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Review of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Hawthorne Players

Hawthorne Players recently presented a polished and entertaining production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. The Marvelous Wonderettes is a jukebox musical boiled down to the essentials. Its 26 songs are pop hits of the ’50s and ’60s. Most are well crafted and well attuned to the emotional and mental lives and maturity of the teenagers they are meant to appeal to—successfully, in most cases.

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Review of The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Kirkwood Theatre Guild

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were two of the most successful playwrights of the mid-twentieth century American theatre. Together they wrote one of the theatre’s best comedies, The Man Who Came to Dinner. And the Kirkwood Theatre Guild is giving it a worthy production.

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Review of Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Fox Theatre

Times have changed since the film Pretty Woman became one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time. The story’s soft-edged portrayal of the sex trade is even more problematic today than it was when the film premiered in 1990. If this concern is not a deal-breaker, the stage adaptation, Pretty Woman: The Musical, can be an enjoyable evening of theater in the North American tour now playing at the Fox Theatre.

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Review of Sondheim on Sondheim at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

The cast radiated infectious energy when its members burst onto the stage for Sondheim on Sondheim in the recent staging by the Sargent Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University. The sense of a special occasion never left this superb production.

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Review of The Desperate Hours at The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves

The current production of the play The Desperate Hours by The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves demonstrates that this script about the invasion of the home of a suburban family in Indianapolis by three escaped convicts who hold the family hostage still works.

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Review of A Year with Frog and Toad at Fly North Theatricals

Fly North is a relatively new company that has impressed me with the few things they have done. The leaders of the company, Bradley Rohlf and Colin Healy, also teach theatre classes, and they like to include their students in their productions. Except for the two producers – Rohlf plays Frog, Healy plays Toad – the cast are all their students. They make their teachers look good.

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Review of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Cats Cradle Theatre and Jefferson Avenue Mission

An excellent staging of a thought-provoking play—The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis—is the inaugural production of a collaboration between Cats Cradle Theatre and the Jefferson Avenue Mission in Fox Park.

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Review of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical at KTK Productions

Just before everything closed 18 months ago, KTK Productions, South City’s community theatre, brought us a lively staging of Return to the Forbidden Planet. Now everything is opening up, including KTK Productions with Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. Like Return to the Forbidden Planet, Grumpy Old Men was first a movie.

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Review of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Clayton Community Theatre

I rejoice that the natural order has been restored. We are again seeing plays performed by a cast of real live people for an audience of real live people. To double the joy, Clayton Community Theatre is performing a play by August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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Review of Jake’s Women at Moonstone Theatre Company

The new Moonstone Theatre Company could not have had a more auspicious debut. Opening night was a sellout, and the production of Jake’s Women was excellent.