St. Louis Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by Steve Callahan - March 12, 2018

We went out into the chilly spring evening - and it became, for me, one of the most totally pleasing evenings of opera I've ever experienced. Winter Opera of St. Louis presented Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a production that was as near perfection as one could ever ask.... (more...)
BUD, NOT BUDDY Gets Live Jazz Support BUD, NOT BUDDY Gets Live Jazz Support
by Steve Callahan - February 14, 2018

The Metro Theater Company produces some of the best children's theater you'll ever see. They've been at it for over four decades. Now they have opened Bud, Not Buddy at the newly reopened Grandel Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: Winter Opera Brings Pearls to St. Louis BWW Review: Winter Opera Brings Pearls to St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - January 31, 2018

Sooner or later it had to happen. Somebody had to notice the similarities between pearl divers, who must free-dive as deep as one hundred feet, and opera singers, who must make one breath last to the very end of that bel canto cadenza. Well, in 1863 Georges Bizet and his librettists saw that link be... (more...)
BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Dystopian But Hopeful REMNANT BWW Review: Mustard Seed Theatre's Dystopian But Hopeful REMNANT
by Chris Gibson - December 14, 2017

After ten seasons, Mustard Seed Theatre returns to one of their first productions, and it's an intriguing work called REMNANT by Ron Reed. It's a window into a plague-ravaged future where civilization has been lost, and mistrust runs rampant. But, there are remnants from the past that keep hope aliv... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio Presents Profane and Peculiar A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio Presents Profane and Peculiar A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
by Chris Gibson - December 12, 2017

The majority of Martin McDonagh's works are challenging in the most unexpected ways. What may seem to be a thriller is often a comedy of pitch-black proportions. His dialog is also quite profane, and often offensive, and yet, we find ourselves laughing when we should probably be shocked. Or, at leas... (more...)
BWW Review: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Thoroughly Charming MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY BWW Review: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Thoroughly Charming MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by Chris Gibson - December 05, 2017

It's always interesting when sequels are written to famous works because, in order to succeed, they must project some of the same style, skill, and taste of the original author. But, Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have crafted a play that carries on some of the same wit and charm that the book i... (more...)
BWW Review: Hilarious and Heart-Breaking A JEWISH JOKE at the New Jewish Theatre BWW Review: Hilarious and Heart-Breaking A JEWISH JOKE at the New Jewish Theatre
by Chris Gibson - December 05, 2017

You'll find plenty of humor and drama in playwrights Marni Freedman and Phil Johnson's A JEWISH JOKE, which is now playing at the New Jewish Theatre. Set during the McCarthy 'red scare' hearings during the early 1950's, the play offers up an examination of a Jewish comedy writer named Bernie Lutz w... (more...)
BWW Review: Romantic and Fierce THE KING AND I at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Romantic and Fierce THE KING AND I at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - December 04, 2017

A touring company of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I is currently playing the Fox Theatre, and it's a very engaging revival of the classic musical. It's an elegant and entertaining show that won a Tony for best revival in 2015, and it's easy to see why. With familiar and lovely songs like ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Winter Opera's 'The Student Prince' is superb! BWW Review: Winter Opera's 'The Student Prince' is superb!
by Steve Callahan - November 16, 2017

Winter Opera continues its tradition of stunning quality in its revival of 'The Student Prince'.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lively and Engaging ON YOUR FEET! at The Fox BWW Review: Lively and Engaging ON YOUR FEET! at The Fox
by Chris Gibson - November 09, 2017

There are jukebox musicals that utilize the catalog of a group to hang a story thread onto that may or may not fit particularly well, and there are those that are portraits of the songwriters themselves. I think the latter actually works the best, and that's what you get when you see ON YOUR FEET!, ... (more...)
BWW Review: David Lanz's Gorgeous FRENCH IMPRESSIONS BWW Review: David Lanz's Gorgeous FRENCH IMPRESSIONS
by Chris Gibson - November 06, 2017

As the liner notes reveal, this collection by composer/pianist David Lanz sprang forth from improvisations that resulted during preparations for the NORWEGIAN RAIN album. By warming up with these spontaneous songs, he allowed their gentle influence to wash over the latter work's tracks. But, FRENCH ... (more...)
BWW Review: Expect the Unexpected in Repertory Theatre St. Louis' Wonderful HEISENBERG BWW Review: Expect the Unexpected in Repertory Theatre St. Louis' Wonderful HEISENBERG
by Chris Gibson - November 02, 2017

