Now including both on-line and live events during the pandemic.
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The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Class
Reunions Can Be Murder through October 31st at the
Mansion, 4426 Randall Place. For more information: www.bissellmansiontheatre.com
The Blue Strawberry presents Dean Christopher's
Pack: Everybody Loves Somebody Some Time Friday
September 24th at
7:30 pm. “In Blue Strawberry's opinion, there is no better or
funnier Dean Martin impressionist on earth than Dean Christopher, no
one better at mixing it up with his audience, and no one with more
affection or admiration for Dino. Cabaret? Theater piece? Vegas
act? You decide as you journey through the music and humor of
one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century - Dean
Martin. Brought to life by award winning actor, singer, and
impressionist Dean Christopher, featuring Joe Dreyer at the piano.”
The Blue Strawberry on North Boyle requires proof of vaccination and
masking as part of its COVID careful environment. For more
Circus Harmony in St. Louis and Circus Circuli in
Stuttgart, St. Louis's German sister city, present Sister
City Circus, on Circus Harmony’s YouTube page.
"Through a series of online meetings, workshops, and classes the two
troupes created 6 different circus acts and then filmed them at
iconic architectural locations in each of their cities." This and
many other Circus Harmony videos are available at the
Harmony YouTube channel.
ERA Theatre presents the radio play SHE by
Nancy Bell with music by Joe Taylor and Lyrics by Nancy Bell via
on-demand streaming "SHE controls the radio station of the
fascist regime in power. SHE's also the star of the broadcast. Her
recording studio abounds with music and oysters. But in the nearby
government camps full of misfits and would-be revolutionaries, only
torture and starvation is thick on the ground. Tonight, however,
SHE's realm feels different. The bombs sound closer. Time moves
faster. But SHE will finish her radio show, and it will be her
finest. If executing every number in the broadcast means some people
need to die, so be it; it is a small sacrifice. The citizens need
her and she will not let them down." SHE is available for digital
purchase via bandcamp at eratheatre.bandcamp.com.
For more information: www.eratheatre.org
First Run Theatre presents Spectrum 2021: A Festival
of Short Plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at
2 pm, September 24 through October 3. "An evening of ten-minute
plays is a rarity, and an evening of eight world premieres is rarer
still, but that that is what First Run Theatre is offering this
Fall. Throughout the year playwrights in the Midwest of the USA
submit their best short work to FRT, who select the best of the best
to produce. A talented writer can write a beginning a middle
and an end, a plot and memorable characters into a ten-page gem. You
are invited to come and see for yourself." Performances take place
at Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, 517 Theatre Lane, Webster
Groves, MO. For more information: firstruntheatre.org.
The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Jest
Mysteries present The Haunted Hunter through
through October 30th. "The rumors are true... this place is
haunted! And the word on the street is The Lemp Mansion’s most
famous ghost is going to make an appearance tonight! Lots of
famous sleuths, detectives and ghost hunters from around the world
will be here to catch a glimpse of our resident apparition.
But some seem to have more than just a passing interest in this
paranormal investigation, could it be that they have something more
sinister on their mind? Gee! If someone gets whacked, we’ll
have plenty of detectives to solve this Halloween whodunnit, won’t
we? " The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For
more information: www.lempmansion.co
Looking Glass Playhouse presents the musical Rock of
Ages September 23 through October 3. “Rock of Ages is a
jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s,
especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade. The
musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar,
Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, among other
well-known rock bands.” Performances take place at 301 West St.
Louis Street in Lebanon, IL. For more information: lookingglassplayhouse.com.
Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents all six productions of
its 2021 festival season, including I Dream a World, the
special Juneteenth concert at the Missouri History Museum. streaming
on demand through September 30th. Video streams are available on an
individual or full season basis. For more information: opera-stl.org.
Prison Performing Arts presents Elsinore by David Nonemaker
and Eric Satterfield, Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 pm,
September 24-26. “Years before Hamlet uttered, ‘To be or not to be,’
things were not yet rotten in the State of Denmark. In Elsinore, an
inspired prequel to Shakespeare's classic, both family and kingdom
are poisoned by power, lust, envy, betrayal, and murder.
Elsinore imagines the years before Hamlet avenges his fathers'
murder - allowing us to experience the precise moment before Hamlet
begins - so we empathize even more how the noble prince is made
distraught and melancholy by his father’s death and fueled to avenge
Claudius' marriage to his mother and succession to the throne.”
