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2003 Stories by Deanna Jent

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  • Drive, They Said

    published December 17, 2003

    Forget peace on earth and deck the halls -- there's little good will to be found on the day before Christmas in Will Kern's... More >>

  • Yule Laugh, Yule Cry

    published December 3, 2003

    History repeats itself in scary and delightful ways in City Theatre's production of Sanders Family Christmas -- Smoke on the Mountain, Part... More >>

  • Bard Stiff

    published November 19, 2003

    If you think Shakespeare is sacred, stay away from the Soulard Theatre, where Hydeware Theatre is skewering two of the Bard's famous tragedies in... More >>

  • Being Not All There

    published November 5, 2003

    Echo Theatre, DramaRama, Hydeware and Spotlight Theatre have formed the Soulard Theatre Collective and opened the freshly washed and painted... More >>

  • Beast in Show

    published October 29, 2003

    It's a tragic romance: Martin is truly in love with both his wife and a goat. Named Sylvia. Hard to believe? If one is to mount a successful... More >>

  • Briefs Encounter

    published October 15, 2003

    Wieners and panties. The words elicit at least a subdued smile from even the most mature adult. Steve Martin, a writer who leaves no comic stone... More >>

  • Two Guys Walk Into a Bar

    published October 8, 2003

    The warm wood tones of a well-worn bar greet the audience entering the St. Louis University Theatre. If the program didn't tell us that... More >>

  • Those Were the Days

    published September 17, 2003

    Seeing Cool and Hip: Gaslight Square made me think differently about St. Louis. Gaslight Square is our connection to the... More >>

  • Goodbye, Colonus

    published September 10, 2003

    The gods must be cranky. What else could explain the sound system snafu that ruined the first act of The Gospel at Colonus?... More >>

  • Twists and Turns

    published August 27, 2003

    Unlike New Coke or Sprite Remix, Cirque du Soleil improves on its original without losing the essence of what made it great.... More >>

  • Naked Truth

    published August 6, 2003

    The actors in Party certainly have balls -- I've seen them! It takes courage to bare all in a public place and under stage lights,... More >>

  • Just Say Noh

    published July 30, 2003

    Translation is hard; two translations are even more difficult. Four Modern Noh Plays is Yukio Mishima's attempt to translate an... More >>

  • Mostly Greek

    published July 2, 2003

    The Greek myths, or How Good People Do Bad Things Maybe Because of Fate, are explored in two very different area productions, only one of which... More >>

  • Reality Show

    published June 18, 2003

    If you're looking for a safe, easy night of entertainment, go see Finding Nemo. If you're ready to strap in for a breathtaking plunge into... More >>

  • Happy Hookers

    published June 11, 2003

    What separates us from the animals is our ability to turn sex into a commodity. Sex sells, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas... More >>

  • Look Out Below

    published June 4, 2003

    Have you ever been stuck on a long plane trip next to someone who insists on telling you her (or his) life story? Once in a great while, when the... More >>

  • Star Romp

    published May 21, 2003

    Once upon a -- sorry, I mean: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (cue theme music) -- there was a movie. And then there were two. And then... More >>

  • Slick Shtick

    published May 7, 2003

    Kazoos accompany the piano overture to Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh and set the tone for the rest of the evening: this is... More >>

  • Tricked by the Script

    published April 30, 2003

    Combine the blind seer of Greek tragedy with the remarkably contrasting language of Shakespeare and African-American storytelling. Add a... More >>

  • Soul Survival

    published April 23, 2003

    In 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway and blazed its way into American theater history with a mumbling Marlon Brando and a... More >>

  • Seeking Revision

    published April 16, 2003

    Writing a good play is hard work. It takes not only an ear for dialogue and an eye for fresh characters but fingers that can type and retype,... More >>

  • Truth Obscured

    published April 9, 2003

    Des Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum, DeBaliviere and Lindell More >>

  • Of Human Potential

    published April 2, 2003

    Reddish-stone walls surround the audience. The stage is covered with rocks, and a lone wooden swing hangs by sturdy ropes. African music plays. As... More >>

  • All Frosting, No Cake

    published March 26, 2003

    Beth Henley's Impossible Marriage gives actors an impossible task: making melodramatic phrases resemble real-life conversation. The... More >>

  • Eric the Lame

    published March 19, 2003

    Eric Bogosian pleads in an Internet letter to critics that they stop overanalyzing his work and, instead, just answer three basic questions: "Are... More >>

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