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The superlative, by definition, recognizes no superior \u2013 one doesn\u2019t better the best. Yet as recent events at Clayton\u2019s distingu\u00e9 Saint Louis Club illustrate, remaining the acme in the hospitality industry demands perpetual fresh expressions of excellence.

The 53-year-old club \u2013 which occupies the top three floors of the Pierre Laclede Center, an aerie an eagle would envy for its views of mid-St. Louis County and beyond \u2013 recently recognized that demand by concluding a sweeping multistage renovation. The latest stage involved much of the club\u2019s 14th floor, its lowermost.

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\u201cOur renovation adds what you might call the next generation of the private city club experience,\u201d says Kelly Standing, the club\u2019s director of innovation and communications. \u201cWe aimed for \u2018approachable elegance\u2019 with the $1.8 million investment in our 14th floor \u2013 a technology-friendly, denim-friendly, flexible space with an all-day-caf\u00e9 feeling from 7 a.m. to midnight.\u201d

Many years ago, Standing explains, board members anticipated that the club would inevitably require updates and innovations over time, so they added a modest $10 to $25 per month capital charge to hold in reserve for those necessary renovations. The 14th-floor renovation took place using that reserve and imposed no special assessment on club members, lasting a mere 107 days and culminating just two days before this past Thanksgiving.

Lee Murray, a former president of the club, chaired the committee that planned the renovation. Once it began, Webster Groves\u2019 Architextures (led by owner Christi Johaningmeyer) and Brentwood\u2019s Musick Construction (led by senior project manager Ron Gallagher) teamed to realize the renovation.

The final effort involved 9,500 square feet of that lowermost floor of the club, whose three-floor area totals roughly 45,000 square feet. At the macro level, it:

Also, the palette of the bar and lounge underwent major alteration, Standing notes, from butter yellow to a tr\u00e8s chic blend of light gray, dark gray and silver. Simultaneously, the construction team laid wooden flooring in black-and-white zigzags, and several exacting souls papered the ceiling in a print resembling small brushed-silver tiles. New appointments replaced old, meanwhile, and perhaps the most striking alteration involved the physical bar, now surfaced with a handmade material called Caesarstone Concetto in gray agate and underlit with rheostat-controlled light-emitting diode panels contoured to the bar\u2019s top.

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Otherwise on the 14th floor, The Back Door dining area \u2013 which adjoins the bar and lounge, with club management offices and the three larger private chambers mentioned previously \u2013 was updated six years ago as part of a 10-year plan to renovate the entire club, and at press time, it and that trio of rooms all were being renamed in a club contest.

Current members of the club praise its latest renovation without reservation.

\u201cFor me, my first impression of the lounge on the 14th floor was \u2018welcoming\u2019 \u2013 a lounge where I could bring business guests or social guests to enjoy one of the best cups of coffee with one of the best views in Clayton,\u201d says Maurice E. Quiroga, senior vice president and senior fiduciary advisory specialist with Wells Fargo Private Bank. \u201cIn many ways, I say this lounge can be my office away from my office.\u201d

Laura Bentele, a lawyer at Armstrong Teasdale LLP, also lauds the renovation. \u201cThe new bar is a complete departure from the more traditional areas of the club,\u201d she says. \u201cWhile the space is still highly polished, it has a more relaxed feel. The long bar top in particular is very cool \u2026 and definitely provides ample happy-hour space.\u201d

Finally, Kathryn Armstrong \u2013 who chairs the club\u2019s Ambassadors Committee, basically its membership committee \u2013 echoes Quiroga and Bentele. \u201cMy first impression was \u2018Now this is where St. Louisans are going to want to be,\u2019\u201d she says. \u201cIn keeping with the tradition of elegance and sophistication, the space is rich in contemporary d\u00e9cor and yet now teeming with the SoHo innovative club-concept mindset of cosmopolitan cities coast to coast. \u2026 I thought, \u2018This is where Brooks Brothers can hobnob with UNTUCKit on the way to Busch Stadium \u2013 or the VP Ball.\u2019 Our club has never been more relevant.\u201d

A fact sheet from the club notes that the 14th-floor renovation concludes a decade-long clubwide renovation under Henry B. \u201cTerry\u201d Pflager III, who now serves as president.

According to that fact sheet, the overall renovation took place in response to a survey of such constituents as entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, and both midcareer and millennial corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders.

Regarding its constituents, the club\u2019s official color brochure states: \u201cThe founding members of the club included virtually all of the community leaders of their time; this tradition has carried forward to the current membership.\u201d

Platinum Clubs of Excellence \u2013 which, according to its own website, ranks the top 5 percent of private clubs nationwide against seven exacting criteria in five categories \u2013 includes Saint Louis Club among its top 50 in the \u201cCity\u201d category.

