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BWW Review: The Black Rep's Powerful and Intriguing SEVEN GUITARS BWW Review: The Black Rep's Powerful and Intriguing SEVEN GUITARS
by Chris Gibson - April 13, 2017

August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS represents the sixth installment in his "Pittsburgh Cycle", this time representing the decade of the 1940's. Apropos of the story, there are seven characters that we encounter in this play, which plays out as a sort of murder mystery. While I haven't yet seen all the wo... (more...)
BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Gloriously Dark and Gruesome SWEENEY TODD BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Gloriously Dark and Gruesome SWEENEY TODD
by Chris Gibson - April 13, 2017

Stephen Sondheim's gloriously dark and enormously tuneful take on the tale of the 'Demon Barber of Fleet Street', SWEENEY TODD, is given a highly entertaining presentation in Stray Dog Theatre's latest production. There have been several different stagings of the musical over the years, one of which... (more...)
BWW Review: MADCO's 40th Anniversary Results in Amazing Production of FREEDOM BWW Review: MADCO's 40th Anniversary Results in Amazing Production of FREEDOM
by Chris Gibson - April 03, 2017

Before the performance of MADCO's FREEDOM took place the four choreographers who created this piece, along with Executive and Artistic Director Stacy West, took the stage to discuss the genesis of their work, and to take questions from the packed audience who gathered to witness these amazing segmen... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunning THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Stunning THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 03, 2017

Magicians have always found a home on stage, whether it was during vaudeville's heyday or on Broadway, and THE ILLUSIONISTS is proof that this association is still going strong (of course, the art of magic goes back many centuries, long before either existed). I have to confess that I've never actua... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rocks the House with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rocks the House with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Chris Gibson - March 27, 2017

I've seen MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET several times, and I've always enjoyed the experience, even though it's a heavily fictionalized version of the day four music icons gathered in the studio that started their careers. If you've ever heard the original recordings that were made you know that Jerry Lee ... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNER BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNER
by Chris Gibson - March 18, 2017

Like a lot of writer John Logan's works NEVER THE SINNER explores the darker side of humanity. It was his first play, but you wouldn't know it by the intensity it spawns as its tale unfolds. The New Jewish Theatre is presenting a taut production of this piece which focuses our attention on Leopold a... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Scores a Knockout with THE ROYALE BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Scores a Knockout with THE ROYALE
by Chris Gibson - March 15, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis always provides amazing, intimate, and innovative shows for their Studio Theatre season, and playwright Marco Ramirez' THE ROYALE is certainly no exception. This is fiercely creative work that features some sonic embellishment that provides a literal pulse to the p... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life
by Chris Gibson - March 09, 2017

There's something oddly life-affirming about the character of Zobra. He's a cheerleader for living life to its fullest. ZORBA the musical (lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, and book by Joseph Stein) impresses an audience with the realization that time never stands still, and therefore, life ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents Inspired Production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents Inspired Production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Chris Gibson - February 16, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St Louis is presenting Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and it's a stunning production that is sure to be a smash hit. The addition of a representative group of African Americans referenced in the program as... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES Triple Threat Teens Perform Memorable THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY BWW Review: STAGES Triple Threat Teens Perform Memorable THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
by Chris Gibson - February 14, 2017

STAGES' Triple Threat Teens presented THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY this past weekend, and it was not only the Midwestern premiere, but also the first time the musical had been put on by a youth group. That's especially significant because this work (music and lyrics by Neil Bartram with book by Brian Hi... (more...)
BWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - February 11, 2017

I know that some critics will probably refer to Monty Python's Flying Circus or the work of Mel Brooks when they try to explain the appeal of SOMETHING ROTTEN!. There are some similarities to both, but the fact is, this show (book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell with Music and Lyrics by Wayn... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Extraordinarily Imaginative Production of THE YEAR OF THE BICYCLE BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Extraordinarily Imaginative Production of THE YEAR OF THE BICYCLE
by Chris Gibson - February 03, 2017

I always look forward to every show by Upstream Theater, because I know I will transported somewhere I've never been before. It may be another country, or it may be a state of mind. Whatever the case, I know it will be a magical place that will take me far beyond any expectations I may have. With pl... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Thoughtful and Thought-Provoking Production of INTIMATE APPAREL BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Thoughtful and Thought-Provoking Production of INTIMATE APPAREL
by Chris Gibson - February 02, 2017

