Crazy Ain't So Bad
In the good old insensitive days, bored south siders would take a bench seat outside the Arsenal Street asylum to laugh at the patients roaming its grounds. That macabre amusement has passed, but Stray Dog Theatre's production of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot pits a crazy-but-wise Parisienne against an array of greedy, powerful types such as The President and The Baron. Will her honest eccentricity triumph over the cunning conventionality of the establishment? Can she save Paris and the world from their predations? Do lunatics really say the darndest things? Find out at the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre at Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards). Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 15 through August 7). Tickets range from $10 to $18 with children younger than ten admitted free on Sunday. Call 314-531-5923 or see www.straydogtheatre.org to find out more. -- Jason Toon
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad is the sort of title that immediately grabs your attention. How can a play live up to such a cumbersome name? By bursting at the gills with bellhops, plants, a live piranha and laughs, that's how. The mother and son in Arthur Kopit's award-winning play create chaos and comedy as they take over a hotel with their mountain of luggage and ridiculous accusations and actions. Clayton Community Theatre performs Oh Dad at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 15 through 31) at Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton; 314-854-6646 or www.placeseveryone.org). Tickets are $12 to $15. -- Paul Friswold
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