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Story: It\u2019s a hot summer day in Washington Heights, a Latino barrio in New York City. Usnavi opens his bodega for business and the regulars stream in for their coffee, lattes and other drinks. While Usnavi\u2019s cousin Sonny tells him about his latest entrepreneurial dream, neighbors Kevin and Camila are contemplating a loan to keep their taxi business afloat.

Their daughter Nina has recently returned from her first year at Stanford, where she had received a scholarship. Camila and Kevin are very proud of Nina, as is the entire neighborhood, who view her as a success and likely to move beyond their barrio.

Nina has distressing news, though: She had to work two jobs to pay for expenses beyond tuition and thus could not keep up with her studies. She has lost her scholarship and decided not to return to Stanford. Adding to her stress level is her mutually romantic interest in Benny, her father\u2019s non-Spanish-speaking assistant, as she knows Kevin won\u2019t approve of their relationship.

Others in the barrio include kindly Abuela Claudia, the \u201cgrandmother\u201d to many and one who secretly has purchased a winning $96,000 lottery ticket from Usnavi. There\u2019s also beautiful Vanessa, who yearns to leave the home of her alcoholic mother for her own apartment and is fond of Usnavi; Daniela, who owns the beauty salon where she and employee Carla keep their customers up to date on local gossip; Graffiti Pete, a local struggling artist; and Piraguero, who competes with Mister Softee for the barrio\u2019s frozen treats business.

Claudia tells Usnavi that she\u2019d like to share her winnings with him to enable him to move back to the Dominican Republic, which he left with his late parents as a young child. Following a power outage and subsequent vandalism of his bodega, Usnavi decides it\u2019s time to close his shop and move.

His friends want him to stay, however, and help keep their neighborhood alive and moving forward. Vanessa doesn\u2019t want him to go, either. What will his heart tell him to do?

Highlights: R-S Theatrics has moved into its new home at .ZACK Incubator in Grand Center with a triumphant bang, playing to already sold-out houses with its faithful interpretation of Lin-Manuel Miranda\u2019s smash hit musical about the vibrant life in the Latino sector of New York City.

Other Info: R-S Theatrics\u2019 artistic director Christina Rios has put together a cast comprised primarily of Latino talent from throughout the St. Louis area for a production that, while not perfect, is engaging and enjoyable as it taps into Miranda\u2019s buoyant optimism and infectious musical gifts.

In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, ran for nearly three years on Broadway, closing in 2011 after more than 1,200 performances. It received 13 Tony Award nominations in 2008 and won four, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography, and also was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda surpassed all of that a few years later with his mega-hit, Hamilton.

The R-S production is led by standout performances by Natasha Toro as Vanessa and Cassandra Lopez as Nina. Each has a stunning voice which quickly delivers the beauty and power in two early tunes, Breathe featuring Lopez and the ensemble, followed shortly after by Toro, Jesse Munoz as Usnavi and Kevin Corpuz as Sonny singing the number, It Won\u2019t Be Long Now.

Considering the relative paucity of space on the ZACK stage, choreographer Cecily King does an excellent job in moving the large ensemble nimbly on such pieces as the rousing opening and title number or the lively 96,000, a reaction to Usnavi\u2019s news about the sale of a winning lottery ticket. The dancing is uplifting and invigorating.

Rios does well eliciting strong performances from many of her players, although the media night presentation was marred by abrupt, fitful pauses between scenes which frequently stifled momentum, resulting at times in an erratic, choppy pace.

Another fundamental problem was the ratcheted-up volume by the band under the musical direction of Leah Luciano, which frequently drowned out the voices of the singers to an annoying degree. Hopefully this issue and the pacing have been adjusted for later performances.

Munoz is strong and convincing as the central character Usnavi, the \u2018glue\u2019 of the barrio. Marshall Jennings displays his own fine voice as the ambitious Benny, pairing smoothly with Lopez on the number When You\u2019re Home. Carmen Garcia fits the role of Abuela Claudia like a well-worn glove, while Kelvin Urday delights the audience as the ice-cream vendor and strolling troubadour Piraguero.

Anna Skidis Vargas is entertaining as the effervescent Daniela and Gabriela Diaz is a delight as Daniela\u2019s slow-on-the-uptake assistant Carla. Jaime Zayas and Maritza Motta-Gonzalez nicely portray Nina\u2019s loving but iron-willed father and his faithful but independent wife Camila, who reminds him that their business is as much hers as his.

Kevin Corpuz is humorous as the fast-talking Sonny and Karl Hawkins capably plays Graffiti Pete. In a dream sequence, Cecily King portrays Claudia\u2019s mother, Alora Marguerite is young Claudia and Isabel Garcia is teen Claudia.

The talented ensemble shrewdly guided by Rios includes Mara Bollini, Antonio Daniels-Braziel, Melissa Felps, Evan Fornachon, Chris Kernan, Grace Langford and Sara Rae Womack. The tightly-knit band led by conductor and keyboardist Luciano features keyboardist Nick Moramarco, trumpeter Ron Foster, J.D. Tolman on reeds, drummer Mike Hansen, percussionist Peter Gunn, guitarist D. Mike Bauer, Devin Lowe on bass and trombonist Kayla Nogle.

Sarah Porter\u2019s costumes capture the mood and the styles of \u201cThe Heights,\u201d with a useful scenic design courtesy of Keller Ryan, Nathan Schroeder\u2019s lighting and Mark Kelley\u2019s sound. Bryan Pease\u2019s graffiti art is prominently displayed as well.

Audience reception to R-S Theatrics\u2019 production of In the Heights is doubtless greatly satisfying to director Rios and her colleagues. For the most part, cast and crew make for a pleasing and captivating evening which showcases local Latino talent as well as the universality of what it means to be a \u2018neighborhood.\u2019

Musical: In the Heights

Company: R-S Theatrics

Venue: .ZACK Incubator, 3224 Locust Street

Dates: August 24-27, September 1-3

Tickets: $15-$25; contact 252-8812. NOTE: Entire run is sold out. R-S Theatrics recommends arriving at 7 p.m. (one hour before show time) to put your name on a waiting list for that evening\u2019s performance.

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of R-S Theatrics

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Story: Hansel and Gretel, children of an impoverished broom-maker and his wife, drift away from their chores as they play while temporarily forgetting about their hunger. When their mother Gertrude returns home she is angry to find them wasting time and, while swinging a broom at them, accidentally breaks a jug holding the only milk they had.

She sends them into a nearby forest to pick strawberries for dinner. When her husband Peter arrives back home, she is annoyed at his tipsy behavior until he reveals that he has sold all his brooms at a tidy profit, enabling him to buy much-needed provisions for his family.

When he asks about the children, Gertrude replies that she sent them into the forest to pick berries. Alarmed, Peter tells Gertrude about the \u201cNibbling Witch\u201d who lives there and captures children, turning them into gingerbread cakes before consuming them. Mother and father hurry into the words in search of the kids.

Meanwhile, Hansel and Gretel lose track of time, eat all of the berries they\u2019ve picked and fall asleep. When they awake the next morning they see a house made of candy near by. Soon they are approached by the witch who lives there, in the disguise of a \u201cfriendly\u201d woman. She entices them toward her, casts a magic spell on them and prepares to fatten them for her own feast.