No other Missouri facility graces that category \u2013 for reasons Saint Louis Club members well appreciate and visitors should quickly discern.

Saint Louis Club, 7701 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-1964, stlclub.com

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Story: We can see the stock trader, but we\u2019re advised to wear the provided surgical masks and keep our distance. As a safety precaution, he\u2019s been quarantined, visited only by health service workers who monitor his readings.

Just like the stock market exchange where he so assiduously worked for many years, any fluctuations in his readings can lead to unwanted volatility. The trader knows this, but any thoughts about his beloved daughter or his wife or his very existence beyond these sterile surroundings can bring on depression or anger.

He stalks his premises like a caged animal, contemplating how to extricate himself from such an unpleasant arena. The stress and strain, though, of dealing with unknown economic forces in order to extract profits for unseen overlords ultimately has proven to be too much.

Our trader is \u201cinfected\u201d with a serious social malady, be it greed or capitalism or unchecked lust for material possessions. He\u2019s given the better part of his life in service to these dubious gods and now we see him in solitary confinement. He serves as a cautionary tale for us all.

Highlights: Upstream Theater artistic director Philip Boehm and his troupe present the American premiere of this terse character study by German playwright Albert Ostermaier. Alan Knoll breathes poignant life into the wretched protagonist with an affecting performance in this one-man show.

Other Info: Director Patrick Siler notes in the program that he observed the \u201cmostly white male\u201d traders who toiled at the Chicago Board of Trade regularly in the late 1990s and that \u201call of them had bags under their eyes,\u201d even though they primarily were in their 20s and 30s. Stock trading is a savage occupation where the rare middle-aged trader was \u201csomehow defying the odds that he survived that long.\u201d

The protagonist in Ostermaier\u2019s one-act drama has survived, but he certainly isn\u2019t among the living. That much is conveyed in Knoll\u2019s astute and perceptive performance. The actor shows us how his character can make sporadic rallies in his temperament to rage against the system, but ultimately slumps back down into an accepted defeat.

Knoll utilizes the breadth of Patrick Huber\u2019s stark scenic design, a rectangle of sterile poles with a reclining chair at one end and a desk with a chair and computer at the other. Through Michael Dorsey\u2019s media design the computer spews out the detritus of rapid-fire stock exchange numbers, silhouetted in Geordy van Es\u2019 lighting. Elizabeth Lund adds some melancholy props while Michele Friedman Siler adorns Knoll in a rumpled suit, devoid of shoes.

Boehm\u2019s translation of Ostermaier\u2019s work is dutifully consistent in its depressing delivery, sounding a warning for a society too much reliant on material gains through technology or any other efforts. Siler\u2019s direction relentlessly pounds that point home by showing the indifference of the trader\u2019s health service \u2018handlers\u2019 in their routine treatment of him.

Knoll\u2019s on-stage portrayal is enhanced by a \u2018soundscape\u2019 devised by David A.N. Jackson to the left of stage right. Jackson incorporates guitar, percussion and other musical elements to add an extra layer of sadness to the unhappy proceedings.

Knoll\u2019s emotions run the gamut from brief joy recalling better times to the utter despair presently experienced by the trader. He ranges from inertia to volcanic outbursts of anger. But, like a tree falling in the forest with no one around, does his unnamed trader make a meaningful sound?

Infected is slowly paced over its 90 minutes, which gives its audience more than sufficient time to ruminate on its philosophical bent. One is advised to sell her/his emotions before succumbing to the contagion witnessed on stage.

Play: Infected

Group: Upstream Theater

Venue: Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand at Olive

Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

Tickets: $25-$35; contact upstreamtheater@sbcglobal.net or 669-6382

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

Photos courtesy of ProPhotoSTL.com

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Story: All seems ordinary on the set of Pat Pilford\u2019s radio show in Hollywood in the early 1950s. The one-time movie star is a popular fixture on the airwaves as well as a flag-waving patriot and a bully accustomed to getting her way.

But trouble is brewing in America. It\u2019s bubbling to the surface, in fact, at the home of Pat\u2019s best friend, screen star Mary Dale. Mary\u2019s husband, actor Frank Taggart, has fallen under the sway of sultry siren Marta Towers, whose good looks belie her sinister communist heart.

Marta resorts to some seductive persuasion to bring the impressionable Frank into the red ranks of Tinseltown, which include imperious producer Bertram Barker, director R.G. Benson and Mitchell Drake, a dastardly link to Pat\u2019s hidden past. Mitchell has tapes of certain lewd activities of a much younger Pat in the \u201830s, which he uses to convince Pat to alter her political stance.

