Despite a generally competent production, the Alton Little Theatre failed to enliven the lugubrious To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, a play about a man coming to grips with his wife's accidental death. But I liked the reality young Sarah B. McLaughlin and Laura Mae Hotson gave their teenage characters.
At the St. Louis Family Theatre Series' season finale, the Dallas Children's Theater, despite hollow-sounding mics and a couple of too-elaborate scene changes, found many charming moments in Steven Kellogg's The Island of the Skog.
-- Bob Wilcox
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