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BWW Reviews:  Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme' BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
by Steve Callahan - May 23, 2016

OTSL has opened a delicious 'La boheme'.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House
by Chris Gibson - May 06, 2016

If you think about it, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the perfect Woody Allen film to turn into a Broadway musical, especially since it pokes fun at the process of producing one. Add some particularly well drawn characters (book by Allen, based on the original screenplay written with Douglas McGrath) and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Truly Special THE GLASS MENAGERIE BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Truly Special THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Chris Gibson - May 06, 2016

I've always appreciated live stagings of THE GLASS MENAGERIE far more than the attempts by Hollywood to turn it into a film. They always spoil it by messing with the ending. It's a melancholy slice of playwright Tennessee Williams' life, albeit, one that bears more than a slight resemblance, but whi... (more...)
BWW Review: Undeniably Tuneful THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Undeniably Tuneful THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC is still popular today, and there's really no need to wonder why. The songs are undeniably familiar, and the story and characters go through a number of compelling moments. However, it does require a good, solid cast and sharp direction to live up to the ... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Amusing IVANOV BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Amusing IVANOV
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

IVANOV is a formative work in the canon of Anton Chekhov. He was presenting us with the situations and character types we'd come to know and understand, but with the lack of irony that often permeates his material. The St. Louis Actors' Studio has put together a splendid evening of entertainment wit... (more...)
BWW Review: Harrowing TWISTED MELODIES at The Black Rep BWW Review: Harrowing TWISTED MELODIES at The Black Rep
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

Donny Hathaway is the very definition of 'tortured genius', a singer/songwriter with velvety pipes, and melodies that were both memorable and timeless. Just listen to the gritty truths he expresses on his breakthrough tune, 'The Ghetto (pt. 1)', or his collaborations with Roberta Flack, particularly... (more...)
BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Splendid BOSNIAN/AMERICAN: THE DANCE FOR LIFE BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Splendid BOSNIAN/AMERICAN: THE DANCE FOR LIFE
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

BOSNIAN/AMERICAN: THE DANCE FOR LIFE is a winning little piece, dedicated to educating and informing the public about the immigration of Bosnian refugees who fled to St. Louis, MO, when frequent massacres and religious and cultural persecution became more and more prevalent in their homeland. It's a... (more...)
BWW Review: Gateway Opera Serves Delicious Small Bites to St. Louis BWW Review: Gateway Opera Serves Delicious Small Bites to St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - April 12, 2016

Gateway Opera is like a five-star tapas restaurant; it continues to delight its patrons with superbly delicious bite-sized offerings of that succulent dish-opera.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Passions Erupt in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at The Fox Theatre BWW Reviews: Passions Erupt in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 09, 2016

Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, that people seem to either love or loath, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY would seem to be a story which relies very heavily on particular imagery conjured up in the readers' mind by the landscape the characters occupy. The film version did make a valiant eff... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Wows at Stray Dog Theatre BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Wows at Stray Dog Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 08, 2016

John Cameron Mitchell's (text) scathing and kinky rock and roll cabaret, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, is given its just desserts with Stray Dog Theatre's memorable production, which is currently running at the Tower Grove Abbey through April 16, 2016. Michael Baird bares his soul as tortured songwrite... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Enjoys More Treats from Gateway Opera BWW Review: St. Louis Enjoys More Treats from Gateway Opera
by Steve Callahan - March 24, 2016

Once again the exciting young Gateway Opera company shows us that you don't need a massive budget to create wonderful opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Amazing SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Amazing SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING
by Chris Gibson - March 24, 2016

With spring training winding down, and the approach of another baseball season approaching, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis closes their 49th season with a terrific selection; SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING. Set after the end of World War II, at a time when race relations were beginning ... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Inspirational OLD WICKED SONGS BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Inspirational OLD WICKED SONGS
by Chris Gibson - March 23, 2016

Music has the power to move people in many different ways. As someone who plays a variety of instruments, I can speak firsthand about the ways it's made me feel, and the ways in which I've seen it affect others. I'm certainly no prodigy, and I've always been jealous of those who were born with gifts... (more...)
BWW Review: The Rep's MOLLY'S HAMMER Delivers Powerful Impact BWW Review: The Rep's MOLLY'S HAMMER Delivers Powerful Impact
by Chris Gibson - March 23, 2016