With Frank and Pat suddenly silent about their loyalties to the US of A, Mary fears her lucrative way of life is becoming endangered. Can she muster the forces of good to triumph over the \u2018pink\u2019 sedition creeping through La-La Land? It\u2019s a scary situation but Mary won\u2019t back down easily.

Highlights: Playwright Charles Busch lampoons the McCarthy era and communist \u2018witch hunts\u2019 of the 1950s in this broad, bawdy and generally entertaining comedy. It\u2019s given a vivid and vivacious treatment by artistic director Gary Bell and his hard-charging cast, including an amazing star turn by Will Bonfiglio as fair Mary.

Other Info: Hats off (or on, as the case may be) to costume designer Amy Hopkins for the classy threads worn by the cast, including designs which complement Bonfiglio\u2019s svelte figure in drag. This is no camp performance, though. Bonfiglio simply inhabits the kind-hearted Mary with a wide-eyed innocence and devotion to the Stars and Stripes which need to be seen to be fully appreciated. He even manages to somehow give his voice a convincing female timbre.

There\u2019s amusing work, too, by Shannon Nara as the thick-headed Pilford. Her Carmen Miranda outfit at the show\u2019s start indicates the low-brow comedy favored by the pushy personality. Nara nails Pat\u2019s demeanor with a crass quality which ratchets up the farcical aspects of Busch\u2019s two-act comedy.

Stephen Peirick brings a good-natured, melodramatic turn to Frank, whose own history serves as sufficient fodder to keep him in the clutches of the bad guys and gals. The villains include an amusing portrayal by Ariel Roukaerts as Marta, a three-dimensional version of Rocky and Bullwinkle\u2019s nemesis Natasha Fatale, comrade of Boris Badenov.

Roukaerts slinks across the stage in her best evil manner, sharing in the villainy of Gerry Love\u2019s browbeating Barker and Chris Ceradsky\u2019s devious Drake, with Michael Baird in close pursuit as the nefarious commie director Benson. They\u2019re all in cahoots behind the facade of a \u2018method\u2019 acting class taught by the legendary Yetta Felson, who is featured in a brief scene played by Stephen Henley in arch fashion.

Henley goes way over the top, just as Busch prefers it, in his portrayal of Malcolm Levine, the flaming gay servant to Mary and Frank, the latter of whom Malcolm pursues with dogged lust. Baird also contributes as Pilford\u2019s long-suffering announcer, Ralph Barnes, as well as a deceptive sales clerk. Love smoothly handles roles as a studio custodian as well as a director.

Justin Been\u2019s projection design includes a very clever \u2018look\u2019 for Pilford\u2019s radio show, sponsored by an oil company, and his excellent sound design has the musical motif of a \u201850s movie score. Tyler Duenow effectively illuminates Rob Lippert\u2019s handsome scenic design, bathing it in an array of red and green luminosity at key moments. The handsome set is heightened further by props judiciously selected by Bell, Been and Robert Kapeller.

Busch\u2019s outrageous humor can drag (pun intended) at times. For the most part, though, Red Scare on Sunset provides a bevy of laughs about a subject that was anything but funny during its infamous heyday.

Play: Red Scare on Sunset

Group: Stray Dog Theatre

Venue: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Avenue

Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24

Tickets: $25-$30; contact 865-1995 or StrayDogTheatre.org

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

Photos courtesy of John Lamb

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Story: Brigid Blake and her boyfriend, Richard Saad, have recently moved to a nifty, two-story duplex apartment in the heart of New York City\u2019s Chinatown district. The skeletal imprint isn\u2019t much for ambiance and the neighbors can be noisy, but it\u2019s home to the young couple and they intend to fix it up nicely.

Brigid has invited her family from Scranton, Penn. to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Arriving are her father Erik, her mother Deirdre and her sister Aimee as well as her grandmother, Fiona \u201cMomo\u201d Blake, who is wheelchair-bound and suffering from Alzheimer\u2019s disease.

It\u2019s a tightly bonded family but not without its challenges. Erik is queasy just visiting New York, where he had been in 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked. In fact, he had planned to take a tour of the buildings and was at a donut shop nearby waiting for the observation tower to officially open when the terrorist strikes occurred.

Beside that reservation, Erik makes obscure references to some secret he appears to be hiding from everyone but Deirdre. She\u2019s worked for decades in the same office, where she\u2019s seen too many men promoted ahead of her, but she wards off bitterness by volunteering to help the less fortunate.

