St Lou Fringe Heats Up the Summer with ACT YOUR PANTS OFFSt Lou Fringe Heats Up the Summer with ACT YOUR PANTS OFF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

Temperatures are rising in St. Louis and it isn't just the dog days of summer. St Lou Fringe is heating things up with its annual Act Your Pants Off fundraiser, a spirited competition among local actors that's all for fun and Fringe! (more...)

R-S Theatrics Adds Performance to Sold Out Run of IN THE HEIGHTSR-S Theatrics Adds Performance to Sold Out Run of IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2017

R-S Theatrics is excited to announce it has sold out its initial performance dates of 'In the Heights.' Due to high ticket demand, we have added a performance on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue at the .Zack Building, 3224 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO. Patrons may try for the 'In the Heights' waitlist. Patrons may arrive at 7:00 pm and sig-up, any unclaimed or returned tickets will be sold 10 minutes before the performance in the order names appear on the list.  (more...)

LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA to Open R-S Theatrics' 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

R-S Theatrics is excited to announce its eighth season opener Light in the Piazza with the lush music of Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins), and the book by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) has distilled Elizabeth Spencer's novella to a poignant tale about the essence of love. This production will continue R-S Theatrics residence with the Kranzberg Arts Organization. (more...)

Midnight Company to Present SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL, 1/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

The Midnight Company will present an Encore Performance of Eric Bogosian's SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL January 2-4, 2015 at Herbie's Vintage 72, featuring Joe Hanrahan and directed by Rachel Tibbetts, with shows in the New Year Today, January 2 and Saturday, January 3 at 8pm, and Sunday January 4 at 7pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Black Rep's Timely Production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Chris Gibson - Dec 3, 2014

Sometimes I'm amazed at the synchronicity that can occur when you see as many plays as I do. For instance, I've had weekends of shows in the past that appeared to be theme related, even though theatre companies are often mapping out their production schedules up to at least a year in advance, and tend to go in their own directions regardless of what other groups are doing. Which brings us to the Black Rep's powerful production of playwright/activist Lorraine Hansberry's work, A RAISIN IN THE SUN. At a time when our community finds itself fractured and unable to come up with solutions that can bring us together and make us whole again, we have the opportunity to see a play that shines a light on just how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. (more...)

Midnight Company to Present SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL, 1/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

The Midnight Company will present an Encore Performance of Eric Bogosian's SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL January 2-4, 2015 at Herbie's Vintage 72, featuring Joe Hanrahan and directed by Rachel Tibbetts, with shows in the New Year Friday, January 2 and Saturday, January 3 at 8pm, and Sunday January 4 at 7pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HotCity Theatre's GOODBYE RUBY TUESDAY - A Touching Slice of Life
by Chris Gibson - Sep 12, 2012

One of the really cool things that HotCity Theatre does every year is their Greenhouse New Play Festival. It not only gives a voice to new playwrights seeking to have their plays produced, but it also provides something fresh and entertaining for the theatre going public. The winner this time around is GOODBYE RUBY TUESDAY by EM Lewis, and it's a funny and touching slice of life that breezes along at a brisk 75 minutes. It's a splendid way to spend an evening, and a very entertaining play. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Black Rep's Moving Production of NO CHILD
by Chris Gibson - Mar 20, 2012

With NO CHILD, playwright Nilaja Sun brings to light the troubling failure of the "No Child Left Behind" program. It's a fascinating look at one teacher/artist's attempt to reach a group of student who describe themselves as the worst in the school. Conceived as a one woman play, the work gives an actress the opportunity to portray a number of characters from teachers, to students, to the principal herself, as well as a sage old custodian who acts as a sort of narrator for this play within a play within a play. The Black Rep's thoughtful production is superbly performed and directed, and is so socially relevant that it demands to be seen. (more...)

St. Louis Fringe Festival Begins Accepting Admission 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2011

The streets of St. Louis will transform into a stage for the ST. LOU FRINGE Festival for the first time this summer. Slated for the last weekend of June 2012, the first annual St Lou Fringe Festival will take to the streets on the fringes of Grand Center, and in the Locust Business District. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Midnight Company's Witty and Insightful Production of MISTAKES WERE MADE
by Chris Gibson - Aug 20, 2011

MISTAKES WERE MADE is a very funny play, full of in-jokes for those in the know of theatre and the Hollywood scene for sure, but also for those who are aware of the history of the French revolution. Although essentially the ravings of one man, the part of his secretary keeps him in check and adds a bit of sanity to the proceedings. In any event, Joe Hanrahan and Emily Piro are terrific in this 90 minute peek into the world of a desperate Broadway producer who works his wiles as he tries to get a show off and running by tying it to a hot Hollywood commodity. The Midnight Company's current presentation is playing at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and it's a must-see event. (more...)

