Jul. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: The St. Louis Actors' Studio Intriguing Presentation of the LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL (Part One)Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL (Part One)
Posted: Jul. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: The MUNY Opens with a Dazzling Production of BILLY ELLIOTBWW Reviews: The MUNY Opens with a Dazzling Production of BILLY ELLIOT
Posted: Jun. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of RENTBWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of RENT
Posted: Mar. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at the Fabulous Fox TheatreBWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING at the Fabulous Fox Theatre
Posted: Oct. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. LouisBWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. Louis
Posted: Jan. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Fabulous Fox TheatreBWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Fabulous Fox Theatre
March 1, 2015

While it is certainly a fact that on December 4, 1956, Sun Records was host to an incredible gathering of talent (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis), a listen to the actual recordings made that day were more along the lines of favorite folk and gospel numbers that the four shared in common. And though some of that does come through, the stage musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, utilizes this historic meeting as a jumping off point for an evening of truly classic rock and roll, with some other more reverent material sprinkled in for good measure. But honestly, a faithful recreation of the truth would be a bit of a letdown to most fans, so instead we're treated to a recreation that might bend the truth a bit (book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux), but only in the quest to give audiences a glimpse at what could have been.
BWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Performs GISELLE at the TOUHILL This WeekendBWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Performs GISELLE at the TOUHILL This Weekend
February 21, 2015

St. Louis will celebrate ballet legend Miss Alexandra Zaharias this weekend, February 21-22 with A Sapphire Celebration and the masterpiece of the Romantic Era, GISELLE, at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. The Today, February 21st celebration will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with alumni followed by a World Premiere viewing of the documentary tribute: Miss A. The Gift of Grace: A Documentary before Alexandra Ballet Company's (ABC) endearing performance of GISELLE.
BWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Company to Perform GISELLE at the TOUHILL, 2/21-22BWW Previews: Alexandra Ballet Company to Perform GISELLE at the TOUHILL, 2/21-22
February 19, 2015

St. Louis will celebrate ballet legend Miss Alexandra Zaharias the weekend of February 21-22 with A Sapphire Celebration and the masterpiece of the Romantic Era, GISELLE, at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. The Saturday, February 21st celebration will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with alumni followed by a World Premiere viewing of the documentary tribute: Miss A. The Gift of Grace: A Documentary before Alexandra Ballet Company's (ABC) endearing performance of GISELLE.
BWW Reviews: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Stunning Production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?BWW Reviews: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Stunning Production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
February 19, 2015

Most people are familiar with WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, undoubtedly playwright Edward Albee's masterpiece, from the film that starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (released in 1966). But, seeing the play in person is a completely different experience, and one that's incredibly worthwhile, if harrowing at times. The St. Louis Actors' Studio is currently presenting an excellent production of this work that features strong performances and insightful direction. You'll forget all about the movie once you experience this show in the flesh.
BWW Reviews: Outstanding Production of THE WINSLOW BOY by The Repertory Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: Outstanding Production of THE WINSLOW BOY by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
February 17, 2015

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' artistic director, Steven Woolf, always has a knack for finding a classic, sometimes a neglected one, to present each season. This year it's Terence Rattigan's revered play THE WINSLOW BOY, which some will remember from various revivals and film versions (1948 & 1999), and which stands out as a dramatic piece fraught with injustice. It's a story, based on fact, that is still as relevant today as it was when it was written. A splendid cast and keenly sharpened direction combine to provide a very compelling piece of theatre.
BWW News: Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Announces Benefit on 3/10BWW News: Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Announces Benefit on 3/10
February 13, 2015

The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis announces SALUT D'AMOUR, a celebration at the Sheldon Concert Hall with David and Miran Halen to benefit the Chamber Society of St. Louis on March 10, 2015.
BWW Reviews: Entertaining New Work WHITE TO GRAY at Mustard Seed TheatreBWW Reviews: Entertaining New Work WHITE TO GRAY at Mustard Seed Theatre
February 12, 2015

Rob Maesaka, a St. Louis playwright, receives the opportunity to have one of his works premiered with Mustard Seed Theatre's presentation of his play, WHITE TO GRAY. It's an engaging piece of theatre that tells an interesting story that's dramatic and even occasionally funny at times. Judging a new play can sometimes be a challenge because it's unique; there's never been a production for the viewer to gauge it against. But for viewers and critics alike, that's the fun part of seeing something fresh. We have no expectations going in, so we're being engaged by the actors and playwright for the first time. On the whole, I would say this is an entertaining show that features a number of good performances, and it covers a period of time that is ripe with dramatic possibilities that the writer explores. Maesaka's play, and Mustard Seed's production of it is definitely worthy of your time and attention.
BWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGEBWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre's Hilarious GOD OF CARNAGE
February 11, 2015

