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2006 Stories by Dennis Brown

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  • Just Married

    published August 9, 2006

    There's applause. And then, at musicals especially, there's applause. The first kind of applause is obligatory. We're conditioned to clap after... More >>

  • Lube Job

    published August 2, 2006

    It's probably too much to hope that the once-quaint rock & roll musical Grease could retain its original innocence. In the years... More >>

  • On the Rocks, No Twist

    published August 2, 2006

    Everybody knows Lionel Bart's Oliver! is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' nineteenth-century novel Oliver Twist. But... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published July 26, 2006

    Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?) The title pretty much says it all, even as it sets the tone for all these crazy family deathbed high... More >>

  • Basic White

    published July 26, 2006

    When the much-anticipated Irving Berlin musical White Christmas debuted at Radio City Music Hall in October 1954, the New York... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published July 19, 2006

    Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?) The title pretty much says it all, even as it sets the tone for all these crazy family deathbed high... More >>

  • Hot Numbers

    published July 19, 2006

    What are the best Broadway musicals of all time? That's a hypothetical that theater buffs spend countless hours ruminating about. But Frank... More >>

  • Lart Imitates Ife

    published July 19, 2006

    You've probably never heard of Lennox Robinson's Drama at Inish, currently being staged by Act Inc. — which is precisely why... More >>

  • Born to be Wilde

    published July 12, 2006

    Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is a perennial satire of summertime love. In the current Act Inc. revival, that love... More >>

  • A Wizened Wiz

    published July 12, 2006

    The most frequently staged children's musical in Muny history is back. The current incarnation of The Wizard of Oz is the eleventh... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published June 28, 2006

    1776 Reviewed in this issue. Aida Exciting performances by Broadway... More >>

  • Philadelphia Story

    published June 28, 2006

    After the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, John Adams proposed that the birth of America should be celebrated with "parades, bells,... More >>

  • Funky Cold Medea

    published June 28, 2006

    The Orange Girls don't play it safe. Last October this fledgling company, composed of actresses Brooke Edwards, Michelle Hand and Meghan Maguire,... More >>

  • Reign Man

    published June 21, 2006

    The Muny has opened its 88th season with a colorful production of a venerable favorite. Perhaps it's no surprise that this is the eleventh staging... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published June 14, 2006

    The Barber of Seville Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opened its 31st season with a brilliantly subversive update of Gioacchino Rossini's most... More >>

  • Reich Retch

    published June 14, 2006

    At the opening-night performance of this twentieth-anniversary season at Stages St. Louis, executive producer Jack Lane took to the stage to... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published June 7, 2006

    The Barber of Seville Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opened its 31st season with a brilliantly subversive update of Gioacchino Rossini's most... More >>

  • Clothes by Any Other Name

    published June 7, 2006

    Most people don't know that a theater legend has been in town for the past couple of weeks. Jane Greenwood, who has designed the costumes for the... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published May 31, 2006

    The Barber of Seville Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opened its 31st season with a brilliantly subversive update of Gioacchino Rossini's most... More >>

  • Down in Front!

    published May 31, 2006

    You've seen your share of show-stopping musical numbers. Now ask yourself this: When was the last time you saw a show-sitting number? At the end... More >>

  • Tune Town

    published May 17, 2006

    There's a parade in town this week and next, and its name is Tommy Tune. It doesn't matter that he's often been here in the past, at the Muny and... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published May 10, 2006

    Bedroom Farce Four couples, three beds, one night: Consider the possibilities. British playwright Alan Ayckbourn is a master at exploring... More >>

  • Child's Play

    published May 10, 2006

    Last year's stirring Deaf West production of Big River at the Fox Theatre proved one of the theatrical high points of 2005, and the Big... More >>

  • Opportunity Knocks

    published May 10, 2006

    The current New Jewish Theatre mounting of James Sherman's From Door to Door is more than a mere play (mere though it is): this... More >>

  • Dancin' Fuel

    published May 3, 2006

    Jerry Mitchell saw his first Broadway musical, The Wiz, in the late 1970s when he was still a teenager living in Paw Paw, Michigan. "As a... More >>

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