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Trish Muyco-Tobin photo by Sarah Crowder; makeup by Amy Koehler; hair by Ren Binder of Renditions Salon. Shot on location at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

There’s nothing more exciting than live theatre. And in the summer months, our local theatre scene is bustling. This week, for instance, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the much-anticipated Tony Award-winning revival of this American masterpiece, took to the Muny stage.

And on opening night, you might event bill the performance as live, interactive theatre. Despite a half-hour long delay due to a passing thunderstorm, the thousands in the audience stayed put in anticipation of the distinctive bluesy, bittersweet sway of a Gershwin overture, going through the heartbreak of a lost love, and experiencing the fear of an impending force of nature. During the hurricane scene in Act II, as the actor portraying Jake hints at the approaching storm, he was gazing across the St. Louis sky, which was streaked by lightning in the distance. What would have been a tense, suspenseful moment turned into one of amusement, as the audience was in on the ‘joke.’ It truly was live theatre at its finest!

Well, that’s my two cents… For a more seasoned assessment from our theater authority, Mark Bretz, turn to p. 48.