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All Is Calm

Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16

On November 11, 1918, World War I ended after four exhausting years of destruction and unimaginable horrors. But even in the worst of times, humanity's innate decency can shine through the darkness on occasion. During the first year of the war, Christmas morning was marked by an official cease-fire on both sides. On the front lines troops from both sides of the conflict crossed No Man's Land to celebrate the holiday with their erstwhile enemies. Carols were sung, gifts were exchanged and a spontaneous game of soccer kicked off. All Is Calm, the Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach a cappella musical about that quiet morning when brotherhood won out, has been a favorite with Mustard Seed Theatre audiences since the company first presented it in 2014. It's back again at Mustard Seed to mark the centenary of the last day of the War to End All Wars. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 16; no show on Thursday, November 22) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedtheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $35. $15-$35

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-862-3456
All Is Calm

Doctor Faustus

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17

Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, and Marlowe's plays were a large influence on Shakespeare's own. Of course, Shakespeare's work greatly eclipsed Marlowe's in popularity, consigning him to the past. Doctor Faustus is undoubtedly Marlowe's most famous play still — perhaps because of a persistent legend that actual devils appeared on stage during a sixteenth-century performance. John Wolbers has adapted the script for the modern era, while still keeping much of the original's poetry. Now the female Doctor Faustus is disgusted by the rampant abuse of power and position of the world's leaders, and so enters into a contract with the devil. She plans to use her new power for good, to save the weak and bring mercy to the world. But ultimate power has a nasty effect on the human soul, even when it's a noble one. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents Doctor Faustus at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday) October 31 to November 17 at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Doctor Faustus

Party at the North Pole

Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 314-797-9242
eavioli@gmail.com
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Edie's Fairytale Theatre presents Party at the North Pole. Join us for the Holidays with this fun show about an elf, a reindeer, a toy soldier, a polar bear and some rockin' penguin puppets as we celebrate this joyous season. Highlights sharing, Holiday Sing-a-Long $10

http://ediesfairytaletheatre.com
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Party at the North Pole

My Infinite Sadness

Sat., Jan. 12, 8-10 p.m., Sun., Jan. 13, 4-6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 20, 4-6 p.m.
darriousvarner@yahoo.com

When left alone in one's own mind, who is it that you are really talking to? Step into the subconscious of a person suffering with Depression. See the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the aches and pains that are living with mental illness. Playwright Darrious Varner introduces you to a whole new view of Depression with My Infinite Sadness. By personifying Depression, giving it a face and a voice, he shows just how hard the struggle can be, even on good days. There will be a 30 minute talk back after each show. 10.00

https://www.facebook.com/events/312747229307781/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton

Emily Brown and the Thing

Sat., March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 & 5-6 p.m. and Sun., March 10, 1-2 & 5-6 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org
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Tall Stories, an audience favorite from the United Kingdom, brings us a magical, musical show, Emily Brown & The Thing, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to help the Thing get some rest! Tall Stories has become internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs. AGES 3+ $14 - $18

https://www.cocastl.org/event/emily-brown-the-thing/
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Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
Emily Brown and the Thing
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