The (Mostly) Harmless Theatre has produced just two full-scale shows, Defying Gravity
and Fuddy Meers
(as well as an evening of 10-minute plays), but both displayed polished, mature and professional work worth watching. The ambitious company is under the artistic direction of Robert Neblett, who seems intent on going out on an artistic limb, not just to shock (as many companies think they must) but to stimulate and provoke. The other big newcomer in town, the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, also gets a nod for its first production, the outdoor presentation of Romeo and Juliet
at Forest Park, which proved a crowd- and critic-pleaser and an indication of more great summer evenings to come.