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2008 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Anime-niacal

    published April 2, 2008

    From its heart-stopping opening shot of a silent explosion engulfing Tokyo to its hyperkinetic chase sequences to the final confrontation of... More >>

  • The Carpenter of Words

    published April 2, 2008

    As a teacher at Washington University, as a mentor to young writers, as a friend to established writers, Donald Finkel wanted others to... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published April 2, 2008

    Bluish A woman who grew up thinking she was Christian discovers that her long-deceased mother was Jewish. Overnight she realizes how... More >>

  • Now. What?

    published March 26, 2008

    These are dangerous times, friend. Everybody's up on the stump shouting about the future and their plans for what will be, promising that change... More >>

  • From Russia with Love

    published March 26, 2008

    Richard Wirick and his wife adopted a Siberian daughter. As with many adoptive parents, the Wiricks felt it was important for her to know the... More >>

  • Hungary for Life

    published March 26, 2008

    You may not know it, but your new favorite band is the Roby Lakatos Ensemble. A Hungarian Gypsy who plays the violin with unsurpassed... More >>

  • If You're so In-Klined . . .

    published March 26, 2008

    The Kevin Kline Awards exist to honor theater artists, but if nobody attends the awards show, does the honor really count? Yes — but... More >>

  • By Hook or by Crook

    published March 26, 2008

    The Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland are sparsely populated, windswept and harsh. That last descriptor applies to their people as... More >>

  • Honor System: The Black Rep impressively mounts Death and the King's Horseman

    published March 26, 2008

    Honor is a much-used and dangerous word in Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman. Elesin, the king's horseman, is steeped... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published March 26, 2008

    Assassins Stephen Sondheim's most audacious musical (written in collaboration with John Weidham) is also one of his least-seen. The show... More >>

  • Good Grief, Thief

    published March 19, 2008

    Conor McPherson's The Good Thief is a one-man play about an Irish thug whose latest scheme has gone pear-shaped, setting him on the... More >>

  • Eiger to Succeed

    published March 19, 2008

    John Harlin III is a successful mountain climber, just like his father before him. The younger Harlin's next ascent will bring him closer to his... More >>

  • Curry in a Hurry

    published March 19, 2008

    First, the bad news: Shark Boy is not scheduled to appear at tonight's Total Nonstop Action Wrestling event at the Family Arena (2002 Arena... More >>

  • Downtown Takedown

    published March 19, 2008

    Collegiate wrestling is an arcane combination of techniques, rules, strategies, positions and about a dozen other variables. It's a thinking... More >>

  • Death and the Maiden

    published March 19, 2008

    Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner's monolithic opera about love and death, is renowned for its prescient use of dissonance, the... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published March 19, 2008

    Assassins Stephen Sondheim's most audacious musical (written in collaboration with John Weidham) is also one of his least-seen. The show... More >>

  • Dogtown's Big Day

    published March 12, 2008

    As you've no doubt heard, there will be no outside alcohol allowed at this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown. So? Like you can't... More >>

  • To Infinity and Beyond

    published March 12, 2008

    Pi, the mathematical constant that is the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle, leads to strange areas. Often abbreviated... More >>

  • Fresh, Young Art

    published March 12, 2008

    There's always hand-wringing over the loss of the arts in our school systems, but consider this: If you're a high schooler who dreams of a career... More >>

  • Hungary for More

    published March 12, 2008

    If you name a performance Hungarian Rhythm, it's a foregone conclusion that the music of Béla Bartók must be included.... More >>

  • A Bird in the Hand

    published March 12, 2008

    The dream of every young man is to befriend a falcon. Forget ironic T-shirts, leather capes and sword canes; the ultimate male accessory is a... More >>

  • New Recorder Order

    published March 12, 2008

    You think you're familiar with the recorder, but you're mistaken. Oh, you may have dabbled in a little recorder-playing back in your school days,... More >>

  • Hello, Stranger

    published March 12, 2008

    Every Man for Himself/God Against All, the current group exhibition at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or More >>

  • Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene

    published March 12, 2008

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  • The Comedy of Errors is so funny you'll have to pee

    published March 12, 2008

    Speaking of comedy of errors, what do you do when it's opening night and there's a flood in the theater? Wait, don't answer — it gets... More >>

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