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Steve Callahan

Steve Callahan

A native Kansan I have a BA (Math and Theatre) and MA (Theatre). I was working on a PhD in Theatre when IBM sniffed my math background and lured me away with money enough to feed my (then two) children. Nevertheless I've been active in theatre all my life--having directed sixty-one productions (everything from opera in Poughkeepsie to Mrozek in Woodstock to musical melodrama in Germany) and I've acted in ninety others. Now that I'm retired I don't have that eight-to-five distraction and can focus a bit more. I've regularly reviewed theatre in St. Louis for KDHX since 1991 and for BWW since 2001.




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BWW Review: SWEAT At St. Louis' Black Rep PhotoBWW Review: SWEAT At St. Louis' Black Rep
Posted: Sep. 15, 2021


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: KING LEAR at Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival PhotoBWW Review: KING LEAR at Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival
Posted: Jun. 7, 2021


BWW Review: SUOR ANGELICA Opens at Winter Opera Saint Louis PhotoBWW Review: SUOR ANGELICA Opens at Winter Opera Saint Louis
Posted: Mar. 23, 2021


BWW Review: HIGHWAY 1, USA Opens at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis PhotoBWW Review: HIGHWAY 1, USA Opens at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Posted: Jun. 1, 2021


BWW Review: SWEAT At St. Louis' Black Rep
September 15, 2021

Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning script, 'Sweat', is searing in its portrayal of the human tragedy arising from capitalism unleashed.

BWW Review: Splendid Voices Fill Rossini's BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at Union Avenue Opera
July 23, 2021

Splendid Voices Fill Rossini's Comic BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at Union Avenue Opera

BWW Reivew: OTSL Gerdine Young Artists Shine in CENTER STAGE'
June 21, 2021

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents their Gerdine Young Artists in a dazzling evening of opera. It's all dessert and no dull vegetables.

BWW Review: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' I DREAM A WORLD
June 17, 2021

Juneteenth celebrations in Saint Louis got off to an early start on Tuesday, June 15. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in collaboration with the Missouri Historical Society, presented a gorgeous cornucopia of music—and a bit of slam poetry—in an early-evening performance on the steps of our History Museum in Forest Park. It was called 'I Dream a World'.

BWW Review: New Works, Bold Voices at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
June 15, 2021

The glorious Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has opened its New Works, Bold Voices Lab. This is its continuation of a program exploring where the world of opera might go in days ahead. This season’s offerings are three quite different short pieces, together lasting some hour and a quarter.

BWW Review: LA VOIX HUMAINE Opens At Saint Louis Opera Theatre
June 7, 2021

Alone on stage. Alone, alone and desperate. Alone forever. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and that courageous soprano Patricia Racette bring us Francis Poulenc’s one-act opera LA VOIX HUMAINE. It’s a solo piece, a true tour de force for the singer. And Ms. Racette carries it off magnificently.

BWW Review: KING LEAR at Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival
June 7, 2021

Yes, André de Shields is playing Lear! His long career in musical theater stretches from the original Hair to The Wiz to Hadestown, and it is bespangled with awards (Emmy, Grammy and others). He’s an icon. Now, at seventy-five, he takes on the most demanding role in all of Shakespeare.

BWW Review: HIGHWAY 1, USA Opens at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
June 1, 2021

Opera Theatre Saint Louis continues its refreshing festival season with a revival of the rarely seen Highway 1, U.S.A. by William Grant Still, the 'dean of African-American composers'.

BWW Review: GIANNI SCHICCHI at Opera Theatre Saint Louis
May 24, 2021

The glorious Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opened it’s festival season last night with a sheer delight: Puccini’s delectable one-act comedy, Gianni Schicchi.

BWW Review: SUOR ANGELICA Opens at Winter Opera Saint Louis
March 23, 2021

Winter Opera Saint Louis rises from its pandemic slumber with a very lovely production of one of Puccini’s more rarely performed works—Suor Angelica.

2020-2021 SEASON FULL OF HISTORIC FIRSTS AT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
October 19, 2020

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announces adventurous season of streaming and out-door opera.

BWW Review: LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Winter Opera St. Louis
March 9, 2020

St. Louis's wonderful Winter Opera closes it's thirteenth season with a fine production of a rarely-seen work by Puccini--La fanciulla del West, or The Girl of the Golden West. Now Puccini was fond of choosing exotic settings for his operas--look at Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Well, to a European, Fanciulla is equally exotic. It's set in a mining camp in the Sierra Nevadas during the California Gold Rush of 1848.

BWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. Louis
January 28, 2020

Winter Opera St. Louis continues its 13th season with a most charming production of Gaetano Donizetti's comic La fille du regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment).

BWW Review: MADAM at .ZACK
January 13, 2020

1870: Eliza Haycraft, the reigning Madam of St. Louis brothels fights the powers that be in a bright new musical.

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Charms at Winter Opera
November 10, 2019

It's 140 years old, but it's as fresh and appealing as when it first bounded into the public eye on New Year's Eve, 1879.

BWW Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis
October 22, 2019

The St. Louis Rep has opened a smart, fast-paced, rather serious comedy about the meaning of Truth. It's called 'The Lifespan of a Fact'.

BWW Review: THE AGITATORS at Upstream Theater
October 2, 2019

For going on fifteen years now Philip Boehm's Upstream Theater has been giving us some of the finest, most thought-provoking theater in town. Now they have opened a play about two iconic American agitators in the struggle for equal rights: Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It's by playwright Mat Smart, and it's called simply a?oeThe Agitatorsa??.

BWW Review: WHAMMY! at The Young Liars
September 29, 2019

Some Things that All People Should Know About the Nature and Function of the Self, Its Place in the Economy of Life, its Proper Training and its Righteous Exercise

BWW Review: 'A MODEL FOR MATISSE' at Midnight Company
September 16, 2019

'A Model for Matisse' opens at the .ZACK in St. Louis.

BWW Review: A GRIM AND POWERFUL 'GLORY DENIED' at Union Avenue Opera
August 19, 2019

A soldier gone to a far off war, absent for years. His wife in anguish, not knowing whether she's a widow. It's a story far older than The Odyssey.



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