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2004 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Dirty Romancing

    published July 14, 2004

    SAT 7/17 Electronica. Psychedelica. Romantica -- what? It's time to float a new term: "Romantica" is an offshoot of the... More >>

  • Rep Rising

    published July 7, 2004

    As the St. Louis Black Repertory Company concluded its 27th season two weeks ago, it found itself facing a deficit for the first time in four... More >>

  • Go West

    published June 30, 2004

    The corn may not be as high as an elephant's eye -- not in late June, anyway -- but with a little more summer rain it may well get there.... More >>

  • Play It Again

    published June 23, 2004

    The Muny's 86th season opened this week with a highly unusual double bill. For the curtain raiser, the theater offered a one-man performance best... More >>

  • Man at Work

    published June 9, 2004

    First Run Theatre is a fledgling group devoted to producing new plays by local writers. Its advertisements tout supportive blurbs from the likes... More >>

  • Forget Lewis & Clark

    published June 9, 2004

    Setting aside regional pride, what makes Meet Me in St. Louis a memorable musical? For starters, how about the music? Everybody knows its... More >>

  • Across the Grape Divide

    published June 2, 2004

    Forget the historical fact that Raisin won the 1974 Tony Award as Best Musical and ran on Broadway for more than two years.... More >>

  • Check, Please

    published May 19, 2004

    The irreverent folks at Hydeware Theatre like to do guerrilla Shakespeare outdoors in city parks; last season for Edward Albee's Zoo Story... More >>

  • Humor Me

    published May 12, 2004

    Act One of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, the rambunctious revue for hopeful heterosexuals that's closing out the City... More >>

  • Tune In

    published May 5, 2004

    The New Jewish Theatre concludes its seventh season with an exuberant and polished production of the William Finn musical Falsettos.... More >>

  • All's Enfer in Love and War

    published April 28, 2004

    he spare, square stage at the Soulard Theatre resembles a boxing ring without the ropes. Let the sparring begin. Each combatant has his or her own... More >>

  • A Fine Mess

    published April 21, 2004

    Kudos to HotHouse Theatre Company, which is wrapping up an ambitious four-play season of area (and even national) premieres. If the appetizing... More >>

  • Music to Raise Funds By

    published April 14, 2004

    For lovers of musical theater, it doesn't get any better than this weekend's annual Variety Telethon, which features performances by six... More >>

  • Beer and Skits

    published April 14, 2004

    It's almost as if St. Patrick's Day has arrived a month late. All week long Riverdance, the Irish musical phenomenon, will be clogging its... More >>

  • Feud for Thought

    published March 31, 2004

    Two-thirds of the way through The Last Five Years, the 80-minute, no-intermission musical that is receiving its local premiere in... More >>

  • Uncommonly Playful

    published March 24, 2004

    You say there's not enough theater in St. Louis? This week there are eleven -- count 'em, eleven -- new shows in town. Musicals, dramas,... More >>

  • Float Your Boat

    published March 24, 2004

    Anyone interested in seeing a brilliantly crafted play -- a throwback to that long-gone era when scripts cared more about people than dogma --... More >>

  • It Was an Accident

    published March 24, 2004

    SAT 3/27 Scene: New York City. You are a dime-a-dozen, non-working actor. You are therefore, obviously, quite left-leaning in your... More >>

  • You'll Laugh, You'll Coif

    published March 17, 2004

    In the opening scene of the deliriously cyclonic Hairspray, which is currently testing the very foundations of the Fox... More >>

  • St. Louis Blue

    published March 10, 2004

    In one of the many sprightly songs that provide the best reason for seeing the 45th-anniversary revival of the jazz/beat musical The Nervous... More >>

  • Handled With Care

    published March 10, 2004

    Midway into Act One of the Stray Dog Theatre's mounting of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' anguished drama about deception... More >>

  • Take a Shrill Pill

    published March 3, 2004

    Stonewall Jackson's House, the current offering from City Theatre, is an oddity within an oddity. The plot is never quite what it... More >>

  • Brave Captain

    published March 3, 2004

    Charles Lindbergh is returning to town -- all three of him. In the Metro Theater Company's enthralling stage piece Captain Lindbergh's Ocean... More >>

  • Bruce, Be a Lady Tonight

    published March 3, 2004

    The first motion picture Bruce Vilanch ever saw was the 1952 circus epic The Greatest Show on Earth. That was the day a four-year-old in Paterson,... More >>

  • Beat Regeneration

    published March 3, 2004

    March 10, 1959, was a dreary day in St. Louis. Temperatures hovered in the forties and rain showers played havoc with traffic. In the evening, as... More >>

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