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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Birthday Bard

    published April 17, 2014

    Today marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. You wanna get the old man a gift? Sit down and read ten of his plays before the... More >>

  • Real and Imagined Terror

    published January 30, 2014

    Traumatic events occupy a strange place in our lives. They can feel ever-present even after years, and yet in the passage of time memories of the... More >>

  • Once Upon A Time

    published April 3, 2014

    So, an appealingly wounded Irish busker meets a beautiful Czech girl on the streets of Dublin. She's also a musician, and she hears something... More >>

  • Are You Havana Affair?

    published April 17, 2014

    Havana, Cuba, was a wild place in the 1950s, famous for its wealth, its casinos and its tropical nightlife. It gets a little wilder once Viola and... More >>

  • Sing While the World Burns

    published April 3, 2014

    The world is a topsy-turvy mess in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret. Much of the blame rests with the ascendant Nazi party, an unseen menace... More >>

  • Falling for Hope

    published April 10, 2014

    Deanna Jent's play about life with an autistic young adult, Falling, had a terrific run here in St. Louis, then went to Off Broadway and... More >>

  • Our Poetry Incubator

    published April 10, 2014

    The Observable Reading Series brings a pair of poets to St. Louis once a month. If you're sharp, you're a regular at these readings. If you only... More >>

  • Backstage Confidential

    published March 13, 2014

    Successfully staging a play -- as in, the show goes on with none of the actors killing each other or themselves -- is an unremarked-upon miracle.... More >>

  • Songs to the Sun

    published April 10, 2014

    Ancient Egyptians were just as enchanted with music as we are today. They believed that the goddess Hathor invented music and that Osiris then... More >>

  • One Night in Wyoming

    published April 10, 2014

    The LGBT rights movement has come a long way, but the distance left to go is greater than you think -- it's measured in the lives of people such... More >>

  • Moves from the Mississippi

    published April 10, 2014

    When you think of dancing music, the blues might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But choreographer Gina Patterson heard something else... More >>

  • Moons, Mars & Amore

    published April 10, 2014

    If you're looking to inject some romance into your life, tonight's the night. This evening Mars will approach Earth closer than it has for the... More >>

  • Home Sounds

    published April 3, 2014

    If you're interested in the state of modern classical music, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's concerts at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts... More >>

  • Play Hooky, Then Play Ball

    published April 3, 2014

    After a brutal winter and chilly spring, there's only one thing that can get the blood pumping: the St. Louis Cardinals home opener. Today's the... More >>

  • Neal Is the Real Deal

    published March 27, 2014

    Neal Adams is revered among comic-book fans for his dynamic page layouts, his fluidly kinetic action sequences and his stylish line work.... More >>

  • It Tanked

    published March 27, 2014

    Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's British comic book Tank Girl is beloved for its raunchy humor, anarchic punk sensibilities and... More >>

  • Frank 'n' Judy, Together Again

    published March 27, 2014

    Our LGBT brothers and sisters are depicted in film and television far more often (and more evenhandedly) than they did in decades past. But that... More >>

  • Work Sucks

    published March 27, 2014

    It's getting more difficult by the day to get to work. The weather continues to improve, all those rotten kids are spring breaking and you're... More >>

  • State of the Union

    published March 6, 2014

    Monroe, Wisconsin, is a small town facing large changes. The town's cheese factory has just been purchased by a major corporation, and people are... More >>

  • Betrayal Takes Two

    published March 27, 2014

    Harold Pinter was a master of understated moments and subtext. His plays require the audience to engage emotionally and mentally with the... More >>

  • The High Cost of Living

    published March 6, 2014

    Jonathan Larson's Rent is a cultural powerhouse. It won boatloads of awards during its original run, and more importantly, it... More >>

  • Red Light Special

    published March 13, 2014

    Matt and Davis are old college buddies, with all of the friendship and competitiveness that implies. Matt is struggling along trying to make it as... More >>

  • One if by Swiss, Two if by Austria

    published March 20, 2014

    There once were two Austrian lovers of poetry and literature -- particularly of the Beat variety -- who spent a great deal of time in Northern... More >>

  • Fancy A Spot of Tea?

    published January 9, 2014

    The Craft Alliance is 50 years old in 2014, and it hosts a lavish tea party to mark the occasion. fif-TEA: Fourteenth Biennial Teapot... More >>

  • Colorize Winter

    published February 13, 2014

    Winter is easily the best season, but there is a certain lack of color this time of the year. Gray skies, white snow, salt-encrusted cars -- it's... More >>

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