The New Jewish Theatre's production of playwright Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL is a very engaging work that presents the audience with layers of text and subtext to chew on. It's primarily about the pursuit of a dream, and the events that occur that may delay or derail that dream, but not to the ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents a Myriad of Possibilities with CONSTELLATIONS BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents a Myriad of Possibilities with CONSTELLATIONS
by Chris Gibson - January 30, 2017

Playwright Nick Payne takes an unusual approach to his work, CONSTELLATIONS, crafting a simple story that's made more complex by the way in which he allows it to unfold. It's a interesting and engaging piece of theatre that the less open minded might find a bit frustrating due to the very nature of ... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis--
Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins! BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis-- Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!
by Steve Callahan - January 30, 2017

Rossini's 'La Cenerentola': Winter Opera's fine production of this beloved Cinderella work makes a beautiful anniversary gift.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gloriously Rendered AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Gloriously Rendered AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - January 23, 2017

The 1951 film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, was recently broadcast on Turner Classic Movies, and I had a chance to watch it before attending the recent musical adaptation that is currently playing the Fox Theatre. The film is a classic, and I'm happy to report that the new musical version is an excellent t... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Compelling ALL MY SONS BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Compelling ALL MY SONS
by Chris Gibson - January 17, 2017

It's hard to believe that award-winning playwright Arthur Miller crafted ALL MY SONS as a last ditch effort to produce a commercially successful work after his initial offering failed after less than a week of performances. Based upon a true story, Miller's work is a compelling story that succeeded ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Timeless Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Timeless Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Chris Gibson - December 16, 2016

Perhaps the best way to approach Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL is straight-forward, with a generous helping of music, sterling performances, and some cool effects to liven up the proceedings. After all, the story, which dates from 1843, has been reworked, parodied, and used as a device by nea... (more...)
BWW Review: Remarkable FINDING NEVERLAND at The FOX BWW Review: Remarkable FINDING NEVERLAND at The FOX
by Chris Gibson - December 16, 2016

If you're looking for spectacular entertainment that fills you with wonder then look no further; FINDING NEVERLAND is the show for you. This would be a very good show based solely on the book (James Graham) and music (music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy) that it features, but it goes f... (more...)
BWW Review: New Jewish Theatre's Excellent DRIVING MISS DAISY BWW Review: New Jewish Theatre's Excellent DRIVING MISS DAISY
by Chris Gibson - December 08, 2016

Playwright Alfred Uhry's Pulizter Prize winning work, DRIVING MISS DAISY, is the latest offering by The New Jewish Theatre, and it's an excellent production. Over the years this play has provided a lot of famous actors and actresses with the opportunity to bring these wonderful characters to life, a... (more...)
BWW Review: Amazing FUN HOME at the Fox Theatre BWW Review: Amazing FUN HOME at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - November 21, 2016

I was book shopping a while back and stumbled across the graphic novel FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel. I sat down and read through it, appreciating Bechdel's artistic style, but also thoroughly engaged in the glimpses into her life that filled the pages. The musical version (music by Jeanine Tesori, wit... (more...)
BWW CD Review: David Lanz's Lovely NORWEGIAN RAIN BWW CD Review: David Lanz's Lovely NORWEGIAN RAIN
by Chris Gibson - November 21, 2016

The incredibly accomplished pianist David Lanz continues to deliver imaginative and creative works, and they've come at time in his life when he seems positively re-energized; making vital, emotional, and personal compositions with Kristin Amarie Lanz that are simply a pleasure to listen to. NORWEGI... (more...)
BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Splendidly Rendered ALL IS CALM - THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Splendidly Rendered ALL IS CALM - THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
by Chris Gibson - November 16, 2016

Mustard Seed Theatre has brought back their popular staging of ALL IS CALM - THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 (for what they say is the last time, at least, for a while), which premiered in 2013, and it remains a piece of theatre that's worthy of your time and attention. Originally broadcast on Minnesota... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Taut MOTHERS AND SONS BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Taut MOTHERS AND SONS
by Chris Gibson - November 15, 2016

Few playwrights tackle the subject of HIV/AIDS like Terrence McNally. Watching a generation wither away before his eyes has led him to explore the impact it has had in a number of works. One is ANDRE'S MOTHER, a short play which he was asked to expand. But, McNally opted to continue the story into t... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Gripping UNTIL THE FLOOD BWW Reviews: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Gripping UNTIL THE FLOOD
by Chris Gibson - October 27, 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis continues their 50th season with the powerful and thought-provoking one person play UNTIL THE FLOOD by Dael Orlandersmith, who also stars. This is the world premier of a work specifically commissioned by The Rep. While focusing on the events surrounding and followi... (more...)