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Playwright Slam

Mon., Oct. 1, 6:30-9 p.m., Mon., Oct. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
phone 314-401-2636
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The St. Louis Writers’ Group presents “Playwright SLAM” October 1st, 8th, and 15th, 6:30 at Big Daddy’s – Soulard. Playwrights, bring your scripts. Actors, bring your talent. Audience, bring your attitude. Get ready for a night of fun impromptu theater. Each script will be given a five minute read and rated by a panel of judges based upon audience reaction. The judges will select several plays to move on to the Round Two. Finalists will be showcased on October 15th. Big Daddy’s is located at 1000 Sidney Street, St. Louis, MO 63104. For more information, www.stlwritersgroup.com, 314-401-2636. free

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

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

A Hatful of Rain

Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-596-1219
meyerhel1962@charter.net

A Hatful of Rain, the award-winning play about the devastation of opioid addiction on individuals and families, will be performed by the Slaying Dragons theatrical troupe on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, at The Chapel. A Hatful of Rain by playwright Michael V. Gazzo is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family. The blunt depiction of drug addiction in the play and in a subsequent film was a rarity for its time. . The 1956 play and the 1957 movie won many awards. $15 & $20

https://www.slayingdragons.org/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton A Hatful of Rain

Crowns

Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23

Yolanda's older brother has just been slain on the streets of Brooklyn by a random act of violence. Before she can fully process the murder, her mother ships her off to family in South Carolina in hopes of saving at least one child. The transition is jarring, to say the least. Yolanda doesn't understand country living or the culture of the South, and she certainly doesn't understand her relatives' fascination with hats. But for this older, more religious generation, chapeaus are both a sartorial expression of style and grace and an absolute necessity if you're going to church — and you are going to church. As Yolanda begins to know her relatives — especially her grandmother, Mother Shaw — she learns about dressing well, history and her own culture. And with that knowledge comes the realization that you earn as much pride as you give yourself. The Black Rep throws open the doors on its 42nd season with Regina Taylor's play Crowns. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (September 7 to 23) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $15 to $45, and now more than ever, dress to impress on opening night. $15-$45

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

Love Never Dies

Tuesdays-Fridays, Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 23, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30

Ten years after her horrific experience at and under the Paris Opera House, famed soprano Christine Daae arrives in America with her husband Raoul and son Gustave. Life hasn't been great; Raoul has both a gambling and drinking problem, and Christine needs to find success in New York to keep the family solvent. But little does the family suspect that its invitation to visit America came from the mysterious Phantom, who now operates (from the shadows, of course) a successful attraction at Coney Island. Can the Phantom reclaim Christine's love, which he possessed for one brief night, or will she remain loyal to her dissolute husband? The musical Love Never Dies is less a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera than a second story starring the same characters, according to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Love Never Dies makes its St. Louis premiere at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) this month. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (September 18 to 30), and tickets are $35 to $99. $35-$99

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Love Never Dies

Eurydice

Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.

SLU Theatre Presents: Eurydice, Sara Ruhl's reimagining of the classic Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. Dark humor, plots twists and visual effects offer a contemporary look at a classic love story. $9 Adult | $6 Student

https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/fine-and-performing-arts/theatre/university-theatre/index.php
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Useful and Necessary Ingredients

Thu., Sept. 27, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 28, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-276-0408
alicenmoser@gmail.com

In an era when a woman's time and attention were to be occupied by her husband and household, Charlotte and Emma aspire to be elegant, economical, and enlightened wives... Useful and Necessary Ingredients is a fast-paced experimental play which steps into the minds of two women of the 1930s, as they sprint between memory, desire, and immediate experience. Using scientific and social knowledge inherited through generations of women, watch as the pursuit of perfection teaches them to flip the status quo. $15

https://usefulandnecessary.brownpapertickets.com/
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The Raging Skillet

Thu., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m., Thu., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m.
phone 314-442-3283
info@newjewishtheatre.org

Based on the book by Chef Rossi, New York’s first punk-rock, Jewish, Lesbian caterer. When Rossi’s Jewish mother discovers the microwave, home-cooked meals become a thing of the past. What starts as a rebellion against her Orthodox parents, chauvinism in the kitchen, and the pressures of conformity ends with her becoming New York’s #1 punk-rock caterer. This hilarious and heartfelt new comedy is based on the true-life story of Chef Rossi. Talkbacks scheduled after October 14th and October 18th performances. Directed by Lee Anne Mathews. Cast: Sarajane Alverson, Erin Renee Roberts, Kathleen Sitzer* (*member AEA) 42-45

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

Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Thu., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999
upstreamtheater@sbcglobal.net

Upstream Theater is excited to present the US premiere of the award-winning CHEF by UK/Egyptian playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz—the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. 25-35

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

Silent Sky

Fri., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

Astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this musical blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. $35 Adult |$30 Senior |$15 Student

https://insighttheatrecompany.com/shows/silent-sky-2018/
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Evita

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

The Repertory Theatre St. Louis opens its new season with a bang — the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, Evita. It's the incredible, somewhat true story about the meteoric rise of Eva Duarte and her even swifter fall. Born into poverty, Eva pursued a career in show biz and rose above her humble beginnings, but a chance meeting with general Juan Perón altered the direction of her life. When Perón is elected president of Argentina, Eva chooses to help the poor, becoming a folk hero and cultural icon. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents Evita Tuesday through Sunday (September 7 to 30) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $29 to $102. $29-$102

The Zombies of Penzance

Starts Sept. 27. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. The team's best known work, The Pirates of Penzance, originally debuted in New York in 1879. What we now know is that there was an earlier, stranger draft of the show, which nobody knew about until now. In 2013, artistic director Scott Miller discovered the original manuscripts and set about reconstructing the bizarre original show as G&S intended. $10-30

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

La Cage aux Folles

Starts Feb. 28. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through March 23, 2019
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
La Cage aux Folles

Be More Chill

Starts May 30. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through June 22, 2019
phone 314-534-1111
info@newlinetheatre.com

The Breakfast Club meets Little Shop of Horrors, as New Line closes its season in June with the new sci-fi rock musical BE MORE CHILL, with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz, based on the bestselling novel by Ned Vizzini. It’s an honest, fearless, funny look at life in the digital age, exploring teen depression, bullying, and other current issues through the comic lens of sci-fi films of the 50s, horror flicks of the 80s, and teen movies of the 90s. The show has been selling out everywhere it runs. $10-30

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

Apology/Faustus and The Hunchback Variations

Fridays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 29

What would you do if you knew with absolute certainty that you would not live through the night? Would you spend your last hours with loved ones, or maybe try to cram as much living as possible into the time you had left? In the case of Dr. Faustus, he's spending the time offering an apology to a crowd. The good doctor has been a bad man, looking the other way while evil flourished in the world. Evil here is personified by Mephistopheles, a servant of hell who waits until Faustus' time expires and the demon can take his soul. The Mickle Maher one-act play "An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening" is performed by Midnight Company at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (September 20 to 29) at the Monocle (4150 Manchester Avenue; www.midnightcompany.com) as part of Faustival. Following "Apology/Faustus" is another Maher one-act, "The Hunchback Variations," which sees Beethoven and the Hunchback of Notre Dame discuss their individual attempts to create "a mysterious sound," efforts hampered by the deafness of both men. Tickets for the double bill are $15. $15

The Monocle (map)
4510 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - The Grove
phone 314-935-7003
Apology/Faustus and The Hunchback Variations
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