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Life Sucks

Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 10

The New Jewish Theatre closes its season with Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, which is adapted from Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. In Chekhov's original play, an extended family and their close friends stew over regrets and long for change while all occupying the same country house. Posner reassembles the pieces in a modern setting. He leaves the yearning and ennui intact as he guilds the characters with wryness and a tender playfulness. After all, the nineteenth-century Russian countryside may be a world (and a century and a half) away from modern America, but trying to make sense of life remains a time-honored occupation. Life Sucks is performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 23 to June 10) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $41 to $44. $41-$44

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Continues through May 26
phone 314-921-5678
alphaplayersstl@gmail.com

Whether you are keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” this musical will please you. Join us for an “average” day in the life of Charlie Brown. It is a sweet reminder of the simpler things in life and an entertaining evening for the entire family! Ticket Prices: $18 (Adults) $16(Seniors/students), $10 Child, Call for group rates. $10 student special for May 26 performance. For Tickets: Call 314-921-5678 or visit https://florissantmo.thundertix.com Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

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Florissant Civic Center (map)
Parker Road & Waterford Drive
Florissant
phone 314-921-5678
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Book of Mormon

May 29-June 1, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 1 & 6:30 p.m.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton is the show that captured the attention — and ticket money — this year, but it's not the only big-name show coming to town. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's raucous musical The Book of Mormon returns for a brief run this Tuesday through Sunday (May 29 to June 3) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). The story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda won multiple Tony awards for its crass 'n' catchy songs and its skewering of organized religion. Despite all this, The Book of Mormon ends up coming down on the side of those who believe, giving it a sweetness that shines through the filth. Tickets are $39 to $150. $39-$150

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
The Book of Mormon

A Tragedy Two Ways – Magdalen & Eclipsed

Thu., May 31, 7 p.m., Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., Sat., June 2, 7 p.m., Sun., June 3, 2 p.m., Thu., June 7, 7 p.m., Fri., June 8, 7 p.m., Sat., June 9, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., June 10, 2 p.m.
phone 314-533-0367
info@kranzbergartsfoundation.org

Black Mirror Theatre Presents A Tragedy Two Ways. It's the story of Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries told from two different perspectives played in two very different dramatic styles. Magdalen Laundries were homes for ‘penitent’ or ‘fallen’ girls, often run by Catholic nuns, in which, over the years, as many as 30,000 Irish women and girls were held in forced labor for indefinite terms. The last such home closed in Ireland in 1996, but the impact on the inmates’ lives is still being revealed. $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior | $25 Two Performance Combo

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
A Tragedy Two Ways – Magdalen & Eclipsed

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Starts May 31. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through June 10
phone 314-721-9228
tickets@placeseveryone.org

This well-known play, the first in Simon’s semi-autobiographical “Eugene trilogy,” shows the coming of age of a young man in Brooklyn in 1937. This story is an affectionate, thoroughly entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth, and humor. CCT plans to present the entire trilogy over the next three seasons. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the closing play of the 2017-2018 season of Clayton Community Theatre (CCT - www.placeseveryone.org) and is directed by Sam Hack, CCT artistic director. Performances: May 31 – June 10, 2018 (Thursdays-Sundays) at Washington University South Campus Theatre 6501 Clayton Rd, Clayton MO 63117. $12-20

http://placeseveryone.org
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Yeast Nation

Starts May 31. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 23
phone 314-534-1111

New Line Theatre presents the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, from the mad geniuses who brought you Urinetown, with a book by Greg Kotis, and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Kotis It is the year 3,000,458,000 BC. The Earth's surface is a molten mass of volcanic islands and undulating waves. The atmosphere is a choking fog lit by a dim red sun. And the mighty waters of the world are inhabited only by rocks, sand, salt, more rocks, a little silt, and the great society of salt-eating yeasts – yes, yeasts! – the worlds very first life form! These single-cell salt-eaters are 10-25

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/yeastnationpage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Yeast Nation

Spinning Jenny

Sat., May 26, 8 p.m., Sun., May 27, 4 p.m., Fri., June 1, 8 p.m., Sat., June 2, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 4 p.m.
phone 314-533-0367
info@kranzbergartsfoundation.org

The Tesseract Theatre Company Presents “Spinning Jenny” May 25 – June 3, 2018 Friday, Saturday – 8pm Sunday – 4pm $20 – General Admission $15 – Students & Seniors When Jenny discovers the world outside of her family’s traveling carnival she begins to see there’s more to life than a quick con job. Two paths open for Jenny: love or familial greed. Will she defy her family for a new way of life or will she remain another lost soul on the midway? $20 – General Admission $15 – Students & Seniors

