Chris has been active in the local theatre scene for over 30 years and reviewing local theatre for over 11. 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.
Over thirty years later, this charming and delightful work by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, still maintains its humor and heart with it's simple search for love and acceptance. The Lyceum Theatre is presenting a solid, tuneful production, perfectly suitable for children and adults to attend and enjoy.
Muddy Waters Theatre Company's THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE June 17, 2009
Good theatre makes you think, and Albee has given the audience a lot to chew on here. Issues concerning death and the ways in which we identify ourselves are keys to figuring it out, but don't expect to decipher it all, even Albee doesn't fully explain what he's getting at. At times, it's rather messy and convoluted, but THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE provokes a dialog, and that's truly the key to understanding it.The Muny Opens New Season With '42ND ST.' June 16, 2009
Though it may have seemed more shocking when it was originally written and staged during the 1960's, Edward Albee's adaptation of Giles Cooper's EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN still packs a healthy punch. Stray Dog Theatre closes their 2008-2009 season with a wonderfully dark and funny production of Albee's work, that's performed by an exceptional cast.Circus Flora's MEDRANO At Grand Center June 12, 2009
The French-infused concoction, MEDRANO, provided my son and I with our first experiences witnessing the magic that this one ring circus conjures up each summer in our own backyard. To quote John Lennon, who was himself referencing an old circus poster he'd found in a junk shop: 'A splendid time is guaranteed for all'.Black Rep's BLUES IN THE NIGHT June 12, 2009
BLUES IN THE NIGHT is a delightful compilation of material that celebrates the many styles associated with the music known as the blues. As conceived by Sheldon Epps, this musical follows three women and a saloon singer as they recall memories from their past in song form. The Black Rep's current production showcases four superb vocalists who bring their own unique talents to the work, creating a marvelous and uplifting experience, filled with enough genuine warmth and good humor, that it may well redefine how you feel about the blues.Muddy Waters Theatre Company Presents Albee's LADY FROM DUBUQUE June 12, 2009
Continuing their tradition of quality entertainment, Stages St. Louis's production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a blast - a campy and tune filled flashback to the early 60'sRENT at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis June 5, 2009
What makes this touring company of RENT so special is the presence of Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp reprising their leading roles as Roger and Mark, respectively. The electricity that the pair generates is reason enough to check out this very special production.