Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Tony Award-winning play exposes the tormented mind of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
When the lights go up on the opening show of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' 2011-12 season, a man surrounded by paintings will be revealed. The paintings are giant, measuring about 8 feet by 9 feet. The man is a giant too, figuratively speaking. He is the master painter of abstract expressionism, Mark Rothko. Red, by John Logan, takes place entirely in Rothko's studio at the height of his fame as he works on a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York's new Seagram Building. Directed by Steven Woolf, the play delves into the mind of Rothko—played by Brian Dykstra—as questions from his new young assistant (Matthew Carlson) force him to examine his inner motives for creating art and his place among the great artists. …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Professional staff will help bring fifth-grade plays to life at the 15th Annual WiseWrite Young Playwrights Festival Friday.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will present the 15th Annual WiseWrite Young Playwrights Festival with the help of professional directors, actors, lighting, sound and technical staff. Several short plays will be presented during the festival, but what makes this festival stand out from others is that the playwrights are fifth-graders. The WiseWrite program is a collaborative effort by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Springboard—providers of creative programs and learning opportunities for students in the St. Louis region and beyond. The program—now in its 15th year—has been a collaborative effort between the Rep and Springboard since its inception. “We couldn't do it without them,” said Marsha Coplon, director of educational programs…
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Once a week, Patch presents a list of five opportunities to save some cash.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch wants to help you kick off April right with another selection of great discounts from businesses in the area. Each week, our Frugal Family column publishes a variety of opportunities for savings to keep your checking account out of the red. And as the weather heats up, so do the deals. This edition even includes two totally free events. 1. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in Webster Groves See a collection of plays written by area fifth graders brought to life by local artists this Friday at 10:30 a.m. Deal: Admission is free and open to the public. Good Through: April 8 2. Rohan Woods School in Kirkwood Develop pre-literacy skills in your young ones from 18 months to five years with a 45-minute story time …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
'The Room Next Door or The Vibrator Play' takes place in the Victorian era, when female desire was called hysteria.
Live theater holds up a mirror to ourselves. The mirror can reflect who we are or where we are going. It can also reflect who we were, where we came from and the path we took to get to where we are today. In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, playing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis March 9-27, is the latter. The comedy harkens back to the Victorian period, arguably the most prudish time in European and American history. The story focuses on Dr. Givings and his invention of the vibrator, not meant as a pleasure device but as a cure for a female condition known as hysteria. A strong theme in the play is the Victorian ignorance of female sexuality. The device works, of course. It must as Sabrina, a patient, keeps …
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Shakespeare's shortest tragedy is long on talent and big on entertainment.
There are many superstitions in theater, but no play is more steeped in mystery than Shakespeare's “Macbeth.” The bad mojo comes with the play regardless, but saying Macbeth in the theatre is doubly bad, and so it is referred to not by name, but as the Scottish play. Real events have occurred during productions of the play that feed the superstition, everything from an actual murder on stage to audience riots in which people were killed. Add to that belief that the witches incantation in the play is partially real, and you get the stuff that legends are made of. These days the curse is not taken so seriously, but it's still observed more as preservation of theatre lore and custom rather than actual superstition. The supposed curse was held…
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jerry Vogel was raised in Webster and is nominated for a Kevin Kline award.
When the lights go up on Macbeth at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, taking the stage as Duncan will be Jerry Vogel, who grew up in Webster Groves beginning when he was 10 years old. In addition to performing at numerous local and national theaters, he's now been nominated for his first Kevin Kline Award for Best Supporting Actor. The awards recognizes outstanding achievement in Professional Theatre in the Greater St. Louis Area. Vogel attended Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School, and from there followed a curious road to the stage at the Loretto Hilton, a road not necessarily paved with yellow brick. While attending De Smet Jesuit high school, Vogel began acting in school plays and continued to do so when he began attending …
Monday, January 24, 2011
Fontaine Syer gives a nuanced performance at the Rep in Joan Didion's memoir.
“It will happen to you,” Joan tells us in the opening monologue of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” the one-woman show based on Joan Didion's novel of the same name at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through Feb. 30. The play describes the state of being—part reality, part unrealistic expectation—Didon felt after her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, fell over dead at the dinner table after returning from the hospital to visit their daughter, Quintana, who lay in a coma from septic shock. Joan, played with consummate skill by St. Louis favorite, Fontaine Syer—enters a state where on the one hand she knows her husband is gone, and on the other expects him to come back at any moment. For that reason, she can't bring herself to throw away…
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
“The Fall From Heaven” examines the wages of sin.
If you found yourself standing at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter condemned you to hell, would you go? That is exactly what happens to Tempest Landry in St. Louis Repertory's production of “Fall from Heaven” by Walter Mosley, Jan. 7-30. Mosley, prolific writer of science fiction, children's books, essays, and the “Easy Rawlin's” detective series, creates an interesting premise in the play. Mortals must willingly accept their fate, otherwise Heaven will come crashing down and Satan will reign. As the play opens, Tempest (Bryan Terrell Clark) stands on a busy Harlem street juggling two phone conversations—one from his wife and one from his girlfriend—when he is gunned down by cops in a case of mistaken identity. Next stop, the Pearly Gates. …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Theater veteran stars in Joan Didion's, 'The Year of Magical Thinking.'
On the evening of Dec. 30, 2003, Joan Didion and her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, returned from visiting their only daughter languishing in a coma in the hospital. Over dinner, Dunne slumped in his chair, suddenly dead of a heart attack. For the following year, Didion lived in a state in which she "seemed to have crossed one of those legendary rivers that divide the living from the dead, entered a place in which I could be seen only by those who were themselves recently bereaved," Didion says in her 2005 book "The Year of Magical Thinking." That period became the subject of her novel and subsequent Broadway play, "The Year of Magical Thinking," which won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and will be presented at …