Aimee is an attorney who lives in Philadelphia and has recently ended a long-term relationship with another woman whom she\u2019s known since childhood. Momo has brief moments of lucidity but most often babbles nonsense in a loud and disturbing voice.

As for Brigid, she hasn\u2019t had much luck starting her career as a musical composer, and Richard is still in school. The latter, however, has a trust fund which will be accessible once he turns 40 in a couple of years.

There\u2019s a deep-seeded love which the Blakes have for each other, but the walls are thin in Brigid\u2019s apartment and voices carry up and down the staircase between the two floors of the apartment as well. Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion, but there may be something unsettling about to overwhelm the soft undercurrent of tension to reveal some disturbing fissures.

Highlights: The Rep is among the first regional theaters to gain the rights to this one-act drama by Stephen Karam, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016. Artistic director Steven Woolf taps into the strength of his cast and technical colleagues to capture the cadence and intentional cacophony of this unsettling story in a strangely compelling production.

Other Info: The Humans is an odd work in that it appears to strive to be out of rhythm throughout the course of its 90-minute story. That intentionally jarring effect invites its audience to examine each of the characters as they\u2019re strategically positioned on Gianni Downs\u2019 carefully disheveled set. Dirty walls, heaps of unpacked boxes and a barred window are among the features which give a forlorn personality to the barren apartment.

Rob Denton\u2019s lighting plays a major role, too, depicting bright lights which permeate from beyond the premises or lighting fixtures which go out mysteriously from time to time. Rusty Wandall\u2019s ominous sound design adds a plethora of creepy noises, such as loud bangs from the floor above, while Dorothy Marshall Englis\u2019 costumes reflect the ages of the respective characters.

Downs situates a staircase at the rear of stage right, which Woolf integrates into the drama\u2019s rather static action. A bathroom as well as an apartment entrance at the rear of the upper level allow for various scene locations, as does an unseen kitchen at the back of the lower half of the set.

All of those areas provide sanctuaries where characters drift away from the main area \u2013 the dining room table on the main level \u2013 to listen into others\u2019 conversations or simply to stare into space. Woolf carefully showcases the clusters of drama which are as crucial to the story as its overt conversations.

The Humans is an ensemble piece, moving its focus between the half-dozen characters who appear in unison in the very first scene. Brian Dykstra portrays Erik as a loving and concerned father, son and husband, while also dropping hints as to some unpleasant secret he intends to reveal. He\u2019s spent many years working for a Catholic school in Scranton, but now seems to be dodging questions about his plans for retirement.

Carol Schultz conveys the emotional anchor of Deirdre\u2019s personality, a staunch Catholic who has a big heart as well a need to furnish a statue of the Blessed Virgin for her daughter\u2019s new residence. She and Dykstra both show a loving devotion to Momo, Erik\u2019s declining mother, who is played by Darrie Lawrence in a strong and difficult performance which summons both sympathy and alarm at Momo\u2019s condition.

Kathleen Wise shows the strength and bravado of older sister Aimee, who is slowly crumbling from her own health and career challenges, while Lauren Marcus conveys both the love and the fragility of Brigid, frustrated by her stalled life.

Fajer Kaisi nicely demonstrates the easy-going and affable Richard, who like Erik has been beset with some puzzling and ominous dreams. Unlike Erik, Richard views his dreams from an optimistic perspective. Richard remarks that in one of his dreams, terrifying aliens with teeth on their backs arrived on Earth, only to escape in horror from the dangerous creatures known as \u201cthe humans.\u201d

Karam\u2019s open-ended conclusion to his story gives audience patrons plenty to contemplate as they leave the world of the Blakes for their own families and narratives. What would those aliens think of us?

Play: The Humans

Company: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Venue: Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road

Dates: Through March 4

Tickets: $18.50-$89; contact 968-4925 or www.repstl.org

Photos courtesy of Jerry Naunheim Jr.

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Story: Peter has had a long day at the office. His hair is disheveled, his rolled-up sleeves reflect his weariness and the conference room he\u2019s getting ready to leave is strewn with trash and litter.

Suddenly he is jarred by the presence of a young woman at the door. She asks him if he recognizes her and slowly he says that he does. Her name is Una, and 15 years ago, at age 12, she had engaged in a sexual relationship with Peter, who was a 40-year-old adult at the time.

He was known as Ray then, before he went to prison for child molestation and before he met a woman who has shared his life for the last seven years.

Peter is shocked to see Una and soon turns defensive and angry. He asks her why she has tracked him down and what she wants. For her part, Una is still confused by all that has happened to her and which radically altered her life. She bears significant psychological scars from her childhood encounter with a middle-age man, and she wants him to know that.