Life lurches along in unexpected directions for most of us, and that's what makes playwright Simon Stephens' HEISENBERG so identifiable. There actually is a Heisenberg Principle , which says: it is impossible to measure the position and velocity of a particle at the same time. So, we're never abl... (more...)
BWW Review: Marvelous HAMLET at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis BWW Review: Marvelous HAMLET at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - October 18, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents a uniquely engaging and compelling presentation of one of Shakespeare's finest plays with their current production of HAMLET. So many great lines that have become a part of our language are present here, and it's really amazing to think that the Rep hasn't... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Delightful Slice of History SWEET REVENGE BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Delightful Slice of History SWEET REVENGE
by Chris Gibson - October 09, 2017

SWEET REVENGE, with the subtitle of: as performed by the Julius Slowacki Players, Saint Louis, 1933, is a delightful look back at our city's own Polish heritage. Artistic Director Philip Boehm translates ZEMSTA by playwright Aleksander Fredo, but gives the work a twist by showing us how the troupe... (more...)
BWW Review: New Jewish Theatre's Touching TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE BWW Review: New Jewish Theatre's Touching TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
by Chris Gibson - October 09, 2017

watch, and some people, who might be especially sensitive on these matters, might be put off at the thought of witnessing a person deteriorate over time due to the ravages of ALS. But they'd be depriving themselves of the chance to learn some of the same life lessons that author Mitch Albom did duri... (more...)
BWW Review: Music Provides the Highlights for THE BODYGUARD at the Fox Theatre BWW Review: Music Provides the Highlights for THE BODYGUARD at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - October 06, 2017

There have been some truly successful musicals that have been adapted from films, and there have been more than a few that just didn't work. Often, what plays well on screen simply doesn't translate to the stage, no matter how much technical wizardry you utilize. THE BODYGUARD isn't the worst musica... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Excellent LIZZIE Rocks Hard! BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Excellent LIZZIE Rocks Hard!
by Chris Gibson - October 04, 2017

LIZZIE is a unique musical experience, and I was absolutely blown away by it. The product of the team of Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner, who all contributed to the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations; it's a true rock opera. Watching and listening to this powerful show... (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Brilliant THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Brilliant THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
by Chris Gibson - September 25, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens their season with an amazing bit of brilliance called THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon by playwright Simon Stephens. It's a story filled with marvelous touches that plunges you into a world filtered thro... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis's Superb SOUTH PACIFIC BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis's Superb SOUTH PACIFIC
by Chris Gibson - September 18, 2017

STAGES St. Louis ends their season with an wonderfully mounted production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC. It's a classic musical absolutely filled to the brim with memorable songs, many of which have become standards. In fact, you'll likely find yourself humming any number of them as you... (more...)
BWW Review: STL Opera Collective Presents TESLA'S PIGEON and TO HELL AND BACK BWW Review: STL Opera Collective Presents TESLA'S PIGEON and TO HELL AND BACK
by Chris Gibson - September 13, 2017

Since our resident opera critic, Steve Callahan, was appearing in one of the pocket operas produced this past weekend (September 8-9, 2017) by the STL Opera Collective, he asked if I would cover the shows, and I was happy to do so. This is a group that is just in their second season, but judging b... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: GREASE at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - September 09, 2017

Features show built for the huge stage with many local talents... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Lovely OUT ON BROADWAY THE THIRD COMING BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Lovely OUT ON BROADWAY THE THIRD COMING
by Chris Gibson - August 22, 2017

Originally conceived by artistic director Scott Miller over 20 years ago, OUT ON BROADWAY (THE THIRD COMING), is, as titled, the third incarnation of a revue designed to reinterpret songs from an array of classic and offbeat, but brilliant, musicals ( this time with a new song from Jason Robert Brow... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Has a Grand Farewell at the FOX This Weekend BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Has a Grand Farewell at the FOX This Weekend
by Chris Gibson - August 01, 2017

MAMMA MIA! officially ended it's farewell tour this past weekend, and it was interesting to see the audience reaction to a show I've seen at least six times. But, I'm a critic. The appeal is obvious really, it's a simple story (book by Catherine Johnson) that allows you to enjoy the undeniably catch... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Incredible and Heartfelt A CHORUS LINE BWW Review: The MUNY's Incredible and Heartfelt A CHORUS LINE
by Chris Gibson - August 01, 2017

A CHORUS LINE was the creation of Michael Bennett, one of Broadway's finest choreographers, who held a series of workshops in the mid 1970's to explore a way to examine the life that dancers lead. Then book writers James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante crafted a musical from this wealth of material... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis's Hilarious Must-See 9 TO 5 BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis's Hilarious Must-See 9 TO 5
by Chris Gibson - July 29, 2017

It's not surprising that the 1980 film 9 to 5 was turned into a musical, since it's revenge driven farcical plot is a natural fit, and it's a period piece, so it has that going for it as well. Plus, you have Dolly Parton, whose physical attributes sometimes make one forget how great a songwriter she... (more...)