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2007 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Grazie, Collinsville

    published September 19, 2007

    If you were asked to name American cities with a strong Italian heritage, would “Collinsville, Illinois” feature anywhere on that list?... More >>

  • Acting Superior

    published September 19, 2007

    The music snob is easily identified by the air of smugness and the supercilious tones used when discussing bands you’ve never heard of and... More >>

  • Park It

    published September 19, 2007

    Every year, you tell yourself this is the season you’ll actually go to the symphony. But do you ever follow through? No. But tonight’s... More >>

  • Children of the Revolution

    published September 19, 2007

    Mark Danielewski’s latest novel comes with reading instructions; maybe not so much “instructions” as “advice” on... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published September 19, 2007

    Boesman and Lena Reviewed in this issue. Crazy for You For much of Act One, this lavish paean to the songs of George and... More >>

  • Pair Down

    published September 19, 2007

    Boesman and Lena opens with a cacophony, followed by long minutes of silence. Out of the darkness and smoke, Boesman (Ron Himes) appears,... More >>

  • Peep This

    published September 12, 2007

    The new group show at the Philip Slein Gallery (1319 Washington Avenue; 314-621-4634 or More >>

  • What Lies Beneath

    published September 12, 2007

    Fans of legendary on-screen tough-guy Charles Bronson will no doubt fall in love with Alex Petrowsky’s vaguely Lego-man rendition of the... More >>

  • Big-Screen Bible

    published September 12, 2007

    The Bible has served filmmakers as a source of inspiration -- for believers and non-believers alike -- since moving pictures came into being.... More >>

  • Silence in Heaven

    published September 12, 2007

    Perhaps the most referenced art movie of all time, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal has such a hold on pop-culture... More >>

  • In Between Days

    published September 12, 2007

    Society is stratified along male/female lines -- there are acceptable boy colors and girl colors, games, words, clothing, you name it. But if... More >>

  • The Aristocrats!

    published September 12, 2007

    In eighteenth-century London, the rich and famous were busy being rich and famous when scandal suddenly struck: Lord Petre snipped a lock of hair... More >>

  • We Are Groundlings, All

    published Sep 12, 2007

    It’s three days later, and I’m still thinking about Hydeware Theatre’s outdoor production of Macbeth. It’s a very good production, a smart and honest production with a few problems – but I d... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published September 12, 2007

    Fat Pig Reviewed in this issue. The History Boys Reviewed in this issue. Macbeth As if staging an... More >>

  • Weigh Cool

    published September 12, 2007

    Neil LaBute's work — The Shape of Things, Bash, In the Company of Men — has a well-deserved reputation for being... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published September 5, 2007

    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change An intrepid group of local producers is trying to make a long-run go of this sketch-y evening that... More >>

  • Ready, Willing and Abell

    published September 5, 2007

    If you don’t like the weather, to whom do you complain? Not Ben Abell; the voice of weather in St. Louis (as far as we’re... More >>

  • Stray Dog Finds Home

    published September 5, 2007

    This coming weekend, fully half a dozen local theater companies begin their new seasons. Stray Dog Theatre gets a jump on the weekend festivities... More >>

  • The Boys Are Back

    published September 5, 2007

    Faced with the daunting task of passing the rigorous examinations necessary to achieve entry into Oxford, a group of English schoolboys receive... More >>

  • Hate Buddies

    published September 5, 2007

    Reading Hate in the 1990s was a revelation; Peter Bagge’s chronicle of the not-always-lovable loser Buddy Bradley was the comic-book... More >>

  • Lunch with Bill

    published September 5, 2007

    Readers of the Post-Dispatch are familiar with columnist Bill McClellan. His detractors claim that he only writes about lowlifes, or... More >>

  • From Mustard Seed, Growth

    published September 5, 2007

    The Mustard Seed Theatre is a new company in town, and it starts its debut season with a staged reading of The As If Body Loop, Ken... More >>

  • Kiszka Me Goodnight

    published September 5, 2007

    At night the dreams of kiszka return. Kiszka stacked like cordwood in the backyard, kiszka falling out of the pantry,... More >>

  • Young and Crafty

    published August 29, 2007

    Every year, the Craft Alliance (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-1177 or More >>

  • Bird, Man!

    published August 29, 2007

    One of the most fantastic sounds in the audible realm is the anonymous raptor shriek used in every Hanna-Barbera adventure cartoon; it signaled... More >>

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