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2007 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Blood Bothers

    published October 17, 2007

    Twenty minutes into the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of Dracula, I wrote in my notes, "Is this a case of excellent technique and... More >>

  • Evil Is as Evile Does

    published Oct 12, 2007

    Nostalgia. It’s not as good as I remember it. In the summer of 1985, my musical world was tumped on its pear-shaped ass by the arrival of thrash. Thrash was terrifying – a new species formed from... More >>

  • Orange You Glad They’re Ladies?

    published October 10, 2007

    One of the first things students learn when they encounter Shakespeare is that the female roles in Shakespeare’s day were always played by... More >>

  • Georgia Blows Your Mind

    published October 10, 2007

    The ancient Greeks were devoted to physical fitness, and yet even they were astonished by the athleticism of the Georgian people. The mountainous... More >>

  • One Stitch over the Line

    published October 10, 2007

    The Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thesheldon.org) offer a bonanza... More >>

  • Catch the Bus

    published October 10, 2007

    Playwright William Inge has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, right in front of the Commerce Bank. Two years ago, the biographical plaque... More >>

  • Mail-Order Art

    published October 10, 2007

    The image of the heroic artist toiling in solitude to create something beautiful and meaningful is an old one, but not entirely accurate. The Old... More >>

  • Ship Shapely

    published October 10, 2007

    The caravel was the Impala of the high seas – a classic vehicle, made for cruisin’ and lookin’ good. Christopher Columbus’... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published October 10, 2007

    The 1940's Radio Hour Director William Whitaker remarks in the program notes for this Washington University Performing Arts Department... More >>

  • Tired Out

    published October 3, 2007

    There is something alien and alarming about Chakaia Booker’s sculpture, but also teasingly familiar and comforting. Booker tears apart... More >>

  • Who’s That on the Roof?

    published October 3, 2007

    Maggie the Cat started life poor but married well. Or maybe she didn’t. Her husband, Brick, has just his football glories and his friendship... More >>

  • The Art of Remembering

    published October 3, 2007

    When you were a child, it was easy to imagine a world where cowboys sailed the stars in search of adventure and toys came alive while you slept;... More >>

  • Back in Brighton

    published October 3, 2007

    The year is 1948, the scene is Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, and Neil Simon is the playwright. All of this can only mean that... More >>

  • Back on the Hockey Horse

    published October 3, 2007

    Home opener for the St. Louis Blues this evening? Don’t mind if I do! After a long and boring off-season – finally – hockey... More >>

  • Here There Be Monsters

    published October 3, 2007

    The OMNIMAX screen at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; www.slsc.org) is five stories high,... More >>

  • Dead Reckoning

    published October 3, 2007

    The darkness is pierced by a single spotlight, centered on Seth (Billy Kelly). He speaks of the past, what happened one night in the caves that... More >>

  • High Notes, Low Intentions

    published September 26, 2007

    Will New Line Theatre change its -- let’s say “edgy” -- ways now that the company has moved its productions into the Ivory Theatre... More >>

  • Art Imitates Life Intimating Art

    published September 26, 2007

    Forty years ago, Emily Rauh curated 7 for 67, a show of work by up-and-coming sculptors Mark Di Suvero, Donald Judd and Ernest Trova... More >>

  • The Birds

    published September 26, 2007

    Architect-turned-visual-artist Alexander Schweder makes films and installations that often use architecture as a theme. But for his 36-minute-long... More >>

  • It’s Sinatra’s World -- Again

    published September 26, 2007

    Briefly, near the mid-point of Cannonball Run II, the Rat Pack is reunited: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Francis Albert Sinatra share a... More >>

  • Refuseth Not This Offer

    published September 26, 2007

    Mario Puzo’s Godfather has been hailed as Shakespearean in its scope, and Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation has the same... More >>

  • One Story per Dollar

    published September 26, 2007

    Jonathan Messinger is a positive kind of guy; the kind of guy who when life hands him lemons, he makes a tree fort and writes a short story about... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published September 26, 2007

    Altar Boyz If Hedwig and the Angry Inch can make hay out of a tawdry rock concert, why not an evening that spoofs a touring... More >>

  • Geezer Butler Rules

    published Sep 20, 2007

    Geezer Butler is the bassist/lyricist for Black Sabbath, Birmingham, England’s finest contribution to the music world. Butler’s seismic bass playing figuratively and literally laid the foundation ... More >>

  • Here Come the Water Works

    published September 19, 2007

    Kevin Costner’s big-budget, small-excitement film Waterworld is widely regarded as a prime example of a blockbuster flop. But what... More >>

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