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Friday, October 28, 2016

7 Great Things to Do This Weekend — Some Spooky, Some Fun

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 6:37 AM

click to enlarge Leverage Dance Theater has a Halloween-appropriate dance concert this weekend. - PHOTO BY SARAH BERNHARDT
  • Leverage Dance Theater has a Halloween-appropriate dance concert this weekend.

It's Halloween weekend, which is always a grand good time. See our complete guide to the season's best events here. But even if you're not into crazy costume parties and getting jostled by the hordes, there's lots to do in St. Louis weekend. See a site-specific dance performance at an old school or catch Richard III in a striking new production at the Touhill. Or, for a break from anything involving a costume, come see an awesome new exhibit of classic toys at the Missouri History Museum.

1. See some Shakespeare
Shakespeare's history play Richard III may appear to be about 400 years too old for any modern relevance, but you'd be surprised. A story about a power-hungry, blood-thirsty man scheming his way to the thrones will never go out of style. The Actors From The London Stage collective brings the drama to the stage with a cast of five. Those five actors regularly work with the Royal National Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, so they know what they're doing. Liz Crowther takes the lead as the devious title character, a hunchback with a chip on his shoulder. In keeping with the small cast, this production of Richard III uses few props and costumes, and the scenery is sparse. Richard III is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (October 28 and 29) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; Tickets are $20.

2. Catch a dance performance at an abandoned school
There is a peculiar sense of freedom that empty spaces have — you can run through them, jump or stage an impromptu wrestling match on all that open ground. Leverage Dance Theater has conceived a new site-specific dance performance for just such a space. An abandoned school serves as the stage for unOrdinary, a Halloween-appropriate dance concert that draws its inspiration from the architecture of the building. The dancers will move from classrooms to hallways to bathrooms and even across the balconies, so be prepared to follow them through the dimly lit corridors (some limited seating will be available). Audiences are encouraged to get into the spirit of the performance and the season by wearing "creepy and/or decaying" costumes. unOrdinary is performed at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday (October 28 and 29) at the Intersect Arts Center (3630 Ohio Street; Tickets are $20 to $25.

3. See a Terrence McNally play

It has been twenty years since Cal and Katharine have spoken to each other. Cal loved Katharine's son Andre and was with him when he died of AIDS, while Katharine could not accept Andre's homosexuality — or Cal's. After the death of her own husband, she's driven by grief to find Cal just to be close to some memory of Andre. But Cal has a husband and a young son now, while Katharine has nothing. Terrence McNally's play Mothers and Sons is about a disapproving mother and the man she once blamed for her son's death coming to grips with loss, regret and the passage of time. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens its Studio Series with Mothers and Sons. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (October 28 to November 13) at the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; Tickets are $43.50 to $67.50.

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