Some famous monsters: Frankenstein, Wolfman, Cookie. Not a famous monster, but perhaps a soon-to-be-famous playwright: Margeau Baue Steinau. Her debut play (written in collaboration with B. Weller and Rachel Jackson), Famous Monsters, is a twelve-year labor of love, conceived in our beloved Lou and coddled to the point of delicious derangement. Steinau plays Morgan, a recovering alcoholic with a talent for slam poetry who wrangles monsters both real and imaginary as she dodges and weaves her way through a web of execration and salvation. Edgy theater is always welcome (but heads up on the play's NC-17 rating). HotCity Theatre Company presents Famous Monsters at the Theatre at St. John's (5000 Washington Place at Kingshighway; 314-482-9125 or www.hotcitytheatre.org) with performances at 8 p. m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 13 through 23). With the decidedly unmonstrous ticket price of $10 to $12, make sure you brave this show before it devours the nation. -- Kristyn Pomranz
Pack Your Trunk
So this play's not really about an elephant; the creature is a metaphor for the fantastic things our hearts tell us hide just over the horizon. And if you're a sodbuster in frontier Kansas, beset by wolves and disease, it's not hard to imagine that what's over the horizon is better than what you got. Ma Wheeler, the sodbuster in question, fights the lure of the elephant for the sake of her family, but how long can she hold out? Find out when the Orange Girls Theatre Company presents Going to See the Elephant at 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (October 15 through 23) and 8 p.m. October 20 at the Jewish Community Center Theatre (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; 314-520-9557 or www.orangegirls.org). Tickets are $12 to $15. -- Paul Friswold
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