Although activism is still alive and well, one wonders if future generations will be moved to make change due to their increased isolationism. We live in a world where people feel more and more entitled, and have been raised to expect instant gratification. People who make a stand are becoming rarer... (more...)
BWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - March 17, 2016

It's interesting to me that IF/THEN is billed as 'a new musical'. It's the use of the word 'new' that I find puzzling. The concept certainly isn't an original one, having been explored on the big screen in the films Blind Chance (1981) and its sort-of remake, Sliding Doors (1998). And, even though n... (more...)
BWW Review: MADCO and UMSL Music Department's Superb PULSE - A MADCO CABARET PERFORMANCE BWW Review: MADCO and UMSL Music Department's Superb PULSE - A MADCO CABARET PERFORMANCE
by Chris Gibson - March 14, 2016

If you look up the definition of the word pulse in a dictionary, or at www.dictionary.com as I did, you find that the third meaning completely resonates with PULSE - A MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) Cabaret Performance, which is a collaborative effort with the UMSL Music Department. The 'rhyt... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Stunning, Fuel-Injected AMERICAN IDIOT BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Stunning, Fuel-Injected AMERICAN IDIOT
by Chris Gibson - March 11, 2016

I saw the touring production of AMERICAN IDIOT when it played at The Peabody Opera House a while back. I was eager to see it, being a fan of Green Day's music, and this rock opera, in particular. It was a great show, but the one thing that stuck in my mind afterward wasn't the performers, or even th... (more...)
BWW Review: Intoxicating BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Fabulous Fox Theatre BWW Review: Intoxicating BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - February 25, 2016

What began in book writer Douglas McGrath's head as a jukebox musical centered around the relationship between competing songwriting teams Carole King and Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil evolved into something slightly different. This was due to the fact that the show stopped before Car... (more...)
BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Extraordinary ELEEMOSYNARY BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Extraordinary ELEEMOSYNARY
by Chris Gibson - February 16, 2016

The title of Lee Blessing's play, ELEEMOSYNARY, refers to the word one of the characters successfully spells, winning a spelling bee in the process, but also to the very definition of it; charitable. It's an intriguing story of three generations of women, all of whom are extraordinarily gifted in on... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Haunting SHINING CITY BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Haunting SHINING CITY
by Chris Gibson - February 15, 2016

Everyone needs someone who's a good listener when they're troubled. And, when you find yourself hesitant or unable to open up to a loved one about something, you can always seek out a therapist to talk to. Therapists offer objective observations that allow their patients to express their feelings wi... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Thought-Provoking UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Thought-Provoking UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL
by Chris Gibson - February 03, 2016

Over the years I've learned a tremendous amount about the Jewish religion and its traditions through the plays and people I've come in contact with at The New Jewish Theatre. But, I have to admit that I never knew the story of the 'wandering Jew', although I'd grown up with parents who loved flora a... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Outstanding New Musical GEORAMA BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Outstanding New Musical GEORAMA
by Chris Gibson - January 25, 2016

Thanks to the developmental work that occurred during The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Ignite! Play Festival in 2014 we now have the opportunity to witness the fruit of their labors; the world premier of a very entertaining new musical called GEORAMA. This play tells a fascinating story that is t... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - January 25, 2016

It's not unusual for movies to be adapted for the stage these days, in fact, it's become rather commonplace. But typically, musicals written for the screen that flop (even though they might have a rather substantial cult following), are usually avoided for obvious reasons. Although, that didn't stop... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Roars Mightily with Superb THE LION IN WINTER BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Roars Mightily with Superb THE LION IN WINTER
by Chris Gibson - January 15, 2016

Although I've seen the successful 1968 film version of THE LION IN WINTER, I'd never had the opportunity to watch the actual stage play which it's based upon, until now. Maybe it was the washed out prints that turned me off to it initially, but it's an absolute revelation to see The Repertory Theatr... (more...)
BEST OF 2015 by Chris Gibson BEST OF 2015 by Chris Gibson
by Chris Gibson - January 04, 2016

My lists for the best plays/musicals in St. Louis is in chronological order. I'm not limiting myself to any specific number of entries either. These are simply the best productions and performances in various categories that I witnessed during a packed year filled with companies closing and new ones... (more...)




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