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  • Paul Friswold

    Hard Cell: This Wide Night's Marie and Lorraine have done their time — but they're nowhere near in the clear

    published November 15, 2012

    This Wide Night is a bleak smash-up of a play. Chloë Moss based her two-character drama, currently being staged by the West End... More >>

  • The Pleasures of Matriculation

    published September 27, 2012

    It ain't easy being the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home, but Jerusha Abbott is dealing with that unfortunate distinction as best she can. She... More >>

  • The Pleasures of Matriculation

    published October 4, 2012

    It ain't easy being the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home, but Jerusha Abbott is dealing with that unfortunate distinction as best she can. She... More >>

  • They're Here for the Apocalypse

    published October 25, 2012

    Nate McDonough and Dan McCloskey are members of Pittsburgh's Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers cooperative, which is dedicated to the stamping... More >>

  • Alton Nightlife

    published October 18, 2012

    Now in its 96th year, the Alton Halloween Parade is the undead granddaddy of Halloween parades. Think about it. Alton is famous as the... More >>

  • Silent But Deadly

    published October 18, 2012

    Forget those saturnine vampires with their chiseled features and smoldering sensuality; if you want the bejeebers scared out of you, it helps to... More >>

  • Libby and Liberation

    published October 18, 2012

    Jean Ellen Whatley was a mother of four mostly grown kids who'd worked her way through the bowels of the media industry and ended up at the... More >>

  • Love, German Style

    published October 11, 2012

    On the surface, things seem to be improving in 1930s Germany. The economy's strengthening, tourists are returning and the citizens are enjoying... More >>

  • Prime-Time Ornette

    published October 18, 2012

    Ornette Coleman crashed jazz's bebop party in the late '50s, utilizing his harmelodic theory of playing to exploit the possibilities found in the... More >>

  • Piece by Piece

    published October 18, 2012

    It's not uncommon for artists to make their own rendition of a famous piece of art in order to better understand the technique and the process.... More >>

  • Grand Illusion

    published October 18, 2012

    Magicians are an easy punch line in these post-Arrested Development days of sharpened irony. People like to feel like the smartest person... More >>

  • Paul Friswold

    Double Downer: The victims of two disparate murders meet in Anne & Emmett

    published November 1, 2012

    Anne & Emmett is a rare misstep for director Ron Himes and the Black Rep. Janet Langhart Cohen's drama explores the personal... More >>

  • The Good Is Gone

    published September 27, 2012

    John Halder is your standard-issue professor of literature. He's a loving husband and father, a dutiful son to his elderly mother and a reassuring... More >>

  • Rock Hard Ol' Hickory

    published September 20, 2012

    The historical truth of President Andrew Jackson is complicated, as it is for most great men. He was a brawler who dueled his detractors at the... More >>

  • Spring Has Sprung

    published September 27, 2012

    Wendla is a good girl who just wants her mother to tell her the facts of life. Moritz is tormented by erotic dreams that make him feel he's going... More >>

  • Man or Monkey?

    published September 27, 2012

    As a fireman, Yank stokes the ship's boilers on one of those new, powerful ocean liners. He's proud of the work he does, and he's good at it. But... More >>

  • Scare Their Pants Off

    published October 11, 2012

    What is it with curious children and haunted houses this time of year? Those good-for-nothin' Dandy Kids have stumbled upon the creepy mansion of... More >>

  • Paul Friswold

    Time for a Kit Kat: Wash. U. reminds us that life is a Cabaret

    published October 25, 2012

    A beautiful love story tremulously unfolds in the Washington University's student production of Cabaret, and when it falls to... More >>

  • Achilles' Third-to-Last Stand

    published October 4, 2012

    Perhaps you're not old enough to recall when Led Zeppelin called it quits, or when the surviving members re-formed at the original Live Aid to do... More >>

  • Down for the Long Count

    published October 4, 2012

    Was it only ten years ago that Artica first sprang forth from the banks of the Mississippi? The people's art festival promulgated by Nita Turnage... More >>

  • Eins, Zwei, G'suffa

    published October 4, 2012

    The original Oktoberfest began in 1812 as a way for the general public to commemorate the nuptials of Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese of... More >>

  • Enslaved by Greed

    published October 4, 2012

    Renowned historian Henry Wiencek knew he was on the trail of something massive when his research into Thomas Jefferson turned up a heretofore... More >>

  • The West End Players Guild goes about Inventing Van Gogh

    published October 11, 2012

    Patrick (Reginald Pierre) is a painter who has sequestered himself in his studio since the death of his friend and mentor, Dr. Miller (Ron... More >>

  • Paul Friswold

    Who Grew? Spring Awakening charts the gulf between youth and adulthood — in song

    published October 18, 2012

    Before Spring Awakening commences, Stray Dog Theatre artistic director Gary Bell advises the audience to bear in mind that "this... More >>

  • Paul Friswold

    Cup check! Are you ready for St. Louis Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream?

    published October 4, 2012

    There's a clear divide between the characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream that can work against the play. On one side you have... More >>

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