The kids quickly think of a way to save themselves, however, pushing the witch into her own oven. They free a number of other children who are frozen in place as gingerbread treats just before their parents find them, and happily are reunited.

Highlights: Union Avenue Opera concludes its 2017 season with a presentation of this appropriately trifling little aural treat designed to please both children and adults.

Other Info: Hansel und Gretel, with music by Engelbert Humperdinck and a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette, received its premiere in Weimar, Germany in 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss, followed a year later by a performance in Hamburg under the musical direction of Gustav Mahler.

Wette based her words on the familiar fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, and doubtless those original audiences were well aware of the fabled story. In our post-Freudian era, much can be debated about the underlying themes in Hansel und Gretel. The current production at Union Avenue Opera, however, sticks to the main frame of the story like the lollipop shingles licked by the title characters off the witch\u2019s flavorful if dangerous abode.

There isn\u2019t a whole lot to this opera except for the music, which is easy on the ears and given an enjoyable reading by conductor Kostis Protopapas and the proficient Union Avenue Orchestra. The lengthy overture and entr\u2019acte are as beautiful and enticing as that candy-coated shack in the forest.

Stage director Karen Coe Miller elicits several fine singing performances by her engaging cast, which is all female save for Jacob Lassetter in the role of Peter. Lassetter makes his UAO debut along with Meghan Kasanders as Gertrude and Julie Tabash Kelsheimer in the role of Gretel.

Each of them, as well as Emma Sorenson as Hansel and Melissa Bonetti as the Witch, make their way appealingly through the brief operatic pieces composed by Humperdinck for singing this very familiar story. It\u2019s further dressed up with the appearance of Sandman, the \u201cSleep Fairy,\u201d who lulls the children into slumber near the close of Act I, and Dewman, the \u201cDew Fairy,\u201d who awakens them the next morning. There also are 14 angels (the same number of eggs given by Father to Mother), who protect the kids as they sleep.

Scenic designer Cameron Tesson does a nice job assembling the deliberately elementary, cartoonish set, which is awash in a rainbow of colorful confections arranged on the Witch\u2019s house. Joseph Clapper\u2019s lighting accentuates the various times of day as well as the conflagration in the Witch\u2019s oven , while Teresa Doggett\u2019s costumes seem a natural fit for Germany in centuries past. Properties master Laura Skroska adds amusing touches, including the Witch\u2019s magic wand.

Emily Moses and Gina Malone contribute effectively in the minor roles of the Sandman and Dewman, respectively. Miller keeps the pace moving merrily along and, even with intermission, it\u2019s all wrapped up in a little more than two hours.

As an extra special treat, Union Avenue Opera is presenting free performances of a 45-minute children\u2019s version of Hansel and Gretel at 10 a.m. on August 23, 24 and 25 (reservations required) and August 26 (no reservations necessary). That\u2019s a delicious little dessert audience members can savor as a mid-morning delight.

Opera: Hansel und Gretel

Company: Union Avenue Opera

Venue: Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 North Union Blvd.

Dates: August 25, 26 (August 23-26 for free, shortened version)

Tickets: $30 to $55; contact 361-2881 or unionavenueopera.org

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of John Lamb

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An ongoing Saint Louis Science Center exhibition should enthrall everyone with mummy issues \u2013 no ifs, ands or Tuts about it!

\u201cAt the end of the Amarna Period, the child Tutankhamun accedes to the throne, and Egypt returns to its traditional religion,\u201d states a plaque on the azure third panel of a timeline now on display inside the Saint Louis Science Center. \u201cAfter Tutankhamun\u2019s early death, his successors Ay and Horemheb carry on the reforms.\u201d

Now, under other circumstances, that two-sentence paragraph could\u2019ve defined an embarrassingly brief exhibition at the local landmark. Instead, \u201cThe Discovery of King Tut,\u201d the exhibition in question, sprawls through a truly pharaonic area there \u2013 12,000 square feet, according to a news release \u2013 and features replicas of more than 1,000 antiquities, at least one of which looms as large as a modern minivan.

\u201cThe Discovery of King Tut,\u201d which opened on May 27, runs through next Jan. 7 and focuses on Tutankhamun, the pharaoh who ruled, roughly, from the age of 8 to 18 (give or take, from 1332 to 1323 B.C.), during the ancient Egyptian era dubbed the New Kingdom.

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Following a trend increasingly prevalent in \u201cliving museums\u201d and similar institutions, the exhibition, at its entrance, incorporates an individual audio device that resembles a keypad-controlled digital thermometer.

For the casual Egyptologist, moreover, that Bluetoothy docent may well inflict the proverbial short, sharp shock almost at once. More specifically, despite the standard pronunciation of \u201cKing Tut\u201d \u2013 with the second word, the truncation, rhyming with but \u2013 the first syllable of the full form of the boy pharaoh\u2019s name actually rhymes with boot. Whodathunkit?

Similarly, a spot of research suggests that Tutankhamun hasn\u2019t always enjoyed the stellar media profile he nowadays boasts, which, as \u201cThe Discovery of King Tut\u201d establishes, involves ancient curses, mummies, sarcophagi, sacred cobras and strange deities like canid-headed Anubis, the Egyptian overlord of the underworld.

That is, Our Oriental Heritage, the first volume of Will (and, later, Ariel) Durant\u2019s de rigueur 11-volume Story of Civilization series, mentions the boy pharaoh a mere four times. The fourth and only substantive mention states with offhand causticity that Tutankhamun \u201creigned without distinction; the world would hardly have heard of him had not unprecedented treasures been found in his grave.\u201d

All things considered, then, the kid\u2019s done all right. Still, probably for a boffo finish, the treasures Durant cites \u2013 well, stunning simulacra of them, anyway \u2013 remain generally underrepresented till the third and last of the stages in the center\u2019s exhibition.

The first stage, the timeline room, adroitly lays the foundations of British artist-turned-archaeologist Howard Carter\u2019s search for Tutankhamun\u2019s final resting place in Upper Egypt\u2019s Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile opposite the city of Luxor (previously Thebes).

After five-plus years of fruitless searching \u2013 just as financing for his efforts was tightening from the British Lord Carnarvon (formally \u201cGeorge Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon\u201d) \u2013 Carter at last discovered the first steps to the entrance to that resting place.

That discovery came on Nov. 4, 1922, as the exhibition\u2019s timeline notes. Prior to that, although it had suffered some preliminary but minor disturbances from tomb robbers, the burial chamber had lain undisturbed for more than three millennia.

According to the exhibition\u2019s timeline, the grandeur and exotic allure of Carter\u2019s discovery sparked a firestorm of popular attention through the years and even the decades.

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In the 1920s, in particular, Tutmania (to coin a phrase) in the form of the \u201cstyle of the Nile\u201d swept film and the other visual arts, having a particular impact on the original practitioners of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Thereafter, of course, a global tour of Tutankhamun\u2019s treasures in the \u201970s fired a resurgence of that mania, especially in the U.S.

