BWW Review:  New Jewish Opens a Gorgeous DISTRICT MERCHANTS.BWW Review: New Jewish Opens a Gorgeous DISTRICT MERCHANTS.
by Steve Callahan - Feb 3, 2019

The New Jewish Theatre has opened 'District Merchants', by Aaron Posner, and it is certainly among the finest productions I've ever seen there. Posner's script is most remarkably beautiful-it's masterful indeed. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Jewish Theatre Presents DISTRICT MERCHANTSPhoto Flash: New Jewish Theatre Presents DISTRICT MERCHANTS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019

The New Jewish Theatre's 2018-19 season continues with an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice - Aaron Posner's District Merchants, an Uneasy Comedy. The production will be directed by St. Louis Theatre Circle Award winner, Jacqueline Thompson, and runs January 24 - February 10, 2019. (more...)

St. Louis Premiere Of NJT's DISTRICT MERCHANTS Begins Next MonthSt. Louis Premiere Of NJT's DISTRICT MERCHANTS Begins Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

The New Jewish Theatre's 2018-19 season continues with an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice - Aaron Posner's District Merchants, an Uneasy Comedy. The production will be directed by St. Louis Theatre Circle Award winner, Jacqueline Thompson, and runs January 24 - February 10, 2019. (more...)

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Announces Cast for Inaugural 'In the Works' ProductionsShakespeare Festival St. Louis Announces Cast for Inaugural 'In the Works' Productions
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2018

Ben Nordstrom and Kari Ely will play opposite one another in "Into the Breeches!," the headlining production of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' new program titled, In the Works, set for Oct. 28 through Nov. 24, at the Grandel Theatre. Written by George Brant and directed by Nancy Bell, the month-long, ticketed production is the culmination of the Festival's 2018 season. (more...)

5th Annual Picture Farm Film Festival in Brooklyn Announces Lineup and Mentorship Jury5th Annual Picture Farm Film Festival in Brooklyn Announces Lineup and Mentorship Jury
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

Picture Farm Film Festival has announced THE LINEUP for its 5th annual festival, taking place April 13 - 14 at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. (more...)

NJT is 'Really New' For its  2018-19 SeasonNJT is 'Really New' For its 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

As the New Jewish Theatre closes out the first season of our third decade, it's time to make a few changes. So the upcoming 2018-19 Season includes many things that are NEW for the New Jewish Theatre. This includes a new season where four of the five shows are regional premieres which have only been performed a handful of times. Three of the five are comedies. (more...)

BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Provocative A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT
by Chris Gibson - May 20, 2017

It's uncanny the way that Upstream Theater is able to produce plays that consistently tackle issues that, while often international in scope, often resonate with situations we face in our own country and, in particular, the current political climate we find ourselves in. A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT is a very intriguing and powerful work by Nicholas Wright (adapted from a book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela) that focuses our attention on post-apartheid South Africa, and which delves into the institutionalized racism that gripped that area of the world for many, many years. It's a subject that it is abhorrent in nature, but one which we seem to see America headed toward with the rise of white nationalist actions and policies. The seeds seem to have been sown with the cultural backlash from certain quarters following the election of Barack Obama, our first African American president, and which are starting to become more dangerously vocal and violent since he left office and was replaced by our current president, who surrounds himself with people whose agendas and ideologies are in direct conflict with the progress that has occurred since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. This work, though it deals mainly with conciliatory efforts, is one that needs to be seen as a reminder that, if we are to continue to progress as an open society, we need to remain vigilant as citizens to ensure we do not take steps backwards in this regard. There's a lot to contemplate here, and this production is decidedly must-see theatre. (more...)

Upstream Theater presents the St. Louis Premiere of A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

During the 1990s, psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed Eugene de Kock, commanding officer of the South African government's death squad stationed at Vlakplaas--a man who had ordered and carried out the torture and murder of dozens of anti-apartheid activists, earning the nickname "Prime Evil." De Kock was serving a 212-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW - Mar 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for St. Louis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW - Mar 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for Kansas City (more...)

BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Thoughtful and Thought-Provoking Production of INTIMATE APPAREL
by Chris Gibson - Feb 2, 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 point where the protagonist ever gives up hope. Though set in New York at the turn of the last century, there are a lot of issues brought forth that will ring true for a modern audience. In these especially difficult times, it's a reminder of the way people of color were treated then, something we have to work vigilantly to make sure doesn't happen again. Drawing on the experiences of her great-grandmother, Nottage has written a wonderfully touching, and ultimately hopeful, work that is brought to life with an incredibly well done production by The New Jewish Theatre. I recommend it highly! (more...)

New Jewish Theatre to Stage Poignant, Poetic Story with INTIMATE APPAREL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The New Jewish Theatre continues its 20th Season with the Award-winning Lynn Nottage play, Intimate Apparel from January 26 - February 12. (more...)

New Jewish Theatre to Stage Poignant, Poetic Story with INTIMATE APPAREL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The New Jewish Theatre continues its 20th Season with the Award-winning Lynn Nottage play, Intimate Apparel from January 26 - February 12. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Timeless Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Chris Gibson - Dec 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 nearly every sitcom and animated show ever made. So, what's old seems new again in The Repertory of St. Louis' current presentation for the holidays. And, what a treat it is. David H. Bell's adaptation is faithful to the spirit and language of the story, which occurs when the industrial revolution has wreaked havoc on the lives of both the old and young. Filled with energy and enthusiasm, this is an absolute must-see for the Christmas season! (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Make Triumphant Return to The Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents A Christmas Carol, adapted by David H. Bell from the novella by Charles Dickens and directed by Steven Woolf. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Make Triumphant Return to The Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents A Christmas Carol, adapted by David H. Bell from the novella by Charles Dickens and directed by Steven Woolf. (more...)

That Uppity Theatre Company and the St Lou Fringe Present AFTER ORLANDO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

On November 14, 2016, at 7:30pm at the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center, That Uppity Theatre Company and the St Lou Fringe, present excerpts from a collection of three minute plays specifically written and curated in response to the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016, that took the lives of 49 LGBTQ and Allied people. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at EVERY 28 HOURS, Coming to St. Louis This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

People in the St. Louis area have two opportunities to see the show. Center of Creative Arts (COCA, 524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130) will be hosting a performance on Saturday, October 15th at 8pm and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (130 Edgar Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119) will be hosting a performance on Monday, October 24th at 8pm. All performances will be free of charge. (more...)

McCarter and Princeton University to Present THE EVERY 28 HOURS PLAYS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center will partner with the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of African American Studies to present The Every 28 Hours Plays on October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. on McCarter Theatre Center's Berlind Stage. (more...)

BWW Review: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Fantastic A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Chris Gibson - Jun 18, 2016

It's always fun to take in the many treats available at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis each year in Forest Park, and I'm not just talking about the food and drink stands, but also all the performers, mini-versions of the show, etc, that take place before the main attraction begins (arrive early). And,with the weather just a touch cooler there's no excuse not to attend, Besides, it's truly special watching a classic work by the immortal bard under the stars. This year a most apropos example of his work, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, takes flight in the wooded confines, exactly the place where the action of this play occurs. It's a match made in heaven, and it's also a work that, as I've stated in other reviews, is a great introduction to the playwright. So, by all means, bring the family and enjoy this fantastic production. (more...)

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