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A Man of No Importance

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Alfie lives a quiet life in Dublin with his sister, Lily. She postpones her marriage to take care of her brother, while he's entirely focused on the plays he directs with his amateur theater troupe, which is based out of a church. Alfie's new dream is a production of Oscar Wilde's play Salome, which the church authorities are adamantly against — the play is blasphemous in their view. When Alfie spots his Salome on the bus, he plans to go forward with the production against everybody's wishes. Adele, the woman in question, is unsure about acting, but is swayed by Alfie's passion and belief. At night, Alfie isn't so sure of himself. He questions who he is and why he always feels out of place, and he has visions of Wilde, who advises Alfie to fight temptation by giving in to it. Stephen Flaherty and Lynne Ahrens' musical A Man of No Importance is about art, identity and dreams, with a little Wilde thrown in for good measure. R-S Theatrics presents A Man of No Importance at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (August 9 to 25) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $20 to $25. 314-533-0367

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