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2001 Stories by Brian Hohlfeld

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  • Mystery Spot

    published December 19, 2001

    The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, is not only a performance piece but a phenomenon with more cultural than dramatic impact.... More >>

  • Thought Crimes

    published December 5, 2001

    Donald Margulies' 1997 play Collected Stories, now at the New Jewish Theatre, was inspired by the lawsuit brought by poet Stephen Spender... More >>

  • Wild West

    published November 21, 2001

    If Eugene Ionesco, Quentin Tarantino, Lucille Ball and John Ford collaborated on a play, the result might be something like Flaming Guns of the... More >>

  • Heaven Sent

    published October 31, 2001

    The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Studio Theatre seems to have found a formula that ensures success: Find a stimulating play, put wonderful... More >>

  • Twisted Sister

    published October 24, 2001

    If you've had your fill of nun jokes and believe that not one more ounce of humor can be squeezed from the ruins of a Catholic childhood, Late... More >>

  • Tragically Hip

    published October 17, 2001

    King Lear is a rich, complex, immensely sad play that seems written for our times. William Shakespeare expertly wove together many themes:... More >>

  • Labor Pains

    published October 10, 2001

    Labor good. Management bad. That's pretty much the thrust of Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock, which is receiving a... More >>

  • War Stories

    published September 19, 2001

    American Rosies: Women at Work in World War II is a well-timed gift from the Historyonics Theatre Company to a community stunned and... More >>

  • Ramblin' Rose

    published September 12, 2001

    Gypsy, which opens the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' 35th season with a bang, is a schizophrenic musical, befitting its unbalanced main... More >>

  • Modern Primitives

    published August 29, 2001

    Director Milt Zoth has set St. Louis Shakespeare's production of Macbeth in a postapocalyptic near-future, a neat idea that conveys the... More >>

  • Identity Card

    published July 25, 2001

    Franz Kafka once wrote how amazing it is that when we wake up each morning, we find everything as we left it the night before. He would have... More >>

  • Minor Miracle

    published July 18, 2001

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre is presented by St. Louis Shakespeare (they've formally dropped "Company" from their name for the opening of their... More >>

  • Rocket Booster

    published June 27, 2001

    What do Claude Monet, doomed Challenger astronaut Christa McAuliffe and the anonymous builders of cathedrals have in common? In Jane Anderson's... More >>

  • Widow's Peak

    published June 6, 2001

    Laughter -- the rolling kind that comes in waves and never stops -- is the sweetest sound an actor can hear. It's great for the audience, too; it... More >>

  • Emotional Rescue

    published May 23, 2001

    The City Players have moved into their cavernous new home on the third floor of St. John's Methodist Church in the Central West End with two... More >>

  • Space Case

    published May 23, 2001

    Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre, the insane cousin of the St. Louis Shakespeare Company, presents a hilarious and affectionate live staging of... More >>

  • Flower Power

    published May 2, 2001

    In its new production, Desert Rose: Georgia O'Keeffe, the Historyonics Theatre Company is blessed not only with a fascinating subject and... More >>

  • Raw Deal

    published April 25, 2001

    Martin Sherman's flawlessly written Bent, now in a gripping production at the HotHouse Theatre, is as moving and disturbing today as it was... More >>

  • Hope Springs Eternal

    published April 18, 2001

    The University Theater at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville presents an ambitious and challenging production of José Rivera's... More >>

  • Kid Stuff

    published April 4, 2001

    The Metro Theatre Company presented its current touring-performance piece, More Stuff, this past weekend at the auditorium of the... More >>

  • Fine Dining

    published March 28, 2001

    Dinner with Friends, by Donald Margulies, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama last year; it's an exquisite piece of writing, and it would be... More >>

  • Tuned Up

    published March 21, 2001

    The current production by the St. Louis Black Repertory Company is, thank goodness, not your father's Godspell. The musical seemed fresh in... More >>

  • Touch of Class

    published March 14, 2001

    When Noel Coward wrote Relative Values in 1951, the Kirkwood Theatre Guild was already 20 years old. The play's an old-fashioned, three-act... More >>

  • The Bondage of Matrimony

    published February 28, 2001

    Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce, presented by the Washington University Performing Arts Department through this weekend, is an ambitious... More >>

  • Split Personality

    published February 21, 2001

    HotHouse Theatre Co. continues its season with Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, a logical choice for a company building its reputation on... More >>

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