St. Louis Stage Capsules

Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.

The Pajama Game Reviewed in this issue.

Say You Love Satan Russian-literature grad student Andrew (Ben Nordstrom) risks his ever-lovin' soul for a fling with the very real and very muscular Son of Satan, Jack (Tyler Vickers). Slowly, insidiously, Jack's devil-may-care attitude and rakish charms lure Andrew away from the mundane world of academia and into a demimonde of fun, underground nightclubs and hot sex on demand. And so what if he's becoming more of a prick the more he gets pricked? Life's about finding pleasure, right? Not according to best friend Bernadette (Sarah Cannon), a tough cookie who recognizes genuine peril in Andrew's newfound love for the path of least resistance. As Jack's love becomes much more nefarious, Andrew comes to realize that maybe Bernadette is on to something. The upshot is a deadly showdown that involves a stolen baby, a midnight meeting with the Devil and Andrew's eternal soul — it's "So fucking Scooby-Doo," as Andrew himself wryly notes. Funny, clever, fast-paced fun, and a heaping helping of beefcake to boot. Performed by HotCity Theatre Through July 28 at the ArtLoft Theatre, 1529 Washington Avenue. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Call 314-289-4063 or visit (PF)

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