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Alabama Story

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 27

What is it about books that makes some people so afraid? Senator E.W. Higgins is up in arms about Garth Williams' new book The Rabbits' Wedding, a children's story about two rabbits who marry. Higgins' main objection is that one of the rabbits is white and the other is black, and in Alabama in 1959, even the hint of miscegenation — and in a children's book, no less — is cause for alarm. Higgins demands it be removed from all Alabama libraries. One librarian, Emily Wheelock Reed, refuses to pull it. Books, and the ideas with their pages, are worth fighting for, Reed argues. Kenneth Jones' play Alabama Story is based on a true story. Williams, the illustrator of Stuart Little and the Little House on the Prairie books, had no idea his picture book about a rabbit wedding would spark a political fight that threatened the well-being of an entire state. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents Alabama Story to open the second half of its season. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (January 2 to 27) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $19 to $92. $19-$92

The Wolves

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 3

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves will appear to be familiar territory for many parents in the Repertory Theatre St. Louis' audience. In it a team of teenage girls stretch before an indoor soccer game. But the only parent nearby is the team coach, who is too hungover to pay much attention to his athletes, and the girls are free to speak honestly to each other, and about each other. As the season progresses, a new teammate, growing resentments, discussions of various boyfriends and the flashes of unexpected cruelty reveal that behind their confidence on the field, each of them is still a young woman finding her way toward adulthood. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents The Wolves Tuesday through Sunday (January 18 to February 3) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $46 to $71. $46-$71

Canfield Drive

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27

The civic protests following the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer will enter St. Louis history as an event as momentous as the Jefferson Bank Protests of the 1960s and the Dred Scott trial of the 1850s. But in the days after Brown's death, a long view of history wasn't possible. As international media crowded into Ferguson and tried to make sense of the region's troubled history with race, equal opportunity and community policing, it felt as if the facts changed daily. It's this tangle of news personalities and deadlines that informs Kristen Adele Calhoun and Michael Thomas Walker's new play, Canfield Drive. Two reporters with very different views of the story try to piece together the truth about what happened on a hot August day on a suburban street, while also trying to keep their own pasts from becoming part of the narrative. Calhoun and Thomas have spent four years working on the script with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which commissioned the play alongside the National Performance Network and 651 Arts. Canfield Drive is informed by first-person interviews with people from the metro area and from around the world, and it seeks to start conversations about race, culture, history, privilege and healing. The Black Rep presents the world-premiere production of Canfield Drive at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 9 to 27), and tickets are $15 to $45. $15-$45

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543
Canfield Drive

Love, Linda

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27

Cole Porter was a tough man to stay married to; he liked glamorous parties, the nightlife and being the center of attention. His homosexuality could have been another dealbreaker, but not for Linda Lee Thomas. The Southern heiress had already had one rough marriage when she met Porter, and the two got along so well that they soon married. Despite their sexual incompatibility, they shared a genuine affection, and Porter had no greater champion than his loving wife. Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman's one-woman musical Love, Linda recounts the story of Mrs. Cole Porter woven through innovative arrangements of her husband's most beloved songs. Max & Louie Productions presents Love, Linda at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (January 17 to 27) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.maxandlouie.com). Tickets are $40 to $45. $40-$45

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Love, Linda

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Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Thu., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
phone 314-432-5700

A Variation on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today, a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy. It explores race, religion, power and money in America that feels all too contemporary. Talkbacks scheduled after the 1/31 and 2/7 performance facilitated by Jennifer Wintzer, .Associate Artistic Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis 42-45

https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/new-jewish-theatre/current-productions/
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Love Linda

Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 3 p.m.

