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733 N. Union Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 | St. Louis - Central West End | 314-361-8844
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    Jeff Daniels is a triple threat: an actor, musician and, it so happens, a playwright to boot. Solid and reliable in nearly every aspect of entertainment he takes on, Daniels is the type of...
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    An inspired moment arrives at the beginning of Act Three in Union Avenue Opera's superb rendition of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, when the consumptive courtesan, Violetta, her chance at...
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    Union Avenue Opera celebrates its twentieth year of presenting fully staged operas in their original languages this summer, and like most twenty-year-olds, this season is all about the...
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    Ulster playwright Brian Friel's Lovers has two constituent parts: "Winners" and "Losers." "Winners" involves two teenagers, Joe and Mag, and their love affair which results in Mag's...
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    Harold Pinter deals in uncertainties and ambiguities in his plays; nothing is ever quite what it seems, and this is certainly true in The Hothouse. Roote is the director of an unnamed...
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    Union Avenue Christian Church's basement theater has been transformed into a sunny green sward with a precise labyrinth of partially buried bricks in the center. Here in this meditation...
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    Union Avenue Opera begins its nineteenth season with Trouble in Tahiti, Leonard Bernstein's modern meditation on a marriage that has a severely buckled foundation. Sam and Dinah are a young...
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    On the surface, two of this week's new stage offerings could not be more disparate. One story is mostly set in 15th-century Spain, the other plays out in cosmopolitan New York City and...
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    Michael Hollinger's Opus is a play about a string quartet skirting along a series of potential disasters. First violinist Elliot has had to make the difficult decision to fire the talented...
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    A room somewhere in Dublin containing four soused Irishmen playing high-stakes poker: this is the straightforward setting of Conor McPherson's play The Seafarer. The hard-boozing quartet are...
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