If news of Hamilton
coming to St. Louis has you aching for a little of that Lin-Manuel Miranda magic, you can get an early fix at the start of September, courtesy of R-S Theatrics. The company opens its season with Love? Actually ... An Evening of Musical One-Acts
. The first show is the audience-controlled "Out of A Bowl," and the second is Steven Serpa's short opera "Thyrsis & Amaranth," based on the La Fontaine fable of the same name, about young shepherds in love. The finale is Miranda's "21 Chump Street," a musical about a high school student infatuated with the new kid at school — who is actually an undercover cop. You may have heard both the musical and the real-life story that inspired it on This American Life
, but now you can hear and see it live and in person. Love? Actually...
is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday (September 2 to 18) at the Westport Playhouse (635 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights; www.r-stheatrics.com
). Tickets are $15 to $25.