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Though St. Louis isn't a super-bustling mega metropolis, our lives here, in this river city, are different than they would be if we lived along Main Street somewhere (else) in middle America. But don't be confused: Small-town life isn't all soda shoppes and unlocked doors now, and it wasn't like that way back when, either. Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, almost 100 years old, offers a view into a little Illinois town; it's a fictional place but one with real stories. Spoon River's truths are told in verse by its deceased residents, and through their poems, we learn the town's history -- and its secrets. Soundstage Productions presents these tales via its "reader's theatre" format, which emphasizes voice and storytelling over staging and costumes, and performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday (August 19 through 28) at Crestwood ArtSpace (Watson and Sappington roads, Crestwood). Tickets cost $10; visit for more information.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 19. Continues through Aug. 28, 2011

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