I first saw playwright Yasmina Reza's play, GOD OF CARNAGE, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis before catching Roman Polanski's film adaptation (screenplay by Reza), which was simply called Carnage. It's an undeniably strong story that tells us a lot about how people behave, especially the feelings that we keep buried beneath the surface. Simply put, it's a comedy of manners that utilizes an unfortunate occurrence to bring together two sets of parents for a civilized discussion about the matter. But, once the alcohol begins to flow emotions and points of view start to skew in interesting directions that lift the veneer of civility. Stray Dog Theatre has put together an entertaining production of this fine work (translation by Christopher Hampton) that never fails to engage. A thoroughly game cast and sharp direction combine to produce superb theatre.
BWW Reviews: Upstream Theater's Remarkable BASHIR LAZHARBWW Reviews: Upstream Theater's Remarkable BASHIR LAZHAR
February 4, 2015

BASHIR LAZHAR, by Evelyne De La Cheneliere (translated into English by Morwyn Brebner) tells a fascinating story that will surely touch your heart, while making you think as well. Though primarily a one-man show (although there is a cameo appearance), this production benefits, as a lot of Upstream Theater shows have previously, from the presence of musician Farshid Soltanshahi. The combination of sensitive direction, an excellent portrayal, and an underscoring that communicates the mood and atmosphere of each scene, provideS the audience with a full sensory experience that has an almost cinematic, and I mean that in the best possible way, quality. This presentation is not to be missed; it's simply superlative theater, from a company that always gives its audience an entertaining and enlightening experience time after time.
BWW News: St. Louis Theatre Circle Announces Nominees for 2014BWW News: St. Louis Theatre Circle Announces Nominees for 2014
February 3, 2015

New Line Theatre's production of BONNIE & CLYDE tied with Stages St. Louis' rendition of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with nine nominations apiece for the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards to lead nominations for all shows produced by local professional theater companies in 2014.
BWW Reviews: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Masterful Production of SAFE HOUSEBWW Reviews: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Masterful Production of SAFE HOUSE
January 27, 2015

America has a rich history, some of which, of course, we'd all prefer to forget. But, to ignore them can just lead to repeating them, and we all should know better than that by now. However, it's important that we continue to mine the events of the past in order to enlighten and provoke discussion. This is the very thing that Keith Josef Adkins' brilliant work SAFE HOUSE does with a considerable amount of power and conviction. It's a story set in Kentucky in 1843, when slavery was still very much a resident evil that ruled the land, even though there were African Americans who were freeborn. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is currently presenting this new play, and as they always seem to have a knack for doing, it's done in a completely compelling and infinitely memorable fashion that makes for a truly moving and enriching experience.
BWW Reviews: The New Jewish Theatre's Spellbinding IMAGINING  MADOFFBWW Reviews: The New Jewish Theatre's Spellbinding IMAGINING MADOFF
January 27, 2015

There's no doubt in my mind that people who are familiar with the despicable actions of Bernie Madoff will never find it in their hearts to forgive the way he bilked so many trusting and innocent victims out of their life savings with his nefarious Ponzi schemes. And yet, with playwright Deborah Margolin's work, IMAGINING MADOFF, we're given an opportunity to examine in detail the man who concocted this plan. It's not that you feel any empathy or understanding for his motives, but that you see him as a real person, and not just another criminal elevated by the media due to his notorious actions. It's a really engaging and thought-provoking piece of theatre that exemplifies the kind of material that the New Jewish Theatre has become so well known for, and it's one that should not be missed at all costs.
BWW Reviews: Lovely Production of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at the Fabulous FoxBWW Reviews: Lovely Production of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at the Fabulous Fox
January 26, 2015

A fairytale is brought to its full fruition on the stage of the Fabulous Fox Theatre with their current presentation of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA. It's a lovely experience that makes the most of the large stage, filling it with songs and beautiful surroundings fit such a lavishly told tale. Originally conceived and broadcast as a musical for television during the late 1950's and starring Julie Andrews in the title role, this work has been altered many times over the years with musical numbers added and subtracted, and the plot rejiggered as well (book by Douglas Carter Beane) to make it have a more political bent, at least where Cinderella's feelings toward how the kingdom is being are concerned. But, here we have a production that's suitable for children of all ages. In other words, perfect family entertainment.
BWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. LouisBWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. Louis
January 16, 2015

