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The Light in the Piazza

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26

R-S Theatrics opens its eighth season with The Light in the Piazza. The Adam Guettel/Craig Lucas musical eschews the typical Broadway sound for a more romantic, classical-music approach and follows the ups and downs of a whirlwind Italian romance. Clara and her mother Margaret are visiting Florence, Italy, when Fabrizio notices Clara across the piazza. At first rebuffed by the protective Margaret, Fabrizio soon enough is falling in love with Clara, and his feelings are reciprocated. Margaret still harbors doubts, even after meeting the young man's delightful family. Why is she so concerned about letting her adult daughter fall in love and start a new life? The Light in the Piazza is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (August 10 to 26) at the Marcelle (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Light in the Piazza

King Charles III

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thu., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26

The current prince of Wales is heir to the throne of England, still, at age 69. If he ever does become king, what sort of monarch would he be? Playwright Mike Bartlett imagines Charles' reign in his controversial play King Charles III. Told in Shakespearean blank verse, the play imagines a Charles who isn't afraid to take a more active leadership role than his mother — or really any modern English monarch. Faced with giving his assent to a law he doesn't approve of, Charles refuses to give his permission, which just isn't done. Suddenly the figurehead king is an active participant in the governing of England, and the people are outraged. Charles has his own problems as well — the ghost of his first wife haunts him in private moments. St. Louis Shakespeare opens its new season with the tendentious King Charles III. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (August 17 to 26) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; www.stlshakespeare.org). There is an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 23. Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

Ivory Theatre (map)
7620 Michigan Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-631-8330
King Charles III

No Exit

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1

Three people — Joseph Garcin, Estelle Rigault and Inès Serrano —are taken by the Valet to the same nondescript room. All three expect to be tortured, for that's what happens to damned souls. Instead they are left to their own devices, which mostly consists of justifying their damnation, complaining that they're not supposed to be here and arguing for the truth to be told. Jean-Paul Sartre's play No Exit is the quintessential existential drama, and in Alyssa Ward's new translation the characters must once again suffer as they see themselves through another person's eyes. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents No Exit at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday (August 15 to September 1) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton No Exit

Mamma Mia!

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 19

Sophie's impending marriage to Sky will be perfect, except for the fact that she's never met her father and has no one to walk her down the aisle. So she does what any adult would do — she reads her mother's old diary in search of her father's name. Sophie discovers three possible candidates, and promptly sends each potential dad an invitation to the wedding in the belief that she’ll know her father when she sees him. What could possibly go wrong? It's not like she could embarrass her mother and spoil her own party, right? Mamma Mia!, the wildly popular musical built around the songs of ABBA, is presented by Stages St. Louis Tuesday through Sunday (July 20 to August 19) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $50 to $66. $50-$66

Maybe This Time

Sun., Aug. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
docmmm2@gmail.com

Michael Madden, a native of St Louis, is bringing to town his award-winning comedy about the pains, passions and possibilities of online dating. Directed by Pamela Reckamp, “Maybe This Time” will be performed at the Gaslight Theatre in Central West End on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 @ 8:00pm and Sunday, August 19 @ 2:00pm. Valet Parking Friday/Saturday. Watch four different first dates while also hearing what their brains are actually thinking. Funny and poignant, it’s an insight to how relationships do or don’t start. $20 Adults $17 Seniors (>65) and Active Military

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The Light In The Piazza

Sun., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Sat., Aug. 25, 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

Winner of numerous Tony Awards in 2005, this musical tells the story of a young American woman vacationing with her mother in Florence in the 1950s. When the woman falls for a local Italian man, uncomfortable truths come to light about what was past and what may be future. $20-25

http://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/calendar/
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Light In The Piazza

Mamma Mia

Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19
phone 314.821.2407

The ultimate feel-good show, Mamma Mia! uses the music of ABBA to tell the hilarious and touching tale of a teen’s search for her birth father on a Greek Island paradise. Chock full of explosive dance numbers, you’ll want to unleash your inner “Dancing Queen!” $19-$63 for sinlge tickets, $99-$159 for season subscription

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Mamma-Mia/
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Now Playing Third Base for the St. Louis Cardinals...Bond, James Bond

Sun., Aug. 19, 4 p.m., Thu., Aug. 23, 9:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 25, 6 p.m.

The Midnight Company is well known for presenting unusual plays filled with unusual ideas, but its contribution to the St. Lou Fringe festival may be one of its most outré endeavors. Joe Hanrahan's Now Playing Third Base for the St. Louis Cardinals ... Bond, James Bond is about theater itself, as well as baseball in St. Louis. As the title hints, James Bond is involved, but so are the Beatles, and there's a plot to kill the president. Because this all takes place in St. Louis, race is also a big part of the play. It sounds ambitious, but that's Midnight Company. Now Playing Third Base is performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (August 18 and 19), and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday (August 23 to 25) at the Kranzberg Black Box Theatre (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.midnightcompany.com). Tickets are $15. $15

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Now Playing Third Base for the St. Louis Cardinals...Bond, James Bond

Oklahoma

Starts Sept. 7. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 7

Oklahoma! completely changed the face of American musical theatre over 70 years ago, and remains as fresh and vital today as it was then. A stunning blend of drama, music, and dance, the exhilarating Rodgers and Hammerstein score contains such classics as “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “I Cain’t Say No,” and more! $19-$63 for sinlge tickets, $99-$159 for season subscription

http://www.stagesstlouis.org/Shows/Oklahoma/
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Mischief and Mayhem: Japanese Kyōgen Farce

Sat., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
phone 314-516-4949
ticket@umsl.edu

Kyōgen (狂言), "mad words" or "wild speech", a form of traditional Japanese comic theater, is presented by Prof. Laurence Kominz of Portland State University, and his student performers. $20

https://www.touhill.org/events/detail/mischief-and-mayhem-japanese-kyogen-farce
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Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center (map)
1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road
North St. Louis County
phone 314-516-4949
Mischief and Mayhem: Japanese Kyōgen Farce

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

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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