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2010 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • See You On the Ice

    published November 11, 2010

    Sergey Prokofiev's score for the film Alexander Nevsky, the Sergei Eisenstein historical epic about Russians repelling a German... More >>

  • A Beastly Party

    published November 11, 2010

    'Tis the season of parties — most of 'em are holiday-themed, and a few people (Mayflower reenactors, mostly) go all out with the... More >>

  • Goin' Hungry

    published November 11, 2010

    The family in Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class is hungry in the traditional sense — their fridge is maddeningly bare... More >>

  • And Here Come the Snowballs ...

    published November 11, 2010

    The thing about snowmen is that they're cute but goofy. Sorta don't put a lot of thought into what they're doing. So, when a certain snowman named... More >>

  • Shoots vs. Ladders

    published November 11, 2010

    Our police and firefighters spend their days serving us, the community at large. And on their night off, a bunch of them will serve each other... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 18, 2010

    Newly Reviewed Cabaret In 1966, when it was first staged, who could have guessed that a musical about storms in the wind... More >>

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    Slav to the Rhythm: St. Louis Actors' Studio puts Rock 'n' Roll through its paces

    published November 18, 2010

    Tom Stoppard's expansive Rock 'n' Roll is the playwright's concept album about political activism, the counterculture,... More >>

  • Czech Yourself

    published November 4, 2010

    Tom Stoppard's sweeping Rock 'n' Roll covers more than twenty years of repression, revolution and rock music, not necessarily in... More >>

  • Ink About It

    published November 4, 2010

    Now in its sixth year, the Saint Louis Old School Tattoo Expo is widely hailed as one of the best tattoo conventions in the country.... More >>

  • The Prescription is Laughter

    published November 4, 2010

    Anton Chekhov is renowned for his mastery of drama; Neil Simon is known for his comedies. But before he became famous for his stage pieces,... More >>

  • Graduation Night

    published November 4, 2010

    It seems like you can't swing a cat without hitting a burlesque show in this town; where are they all coming from? The modern revival of the... More >>

  • The First Empire Strikes Back

    published November 4, 2010

    Much like Bono and Cher, Napoléon is known by his first name only. The little Corsican who attempted to conquer Europe and parts of North... More >>

  • Ladykiller

    published November 4, 2010

    Mack the Knife is the sort of man women can't resist. He's the charismatic crime lord of Victorian London, a stone-cold killer and a philanderer... More >>

  • Fight Till Death

    published November 4, 2010

    The first twenty minutes of Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising are silent but for a few terse conversations between vikings and... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 11, 2010

    Newly Reviewed More >>

  • Life of a River

    published November 4, 2010

    The history of St. Louis and the Mississippi River are intertwined, or at least that's what St. Louisans like to believe. The riverside residents... More >>

  • Verse. Portraits. Ever.

    published November 4, 2010

    There was a time when portraiture was reserved only for the filthy rich and royalty. And then along came America, and anybody could get their... More >>

  • Reality Used to Be A Friend of Mine

    published November 4, 2010

    Which Witch Is Which? And/or Summertime, the new exhibition at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or More >>

  • Look at the Taint on this Team

    published November 4, 2010

    The Chicago Cubs are the sort of team that makes a baseball lifer like Lou Pinella announce his retirement effective at the end of the season, and... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 4, 2010

    Newly Reviewed a feminine ending Amanda (Rachel Hanks) is an uptight, frustrated jingle writer engaged to budding pop... More >>

  • Dream On

    published October 27, 2010

    Amanda is a semi-successful jingle writer living in New York City with her aspiring-singer fiancé, Jack. She has a job, a love life —... More >>

  • Here Comes La Bastide

    published October 27, 2010

    Perdita Badon-Reed is exactly the sort of independent lady who would reject the matrimonial proposal of a perfectly good man, up sticks from... More >>

  • Mother Lover

    published October 27, 2010

    Bernard Herrmann transformed the violin into an instrument of pure terror with his score for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The... More >>

  • Two Poets, No Waiting

    published October 27, 2010

    After the faux-terror and role play of the Halloween season, you're no doubt looking for something to clear out the cobwebs, so to speak. An... More >>

  • Journey Through the Past

    published October 27, 2010

    Ibn Battuta was a young law student when he decided the time was right for him to make the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are... More >>

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