Twins are creepy, mystical beings. From Romulus and Remus to Elvis and Jesse Presley, twins have proven to possess powers that set them apart from single-births. Andromeda and Eugenia, the twins at the center of Jeremy Sher's new experimental theatrical experience, Saltwater, are the rarest and most powerful of twins. The sisters with the fancy names are conjoined; they also despise each other, which is certain to make family relations prickly. But then, their brothers are dead, only the boys don't remember dying, and Mother can't tell any of her children apart, so the family is already under considerable stress. And then there are the fish, who are miked for sound and are part of the show. The strange, otherworldly feel of Saltwater's plot is enhanced by the 90-minute, no-scene-change format, which lends a dreamlike quality to the proceedings.
Sher's play, which was created and workshopped in the International Theatre Collective at Fontbonne University here in St. Louis and at the University of Montana-Western, relies heavily on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints Technique. Both of these disciplines draw from the world of dance and movement, along with theories of long-form improvisation -- all of which implies that Saltwater will be an unusual, memorable night of theater. Saltwater plays at 8 p.m. at the Black Box theatre on Fontbonne's campus (6800 Wydown Boulevard; 314-791-0050) Thursday, August 13, through Saturday, August 14, with a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $12 to $15. -- Paul Friswold
Hunter in Queeny Park
Julius and the Philharmonic
Still haven't cured your centennial-celebration fever? Sweat it out a little more at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park (550 Weidman Road). There, conductor Robert Hart Baker and the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra present the most obviously titled evening of music ever, "Meet Me in St. Louis: A Centennial Celebration." The program includes "Mississippi Suite," "The Entertainer" and "St. Louis Blues," plus selections from the musicals Ragtime, Chicago and (a-doy!) Meet Me in St. Louis. Kicking the nostalgia factor up a notch, retired local-news anchor Julius Hunter appears as the Philharmonic's special guest conductor.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Table seats up front cost $30 per person, while gallery seating runs $10 a seat. For more information call 314-421-3600 or visit www.stlphilharmonic.org. -- Rose Martelli
George Walker's Adult Entertainment
Entitling your play Adult Entertainment is a sure way to catch people's attention. After Adult Beverages and Adult Language, Adult Entertainment is Mr. Night's third-favorite thing in the world. George F. Walker's salaciously titled play has all of the above and more. Set in a down-at-the-heels motel room, Adult Entertainment tells the tawdry story of Max (a cop), Jayne (a defense attorney way too involved with Max), Donny (Max's hooker girlfriend) and Pam (Max's wife). Obviously, such volatile internecine relationships can only lead to shenanigans of the most dangerous sort. This ain't no NYPD Blue-type cop drama, though; Walker perverts the standard "gritty cop formula" into something interesting and complex, hence the "Adult" in the title. Muddy Waters Theatre Company presents Walker's black comedy at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (August 13 through 21) and at 2 p.m. on Sundays (August 15 and 22) at St. John's United Methodist Church (Kingshighway Boulevard and Washington Avenue; 314-540-7831). Tickets are $12 to $15. -- Paul Friswold
Keep the Dream Alive
Jennifer Sheehan, lately of the Saint Louis Opera Theatre's Artist-in-Training program and recent winner of the vocal competition at the Glenn Miller Festival, showcases her prize-winning voice at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900) in a program that pays tribute to the great songstresses of the past. Her Beautiful Dreamers -- A Concert Celebrating the World's First Superstars cabaret-style show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are only $12. So skip a second viewing of Anchorman and do something classy for a change. -- Paul Friswold
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