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Night of One-Acts

Mon., June 4, 6:30-9 p.m.
phone 314-401-2636
ryoung@papadocs.com
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The St. Louis Writers’ Group presents a Night of One-Act Plays, Monday, June 4th at Big Daddy’s – Soulard. Big Daddy’s is located at 1000 Sydney Street, St. Louis. The play readings begin at 6:30pm. You can submit your 10 to 15 minute play for inclusion to ryoung@papadocs.com, or simply join us as an audience member. Admission is free. Visit www.stlwritersgroup.com for more information. Free

http://www.stlwritersgroup.com
Big Daddy's-Soulard (map)
1000 Sidney St.
St. Louis - Soulard
phone 314-771-3066
Night of One-Acts

Life Sucks

Sat., May 26, 8 p.m., Sun., May 27, 2 p.m., Wed., May 30, 7:30 p.m., Thu., May 31, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 2, 8 p.m., Sun., June 3, 2 p.m., Wed., June 6, 7:30 p.m., Thu., June 7, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 9, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 10, 2 p.m.
phone 314-442-3283
info@newjewishtheatre.org

An irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Posner’s contemporary riff on the work is altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source. Posner brings a playful, far from cynical, originality to the story of a group of yearning, frustrated, heartbroken, questioning, and in many ways privileged souls who are, in their varied and deeply flawed ways, trying to cope with all the essential conundrums of existence. It is essentially a play about love, loss and longing – with a healthy dose of Jewish philosophizing thrown in. Never has unhappiness been 41-44

https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/new-jewish-theatre/current-productions/
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COCA Musical Theatre Audition Intensive for Teens

June 11-15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org
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This intensive is designed for triple threat actors who want to refine their skills and improve their audition technique. Participants focus on the performance of songs from a range of styles, learn how to manage a musical theatre dance call by learning technique and vocabulary; and select and rehearse four contrasting monologues to use at future auditions. Participants polish resumes, critique head shots, as well as working on callback and cold reading strategies. $330.00

http://www.cocastl.org/event/musical-theatre-intensive/
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Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
COCA Musical Theatre Audition Intensive for Teens

Mother Goose Stories

Sat., June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 314-797-9242
eavioli@gmail.com
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The Chapel 6238 Alexander Dr., Clayton, MO 63105
Join Edie's Fairytale Theatre for a fun romp as we sing and dance our way thru 20 Mother Goose Rhymes sharing with a shy Sam the importance of Courage and how fun it can be to try new things and meet new people. 45 min. Interactive $10

http://ediesfairytaletheatre.com
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Mother Goose Stories

Madagascar

Tue., June 19, 10 a.m., Wed., June 20, 10 a.m., Thu., June 21, 10 a.m., Fri., June 22, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sat., June 23, 10 a.m., Sun., June 24, 10 a.m., Tue., June 26, 1 p.m., Wed., June 27, 10 a.m., Thu., June 28, 10 a.m., Fri., June 29, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sat., June 30, 10 a.m. and Sun., July 1, 1 p.m.
phone 314.821.2407

Stages invites you to take a journey out of the Central Park Zoo and onto an enchanted desert isle with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the DreamWorks blockbuster film, Madagascar! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo, and, of course, mad King Julien for a musical adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy this family fun production, filled with gut-busting laughs galore, rockin’ dance moves, and an upbeat score! $28

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Madagascar/
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End of the Rainbow

Thu., June 21, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., Sun., June 24, 3 p.m., Thu., June 28, 8 p.m., Fri., June 29, 8 p.m., Sat., June 30, 8 p.m. and Sun., July 1, 3 p.m.
phone 314-533-0367
info@kranzbergartsfoundation.org

Max & Louie Productions presents “End of the Rainbow.” It’s 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback…again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get “beyond the rainbow” with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, this savagely funny play-with-music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures of our time. “End of the Rainbow” was nominated for 3 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards including Best New Play. $35-$300

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
End of the Rainbow

Behind His Smile

Sun., June 24, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.
General@RedeemedArtsLLC.org

“Behind His Smile” stage production ventures into the lives of three young adult male friends. They are striving to reach that next plateau in their journey but somewhere their story has to end in order for their legacy to begin. $15.00 to $22.00

http://iamcenterresource.org/community-engagement
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COCA Teen Theatre Intensive: On Camera Intensive

June 25-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org
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Participants learn skills needed to professionally audition and perform for the camera in commercials, television, serial work and film. Participants work on basic acting technique and audition strategies and discuss and gain practical experience in adapting our stage technique to on-camera work. Each day, a selection of advertising copy, monologues and movie scenes on camera are practiced. Participants watch both professional footage and clips from our scene work each day as part of critique sessions. $330.00

http://www.cocastl.org/event/on-camera-intensive/
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Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
COCA Teen Theatre Intensive: On Camera Intensive
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