As the second stage of the center\u2019s exhibition \u2013 mostly an entr\u2019acte, in all frankness \u2013 it incorporates a video lasting perhaps 10 minutes. The video unfolds in a small, makeshift cinema at the center and involves not only brief dramatizations of Carter\u2019s life and life\u2019s work but also vintage footage of him and Lord Carnarvon.

Then comes the exhibition\u2019s third stage, a component both figuratively and literally monumental. In it, visitors wend through multiple black-partitioned chambers in a properly funereal space to explore the arcana of Tutankhamun\u2019s final resting place.

By way of example, the exhibition explains, the burial chamber involved shrines within shrines and coffins within coffins \u2013 like a grand precursor to Russian matryoshka \u201cnesting\u201d dolls \u2013 each more magnificent that its predecessor. (The third of Tutankhamun\u2019s three coffins, for example? A cool 242 pounds of solid gold.)

Other displays in the third stage explain mummification, do likewise for canopic jars (which contained Tutankhamun\u2019s organs for re-use in the afterlife), spotlight statuettes of the Egyptian pantheon, showcase a gilded chariot and present an intriguing makeup box bearing an ankh, the Egyptian cruciform icon with a circular apex, which, the exhibition notes, signified both \u201clife\u201d and, curiously enough, \u201cmirror.\u201d

All in all, an inquisitive visitor to the exhibition could pass the better part of a day exploring just that third stage \u2013 an undeniable wonderwork.

In its entirety, the exhibition may well inspire a shiver of delight, as well as something more, something less easily definable. As early in \u201cThe Discovery of King Tut\u201d as the third timeline panel mentioned previously, a photograph of Tutankhamun\u2019s funerary mask \u2013 an almost unimaginably lovely aureate-and-jet artifact with emerald and ruby accents \u2013 gazes through cool kohl-rimmed eyes at visitors, rather a sobering experience.

In returning that gaze, such visitors traverse not merely decades and centuries but millennia, to a time, in this mayfly age, all but beyond time.

Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314-289-4400, slsc.org

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Lola at the Library

Library visits can be magic for kids and adults alike. Where else can you go, after all, for such fun, facts and fantasy?

In that light, parents, have you ever picked a book you simply knew your child would enjoy, only to earn a \u201cmeh\u201d? You may have goofed in choosing something that pleased your own sensibilities, not his or hers. To avoid making that mistake, let your child browse on his or her own, as a potential first foray into guided independence.

Library visits let kids learn important lessons about making choices \u2013 and what kid doesn\u2019t want to feel in control? They also teach lessons in trust (checking out books, caring for them and returning them on time), in respect and appropriate behavior (observing rules so everyone enjoys library time and books go undamaged) and in sharing and patience (putting currently unavailable books on hold and waiting for them).

If regular library visits don\u2019t fit your schedule, though, introduce the idea through children\u2019s books like Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw (whose work looks especially vibrant and inviting, with all scenes shown from a child\u2019s perspective).

McQuinn and Beardshaw\u2019s book delightfully depicts the titular toddler\u2019s excitement over a weekly trip to the library with her mom. In it, Lola prepares for the trip by filling her backpack with her library card and books to return, before meeting other kids and families who are visiting the library for story time. Lola\u2019s trip culminates in a post-library stop at the coffee shop for a special treat.

Otherwise, for a child with a contrary streak, try Beatrice Doesn\u2019t Want To by Laura Numeroff and illustrator Lynn Munsinger.

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Beatrice, a persnickety pup, professes to dislike books, reading and the library. Unfortunately for her, Beatrice\u2019s brother, Henry, is babysitting her \u2013 and he needs to research a school project at the library. So Beatrice spends most of her time there annoying Henry as he tries to study.

On their third tandem visit, though, Henry takes Beatrice to story time, where she meets other kids and finds herself absorbed in a book read enticingly by a librarian. When it comes time to leave, Beatrice has become so engaged in perusing the book independently that Henry has to drag her from the library.

Numeroff captures Beatrice\u2019s petulance perfectly \u2013 so much so, in fact, that parents and even older children may well relate to Henry\u2019s dilemma of dealing with a temperamental tot. Also, Munsinger\u2019s illustrations convey the critter-kid characters\u2019 personalities in warm, colorful and often funny ways.

As a result, children should enjoy poring over the pictures in Beatrice Doesn\u2019t Want To, noticing the many details that invite repeated explorations of the story, and all kids who have enjoyed being read to should recall the pleasures of discovering exciting new stories that touch their hearts.

At Ready Readers, we know that “Kids Who Read Succeed!” If you enjoy reading and sharing the magic of books, please consider reading aloud to a classroom of preschool children in an underserved area of our community as a Ready Readers volunteer. To learn more, visit our website: readyreaders.org.

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When the St Lou Fringe Festival premiered in 2012, under the auspices of founder Em Piro and others, its website at the time stated the festival sought to base itself on \u201can internationally successful model of connecting cutting-edge performing arts with accessible, affordable performances for audiences.\u201d

Now in its sixth year (its second under executive director Matthew R. Kerns), the festival will feature 97 shows offered by 27 producers from Aug. 18 to 27. A news release from the festival states those productions span \u201ccountless genres, including dance, theater, puppetry, solo shows, improv, comedy and more.\u201d

Performances will take place at six locations in Grand Center: Duet, 3526 Washington Ave.; Kranzberg Arts Center\u2019s Black Box Theater, 501 N. Grand Blvd.; Kranzberg Arts Center\u2019s Studio, 501 N. Grand Blvd.; Kranzberg Arts Center\u2019s gallery, 501 N. Grand Blvd.; Strauss Park, 3534 Washington Ave.; and the Schlafly Mainstage at Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square.

This year\u2019s edition features three headline acts on the newly renovated Schlafly Mainstage, with tickets for each show running $25 apiece. The local headliner will be \u201can eclectic and immersive adaptation of Snow White\u201d by Equally Represented Arts (ERA), under the direction of artistic director Lucy Cashion. The late-night headliner will feature contemporary jazz movements by Ashleyliane Dance Company, while the national headliner will be A Song for Vanya \u2013 a musical adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov\u2019s classic Uncle Vanya; the musical, making its national debut, will be produced by the festival with a cast of local performers.

Tickets for individual shows can be purchased online at metrotix.com, at The Fabulous Fox Theatre box office at 314-534-1111 or at the festival’s box office, which will occupy the Grandel during the festival. Prices range from $15 for some individual shows, up to $150 for a pass to all productions.

Free family programming is scheduled for Strauss Park on Saturday, Aug. 19. The day will feature interactive stations, a tiny totem parade and food trucks surrounding the park. Laura Gibbons will host the day\u2019s activities, which will include performances by On the FLY Productions, School of Rock, Korvina Belly Dancing, Debut Theatre Company, Beyond Measure Dance, Mistory, ACTivist Project from the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Renaissance Festival.

Local productions in this year\u2019s festival include the following:

On the Exhale.\u2002A solo performance by Elizabeth Ann Townsend, receiving its regional premiere, about a college professor who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a weapon used to commit a senseless crime, which changes her life forever; directed by Seth Gordon, associate artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Snow White.\u2002ERA\u2019s one-act avant-garde reflection on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, which also draws upon the Disney animated film and Donald Barthelme\u2019s 1967 postmodern novel of the same title.

