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Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27


All Eugene Jerome wants to do is eat ice cream and see a naked woman, preferably at the same time. At the moment, all he has to do is go get another quarter pound of butter from the store every morning and afternoon because of his mother's strange shopping habits and keep the noise down (there's a cake in the oven). The Depression is dragging on in 1937, and his aunt and her two daughters — one of them the beautiful Nora, who's close to Eugene's age — have moved in out of necessity. Eugene's dad is working two jobs to support everyone, his older brother faces a moral dilemma at his own job, and poor Eugene gets buffeted about by the whims of his mother and the various intra-family squabbles. Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs is a trip back to the simpler days, when a family could drive each other crazy and no one tweeted about it. The New Jewish Theatre opens its new season with Brighton Beach Memoirs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 27) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $47 to $54. 314-442-3283

The Who's Tommy

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Tower Grove Abbey 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand


Eight years ago, Stray Dog Theatre unleashed its glorious production of The Who's Tommy. It was a knock out. Associate artistic director Justin Been took the lead on staging the production, revealing his prodigious talents for arranging actors in ever-shifting tableaux. The result was a beautifully kinetic production that made pinball an exuberant celebration of life. At long last, Stray Dog will once again present Tommy in all his deaf, dumb and blind glory, with Been overseeing the production. The show is performed with a live band, as it should be, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 10 to 26) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $25 to $30. 314-865-1995

Cry-Baby

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Continuing its proud tradition of righting Broadway's wrongs, New Line Theatre rehabilitated John Waters' musical Cry-Baby with its 2012 production of the show. The musical was pared down by the creators expressly for New Line's inaugural regional production, throwing out the bombast and orchestrations in favor of a more intimate show with a six-piece band. These changes brought Cry-Baby back to street-level 1954, when conformity and close-harmony singing ran headfirst into the hormones and heartache heralded by the pioneers of rock & roll. Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the uncrowned king of the Drapes (Baltimore's greasers). When good girl Alison falls for the tender-hearted Wade, she turns her back on all that's decent. Her jilted square boyfriend Baldwin will have his revenge on all Drapes and damn the consequences. New Line Theatre opens its new season with Cry-Baby. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 26 to October 19) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $20 to $30. 314-533-0367

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7-10 p.m., Saturdays, 4-7 & 8-11 p.m. and Sundays, 2-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

Buy Tickets$49 - $54


Brighton Beach, September 1937. Eugene Jerome is dreaming of baseball and girls. Over the course of a few short days amid family harmony and disharmony, young Eugene will come to understand life a little deeper. This award-winning play is a bittersweet memoir that captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Directed by Alan Knoll. Jacob Flekier, Spencer Kruse, Jane Paradise, Chuck Brinkley, Summer Baer, Lydia Mae and Laurie McConnell. Q&As scheduled after October 13th and October 17th performances. 314-442-3283

Cry-Baby

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30


It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism, and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause -- truth, justice, and the pursuit of rock and roll. Wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, social rejects, it's all here! New Line opens its 29th season in October 2019 with the hilarious rockabilly musical CRY-BABY, based on the classic John Waters film. New Line first produced the show regionally in March 2012, after negotiating the first regional production rights in the country. 314-773-6526

Disney's Mary Poppins

Fri., Oct. 18, 10 a.m. & 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 1:30 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$18 - $50


Don’t miss the show that will be practically perfect in every way! Variety Theatre’s 2019 production, Disney’s Mary Poppins, will bring this timeless story of magic and wonder to life in a way that you have never seen before. Variety Theatre is the country’s only production of its kind. You will be inspired by the sheer talent presented by the show’s Children’s Ensemble, comprised of kids and teens of all abilities, as well as the professional cast and live orchestra. The dazzling sets, colorful costumes, memorable songs and classic story will combine to fill the stage. 314-516-4949

Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 5 & 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 5 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 524 Trinity Ave., University City Delmar/ The Loop

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Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia D. Morris Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. This production imagines these four young girls before the terrible event on September 15, 1963— the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Through story and song, the play shines a light on their dreams, their times with family and friends, and the trials and tribulations they faced as children living in a divided and segregationist city. This production is a collaboration between The Black Rep and COCA. Recommended for ages 9+ due to references to violent events and strong language. More information, visit cocastl.org. 314-561-4877

