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2011 Stories by Paul Friswold

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    A Fistful of Dolors: Four Neil LaBute one-acts clock you upside the head (in a good way)

    published June 9, 2011

    I know what you're thinking: An evening of Neil LaBute one-acts is more akin to being repeatedly kicked in the gut by an unseen assailant than... More >>

  • One Hell of A Homecoming

    published June 2, 2011

    Claire Zachanassian returns to her hometown trailing clouds of money -- lots of it -- as well as a panther, two eunuchs, a couple of torpedoes,... More >>

  • New Car, New Life

    published June 2, 2011

    Becky is your typical middle-age, working-class mom. Her marriage has become nothing more than a comfortable convenience, and her live-at-home son... More >>

  • An Abstract on Abstraction

    published June 2, 2011

    Art dealer Jim Schmidt has 40 years of experience to aid him when he assesses an artist’s work. The Philip Slein Gallery has tapped... More >>

  • What's Brewing? St. Louis.

    published June 2, 2011

    Nattering nabobs of negativity claim that America doesn't make anything anymore (except crappy TV shows), but those people are dead wrong. St.... More >>

  • Free Wheelin'

    published June 2, 2011

    Four years ago the U.S. was suffering through higher gas prices and uncertainty about our oil-producing allies in the Mid East. Today, well, you... More >>

  • More Fellowship

    published June 2, 2011

    Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy won all sorts of awards and inspired another generation or two to check out J.R.R. Tolkien's... More >>

  • Displeasure Cruise

    published June 2, 2011

    Controversy surrounds John Adams' second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. In transforming into art the hijacking of the cruise ship... More >>

  • Dare To Go Bare

    published May 26, 2011

    New Line Theatre wraps up its twentieth season with exactly the sort of show the company excels at interpreting: Jon Hartmere and Damon... More >>

  • Turn to Page 48 If You Choose Nudity

    published May 26, 2011

    Perhaps you remember the big-in-the-’80s-fad of Choose Your Own Adventure books. These analog relatives of the then-popular “interactive... More >>

  • Six Courses of LaBute

    published May 26, 2011

    Manipulation, betrayal, human frailty, unthinking violence -- playwright Neil LaBute uses these blunt instruments more like a surgeon's... More >>

  • Street Sweeper

    published May 26, 2011

    Sometimes, an evocative title does most of the work. Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun is a subtle and touching examination of... More >>

  • The Appeal of the Married Man

    published May 26, 2011

    Renowned stage actress Anna is done with men -- all of them. Successful banker Phillip is too busy with finance to settle down, so he tells every... More >>

  • A Few Bars For Lunch

    published May 26, 2011

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ season is in full swing, but if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy a performance yet, not to worry: OTSL... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published June 2, 2011

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  • Porkocalypse Now

    published May 19, 2011

    Where else is the pork steak as feted as it is in St. Louis? Nowhere, son. So it follows that Schlafly's Brew and Q World Pork Steak... More >>

  • Father, Can You Hear Me?

    published May 19, 2011

    Father Tim Farley has a steady hand on the pulpit of his affluent parish. He's quick with a joke, likes the ponies and doesn't shy away from a... More >>

  • Too Many Teardrops

    published May 19, 2011

    Rahmat spends his days poling his boat through the salt marshes of Lake Urmia, visiting people who are suffering or are about to suffer. He sits... More >>

  • Run, Witches, Run!

    published May 19, 2011

    Vincent Price often played his screen roles with gleeful malevolence that bordered on -- or more accurately, minced right into -- campiness. That... More >>

  • A-Mazing

    published May 19, 2011

    Nobody knows where genius comes from. You can’t point at the spot on a person’s head where all the great ideas come from, or measure the... More >>

  • X Marks the Plots

    published May 19, 2011

    It’s an infrequent occurrence when a new play debuts in St. Louis -- it’s even more rare when seven of them premiere on the same... More >>

  • Brother, Can You Spare A Rib?

    published May 19, 2011

    There are people who will tell you that you can in fact have a nice Memorial Day weekend without eating some part of a pig. These people are... More >>

  • 100 Years of Vincent

    published May 12, 2011

    Do not be alarmed if you find yourself being followed by suave gentlemen with a malevolent gleam in their eyes, neatly trimmed mustaches and... More >>

  • Advance and Be Recognized

    published May 12, 2011

    All artists put something of themselves into their work. You can't always spot it on first glance, and there are times the artist doesn't know... More >>

  • All's Well that Ends in Hell

    published May 12, 2011

    Don Giovanni is the original lovable douchebag. He seduces and abandons every woman he encounters, and he makes his servant, Leporello, maintain a... More >>

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