I thought it was time to start compiling my best of 2014 since this past year was such an exceptional time for theatre in St. Louis. Although we lost the wonderful contributions of the now defunct HotCity Theatre, there are still new companies starting up and producing quality productions in our region. HotCity will certainly be missed, but when one door closes it always seems like another one opens, and that's a good thing to remember.
BWW Reviews: The Rep's Uplifting and Amusing GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNERBWW Reviews: The Rep's Uplifting and Amusing GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
January 14, 2015

It seems like more and more films are being adapted for the stage these days. Some for the better and some for the worse. Which brings us to the classic film, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, which starred Spencer Tracy (in his final screen appearance), Katherine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier, in a wonderfully inspiring and humorous production being presented by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. One might think that this particular piece of cinema is outdated, but the fact is that this story is one that will still resonate with audiences today, and maybe that's a just a sad dose of reality that we all have to face. Todd Kreidler's script follows the movie fairly closely (based on the original screenplay by William Rose), but includes large doses of laughs that neatly leaven the dramatic aspects of the piece, making it an engaging and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience that I cannot recommend highly enough.
BWW Reviews: The Imaginary Theatre Company's Delightful BAH! HUMBUG!BWW Reviews: The Imaginary Theatre Company's Delightful BAH! HUMBUG!
December 22, 2014

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Imaginary Theatre Company has produced a wonderful musical spoof of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, titled BAH! HUMBUG!. There have been so many different takes on the original story that one would think it's already been played out, but this standard will probably never go out of style. Jack Herrick (book, music and lyrics) does a marvelous job of making it all seem fresh again with a number of catchy little tunes, and a plethora of gags that make use of cultural references that will amuse both children and adults. If you've got a wee one you'd like to introduce to this vintage tale, I definitely recommend that you take the time to see this show.
BWW News: KIX Radio Announces INTO THE WOODS Ticket ContestBWW News: KIX Radio Announces INTO THE WOODS Ticket Contest
December 22, 2014

KIX radio in St. Louis has a contest where you could win tickets to see the new film version INTO THE WOODS directed by Rob Marshall, which is based on the popular musical by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book and screenplay).
BWW Reviews: NJT's Fascinating BECOMING DR. RUTHBWW Reviews: NJT's Fascinating BECOMING DR. RUTH
December 20, 2014

Few people reach that status in life where all you have to do is hear their name, or voice, and you know exactly who they are, but Dr. Ruth Westheimer is certainly one of those individuals that have reached that level of fame. Her place in history is undeniable, and she's definitely someone whose journey is inspiring and worthy of inclusion in The New Jewish Theatre's 'chai', or 18th season, which celebrates life. If there is anyone who could truly be called a survivor, but maybe would better be described as a 'thriver', because she seems to have an uncanny drive to succeed, it would be her. NJT's presentation of Mark St. Germain's BECOMING DR. RUTH is a fascinating tour through the highlights and lowlights she dealt with on her rise to becoming a cultural icon, and it's a very entertaining and emotional piece of theatre that should not be missed.
BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at the FOXBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at the FOX
December 20, 2014

I'd heard of Jean Shepherd's work as an author when I was younger, but my first true exposure to him came in 1983 in a tiny, and mostly empty, movie theater where I sat and watched director Bob Clark's wonderful valentine to the late 1930's and early 1940's, A Christmas Story. I've since seen it go from sleeper to television staple, then to the stage in a theatrical version, and now I've had the opportunity to view it as a musical. I must say, this endearingly hilarious account of young Ralphie Parker and his quest to own a Red Ryder BB Gun (here essayed by either Evan Gray and Colton Maurer, with Cal Alexander as younger brother, Randy) is still funny to me all these years later. The musical, which is currently playing the Fabulous Fox Theatre, is a twinkling Christmas delight, with pleasant and lively numbers that aim to enhance key moments that you'll recall from the original. This is fun for the whole family, and my son and I had a terrific time.
BWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN at the Peabody Opera HouseBWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN at the Peabody Opera House
December 13, 2014

Combining acrobatics with choreography (by Chet Walker) that recalls Bob Fosse's original work on the show, the current touring company of PIPPIN(book by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) at the Peabody Opera House provides quite an enjoyable spectacle. There's a circus-like quality (courtesy of Gypsy Singer) to this presentation that's unexpected, and even a bit magical, making it more suitable for the younger set than some versions, even though most of its sexier elements are still firmly intact. It's certainly well worthy of your time and attention.


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