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2004 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Present Imperfect

    published December 22, 2004

    William Dean Howell's fanciful short story "Christmas Every Day" makes a persuasive case that life would be monotonous indeed if the glories of... More >>

  • You'd Better Not Pout

    published December 15, 2004

    From Vincent Price and Betty Grable to John Goodman and Kevin Kline, St. Louis has made extensive contributions to show business. But all those... More >>

  • Hurts Like the Dickens

    published December 8, 2004

    Across America, December traditions include It's a Wonderful Life on TV and A Christmas Carol at the local regional theater. Alas... More >>

  • Purple Pro

    published December 8, 2004

    Willy Holtzman's Hearts, which is currently receiving its St. Louis premiere at the New Jewish Theatre, is a play of astonishing... More >>

  • Comings Back

    published December 1, 2004

    It might have been better for everyone if Thomas Wolfe had chosen a different title for his 1940 novel You Can't Go Home Again. Of course... More >>

  • Rise and Shine

    published November 17, 2004

    Ever since American audiences were first exposed to this idiosyncratic British comedy-drama in 1981, Cloud Nine has defied... More >>

  • Not Guilty

    published November 17, 2004

    Ten talented actors sit on an unadorned, multitiered stage and tell stories about six hapless people caught in the cogs of that juggernaut known... More >>

  • Pair Up

    published November 10, 2004

    When's the last time you saw The Odd Couple? Not the movie version with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Not an episode of the... More >>

  • Come to the Cabaret

    published November 3, 2004

    It must have seemed like a great coup for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to open its current Studio Rep season with Jeffrey Hatcher's A... More >>

  • From Gonzo to Billy

    published November 3, 2004

    How's this for encouragement? As a young man living on Catalina Island, California, Gregory Harrison made his musical-theater debut as El Gallo in... More >>

  • Sleeping Beauty

    published October 27, 2004

    Edna Pontellier, the 28-year-old protagonist of Kate Chopin's controversial 1899 novel The Awakening, is one of the most compelling women... More >>

  • In Deep

    published October 20, 2004

    On the surface Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly is a simple valentine, a Missouri waltz as tranquil as... More >>

  • College Tries

    published October 6, 2004

    Caryl Churchill is hardly a household name, but for nearly 30 years this adventuresome British author has been writing groundbreaking plays that... More >>

  • Buzz Me

    published September 22, 2004

    How do you like your sight gags? If you prefer them nonstop and shameless, then Triple Espresso, the high-energy revue that has... More >>

  • Play It Again

    published September 15, 2004

    The Crucible, Arthur Miller's tale of uproar and confusion set during the Salem witch trials in 1692, is as close to tragedy as the... More >>

  • Seasoned to Taste

    published September 8, 2004

    This week the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis begins its 38th season -- and its 18th season with Steven Woolf at the helm -- with a production of... More >>

  • ECHO of the Revolution

    published September 8, 2004

    September 10 through 26; 314-995-2123 for times). Tickets are $12 to $15. More >>

  • To Cut or Not to Cut

    published September 1, 2004

    The two most famous lines of dialogue in Richard III occur at the very beginning and at the very end. The first words uttered... More >>

  • Take Me Out to the Muny

    published August 18, 2004

    The 86th Muny season, which drew to a close last week, once again confirmed that nothing fails like success. Doubtless in due course the theater... More >>

  • The Lord's Player

    published August 11, 2004

    St. Louis Shakespeare has mounted a first-rate production of Amadeus, Peter Shaffer's celebrated drama about jealousy, temptation... More >>

  • The Unsinkable Guys and Dolls

    published August 4, 2004

    n the late 1940s -- not long before Guys and Dolls took Broadway by storm in 1950 -- Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, America's most... More >>

  • Resurrection Day

    published July 28, 2004

    Phoebe Flaherty, the blowsy protagonist at the heart of Alice Cannon's comedy-drama Great Day in the Morning, is not only having a... More >>

  • Boring Breakfast

    published July 21, 2004

    Lauren Kennedy just can't get a break at the Muny. Last season she was a radiant Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, but that great script was... More >>

  • Annie's Back, Thank Heaven

    published July 14, 2004

    "Thank heaven," Maurice Chevalier crooned, "for little girls." Audiences at this week's Muny production of Annie can thank heaven... More >>

  • Meet Me Again

    published July 14, 2004

    Judging from the sparse (though appreciative) audience that attended the opening-night performance of the current ACT Inc. rendition of Meet... More >>

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