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2005 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Dear Old Daddy

    published December 28, 2005

    It's not unusual for an actor to change his name, but for an actor to restore his name is something else again. Yet that's precisely what Conrad... More >>

  • Little Dickens

    published December 21, 2005

    Two exclamation points in one title surely sets up great expectations on the part of the viewer. But any excessive anticipation is more than... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published December 14, 2005

    All the Great Books (abridged) If your idea of a dream date is Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen or George Eliot, this literature-laced show will... More >>

  • Great Expectations

    published December 14, 2005

    So how is it going? Thirteen months ago, when the Kevin Kline Awards were announced as the catalyst for the newly formed Professional Theatre... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published December 7, 2005

    All the Great Books (abridged) Reviewed in this issue. Fool for Love John... More >>

  • Love for Sale

    published December 7, 2005

    Perhaps it's because we're into the Christmas season, but as Shylock chanted and keened his way through New Jewish Theatre's production of William... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published November 30, 2005

    This Is Our Youth Kenneth Lonergan's grim drama about low dealings among upper-crust teenagers in 1982 New York City includes the mandatory... More >>

  • The Best Seats in the House

    published November 30, 2005

    Two weeks ago, on the afternoon of the opening night of Wicked, the cast arrived at the Fox Theatre for a sound-check rehearsal... More >>

  • Put a Spell on You

    published November 23, 2005

    There's always room on Broadway for another smash-hit musical. But Wicked, which after more than two years in New York is... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published November 16, 2005

    The Fever and Man with a Shotgun Why do people want to hurt each other? The Fever, Wallace Shawn's oh-so-serious rumination... More >>

  • The Old College Try

    published November 16, 2005

    University theater is on display this week with a vengeance. Here in St. Louis we have come to rely on area colleges to provide the kinds of... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published November 9, 2005

    Bug Arthropods run amok in a blowsy motel room on the outskirts of Oklahoma City — it's just that nobody really sees them. Tracy... More >>

  • Cut!

    published November 2, 2005

    Playgoers who enjoy the adventure of being among the first to see a new show might want to attend Completely Hollywood (abridged),... More >>

  • Bug in the Ointment

    published October 26, 2005

    The power of suggestion is at the very heart of Tracy Lett's dark dreamscape, Bug. So don't be surprised if, by evening's end,... More >>

  • Juicy Fruit

    published October 19, 2005

    A new local theater company called Orange Girls focuses on drama by and about women. But with their inaugural offering, Going to See the... More >>

  • Zero Affect

    published October 19, 2005

    Surfers spend their lives seeking the perfect wave; dieters pursue the Platonic ideal of fat-free mayonnaise. Lovers of musical theater aren't... More >>

  • Unkind Cut

    published October 12, 2005

    So let's begin with the nude scene. The final moment of Act One in Hair, the self-proclaimed "love-rock musical" currently being... More >>

  • Pay for Play

    published October 5, 2005

    When Rocco Landesman saw his very first Broadway show, he began to learn about the disparity between art and commerce. In 1964 as a junior at... More >>

  • Farce As the Eye Can See

    published September 21, 2005

    Something remarkable happened at the opening-night performance of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. During Act One the... More >>

  • A Gay Old Time

    published September 14, 2005

    Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a veritable Niagara Falls of a drama. As booze pours and dialogue cascades, as... More >>

  • Pussy Galore

    published September 7, 2005

    For 50 years the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opens at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis this week, has been one of... More >>

  • Will on Art Hill

    published August 31, 2005

    Since its debut in 2001, the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis has gone all-out to establish itself on the local arts scene. It garners reams of... More >>

  • Tune Up

    published August 24, 2005

    The 2005 Muny season, which concluded last week, was a notable improvement over what St. Louis theatergoers have been seeing in Forest Park. Six... More >>

  • Chilly Willy

    published August 17, 2005

    "A sad tale's best for winter," a young prince avers in The Winter's Tale. This St. Louis Shakespeare production is sad all right,... More >>

  • Spare Me

    published August 10, 2005

    Mike Ervin's crowd-pleasing History of Bowling premiered in Chicago in 1999 and is often revived there. Perhaps St. Louis audiences... More >>

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