The Buzzer.\u2002Good People Theatre Company\u2019s production about a young woman given the chance by an unseen spirit to alter three instances in her life with the click of a buzzer; written by artistic director Mollie Jeanette Amburgey.

The Everest Game.\u2002Science fantasy about an old-time rock \u2019n\u2019 roller\u2019s trip back in time to 1970 London to keep the Beatles from disbanding; stars The Midnight Company\u2019s artistic director, Joe Hanrahan, with Colleen Backer and the \u201cLiverpool Lads\u201d played by Alyssa Ward, Lex Ronan, Alicen Moser and Rachel Bailey.

A Song for Vanya.\u2002A musical written by Bret Martin, John Shillington and Robin Eschner; directed by Kerns.

Shakespeare\u2019s Women or The Bard\u2019s Broads.\u2002The idiosyncratic because why not? theatre co.\u2019s look at some of Shakespeare\u2019s so-called comedies like The Taming of the Shrew and how they portrayed women from a modern, feminist perspective; written by Shannon Geier and directed by Elaine Laws.

Liberals vs. Zombies vs. Conservatives.\u2002A musical comedy by Dan Viggers about clashing political opinions and a zombie apocalypse.

For more information about any of this year’s presentations, visit the St Lou Fringe Festival website at stlouisfringe.com, call 314-643-7853 or visit the festival’s Facebook page.

Event:\u2002St Lou Fringe Festival 2017

Groups:\u2002National, regional and local companies

Venues:\u2002Throughout Grand Center

Dates:\u2002August 18 to 27

Tickets: From $15 to $25; contact 314-534-1111 or visit metrotix.com

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A bit of the Caribbean came to midtown St. Louis in April with the opening of Patois Eatery & Social Lounge, launched by Chicago business partners Johnnie Franklin, Damian Williams and Maurice Madkins.

\u201cPatois is actually Jamaican slang for \u2018broken English,\u2019\u201d Franklin says. \u201cWhat we\u2019re offering is a unique eatery that features Caribbean and American fusion. It\u2019s a place where you can socialize, meet people, have good cocktails and food, and enjoy live entertainment as well.\u201d

The two-story space seats more than 150 and features a loungelike atmosphere conducive to live entertainment like live R&B and jazz on Saturdays. Apart from a few aesthetic additions, the space maintains a feel similar to that of its predecessor, The Rustic Goat.

\u201cI didn\u2019t want this to be a traditional stuffy, run-of-the-mill restaurant,\u201d Franklin says. \u201cI wanted it to be a little bit hip and somewhat social savvy \u2013 a contemporary vibe but comfortable.\u201d

Arthur Ramsey \u2013 who goes by \u201cChef Moses\u201d \u2013 heads up Patois\u2019 kitchen, cooking dishes such as the restaurant\u2019s signature jerk-chicken platter served with fries or cabbage. Jerk chicken is also available in tacos or atop a salad. Another highlight is fried chicken inspired by Harold\u2019s Chicken Shack in Chicago, seasoned with salt, pepper and mild sauce.

Additional offerings include Buffalo-battered shrimp, chicken wings, a wedge salad, a New York-style flatbread and a Philly cheesesteak flatbread with steak, grilled peppers, onions and mushrooms. Sides include cabbage, candied yams and mac \u2019n\u2019 cheese.

Behind the bar, general manager Crystal Burkley developed a list of more than a dozen fruit-tinged cocktails. Guest can choose from such options as rum punch or the Candyland with red berry C\u00eeroc vodka, Midori liqueur, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, lemonade and grenadine. Another selection, the Jamaican Cowboy, comes with coconut tequila, pineapple juice, peach, raspberry, sweet-and-sour mix and lime juice.

On Sundays, the restaurant\u2019s brunch buffet runs $24.99 per person and includes bacon, eggs, French toast, turkey sausage, jerk chicken, mac \u2019n\u2019 cheese, red beans and rice, cabbage, fried chicken, fruit, salad and more. Also, bottomless mimosas are available for $12.99.

Whether enjoying a bottomless mimosa or a simple but colorful meal, a visit to Patois Eatery & Social Lounge would perfectly complement attendance at the St Lou Fringe Festival.

Patois Eatery & Social Lounge, 2617 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-696-2606, patoisstl.com

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Story: Laura and Maria have been friends since childhood, but their relationship has been estranged for the last eight years. In that time, Maria has blossomed as a recognized artistic talent, while Laura has forged a career in modeling, albeit one not as successful as Maria\u2019s.

When Maria contacts Laura out of the blue she is thrilled that her old friend accepts her invitation. Upon arrival at Maria\u2019s home, however, Laura is distant and moody. Her passive-aggressive behavior indicates that she holds a grudge against Maria, although her explanations are murky.

What is clear is that in the interim Maria has married a man whom she says is good and kind to her although not exactly stimulating or exciting. Additionally, he doesn\u2019t handle her superior bread-winning abilities very well.

Maria asks Laura about the latter\u2019s former lover and seems to be interested in Laura\u2019s reply. As the two of them oscillate between love and petty jealousy it\u2019s apparent that neither has everything she wants, nor are they all that willing to congratulate each other for their current status. Will their friendship come to a crashing end, or will secrets be revealed that could damage them both? Or will their relationship be stronger than ever?

Highlights: Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble continues its 10th anniversary 'Season of Adaptation' with the St. Louis premiere of a one-act drama written by noted Spanish playwright Paloma Pedrero in an adaptation by Will Bonfiglio.

Other Info: To add a further twist to Pedrero\u2019s beguiling story, SATE\u2019s two performers, Ellie Schwetye and Rachel Tibbetts, have memorized the entire script for both characters. Before each performance, an audience member is randomly selected to flip a coin. At shows where the coin toss is \u2018heads,\u2019 Tibbetts portrays Maria and Schwetye plays Laura, as was the case on opening night. If the coin lands \u2018tails,\u2019 their roles are reversed.

This gimmick adds a layer of professional polish, showcasing the considerable abilities of its two players to learn and interpret both roles. Unfortunately, that\u2019s one of the highlights of The Color of August, which is edited by Miranda Jagels Felix, with translation and adaptation by the aforementioned Bonfiglio.

Pedrero\u2019s one-act story seems more like a soap opera than an engrossing drama. It has more than its share of emotions quizzically revealed, petulance explained after the fact and enough sexual tension to energize The Chapel venue without need of lighting.

What does enhance this presentation is Bess Moynihan\u2019s arresting scenic design, filled with intriguing, original artwork from Maggie Genovese and Anne Genovese which accentuates this tale of love, envy and remorse. The set\u2019s landscape also is covered with drapes, sculptures and other artistic artifacts which define Maria\u2019s purpose, as well as a working waterfall, all evocatively illuminated with Moynihan\u2019s lighting design.

Director Lucy Cashion adds a sound design which bolsters the behavior of the two characters, who oddly feed off each other in an attempt to satisfy their needs, not always successfully. Elizabeth Henning\u2019s costume design provides bohemian flair for Maria while cloaking Laura in mystery to effectively match their personalities.