“Love, Linda” the one woman musical tour de force about the life of Mrs. Cole Porter runs January 17th through January 27th at the Marcelle Theater in The Grand Center Arts District. Linda Lee Thomas was the Southern beauty who married and was the driving force behind legendary song writer Cole Porter at the dawn of the roaring twenties. Though Cole Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With innovative jazz arrangements, the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter weave through “Love, Linda” examining the darker sides of 40-45

https://maxandlouie.com/
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Avenue Q

Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30-10 p.m.
phone 314-534-1111

Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical telling the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet entrepreneur), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. $50-$75

http://www.playhouseatwestport.com
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The Playhouse at Westport Plaza (map)
635 Westport Plaza
Maryland Heights
phone 314-469-7529

Wittenberg

Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Thu., Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Thu., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999

Tickets $35 general, $30 for seniors 65 and over, $25 for full-time students with valid ID Jan 25-27, Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 7-10 All shows at 8 PM except Sundays at 7 and last Sunday at 2 PM Written by David Davalos; It’s October 1517, and the new fall semester at the University of Wittenberg finds certain members of the faculty and student body at personal and professional crossroads. Hamlet (senior, class of 1518) is returning from a summer in Poland spent studying astronomy, where he has come in contact with a revolutionary scientific theory that threatens the very order 25-35

https://upstreamtheater.org/content/passport-season-14
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Maybe This Time

Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.
phone 618-462-3205
altonlittletheater@ymail.com

This is a comedy about the first dates of people that meet online. There are four different dates involving 4 people: 1) Kathleen our heroine; trusting but not naïve’, kind but not simple and looking for love and romance 2) Roger our hero; a down-to-earth guy who’s slightly awkward around women, a romantic who’d afraid to make the wrong choice 3) Sandra who’s flashy-sexy and looking for a man with money, desperate and manipulating but not a bad person 4) Frank’s a slick and sleazy guy who talks big but can’t back it up. He’s sexist and a misogynist but 15

http://www.altonlittletheater.org/page/upcoming-shows/
Alton Little Theater (map)
2450 N. Henry St.
Grafton/ Godfrey/ Alton
phone 618-462-6562

The Hundred Dresses

Sun., Feb. 3, 2-3 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 7-8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 17, 2-3 p.m., Fri., Feb. 22, 7-8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 2-3 p.m.

Wanda Petronski, the new girl in Room 13, is a Polish immigrant who lives in a shabby house and doesn’t have any friends. Every day she wears the same faded blue dress, but tells her new classmates that she has a hundred dresses at home. Her classmates tease Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school. As guilt overtakes the children, they decide to find out what happened to Wanda and to make amends. Bullying, friendship and forgiveness are at the center of this play adapted from the beloved Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes.

http://metroplays.org/performances/public-performances/the-hundred-dresses/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Farragut North

Fri., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m., Thu., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Thu., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
phone 314-458-2978
help@stlas.org

Farragut North Playwright: Beau Willimon Directed by: Wayne Salomon Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. Farragut North is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it. February 8-24 Performance Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm Sundays at 3 pm $35.00

http://stlas.org/play/farragut-north/
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The Zoo Story / Black Comedy

Wed., Feb. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m.
phone 314-984-7564
MC-Theatre@stlcc.edu

Join us for an evening of humor, suspense, and drama as we present The Zoo Story by Edward Albee and Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer. These one-act plays will be directed by student directors Mikaila Kraft and Kyra Pearson, with assistant direction by Evan Turek. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/310378949800593/
Meramec Theatre (map)
11333 Big Bend Blvd.
Kirkwood
phone 314-984-7562

Angels In America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches

Fri., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Fri., March 1, 7 p.m., Sat., March 2, 7 p.m. and Sun., March 3, 2 p.m.

Perhaps Jack Kroll in Newsweek described Millennium Approaches best: “The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.”

https://pad.wustl.edu/events/2464?d=2019-02-22
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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543

Race: What Blacks and Whites Think About the American Obsession

Thu., Feb. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-246-8250

@ Browning Hall Auditorium, 8274 Big Bend Blvd.Webster Groves, MO 63119
The 1992 Studs Terkel book, “Race” has been adapted into a play staged by the Civic Arts Company. A discussion immediately follows the performance free

http://www.webster.edu/diversity-inclusion/2019-diversity-conference.html

La Cage aux Folles

Starts Feb. 28. 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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