Once, you could have gone to see a live performance in St. Louis’ famed Gaslight Square -- but those days are long gone, yes? No. The St. Louis Actors’ Studio -- a new theatrical group created by Milton Zoth, William Roth and David Wassilak -- opens its first season with a production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance in the new Gaslight Theatre (358 North Boyle Avenue), situated in the shadow of Gaslight Square’s ghost. And the impotent people leading still-born lives in A Delicate Balance know a thing or two about failure and the power of the past. Agnes and Tobias, a long-married upper-middle-class couple, live a life of passive-aggressive order (she’s orderly; he’s the passive-aggressive one); they share their home with Agnes’ lush of a sister, Claire. Their daughter, Julia, returns home after a fourth failed marriage, arriving shortly before Harry and Edna, longtime friends of Agnes’ and Tobias’, who are fleeing a nameless terror. Paralyzed by fears and insecurities, powered only by alcohol and a sense of responsibility, the two couples and their self-destructing satellite relatives are locked in for a final confrontation over their partially lived-in lives -- or not. They’ve made it this far without fully engaging in anything; why should tonight be any different? The St. Louis Actors’ Studio performs A Delicate Balance at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 19 through November 4). Tickets are $15 to $20; call 314-458-2978 or visit www.stlas.org for more information.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 19. Continues through Nov. 4, 2007

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