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2003 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Some Enchanted Evening

    published July 16, 2003

    This week in Forest Park, the Muny is doing what the Muny does best. Amid a swirl of color, music and dance, it is staging an enchanted evening of... More >>

  • Summer School

    published July 16, 2003

    Richard Wilbur has some free advice for the actors who open in the St. Louis Shakespeare production of Molière's The School for... More >>

  • Wives and Lovers

    published July 16, 2003

    Now that the Macbeth family in Forest Park has been duly dispatched, it's time for St. Louis' other Shakespeare company -- you know, the one... More >>

  • River Journey

    published July 9, 2003

    When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the Broadway musical Show Boat in 1927, their ambitions for "Ol' Man River" were... More >>

  • Six-Degree Burns

    published July 9, 2003

    John Guare was 51 when his astonishing comedy Six Degrees of Separation was first produced. When people asked how long it took him to write... More >>

  • Poise Personified

    published June 25, 2003

    This is the final week for the Black Rep's rambunctious production of the baseball musical Damn Yankees!. The entire lineup is... More >>

  • Side Show

    published June 25, 2003

    Here's good news for prospective Muny ticket buyers. This week's offering, Side by Side by Sondheim, is sure to be the season's... More >>

  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    published June 11, 2003

    Even before the lights come up next week on the Muny Opera's 85th consecutive season, the summer's fortunes can be predicted. Judging from advance... More >>

  • Toil and Trouble

    published June 4, 2003

    To quote Macduff, there are "welcome and unwelcome things" in the production of Macbeth being staged in Forest Park by the... More >>

  • Think Small

    published May 14, 2003

    Try to remember a time when The Fantasticks wasn't the most beloved musical in America. Yet 43 years ago last week, when the show... More >>

  • Home, Sweet Home

    published May 14, 2003

    Last week, Edward Albee; this week, Harold Pinter. The spring theater season is winding down not with a bang but with a pause.When Pinter first... More >>

  • Till Death Do Us Part

    published May 7, 2003

    For more than four decades, Edward Albee has been challenging, confusing and sometimes even boring theatergoers -- always on his own exasperating,... More >>

  • Full Esteem Ahead

    published April 23, 2003

    Here's a tip for anyone looking to write a musical comedy slightly off the norm: Think tall. Thirty-three years ago, when Burt Bacharach and Hal... More >>

  • Robinson's Crusade

    published April 23, 2003

    Talk about a pointed irony -- Mary Robinson's five-year tenure as outspoken United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights came to an end on... More >>

  • Been There, Done That

    published April 16, 2003

    Talk about your Broadway babies: For nearly 50 years now, Jane Connell has been a New York theater fixture. Broadway musicals and comedies, summer... More >>

  • Party Person

    published April 9, 2003

    A.R. Gurney is not a celebrity. Mention his name, and a face doesn't promptly come to mind. Although he is one of America's most produced... More >>

  • Lure of a Thriller

    published April 2, 2003

    It's just possible that the most persuasive character in the current Curtain Call Repertory Theatre production of Jekyll & Hyde did... More >>

  • Waste of Rhyme

    published March 26, 2003

    The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is concluding its Mainstage season by doing what the Rep does best. In mounting The Gamester, a... More >>

  • As We Like It

    published March 26, 2003

    "All the world's a stage," Shakespeare proclaimed in his enduring comedy As You Like It. Would you believe two stages with two plays at a... More >>

  • Unhappy Feat

    published March 12, 2003

    What a history 42nd Street has. The original 1933 movie, with its eye-popping Busby Berkeley choreography, instantly became the... More >>

  • A Musical Miracle

    published February 26, 2003

    Most theatergoers have probably never heard of Violet. When this rambunctious musical debuted off-Broadway in 1997, it ran for only... More >>

  • Moral Imperatives

    published February 19, 2003

    Here's a question to consider: Does it help to know what a play is about before one sees it? Obviously a performance can be ruined if plot... More >>

  • Hit and Myth

    published February 12, 2003

    A bright yet mournful sign towers over the set like a watchful bird of prey. The sign illuminates two words that have become synonymous with the... More >>

  • A Working Composer

    published February 5, 2003

    Success came early to Stephen Schwartz. Godspell was produced off-Broadway in 1971, when its composer was 23. Pippin followed a year... More >>

  • Virtuous Flaws

    published February 5, 2003

    When Working debuted on Broadway in 1978, it was a fitfully entertaining musical that didn't quite jell. Its creator, co-composer... More >>

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