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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • It's A Tradition

    published September 4, 2014

    Tevye the milkman has a tough life, but you don't hear him complain. His community and his strong Jewish faith keep him grounded, even in the... More >>

  • Over-Employed

    published September 11, 2014

    Francis Henshall is a hungry young man. Not hungry as in ambitious, but hungry as in starving. His skiffle band has dumped him, and the English... More >>

  • Songs of the Gun

    published September 25, 2014

    The murder of an American president is a strange theme for a musical, and yet it's only within the artificial confines of a musical that we can... More >>

  • Sheep on the Lam

    published October 2, 2014

    Iceland is a baffling land seemingly made from equal parts ice and fire. The North Atlantic island has glaciers and geysers, hilly meadows thick... More >>

  • Hell-Bent for Leather

    published October 2, 2014

    The leather sash representing the Mr. Midwest Leather contest is up for grabs once again, and it's a position that isn't won, but rather... More >>

  • Psychic Detective on Speed

    published September 25, 2014

    As far as films about psychic racecar drivers who solve mysteries based on their visions go, Baffled! isn't half bad. Mostly that's... More >>

  • Hurricane Warning

    published September 25, 2014

    Last hockey season had the irritatingly familiar tang of deja vu for St. Louis Blues fans: regular season success followed by post-season,... More >>

  • God of Love

    published September 25, 2014

    Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi is about Jesus Christ and his enduring message of universal love: love for friends, love for enemies... More >>

  • Heart Ache

    published September 11, 2014

    Ned Weeks is angry as hell. A disease with no name is killing gay men in ever-increasing numbers, and he's the only person who seems to care. The... More >>

  • Explained, but not Uncovered

    published September 25, 2014

    The hijab is the traditional Muslim headscarf worn by women. That is the "what" of it, but not the "why." In her one-woman show... More >>

  • Songs of the South

    published September 4, 2014

    There's a storm brewin' in Armadillo Acres, although what else would you expect in a trailer park? The little Florida community is populated by... More >>

  • The End of the Road

    published September 11, 2014

    Life hasn't been kind to Willy Loman. His adult sons live in his house and appear to be allergic to making anything of themselves, his older... More >>

  • Town and Country

    published September 18, 2014

    William Shakespeare's As You Like It is famous for the memorable line "All the world's a stage," as well as its kaleidoscopic parade of... More >>

  • Lunch and a Lunge

    published September 18, 2014

    For more than a decade Dawn Karlovsky has created site-specific dance pieces for both the Market in the Loop (6655 Delmar Boulevard, University... More >>

  • The Lure of Desire

    published September 11, 2014

    Sixty-seven years on and Tennessee Williams still draws a huge audience. The National Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named... More >>

  • A Son by Any Other Name

    published September 11, 2014

    War tears apart families, but in Lorraine Levy's drama The Other Son it brings together two families from opposite sides of the... More >>

  • Justice Wins Big

    published September 11, 2014

    St. Louisan Ann Leckie swept the science-fiction community off its feet with her debut novel, Ancillary Justice. Her space opera... More >>

  • The Social War

    published August 28, 2014

    The U.S. military is nothing if not innovative when it comes to waging war. Its Human Terrain System is a program that embeds social scientists... More >>

  • The World According to Monsanto

    published September 4, 2014

    Monsanto is a prickly topic in St. Louis. The agribusiness giant employs a great number of people locally, all of whom have a vested interest in... More >>

  • Everybody Outside

    published September 4, 2014

    Schlafly's Art Outside has been a thing for eleven years now, which means we're right about at the point at which we'll start taking it for... More >>

  • Time Keeps on Slipping

    published August 28, 2014

    You can stuff all your Harry Potters in a sack -- Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits is the greatest children's film of all time. Kevin is... More >>

  • Hungry for Fun?

    published August 28, 2014

    Does the Labor Day weekend mark the end of summer or the end of your hunger? If you attend the St. Louis Greek Festival at St. Nicholas... More >>

  • What's Cookin'?

    published August 21, 2014

    Percy Talbott is fresh out of prison and dreaming of a beautiful new home she's never seen. Inspired by a photo of autumn foliage cut out of a... More >>

  • Mary and the Monster

    published August 14, 2014

    The Frankenstein of popular culture is not the Frankenstein Mary Shelley created. Her monster was an intelligent and articulate creature born of... More >>

  • Fear and the Hero

    published August 21, 2014

    Star Wars may have popularized the trope of "boy destined to become a hero" and the summer blockbuster, but Richard Wagner scaled those... More >>

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