Schwetye and Tibbetts are savvy performers as always, and it\u2019s captivating to watch how they reveal their respective characters as well as contemplating how they would reverse those parts on \u2018tails\u2019 nights. As it was at the opening show, Tibbetts reinforces Maria\u2019s dependence on and love for her long-absent friend, while Schwetye expertly portrays Laura\u2019s icy demeanor and flippant cruelty, emphasized in Pedrero\u2019s (slightly) surprise ending.

Cashion evinces convincing portrayals from both members of her cast, bringing out all the quirkiness in Pedrero\u2019s dialogue and situations, including a scene where they 'paint' each other. Still, Pedrero\u2019s character study ultimately remains unsatisfying in its exaggerated style as the playwright seeks to distinguish between Maria\u2019s desperation and Laura\u2019s thinly veiled contempt.

What\u2019s further in evidence is how The Color of August shrewdly plays into SATE\u2019s 10th anniversary theme of the \u201cSeason of Adaptation.\u201d Bonfiglio and Cashion doubtless have introduced scores of people among local audiences to the work of one of Spain\u2019s most highly regarded writers, one with a hefty catalogue of stories in her canon.

They honor SATE\u2019s year-long commitment to \u201cwhat it means to change something; to become relevant to a new or special application or situation by both adapting previously known works into stage adaptations and by exploring themes within scripted plays that deal with characters adapting to some kind of environment.\u201d

SATE does what it can to bring out the primary hues in The Color of August.

Play: The Color of August

Company: Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble

Venue: The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive

Dates: August 16, 17, 18, 19

Tickets: $15-$20, plus “Pay What You Can” on August 17; contact 827-5760, info@slightlyoff.org or brownpapertickets.com

Rating: A 3.5 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Joey Rumpell

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One of my favorite parts about summer is crafting seasonal cocktails. Generally, I gravitate toward elevated, complex drinks that are layered with a lot of flavor \u2013 but not a lot of sugar. These four cocktails are herbaceous, fruit- and vegetable-forward, not too sweet and not too sour, but just right.

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Fresh Heirloom Bloody Mary

Serves 1

Heirloom Bloody Mary Mix | Yields 4 cups

To Serve

Preparation \u2013 Heirloom Bloody Mary Mix

In a blender, blend tomatoes until smooth. Run through a fine sieve, reserving liquid and discarding pulp. Add water and stir. Add Old Bay Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, citrus juices, salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To Serve

Fill a glass with ice, add vodka and top with heirloom bloody mary mix. Add pepper to taste, and garnish with your personal favorites.

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Pineapple-Sage Shrub With Gin

Serves 1

Pineapple-Sage Shrub | Yields 2 cups

To Serve

Preparation \u2013 Pineapple-Sage Shrub

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring water and pineapple to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add sage leaves; muddle. Let mixture rest and cool for 5 minutes. Add honey and salt, and stir to dissolve.

Strain mixture, reserving liquid and discarding pineapple and sage pulp. Add apple cider vinegar, and stir to combine. Cool completely before use.

To Serve

Combine pineapple-sage shrub and gin over ice. Top with club soda.

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Basil Tom Collins

Serves 1

Basil Simple Syrup | Yields 1 cup

To Serve

Preparation \u2013 Basil Simple Syrup

In a blender, blend basil leaves and simple syrup until smooth. Run through a fine sieve, reserving liquid and discarding pulp.

To Serve

Fill a glass with ice. Add gin or vodka, basil simple syrup and club soda. Top with fresh lemon wedge.

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Modern Mai Tai With Hibiscus and Thyme

Serves 4

Preparation

Pour hot water into a mug, and steep hibiscus tea and thyme sprigs for 5 minutes. Strain and discard tea leaves and thyme. Allow tea to cool to room temperature, and add honey. Stir to dissolve and refrigerate until completely cool.

Fill four rocks glasses with ice. In each, pour 1 ounce hibiscus-thyme tea and 1\u00bd ounces dark rum. Top each with pineapple juice. Stir gently and garnish with pineapple slice, cherry and thyme sprig.

Sherrie Castellano is a former health coach turned food writer, photographer and pop-up chef based in St. Louis. A collection of Sherrie\u2019s recipes, stories and images can be found on her Saveur Blog Award-nominated website, With Food + Love. Sherrie is currently the marketing director for Midwest-based Big Heart Tea Co.

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As the seasons transition from late summer to fall next month, more than just the temperature will be changing. In the arts world, September marks a new season of entertainment, as well, and in that spirit, it\u2019s our pleasure to present Ladue News\u2019 State of the Arts guide.

The following pages preview more than 40 local arts organizations\u2019 fall exhibitions, gallery openings, plays, musicals, ballet performances and much more. Divided into four categories \u2013theater, visual arts, music and dance \u2013 the guide highlights manifold forthcoming offerings in each sector of St. Louis\u2019 rich, diverse and thriving arts scene. We feel incredibly lucky to live in a city with such a vibrant arts community, and we hope our State of the Arts guide acts as a to-go for all of this season\u2019s sensational coming attractions.

To read each section of this issue's State of the Arts Guide, click on the categories below.

Theater

Visual Arts

Dance

Music

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Typically, I make dairy-free milkshakes by swapping out whole-milk ice cream for coconut cream as the base, but sometimes you just want to treat yourself to the classic, rich and creamy real thing.

I also love to sweeten homemade milkshakes with cocoa nibs, dark chocolate and/or fresh fruit instead of granulated sugar. This recipe achieves a deeper, more complex cherry flavor by roasting the fruit, and doing so also draws out its natural sugar.

ROASTED CHERRY-COCOA NIB MILKSHAKE

Give this milkshake a boozy kick by adding 3 ounces of vodka to the blender when you add all of the ingredients at the end.

Serves | 4 |

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, add cherries, cinnamon, salt and oil \u2013 tossing to combine. Spread cherry mixture onto prepared baking sheet, and roast for 20 minutes, flipping mixture after 10 minutes.

When cherries are finished roasting, refrigerate baking sheet until mixture cools to room temperature.

Reserve \u00bc of cherry mixture for garnish. In a blender, combine remaining cherry mixture with ice cream, milk and cocoa nibs \u2013 blending until smooth. Add more milk depending on thickness desired. Divide milkshake into four tall glasses, and top with reserved cherry mixture and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs. Serve.

Sherrie Castellano is a former health coach turned food writer, photographer and pop-up chef based in St. Louis. A collection of Sherrie\u2019s recipes, stories and images can be found on her Saveur Blog Award-nominated website, With Food + Love. Sherrie is currently the marketing director for Midwest-based Big Heart Tea Co.

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A local chocolate landmark recently celebrated the grand opening of its latest evolution, which features expanded food and beverage offerings. That evolution, Handcrafted by Bissinger\u2019s, debuted in the St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood with breakfast items, a lunch menu, shareable plates, wine, cocktails and more.

