St. Louis Stage Capsules

Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene

Newly Reviewed
Another Home Invasion Joan MacLeod's one-woman show about a senior citizen attempting to navigate Canada's social-service system so she and her stroke-damaged husband, Alec, can land in the Shriners' Home together features much discursive storytelling. Think a female Andy Rooney discussing his medical problems for 75 minutes, with brief flashes of drama. Jean (Donna Weinsting) is something of a martyr, suffering with grudging Canadian patience her daughter and granddaughter's busy lives and the helpful woman from health services who won't (or maybe can't) just shift her and Alec to the home. Weinsting makes the most of those few dramatic flashes, creating the tension of a late-night burglary through her voice and some efficient movements. But for a play with such a slow burn, you expect something more than continued slow burning till the lights go out. Presented by Echo Theatre Company through October 24 at Theatre 134 in Crestwood Court ArtSpace (Watson and Sappington roads), Crestwood. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors; students two for $20 at the door). Call 314-225-4329 or visit www .echotheatrecompany.org. — Paul Friswold

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