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The Play That Goes Wrong

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 7

The Conley Polytechnic Drama Society, one of England's lesser-known community theater groups, has been bequeathed a large sum of money to produce a new play. The company decides on the 1920s murder-mystery The Murder at Haversack Manor mostly because it has parts enough for all the actors.

That's the fictitious background for The Play That Goes Wrong, which is actually a physically demanding comedy created by the Mischief Theatre Company, a very real performance troupe. As its title implies, the play within the play is a spectacular catastrophe before the curtain goes up. Props break, cues are missed and at least one actor is knocked unconscious, which starts a very public row about which cast member gets to play the part to the finale.

As you might imagine, making the play go wrong requires strenuous rehearsal and split-second timing from both the cast on stage and the cast back stage, the latter of whom are actors playing techs. Every role is demanding, because a mistake can result in very real injury — but when everybody hits their marks, you see a flawless, outrageously funny actor's nightmare unfold in real time. The Play that Goes Wrong closes out the Repertory Theatre St. Louis' current season. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (March 15 to April 7) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $19 to $92.

$19-$92

Nonsense and Beauty

Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. Continues through March 23

English novelist E.M. Forster wrote six novels in his long life, each driven by his belief in the primacy of genuine human connection in a world divided by matters of class and social strictures. In Scott C. Sickles' new drama Nonsense and Beauty, Forster's own relationships take center stage. The play is inspired by Forster's long-term relationship with much-younger, married police officer Bob Buckingham. Forster introduced both Buckingham and his wife to his social circle, in the process embarking on a love triangle that endured four decades, from 1930 to Forster's death in 1970. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents the world premiere of Nonsense and Beauty Tuesday through Sunday (March 8 to 24) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $46 to $71. $46-$71

La Cage aux Folles

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 23

A wedding should be a happy affair that joins two families, but such is not always the case. Georges dreads meeting his future in-laws. The father of the bride is not just a prominent man; he's a prominent conservative politician with traditional values. And Georges and his spouse Albin are not just gay, but rapturously and proudly so. Together they own a notorious St. Tropez nightclub, and Albin's drag alter ego Zaza is the star of the show. How is poor Georges going to get through this first meeting without causing problems for their son, Jean-Michel, and how will he keep Albin away for the night? Even more alarming, what's Albin going to do if he finds out? Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's musical La Cage aux Folles is a hilarious and honest look at family values and the sacrifices parents make for their children. New Line Theatre presents the show at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (February 28 to March 23) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $20 to $30. $20-$30

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
La Cage aux Folles

Disney’s Newsies The Musical

Fri., March 22, 7 p.m., Sat., March 23, 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., March 24, 2 p.m., Fri., March 29, 7 p.m., Sat., March 30, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., March 31, 2 p.m.
phone 636-922-8233
ccdreg@stchas.edu

Disney’s “Newsies” the Musical is coming to the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater at St. Charles Community College at 7 p.m. March 22. Young People’s Theatre is excited to share their rendition of this popular musical. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at www.stchastickets.com. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Department at 636-922-8233 or ccdreg@stchas.edu. $10

https://www.stchas.edu/community-resources/lifelong-learning/youth-programs-camps/young-peoples-theatre
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St. Charles Community College (map)
Shook Fine Arts Bldg
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8000

My Three Angels

Fri., March 22, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Sat., March 23, 7:30-9:45 p.m. and Sun., March 24, 2-4:15 p.m.
phone 314-921-5678

A warm, charming comedy - perfect for the entire family! It is 1910 French Guiana and on this Christmas day the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Three convicts from the local penal colony stumble upon a family in dire need of a little angelic assistance to fend off a group of unscrupulous relatives. Possessing every criminal art and with the help of Adolphe (a poisonous snake), the three go about setting matters right and in doing so redeem themselves as real life angels to a grateful family. (Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) $18-Adults, $16-Seniors/students, $10-Child, Call for group rates.

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Florissant Civic Center (map)
Parker Road & Waterford Drive
Florissant
phone 314-921-5678

Answer to Joe

Fri., March 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., March 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., March 24, 2-4 p.m.
phone 314-533-6809
jungstlouis@gmail.com

C. G. Jung Society production of "Answer to Joe," loosely based on Jung's "Answer to Job." Each performance will be followed by discussion led by playwright Rick Vaughn and a Jungian Psychoanalyst. [Two (2) Continuing Education Units available for additional $15 fee at time of the performance.] $25

http://jungstlouis.org
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

La Cage aux Folles

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through March 23
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

Come join us on the French Riviera for a night of love, laughs, illusions and truths, and the triumph of family over bullies and bigots. New Line continues its season in March 2019 with Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's subversive comedy about real family values in a world that doesn't always value family. In its original 1983 production -- before gay marriage was legal -- the show was a safely old-fashioned musical comedy. But in its 2008 London revival and 2010 Broadway revival, the show was transformed from a genial comedy into a more serious story with lots of laughs. $10-30

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