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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...)
BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Rousing and Arousing THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Rousing and Arousing THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by Chris Gibson - October 26, 2016

I can recall viewing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the old Varsity Theatre in the Delmar Loop before it closed its doors many years ago. There was a mood generated by the grungy atmosphere of that old movie house, with fans packed in like sardines, and dressed in various character costumes for th... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theaters Tense and Intense SUSPENDED BWW Review: Upstream Theaters Tense and Intense SUSPENDED
by Chris Gibson - October 20, 2016

Upstream Theater opens their new season with a work by playwright Maya Arad Yasur called SUSPENDED. It's a fascinating piece of theater that touches on the issue of immigrants, and the challenges they face. Many cling to their old beliefs and ways, while some try to completely immerse themselves in ... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Fascinating GOLDA'S BALCONY BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Fascinating GOLDA'S BALCONY
by Chris Gibson - October 14, 2016

After playwright William Gibson's GOLDA fizzled he reworked the material to form the one woman show GOLDA'S BALCONY. It's been a big success for the actresses who have undertaken the role, and we're lucky to have one of St. Louis' finest portraying this historically important figure. The New Jewish ... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Fantastic CELEBRATION BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Fantastic CELEBRATION
by Chris Gibson - October 13, 2016

Though I'm extremely familiar with Tom Jones' (words) and Harvey Schmidt's (music) most popular work, THE FANTASTICKS, I had never seen their follow up, CELEBRATION. What I'd read while doing research was that it really fizzled once it was on Broadway. However, after seeing it I can understand why; ... (more...)
BWW Review: OTSL and Alarm Will Sound Present Harrowing THE HUNGER at the Touhill BWW Review: OTSL and Alarm Will Sound Present Harrowing THE HUNGER at the Touhill
by Chris Gibson - September 21, 2016

I attended the world premiere of THE HUNGER, a new operatic work by Donnacha Dennehy in collaboration with the group Alarm Will Sound, and co-produced by Opera Theatre of St. Louis this weekend, and I was blown away by how affecting and compelling this 90 minute piece is. It's a multi-media exercise... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunning FOLLIES at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis BWW Review: Stunning FOLLIES at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - September 20, 2016

While I was watching FOLLIES, I was reminded of our own beloved Fox Theatre, and how it had tread a similar path during the 1970's. Like the fictional Weismann Theatre where this story's action takes place, it had been fallen on hard times, reduced to screening Kung-Fu and exploitation film fare bef... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Great Fun at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Great Fun at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - September 19, 2016

So, this was my first time seeing A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, and as the plot began to unfold, I was struck by its similarity to a film I saw many years before. Growing up I remember watching selections from the Janus Films collection on my local PBS station (KETC, channel 9 in St. Louis),... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Inspirational SISTER ACT BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Inspirational SISTER ACT
by Chris Gibson - September 19, 2016

STAGES St. Louis closes their 30th season with SISTER ACT, a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, although this might actually be more entertaining in a lot of ways. Having seen a touring production a few years back, I was a bit concerned about some of the rougher edges that the show... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAY BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
by Chris Gibson - August 26, 2016

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY has an interesting history, being conceived by Tim Rice as a TV series initially. Frequent collaborator and composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, later took the project to lyricist Don Black, and a lovely one act musical resulted. Though changes have occurred over the years with how it'... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It
by Steve Callahan - August 23, 2016

Christine Brewer stars in 'DOUBT' at Union Avenue Opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY Closes with Exceptional AIDA BWW Review: The MUNY Closes with Exceptional AIDA
by Chris Gibson - August 11, 2016

On a beautiful summer evening, under a half moon sky, and with a gentle breeze wafting through the air, nothing could compare to seeing the final show of the season at The MUNY. They close with yet another stellar selection that's filled with flair and grace. This was especially important and eviden... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Wonderfully Special Production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF BWW Review: The MUNY's Wonderfully Special Production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Chris Gibson - August 04, 2016

Set during a period of great turmoil just prior to the Russian revolution (1905), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a joyous celebration of life in times of uncertainty. Most versions I've seen have been scaled down considerably, focusing on the more intimate scenes. That's certainly not the case here. The MUN... (more...)
BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA
by Steve Callahan - August 02, 2016

The Union Avenue Opera just keeps presenting wonders! Their current production, Puccini's 'Tosca', is among the very best of their best-musically, vocally and in production values.... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Uproariously Funny THE DROWSY CHAPERONE BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Uproariously Funny THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by Chris Gibson - July 29, 2016

You say that you're feeling a little blue, or maybe just experiencing some 'non-specific' sadness? Then a sure cure for your condition can be found by attending STAGES St. Louis' scintillating presentation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. This is an incredible and uproariously funny show that pokes gentle f... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Intriguing LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Intriguing LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL
by Chris Gibson - July 26, 2016

We're so lucky to have the privilege of having the St. Louis Actors' Studio present the Labute New Theater Festival each year. Submissions come from around the country, are whittled down to a few, and then presented in two parts, with each section receiving a full two week run. In addition, there ar... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Marvelous MAMMA MIA! BWW Review: The MUNY's Marvelous MAMMA MIA!
by Chris Gibson - July 25, 2016

I've seen MAMMA MIA! many times, and I've always enjoyed the way it utilizes so many of ABBA's marvelously catchy, and so obviously theatrical in nature, tunes to tell its simple story. With the band cranking out a righteous sound, and back up singers filling the night air with harmony, The MUNY rem... (more...)