Handcrafted by Bissinger\u2019s replaces former retail shop Bissinger\u2019s Handcrafted Chocolatier. It\u2019s owned and operated in collaboration with Bissinger\u2019s sister company, 23 City Blocks Catering, which also runs The Caramel Room at Bissinger\u2019s.

\u201cWe wanted to change the name so people know that we\u2019re selling more than just chocolate,\u201d says 23 City Blocks Catering\u2019s vice president of operations, Nick Jovanovic. \u201cIt\u2019s more inviting and transforms throughout the day. It\u2019s a great place for meetings or getting some work done by yourself. It\u2019s also a great place for a group of friends to come in together and just enjoy the experience, before or after dinner or an event.\u201d

Local interior design firm Savvy Surrounding Style provided an aesthetic facelift to the space, which now features a casual European caf\u00e9 feel combined with a lounge, complete with a wine wall. Various seating options \u2013 around 40 inside, with an additional 20 outside \u2013 are available on both sides of the space, including low and high tables, couches and window seats.

In addition to all of Bissinger\u2019s popular chocolates from over the years \u2013 bear claws, salted caramel and fresh cream truffles among them \u2013 guests now should further enjoy the food menus designed by 23 City Blocks Catering chef Nick Miller (who previously co-owned Harvest in Richmond Heights).

In the mornings, guests can look forward to an upgraded coffee service, which features everything from Kaldi\u2019s nitrogen-infused, cold-brew coffee to signature lattes that tie back in to Bissinger\u2019s chocolates. For breakfast, an array of quiches are available, as well as pastries including muffins, croissants and bagels.

The lunchtime selection consists of salads, soup and sandwiches. Guests can choose from such highlights as French onion soup and a croque-monsieur with country ham, b\u00e9chamel, Comt\u00e9 cheese and Dijon mustard on ciabatta. In the evenings, shareable plates include house-made charcuterie and flatbreads, among them roast beef with Point Reyes blue cheese and red onion jam \u2013 all great choices before catching Newsies at The Muny.

The dessert menu has also expanded to include items such as a Bing cherry-brown butter trifle. A carryover from the previous menu is the classic cococino, made up of molten flourless chocolate cake and vanilla-bean cr\u00e8me anglaise.

Bissinger\u2019s new wine preservation system features three temperature-controlled cabinets divided into white, old-world and new-world varieties. Pours are available in 2-, 4- and 6-ounce offerings. An upgraded cocktail menu features options such as a seasonal mule and the Our Signature with Bissinger's chocolate liqueur, Chambord, house-made coffee liquor and vanilla-infused vodka.

\u201cThe combination of wine and chocolate and chocolate and coffee is just classic and amazing,\u201d Jovanovic says. \u201cThis kind of re-concepting was an upgrade based on a lot of feedback we were getting from our guests. It\u2019s an opportunity and direction everyone sort of naturally saw, and we can\u2019t wait for people to come in and try it.\u201d

Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, 314-367-7750, handcraftedbybissingers.com

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\"Corinne
Corinne Melancon

Since 1995, Corinne Melancon has been a favorite in STAGES St. Louis productions. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Melancon started dancing at age 3 \u2013 later attending Lewiston, New York\u2019s Niagara University. Melancon began performing in local high school, community and dinner theater productions in Buffalo, earning her Actors\u2019 Equity card before moving to New York City. Her first job there was as a Radio City Rockette for one summer before she was cast in the Broadway show Me and My Girl, which ran for 3\u00bd years. Ladue News talked with Melancon about her role in STAGES St. Louis\u2019 current production of the musical comedy 9 to 5, which is based on the hit movie that starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton.

Are you a fan of the movie? What aspect of the show is most appealing to you?

I am very much a fan of the movie, and this is my first time doing 9 to 5! The most appealing aspect of the show is how the relationship of these three women changes from the beginning of the show to the end (and how they change their roles in the world) \u2013 and the music! The arrangements of Dolly Parton\u2019s music are really fantastic. They truly incorporate her pop sound into the score in an excellent way. There are also a lot of funny moments in the show that I think the audience will really enjoy.

Parton wrote the music and lyrics of 9 to 5 and has had an impressive career. Are there lessons that young women can take from her career path on how to overcome adversities?

Absolutely! Dolly Parton was dirt-poor when she started her career, and she now has an entire empire \u2013 a Dolly \u201cbrand.\u201d She is obviously incredibly intelligent, ambitious and talented, and she has her hand in all parts of show business. She is also a stellar entrepreneur and a smart businesswoman. I think she is a prime example and role model for anyone. She teaches you to discover your talents, be kind, be ambitious, work hard, follow your goals, and you will be successful.

Have you had similar challenges to meet in your own artistic career?

I think that just trying to work professionally in the world of show business is already trying to overcome adversity. The cards are really stacked against you, and so much of it is completely out of your control. I didn\u2019t come from a family with money, so when I moved to New York, I had to figure out how I was going to survive. I had to figure out how to support myself and prepare myself for this life, and I learned by going to auditions, talking to other artists and learning to truly deal with the city of New York. My challenges were different from Dolly\u2019s, but definitely still there.

What have been some of the most rewarding roles you've played in your career? What shows have been particular favorites of yours?

So many \u2013 and for so many different reasons! I adored Me & My Girl because it was my first Broadway show. I also loved Grand Hotel because it was an incredible learning experience, and I wore so many different hats: serving as a dance captain, covering almost all of the female roles and playing a principal role for an extended period of time. I, of course, have to mention Donna in Mamma Mia!, which was an amazing role to play for several months on Broadway. And some of my favorite roles have been right here at STAGES. I adored The Drowsy Chaperone and playing Mother Superior in Sister Act. And now I am falling in love with Violet Newstead!

What's it like working specifically for STAGES? You\u2019re a particular favorite of the producers as well as the audiences. Is it a challenge, though, not to work with a live orchestra?

At this point, STAGES has become my second theatrical home. I\u2019ve been working here since 1995. I feel comfortable here, and I feel like I know how things work. I\u2019m comfortable working with the creative team, and I know that each and every one of them is going to start day one as prepared as possible. I know that the production values and the people who are hired here are always of the highest quality. I also get to play fantastic roles here that make me feel as if I am growing as an actress. All of that combined, plus the fact that everyone here goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need, makes this an excellent company to work for. It all-around feels good to work here.

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Story: Jean-Francois Millet is quite a talented artist. So good, in fact, that a would-be buyer laments the fact that Millet isn\u2019t dead. If he were, reasons Basil Thorpe, the value of his works would substantially escalate, because that\u2019s the way of the world in Paris in 1846, when an artist\u2019s worth increases after death.

That gets Millet\u2019s pals Chicago, Dutchy and O\u2019Shaughnessy thinking: What if Millet fakes his death? That will take him off the hook for a debt he owes to the vile Bastien Andre. Plus, with his newfound wealth he could pay off another debt owed Andre by Leroux, father of his beloved Marie and her sister Cecile.

Millet isn\u2019t crazy about the idea, but his trio of comrades push forth with the scheme. They announce through the local newspapers that \u201cnoted artist\u201d Millet has a terminal illness and has gone to the Barbary Coast to live out his remaining days. In his absence his apartment is inhabited by his fictitious \u2018twin sister,\u2019 the widowed \u2018Daisy Tillou,\u2019 aka Millet in disguise.

