The St. Louis Area Theatre Calendar

For the Week of 1/16/2017

Updated Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Lina Koutrakos
Mariposa Artists presents Rick Jensen and Lina Koutrakos in their new cabaret show After All These Love Songs on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. "Master performance teachers, singer/songwriters and rave reviewed musical director Rick Jensen and director Lina Koutrakos kick off their teaching weekend in St. Louis with the show "After All Those Love Songs." Jensen and Koutrakos have been together - both teaching and performing - for many years and bring that ease and skill to their shared show about life before and after all the love songs, the ballads, the shows, the reviews, the traveling, the awards and the accolades. Not only is the show a reason to come out and join them but it's a great way for Rick and Lina to see the people they have grown to love over the last decade in St Louis." The performance takes place at the Kranzberg Arts Center at Grand and Olive in Grand Center. For more information: www.metrotix.com/events/detail/after-all-those-love-songs.

All My Sons
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Arthur Miller's drama All My Sons through January 29. "Miller's breakthrough play is a searing and deeply personal search for morality with shattering repercussions. During World War II, factory owner Joe Keller makes a questionable business decision that costs the lives of American airmen overseas. His misdeed leaves his family fractured as they grapple with the consequences of his actions." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information: repstl.org.

The Fox Theatre presents the musical An American in Paris January 17-29. "An American In Paris is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!" The Fox is on North Grand in Grand Center. For more information: fabulousfox.com.

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A Big Easy Murder through April 30. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com.

Circus Harmony presents Bravura Saturdays at 2 and 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, January 21-29. "Bravura is a musical term whose definition also describes our youth circus performers: exceptional agility and brilliant style. Our theme this year is archetypes. Follow our King as he searches for the Trickster who stole his crown and finds out that one person can wear many hats." Performances take place at City Museum, 701 N. 15th Street. Show admission is free with museum admission. For more information: circusharmony.org.

Chuck Lavazzi and Carol Schmidt
The Cabaret Project and The Emerald Room at the Monocle present a Cabaret Open Mic Night on Wednesday, January 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. Drop by and enjoy a night of great music from St. Louis cabaret artists, backed up by the inimitable Carol Schmidt on the baby grand. The master of ceremonies is 88.1 KDHX senior performing arts critic Chuck Lavazzi. If you're planning to sing, be prepared to do one or two songs and bring music, preferably in your key. It's also recommend that you have your song memorized. The Emerald Room at The Monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove. For more information, visit themonoclestl.com.

Theatre Lab presents Closer by Patrick Marber Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through January 22. "This play follows four lives that intertwine over the course of four and a half years. This densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal contains twelve scenes that chronicle the love affairs, rivalries, seductions and betrayals of four characters (two men, two women,) in a spare, intense style -- sometimes coarse, sometimes obscene, but calling for real sensitivity and vulnerability in the acting. Contains very strong language and sexual references." Performances take place at the .Zack Artist Incubator, 3224 Locust in midtown. For more information: www.metrotix.com/events/detail/theatre-lab-closer.

Constellations
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Constellations January 18 - February 5 "One relationship, limitless possibilities. When Roland and Marianne meet at a party, a multiverse of potential outcomes unfolds. Each choice they make unlocks a series of branching paths - some wonderful, some tragic. Nick Payne's genre-busting new play explores these alternate universes with wit, wonder and an overflowing sense of life." Performances take place in the studio theater at the Loretto-Hlton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO. For more information, call 314-968-4925 or visit repstl.org.

Theatre Nuevo presents HELL Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., January 19-29. The show is "a devised piece exploring the concepts of personal and religious hells through music, movement, and text written by the performers and creative team. Influenced by a wide variety of cultures: from Christian Hell, the Mayan Xibalba, Buddhism, Islam, D ante's Inferno, to the hot and cold Hells of Naraka; Theatre Nuevo conducts a theatrical experiment to examine damnation and redemption, hand in hand." Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton. For more information: www.theatrenuevo.com.

The Black Rep presents the drama Lines in the Dust through January 29. "When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It's been exactly 60 years since Brown Versus The Board of Education. Lines In The Dust questions how far we've come and more importantly, where we go from here." Performances take place at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. For more information: theblackrep.org.

Menopause the Musical
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents Menopause the Musical, "a celebration of women and The Change," through February 12. The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information: westportstl.com.

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Murder at the Abbey through April 29. "Welcome to the world of Downton Abbey! A world full of aristocracy, old money but never anything as droll as murder! Congratulations! You've been invited to the dinner party held by the Earl of Grantham himself! Some would kill for the opportunity to meet the Crawley family. They'll all be there! The Earl, his beautiful wife and three daughters...not to mention all the other characters in, (and around), the Grantham house. That's right! All the family, staff and townsfolk will be there. You'll meet lots of fun characters...and you'll play as big, (or as small), of a part as you wish. Up to you. Hope nothing bad happens...but if it does...we might need you to help us figure it out? Or perhaps you're the killer?" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: lempmansion.com.

Sarah Porter
New Line Theatre presents Sarah Porter in her new cabaret show Don't Make Me Name This on Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m. as part of the company's Off Line at the Monocle series. "After a successful run in her one woman show, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday in August, Sarah Porter jumps into the cabaret world. Come join Sarah in her first solo cabaret, as she shares some of her favorite songs from many different genres. She is sure to entertain with a night of laughter and bewitching charm.The show is directed by Mike Dowdy-Windsor, with music direction by Sarah Nelson." The performance takes place at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester in the Grove. For more information: themonoclestl.com.

First Run Theatre presents the Prometheus' Dream Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through January 22. "In this modern retelling of the story of Frankenstein, a controversial doctor makes a discovery which could alter the way we look at mortality. With his successful test subject, Adam, Dr. Franken travels the lecture circuit, gaining riches and fame. However, the relationship between the doctor and his protégé begin to break down as Adam rediscover parts of his past and regains a sense of self. As conflict gives way to bitter animosity, both learn valuable lessons about the price and fame and glory. Due to language, recommended for mature audiences." Performances take place in the Thomas Hunter Theatre at DeSmet Jesuit High School, 233 N New Ballas Road. For more information, call (314) 352-5114 or visit www.firstruntheatre.com.

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia Fridays through Sundays through January 22. "Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or who has found him-bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major “bone” contentions between the couple." The shows contains adult themes. Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: theatreguildwg.org or call 314-962-0876.

The Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Twisted Improv on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. at The Steamboat Room, 314 S. Clay in Kirkwood, MO. "Join Adam and his crew for an interactive night of fun and laughter.Beer, wine and food available from Kirkwood Station Brewery." For more information: ktg-onstage.org.

Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents the comedy Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs by St. Louis playwright Steve Peirick January 20-29. "Some would say Cameron Dobbs is a loser who never gets a break. He's turning 30 and all he wants is a quiet birthday dinner with his brother, Owen, and sister-in-law, Abby. Unfortunately, they have different plans. Unknown to Cameron, Abby has decided to fix him up with her friend, Natalie, and Owen has invited their loving but neurotic mother, Helen. Cameron is not thrilled by these surprise guests, and to add to his chagrin, the dinner menu is a list of food to which he is allergic. After an unenthusiastic introduction, Natalie convinces Cameron to leave the dinner party and celebrate with her. As his family awaits his return, Cameron begins the journey toward recreating his life and embracing manhood." Performances take place in the Robert G. Reim Theatre of the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road. For more information, call 314-821-9956 or visit ktg-onstage.org.

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