Oh Brother!

Imagine every time you’ve felt overshadowed by someone close to you; the feeling of nearly drowning in that person’s wake can be all-consuming. Now, consider a life in the shadow of a brother who is a notorious assassin; no matter how good you are (in spirit and in what you do), it would be impossible to separate yourself from the bad. That’s pretty much how esteemed Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth felt after his brother John Wilkes killed President Lincoln. In Booth!, a historical musical directed by Niyi Coker, Edwin’s daughter Edwina offers up stories about her father’s tortured life. This play is staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 13 and 14; incidentally, the latter date is the anniversary of Lincoln’s death) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org). Tickets cost $6 to $12.
Fri., April 13; Sat., April 14

 
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