The Haunted Pool

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
Thomas Dunn Memorial Learning Center 3113 Gasconade at Minnesota, St. Louis St. Louis - St. Louis Hills

Buy Tickets$20


Encore! Theater Group is thrilled to present the World Premiere of its sensational new musical, “The Haunted Pool.” This show is like a cocktail years in the making and now it’s finally prepped, chilled, and ready to serve. We promise, The Haunted Pool is a show like no other, and one you do not want to miss! 314-353-3050

Dixie's Tupperware Party

Tue., Oct. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 31-9:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 1, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 2, 4-6 & 8-10 p.m., Sun., Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 7, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 9, 4-8 & 8-10 p.m., Sun., Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 14, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Nov. 15, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 4-6 & 8-10 p.m., Sun., Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 21, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Nov. 22, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 23, 4-6 & 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 24, 2 p.m.
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza 635 Westport Plaza, St. Louis Maryland Heights

Buy Tickets$50-$60


The LA TIMES raves "I was laughing too hard to breathe," at the hilarious Off-Broadway smash, Dixie's Tupperware Party. After a final meeting with her parole officer, this ex-con mother of three from a trailer park in Alabama straightens out her life by selling the iconic plastic bowls. She quickly became the hottest seller in the country by throwing the kind of parties you won’t soon forget. With her booze-filled sippy cup, Dixie shares many alternative uses for what she calls "the most fantastic plastic crap on the planet." Adult Content 314-534-1111

Jailbird: an Original Play About Eugene V. Debs

Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


The Missouri History Museum and Bread and Roses Missouri present the premiere of Jailbird. In 1920, Eugene Debs ran a campaign for the US presidency and received a million votes–all while being held in federal prison for his public objection to WWI. 100 years later, his revelations on our society, economy, prison system, and the nature of war remain strikingly relevant. The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk back, "Then and Now," featuring featuring representatives from The Eugene Debs Foundation and Missouri Jobs With Justice. Directed by Kathryn Bentley and written by St.Louis playwright Colin McLaughlin. 314-746-4599

An Improvised Musical by The One Four Fives

Fri., Nov. 22, 8-9:30 p.m.
The Improv Shop 3960 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - The Grove

Buy Tickets10


It’s the opening (and err, closing) night of a Broadway-style musical, completely made up on the spot! Based on an audience suggestion, the One Four Fives create a musical that has never been seen before. Every performance is a unique experience full of drama, comedy, emotions, and of course, songs. 314-479-9143

DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience

Thu., Dec. 26, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 27, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 29, 2-4 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$20. to $30


DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience National Touring Performance with the DaVinci Interactive Machines 314-534-1111

Bloody King Oedipus

Mon., Jan. 6, 8 p.m.
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


New Line Theatre presents a free reading of a lost Gilbert & Sullivan show. King Oedipus is already having a bad day, and here comes some REALLY bad news...! All Oedipus wants is to lift the curse that's made his city sick, broke, and pissed off, but all these prophecies keep getting in the way! Could it be true that Oedipus killed the last king without realizing it? Is it possible he's married to his own mother? Does his name really mean "swollen foot"? Maybe Tiresias the Blind Seer knows the answers. But does Oedipus really want to know...? Here comes Gilbert & Sullivan's re-discovered, very adult, horror-comedy. 314-773-6526

Head Over Heels

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 28
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30


The wild new modern musical fairy tale, set in 1580. And the 1980s. And NOW! HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. Conceived by Jeff Whitty, with an original book by Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, originally directed by Michael Mayer, based on a novel from 1580 (not kidding!) and set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-girl rock band The Go-Go's, this high-octane, laugh-out-loud love story includes hit songs like, “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation," and more! 314-534-1111

Urinetown

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 27
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30


New Line Theatre returns to Urinetown in 2020. It's 2027, the toilets have all been privatized, and you have to pay to pee. Do you follow the rules or join the rebellion? Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis' URINETOWN is an hilariously subversive fable of greed, corruption, love, revolution, and urination, in a time when water is worth its weight in gold and there's no such thing as a free pee. Set in a near-future dystopian Gotham, a severe 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. 314-534-1111

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