Midnight to Present St. Louis Premiere of Comedy MISTAKES WERE MADE in August
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2011

The Midnight Company will present the St. Louis premiere of Craig Wright's riotous theatre comedy MISTAKES WERE MADE, August 18 through September 3, At The Kranzberg Center, 501 N. Grand, with performances Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, and Saturdays at 7 and 9 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Black Rep's Haunting Production of RUINED
by Chris Gibson - Feb 21, 2011

RUINED is one of those plays that lingers in your mind long after it's over. There's a reason that playwright Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for drama with this powerful story, and once you've seen it yourself, it may well haunt you too. Because, even though this tale about the plight of civilians caught in a civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may seem far removed from your own sense of reality, the kinds of atrocities that are being related here are still happening all around the world, and with far-reaching consequences. The Black Rep's current production of this disturbing and harrowing work is buoyed by fine performances and insightful direction. (more...)

BWW Review: The Black Rep's Intriguing Production of PERICLES
by Chris Gibson - Jan 11, 2011

Though not as frequently performed or fondly remembered as some of the classics in the Shakespearean canon, PERICLES is an interesting tale nonetheless. While it's usually cataloged along with the romances and comedies, its circumstances are really quite tragic, until it reaches for a fairytale ending that neatly resolves matters in a satisfactory manner. The Black Rep's inspired re-imagining of this piece makes for a very captivating evening of theatre, as the characters travel back and forth in time, and locations are altered from the original text to include scenes in Haiti, Cuba, Sapelo Island, Georgia and New Orleans. (more...)

The Black Rep Presents PERICLES 1/5-30
by Chris Gibson - Jan 2, 2011

William Shakespeare's PERICLES, a sweeping tale of politics and intrigue, laughter and tears, loss and reunion, lies and treachery, exhilaration and sex, magic and mystery, and death and miracles will be presented by The Black Rep, January 5 through January 30, 2011, at the Grandel Theatre, with performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. (more...)

Midnight Company Closes AN APOLOGY... 6/24
by Chris Gibson - Jun 24, 2010

The Midnight Company will present the St. Louis premiere of Mickle Maher's AN APOLOGY FOR THE COURSE AND OUTCOME OF CERTAIN EVENTS DELIVERED BY DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS ON THIS HIS FINAL EVENING at Dressel's Pub in the Central West End, June 2-24. A lean, tragicomic version of the Faustus story, AN APOLOGY... presents Doctor Faustus in the last hour of his final night on earth - irritated, whining and repentant of nothing save his failure to keep a proper diary. Over the course of this hour, he rails against his silent servant Mephistopheles and tells the fantastic tale of his life - a life filled with wonders, as well as an immeasurably vast evil. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Midnight Company's Intriguing Production of AN APOLOGY...
by Chris Gibson - Jun 13, 2010

The classic German legend of Faust gets an interesting re-imagining with playwright Mickle Maher's An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening. This is an hour spent in the company of a very regretful Doctor John Faustus, along with his ever present servant of the past twenty-four years, Mephistopheles. The Midnight Company has crafted an engaging and intriguing production of this play that's driven by a splendid performance by Joe Hanrahan. (more...)

Midnight Company to Premiere 'AN APOLOGY FOR THE COURSE...' 6/2
by Chris Gibson - Jun 2, 2010

The Midnight Company will present the St. Louis premiere of Mickle Maher's AN APOLOGY FOR THE COURSE AND OUTCOME OF CERTAIN EVENTS DELIVERED BY DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS ON THIS HIS FINAL EVENING at Dressel's Pub in the Central West End, June 2-24. A lean, tragicomic version of the Faustus story, AN APOLOGY... presents Doctor Faustus in the last hour of his final night on earth - irritated, whining and repentant of nothing save his failure to keep a proper diary. Over the course of this hour, he rails against his silent servant Mephistopheles and tells the fantastic tale of his life - a life filled with wonders, as well as an immeasurably vast evil. (more...)

Midnight Company to Premiere AN APOLOGY FOR THE COURSE AND OUTCOME OF CERTAIN EVENTS DELIVERED BY DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS ON THIS HIS FINAL EVENING 6/2
by Chris Gibson - Apr 1, 2010

The Midnight Company will present the St. Louis premiere of Mickle Maher's AN APOLOGY FOR THE COURSE AND OUTCOME OF CERTAIN EVENTS DELIVERED BY DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS ON THIS HIS FINAL EVENING at Dressel's Pub in the Central West End, June 2-24. A lean, tragicomic version of the Faustus story, AN APOLOGY... presents Doctor Faustus in the last hour of his final night on earth - irritated, whining and repentant of nothing save his failure to keep a proper diary. Over the course of this hour, he rails against his silent servant Mephistopheles and tells the fantastic tale of his life - a life filled with wonders, as well as an immeasurably vast evil. (more...)

Kevin Kline Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2008

Seventeen different stage productions were honored at the third annual Kevin Kline Awards ceremony. Ten St. Louis area theater companies - double the number of last year's recipients - were recognized with awards. Four of those ten theaters were multiple award winners. (more...)

Kevin Kline Award Noms include McCarthy, Cody, Baldwin & Hocking
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2008

Twenty-four theater companies in the St. Louis area received 118 nominations in 22 different categories. Forty-five different productions received nominations; twenty-five productions receive multiple nominations the Awards Ceremony will be held on March 31 at the Loretto-Hilton Center (more...)