Voila! Millet\u2019s paintings are going for a fortune. But now the dastardly Andre throws a curve: His contract with Millet stipulates that he can take payment in the form of paintings as well as currency. He can make a tidy profit by that route, he says, unless the beautiful Marie consents to marry him.

Meanwhile, Cecile assumes the disguise of an inspector who investigates the mysterious Tillou, because she suspects that her sometime flame Chicago is having an affair with the oddly attractive widow.

When Daisy meets Andre, she expresses her displeasure about his arrangement with her \u201clate\u201d brother. No problem, says Andre, who is instantly smitten with her. If Madame Tillou will marry Andre, he\u2019ll tear up the contract.

Now, this is a conundrum for Millet, for sure. His troubles quickly escalate, however, when Chicago informs him that the king of France intends to attend Millet\u2019s wake along with a couple of other potentates. The lads need another scheme, and quickly, to stave off imminent disaster.

Highlights: A wacky performance by an inspired St. Louis Shakespeare cast enlivens this free-wheeling adaptation by David Ives of an original play written by Mark Twain, filled with the satirist\u2019s signature humor.

Other Info: While Is He Dead? is consistently funny, there\u2019s no denying that one has the feeling this is familiar territory. That\u2019s because Ives has kept himself busy the last several years, in part, by adapting with colloquial language humorous works by a number of playwrights from earlier eras.

Adaptations for works such as Georges Feydeau\u2019s farce, A Flea in Her Ear, and Pierre Corneille\u2019s The Liar have received acclaim for notable productions in the 21st century. St. Louis Shakespeare itself staged a superb rendition of the latter a couple of years ago.

Ives adapted a play written by Twain in 1898 titled Is He Dead? which was produced on Broadway in a world premiere in late 2007, where it closed early in 2008 after just 105 performances. Perhaps the work\u2019s similarity to shows such as Charley\u2019s Aunt, which are built around the premise of a man masquerading as a woman and the comedy that ensues with unsuspecting other characters, made it seem formulaic.

In any event, Ives preserves Twain\u2019s acidic wit and his wry observations about human nature, especially when noting how artists achieve greater fame after their lives are over. The current presentation by St. Louis Shakespeare is expertly guided by director Edward Coffield, who keeps the shenanigans moving at a brisk pace. He also allows his performers to utilize hyperbole without being too exaggerated, a delicate but important balance.

The festive atmosphere is enlivened with Matt Stuckel\u2019s clever set design, which features a cornucopia of stylish paintings adorning Millet\u2019s apartment , as well as the requisite doors and windows required for an effective farce.

Costume designer JC Krajicek has a field day with a delightful array of costumes festooning the players, and perhaps she can be credited as well (or not) with Ben Ritchie\u2019s Snidely Whiplash mustache for the villainous Andre. Meg Brinkley is credited as \u201cset dresser\u201d for the abundance of painter\u2019s drop clothes adorning the edges.\u00a0 She provides some amusing props, too.

Ted Drury\u2019s sound design is a curious blend of guitars and fiddles and all manner of instrumental tunes, a hodgepodge designed to get the audience in the mood for a fine time. John Taylor\u2019s lighting complements the set.

Zac McMillan anchors this amusing presentation as the easily flustered Millet. He makes absolutely no attempt to feminize the widow Tillou, which of course makes romantic scenes between Daisy and Andre or Leroux all the funnier. McMillan also works seamlessly with Millet\u2019s \u2018Three Mis-keteers\u2019 to accentuate a series of fitfully funny scenes with them.

Jack Zanger is a hoot and a holler as Chicago, brashly leading his pals on a brazen and reckless plan to amass a fortune, making up ideas as he goes with bravado and his charming ways to compensate for his imperfect brain. Chicago is impervious to pitfalls, albeit a bit thick in understanding Cecile\u2019s emotions.

Nicole Angeli and Jennifer Theby Quinn all but steal the scenes in which their tipsy landladies hold court in Millet\u2019s apartment, proving themselves accomplished at both physical humor and droll delivery of their lines. That combination is evident also in Natalie Walker\u2019s entertaining portrayal of Cecile and especially in her disguise as a famous French inspector.

John Fisher and Jacob Cange provide abundant humor as the perpetually noshing Dutchie and the thick-headed Irishman O\u2019Shaughnessy, respectively, while Molly McCaskill does well as the dutiful Marie. Ritchie succeeds in underplaying the arch villainy of Andre in his speech and mannerisms, leaving the outrageous mustache to represent any arch element of his portrayal.

Add an amusing performance by Timothy Callahan as the aged but amorous Leroux and a quartet of splendid minor roles (Thorpe, Charlie the butler, a reporter, a police inspector) undertaken humorously by Joe Cella and you have the makings of a fine story told in splendid, silly fashion.\u00a0 Even if it does look and sound overly familiar.

Play: Is He Dead?

Company: St. Louis Shakespeare

Venue: Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan Avenue

Dates: August 10, 11, 12, 13

Tickets: $15-$20; contact 361-5664 or brownpapertickets.com

Rating: A 4.5 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Ron James

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Story: Five men gather on stage to perform an original revue of musical theater songs performed from the perspective of gay men.

Highlights: Dominic Dowdy-Windsor, Mike Dowdy-Windsor, Ken Haller, Sean Michael and Keith Thompson combine their vocal talents to present an easy-going, pleasant evening of entertainment by New Line Theatre which offers a different perspective on a number of tunes from the musical theater canon.

Other Info: Out on Broadway: The Third Coming is performed with simple packaging consisting primarily of a back curtain and a couple of stools, with pianist and music director Nate Jackson seated just in front and below the stage. As artistic director Scott Miller writes in his program notes, \u201cBack in 1996, I put together an evening of theatre songs to be sung from a gay perspective...Without rewriting anything, we gave songs like We Kiss in a Shadow from The King and I...entirely new context and new resonance.\u201d

The show, notes Miller, \u201chad very little staging, no \u2018costumes\u2019 really, just a stage with a piano and a couple stools.\u201d That revue in 1996 sold out its original run and a follow-up engagement several months later. In 2000 a second edition was performed, featuring a few songs from the first production along with several new ones.

Thompson is the lone holdover from the earlier editions for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming, which Miller notes has a \u201cmain agenda...to take a look at gay lives and gay relationships,\u201d and how similar those lives are to their straight counterparts.

Gay marriage wasn\u2019t around in 1996, but Mike Dowdy-Windsor takes the tune Getting Married Today from Stephen Sondheim\u2019s Company to deliver the evening\u2019s most impressive performance. With nary a pause for breath, he rumbles through the humorous patter in the demanding piece as he acts out the nervousness leading up to his own marriage to Dominic Dowdy-Windsor.

Another highlight is Bosom Buddies, an amusing little number from Mame in which Haller and Thompson jibe each other in \u201cfriendly\u201d fashion that becomes a game of escalating insults, all the while smiling at each other as they exchange their pithy barbs.

