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2015 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Hairspray

    published June 25, 2015

    Tracy Turnblad is a woman on a mission. Her dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, and she finally makes it. Even after she becomes... More >>

  • Circus Flora

    published June 25, 2015

    Circus Flora invites you to take a trip back to the good old days with its new show, One Summer on Second Street. Set on a typical... More >>

  • La Rondine

    published June 25, 2015

    What do young men know of love? Nothing, and so Ruggero falls head-over-heels in love with the glamorous Magda. Little does he know that this... More >>

  • The Barber of Seville

    published June 25, 2015

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its new season with the frothy fun of Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. A wealthy count,... More >>

  • Jefferson, NY

    published June 25, 2015

    "New York art" makes you think of that hard-edged contemporary stuff, but that sort of thinking limits you to art from the five boroughs. New... More >>

  • Emmeline

    published June 25, 2015

    For its final show of the season, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents Tobias Picker's modern opera Emmeline, which is about a... More >>

  • Game of Thrones: The Parody

    published June 25, 2015

    Magic Smoking Monkey has performed the good Star Wars trilogy in an hour, and it has slogged through the entirety (sorta) of Peter... More >>

  • House

    published June 25, 2015

    Daniel MacIvor's House is a play about a man whose persecution complex colors everything. He says his mother suffers from demonic... More >>

  • Babes in Brassland

    published June 25, 2015

    The irresistible forces of the Randy Dandies burlesque company meet the traditional New Orleans jazz of the Funky Butt Brass Band in Babes in... More >>

  • Richard the Lionheart

    published June 25, 2015

    Richard I may have been King of England, but he rarely spent much time in the country kinging it over his people. What he really enjoyed was... More >>

  • Laura Careless: Lost Goddess

    published June 25, 2015

    Persephone was the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She was initially abducted by Hades, king of the dead, who took her home and... More >>

  • My Fair Lady

    published June 18, 2015

    The great question behind Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is not "Can a gentleman make a lady of a Cockney flower girl,? but "What... More >>

  • Jaws

    published June 18, 2015

    Turner Classic Movies has clearly decided that you're all swimming too much; the cable channel celebrates the 40th anniversary of... More >>

  • The Threepenny Opera

    published June 18, 2015

    Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera opens with a jaunty song about an unrepentant murderer and ends with the bad... More >>

  • Painted Fire

    published June 18, 2015

    Korea was in political and social tumult in the late nineteenth century -- but so was Jang Seung-up, a self-taught artist from the lower class.... More >>

  • Antony and Cleopatra

    published June 11, 2015

    Can two powerful and driven people make a long-distance relationship work? In the case of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, the... More >>

  • The Battle for St. Louis

    published June 11, 2015

    While the St. Louis Blues sit out another Stanley Cup Final (they're pacing themselves!), another league of heavy-hitting skaters circle each... More >>

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    Game of Thrones Parody Is Chaotic -- and Very, Very Funny

    published Jun 17, 2015

    When watching Magic Smoking Monkey's Game of Thrones: GoT Parody?, you have two choices. You can either try to remember actors' faces and names so you know who is playing whom, or you can lean into it... More >>

  • Cirque du Soleil: One Night for One Drop

    published June 4, 2015

    Most Americans don't have to think about the water supply unless there's a drought or a flood. But for much of the world, going out to fetch water... More >>

  • Magic Men

    published June 4, 2015

    The gap between fathers and their adult sons is a frequent film plot, but directors Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor have a few surprises up their... More >>

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    Stray Dog's Latest, Dog Sees God, Is, Well, a Dog

    published Jun 11, 2015

    Being a theater critic has its perks. You always get a good seat if you want it. You have access to a lot of interesting work being done by actors in all stages of their careers. You occasionally see ... More >>

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    Who's Who in Magic Smoking Monkey's Game of Thrones

    published Jun 10, 2015

    Curious to know more about the characters in Game of Thrones before you buy tickets for Magic Smoking Monkey's parody, which kicks off this weekend at the Regional Arts Commission? We recommend this h... More >>

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    How Magic Smoking Monkey Is Taking on Its Biggest Target Yet: Game of Thrones

    published Jun 10, 2015

    I. Watch the Throne Game of Thrones, like many figures in the entertainment biz, had to change its name before it really became successful. It began life as A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin... More >>

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    New Line Theatre's The Threepenny Opera Indicts Today's Political System

    published Jun 04, 2015

    For the next three weeks you have a choice in how you stay informed about current events: You can either suffer through another local newscast as the tone whiplashes between banal levity and grim imag... More >>

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    Love & Mercy Hits the Highs and Lows of Brian Wilson's Life

    published Jun 03, 2015

    So many words have been written about Brian Wilson that it is difficult, if not impossible, to get an accurate picture of the man who gave the world Pet Sounds and Smile, the two greatest pop symphoni... More >>

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