Performances take place at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive. For
more information: www.prisonperformingarts.org.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Dreaming
Zenzile through October 3rd. “At her final concert,
South African musical legend and activist Miriam Makeba delivers the
performance of her life, raising the conscience and the
consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are
calling—transporting her through the music and fractured memories of
her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and
performed by Grammy-nominated international music sensation Somi
Kakoma, this world-premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a
revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.” Performances take
place on the Emerson Main Stage at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the
Webster University campus. For more information: www.repstl.org
The St. Louis Black Repertory Company opens its 45th
Anniversary Season with Sweat by Lynn Nottage through
September 26th. “As timely as ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner
addresses the complexities of race, class and friendship at a
pivotal moment in America. This deeply heartfelt drama is crafted
with generous humor and tells the story of a group of co-workers who
find friendship working together on a factory floor. When layoffs
and picket lines enter the picture, these friends must decide if
they should look out for each other — or prioritize themselves.”
Performances take place at the Edison Theatre on the Washington
University campus. For more information: www.theblackrep.org
Photo by Patrick Huber
The St. Louis Actors’ Studio presents the one-act plays Zoo
Story by Edward Albee and The Dumbwaiter
by Harold Pinter Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm,
September 24 through October 3. Performances take place at The
Gaslight Theater on North Boyle in the Central West End. For more
The St. Louis Writers' Group presents the third and final
installment of its Festival of One-Act Plays on
Tuesday, September 21, at 6:30 pm. The plays are The Girl with
the Terry Wall Tattoo by Terry Wall, Brick by David
Hawley, Angel by Aahron Young, Five Minutes
by David Hawley, Downer’s Grove by CJ Zander, and Pirouette
by Mario Farewell. The readings take place upstairs at Big Daddy's,
1000 Sidney in Soulard and will also be available via Zoom.
For more information, visit the St. Louis Writers' Group Facebook page.
SATE, in collaboration with COCA and Prison
Performing Arts, presents Project Verse: Creativity in
the Time of Quarantine. Project Verse presents two new
plays: Quatrains in Quarantine by e.k. doolin and Dream
Girl: Reflections in Quarantine by Maxine du
Maine. The performances are streamed free of charge on SATE’s website and
For more information: slightlyoff.org.
SATE also offers streaming performances of the shows
originally scheduled for live 2020 productions: The Mary
Shelley Monster Show, As You Like It
(produced for SHAKE20, Project Verse, and Classic
Game. The shows are available on their YouTube channel.
Stages St. Louis presents the musical Jersey Boys
opening on Friday, September 24, at 8 pm and running through October
24. ‘Take an exhilarating journey into the music of the cultural
phenomenon’s Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, with JERSEY BOYS,
the Tony Award-winning Best Musical! Featuring 30 show stopping
performances of the 60s hits that took the group all the way to the
top of the charts, including: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,”
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Dawn,” and “My Eyes Adored You,”
JERSEY BOYS will have you dancing in the aisles and shouting for
more!’ Performances take place at The Ross Family Theatre at the
Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. For more information: stagesstlouis.org.
The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents
the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival Friday at 7 pm
and Saturday at 2 and 7 pm, September 24 and 25. “This year three
aspiring playwrights will take part in a two-week workshop to
develop their plays from the page to the stage. Guest dramaturg,
Liza Birkenmeier AB '08, a recent playwright-in-residence at New
York talent hub Ars Nova will mentor the writers during the
workshop, supported by faculty directors and PAD actors. We
invite you to become a part of the playwriting process at the
script-in-hand staged reading of each play. After each
presentation there will be a post-show discussion with the
playwright and guest dramaturg in which you, the audience, are an
integral part of the process and an ongoing participant in the
development of each play.” The readings take place at the A.E.
Hotchner Studio Theatre on the Washington University Campus. For
more information: pad.wustl.edu.
West End Players Guild presents Steven Dietz's Bloomsday
Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, September 23rd
through 26th. “Set in James Joyce’s Dublin, the play takes place 35
years ago, and also on one day last June. Robert, a
55-year-old American college professor, has spent an academic career
studying and teaching Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses. His
interest in the novel dates from one magical day when he was twenty
and he met Caithleen, a 20-year-old tour guide for the James Joyce’s
Dublin walking tour. Caithleen won young Robbie’s heart that
day and he very nearly took her away to America, but in the end it
was not to be. Robert has returned to Dublin for a reunion with
Caithleen, now known as Cait. But when he arrives for his
planned rendezvous with Cait, it is Caithleen he finds instead,
having somehow traveled back through the years to that day of their
first and only meeting. Caithleen, Cait, Robert and Robbie do
a slow dance back and forth through time, reliving younger days,
imagining what might have been and wondering if it still might be.”
West End Players Guild this season will employ touchless ticketing,
socially-distanced seating and indoor masking of all patrons and
front-of-house staff and volunteers. Performances take place at the
Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union in the Central West End.
For more information: westendplayers.org.
Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out
Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the
searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
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