The evening starts with the heartfelt ballad, Hope, a new song written by Jason Robert Brown, who generously gave New Line Theatre the rights to open its third installment of Out on Broadway with his number. Thompson tenderly shapes the moving lyrics in that tune to set the tone for the evening.

Each of the singers takes center stage at various times. Nick (Dominic) Dowdy-Windsor gives a poignant reading of the ballad Not My Father\u2019s Son from Kinky Boots, while Haller pensively poses the musical question, Could I Leave You?, from Follies. Michael provides the lead vocal on the group\u2019s affecting delivery of Sondheim\u2019s masterful ballad, Children Will Listen, from Into the Woods.

The show is divided into two acts and five \u2018scenes.\u2019 It opens with \u2018Finding Your Place\u2019 and \u2018Finding Love\u2019 in Act I and divides Act II into \u2018I Do,\u2019 \u2018I Thought I Did\u2019 and \u2018Now What?\u2019 There\u2019s even a song from Hamilton, titled You\u2019ll Be Back, which Michael delivers along with the company in the \u2018I Thought I Did\u2019 segment.

Miller selects numbers from shows as diverse as Bye Bye Birdie, Heathers, Mame, Dreamgirls, Nine, March of the Falsettos, A New Brain, Cabaret, The Robber Bridegroom, Ragtime and Metropolis for his revue. Jackson\u2019s accompaniment is direct and supportive throughout, helping guide the singers along this tour of Broadway musical theater from a different but equally valid perspective.

Rob Lippert provides the simple and sensible scenic and lighting designs, which justifiably maintain focus on the singers. Miller\u2019s pacing is steady as the show segues easily from one segment to the next.

Out on Broadway: The Third Coming is a pleasant little evening that puts the focus \u2013 albeit from a different angle \u2013 on a collection of songs which underscore the ever-changing musical vitality of Broadway.

Musical: Out on Broadway: The Third Coming

Company: New Line Theatre

Venue: Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive

Dates: August 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Tickets: $15-$25, plus specials for high school and college students, educators and military (see New Line’s Facebook page or www.newlinetheatre.com); contact 534-1111 or metrotix.com

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Jill Ritter Lindberg

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Story: It\u2019s a hard-knock life for the lads who deliver newspapers in New York City in the year 1899. Most of them are orphans living a day-to-day existence as they struggle for survival in the cold, indifferent city.

Jack Kelly has dreams, though. He\u2019s seen pictures of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and longs to put together enough of a stake to head west for what he envisions to be an idyllic life. Meanwhile, he\u2019s up early each morning to buy a pile of \u201cpapes\u201d from middle-man Wiesel to sell on the streets of Gotham with pals like Crutchie, his physically challenged friend.

Men such as Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst make a handsome fortune off the backs of the \u201cnewsies\u201d and others, but they want more. When Pulitzer raises the price of paper bundles sold to the newsies, though, Jack leads a populist rebellion, including newcomers Davey and Les, sons who are forced to work when their father loses his job following an injury.

When intrepid reporter Katherine Plumber gets word of the budding strike, she sets about to interview Kelly. He\u2019s immediately attracted to her, not knowing her own surprising background. As it is, she tells Kelly she\u2019s tired of covering flower shows and yearns to prove her mettle as a street reporter.

Pulitzer resorts to any and all methods to quell the growing strike, but Kelly is convinced the newsies can win their cause if he can unite his counterparts throughout the boroughs of New York. He believes the story of the newsies\u2019 struggle is \u201call the news that\u2019s fit to print,\u201d if only he can find a printing press not under the thumb of the powerful publishing barons.

Highlights: The Muny closes its 99th season with its first production of this energetic, high-stepping Disney musical, which is built on strong choreography and the music of Alan Menken, led by a winning performance by Jay Armstrong Johnson as Jack Kelly.

Other Info: Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson notes in his program article that Newsies finished second in 2000 or so in The Muny\u2019s annual audience survey of what fans wanted to see on The Muny stage the next season. At that time, Newsies wasn\u2019t even a musical, but a 1992 Disney film which bombed at the box office.

Isaacson points out that The Muny later was scheduled to produce a stage adaptation of Newsies for its 2013 season. However, Newsies ended up running on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances, opening in 2012 and finally closing in 2014 before going on a two-year national tour which concluded in October 2016.

That tour included an unforgettable stop at The Fox Theatre in early 2016. Now, The Muny has put together its own production of this fast-moving, agreeably sung show that is built around the staccato, precision choreography designed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his efforts, as did composer Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman for their original score.

The Muny\u2019s version features some agreeable choreography staged by Chris Bailey, who choreographed The Muny\u2019s memorable 2013 rendition of West Side Story among others. Bailey makes his Muny directorial debut with Newsies and proves adept at shaping a lively, rambunctious interpretation that sweeps across The Muny stage with flair.

While the rumbling, electric number Seize the Day near the end of Act I doesn\u2019t have the terpsichorean power or scope of the touring show, it\u2019s still a galvanizing moment in this inspirational work. Of course, writer Harvey Fierstein has taken dramatic license with historical figures who are included in the story, such as Pulitzer and then-New York governor Teddy Roosevelt, but the show is based on the actual Newsboys Strike of 1899.

Johnson cuts a dashing figure as the charismatic Kelly and proves himself a fine singer as well. Other performers contributing to the upbeat tenor of the show include Tessa Grady as the feisty Katherine, Daniel Quadrino as the indomitable Crutchie and Webster Groves\u2019 own Spencer Davis Milford as Kelly\u2019s right-hand man Davey.

Young Gabriel Cytron is a sensation as Davey\u2019s brother Les, who is younger but savvier than the protective Davey, filling The Muny stage with his ebullient personality. He\u2019s matched in fervor and sassiness by Ta\u2019Rea Campbell, who wins the audience\u2019s hearts with her lusty performance as Jack\u2019s vaudeville friend, Medda Larkin, a lady who realizes how talented an artist Jack really is.

Davis Gaines does well as the imperious Pulitzer, while St. Louis favorite Rich Pisarkiewicz delights as the impersonal Wiesel, the friendly restaurateur Jacobi and the blustering mayor of New York City. Fellow local favorites Ben Nordstrom and Gary Glasgow do well as Pulitzer\u2019s aide Seitz and Snyder \u201cthe Spider,\u201d the nasty head of a local juvenile detention center, respectively. Thad Turner Wilson has a brief but pleasant bit as Roosevelt.

Leon Dobkowski\u2019s costumes are tailored not only to the era but also the varying social rungs inhabited by the characters. Greg Emetaz\u2019s video design richly enhances the impressive, two-story, atmospheric set created by Michael Schweikardt, all brightly illuminated with John Lasiter\u2019 lighting. Leah J. Loukas adds the wig design which accentuates the costumes, and the accompanying sound design is courtesy of John Shivers and David Patridge.

A winning love story between Jack and Katherine is combined with a popular story based on true events and athletic, gymnastic choreography to accentuate The Muny\u2019s first edition of Newsies.

Musical: Newsies

Company: The Muny

Venue: The Muny in Forest Park

Dates: Through August 13

Tickets: Free to $90; contact 314-534-1111 or metrotix.com

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Phillip Hamer and Eric Woolsey

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