Confusion, anger, lust and uncertainty fill the room as Peter and Una look each other over and attempt to verbalize their conflicting emotions. What happened between them 15 years ago continues to haunt and torment them, in different ways, in the present. Can either of them come to terms with their terrible history?

Highlights: Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Play, this one-act drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower is given a tense, taut interpretation in a current production at St. Louis Actors\u2019 Studio under director Annamaria Pileggi\u2019s carefully observant eye.

Other Info: Pileggi extracts a pair of intricately nuanced performances from John Pierson and Elizabeth Berkenmeier as the tortured souls Peter and Una. They\u2019re on stage for the entirety of the show\u2019s 90 minutes, performing on a set smartly designed by Patrick Huber that looks as dirty and unkempt as Peter\u2019s perverse desires.

Huber presents a squalid, claustrophobic room where tension can suffocate the characters, who are just beyond the reach of his well-lit hallway behind dingy windows. Jess Stamper\u2019s props complement the forlorn quarters, while costume designer Teresa Doggett dresses Pierson in non-descript business attire and Birkenmeier in some mildly fashionable attire for a young woman.

The sordid subject matter gives STLAS associate artistic director Pierson and Birkenmeier a chance to demonstrate their acting range. Pierson knows his way around perverse characters, as his star turn in The Goat, or Who\u2019s Sylvia? a few years back expertly indicated. Here, he demonstrates Peter\u2019s ability to weasel around his illicit feelings for a young girl in quietly unsettling fashion along with outbursts of temper which convey Peter\u2019s nasty nature.

Birkenmeier shows Una\u2019s flat personality, perhaps a product of her history of sexual abuse, but also portrays Una as determined to size up this man who wrought so much misery in her life and continues to haunt her years later.

Interestingly, the petite Birkenmeier\u2019s portrayal differs substantially from an interpretation by a taller, more forceful Carmin Goodine in a production in The Rep\u2019s Studio Theatre in 2009. Birkenmeier\u2019s depiction seems less aggressive and more vulnerable than that previous reading, though no less significant. It shows how subtle variations can equally imbue such vivid characters.

Sienna Hahn effectively contributes with a small but telling portrayal of a minor character in Harrower\u2019s harrowing tale.

Blackbird is provocative, unsettling and sordid but also fascinating and as mesmerizing as a train wreck. Peter and Una are casualties of this severe psychological accident, with their lingering scars as proof of its intensity.

Play: Blackbird

Company: St. Louis Actors\u2019 Studio

Venue: Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle

Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

Tickets: $30-$35; contact 1-800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com

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

Photos courtesy of Patrick Huber

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Story: In 1893, Henrietta Swan Leavitt fulfilled a long-held dream when she accepted a position with the Harvard College Observatory. Instead of working with a telescope, however, Leavitt became one of the university\u2019s female human \u201ccomputers,\u201d examining photographic plates to catalog stars observed in the sky.

Leavitt had earned a degree from Radcliffe College, where she developed a \u201cpassion\u201d for astronomy. As a woman, however, she was relegated to a position in \u201cPickering\u2019s harem,\u201d a cluster of ladies including Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming who worked for astronomer and physicist Edward Charles Pickering. They reported directly to Pickering\u2019s intermediary Peter Shaw.

While dutifully handling her responsibilities, Leavitt makes it known to Shaw that she fully expects to be able to work directly with Harvard\u2019s telescope. Eventually impressed with her achievements, Pickering allows Leavitt to pursue her own research at her desk after hours.

Henrietta intermittently receives messages from her sister Margaret back home in Wisconsin informing her about the work of their minister father and also Margie\u2019s own married life, husband and children. The sisters keep in touch through the years, during which time Henrietta shares a charming if slow courtship with the shy Peter, who is in awe of her abilities.

Inspired by her sister\u2019s musical talents, Henrietta eventually strikes upon a theory that leads to an understanding about the relationship between the relative brightness of stars in images of the \u201cMagellanic clouds\u201d and the \u201cperiod\u201d of Cepheid variable stars. Her research leads to a fundamental shift in the understanding of astronomy, paving the way for later accomplishments by Edwin Hubble and others to this day.

Highlights: The soaring achievements of scientific pioneer Henrietta Leavitt, in the face of sexism and other formidable obstacles, are given inspirational adaptation by playwright Lauren Gunderson. The writer\u2019s wonderful, two-act drama is elegantly performed by a disciplined and motivated West End Players Guild ensemble under Ellie Schwetye\u2019s dazzling direction.

Other Info: The production\u2019s scenic design ratchets up the show\u2019s atmosphere with a floor covered in a celestial rendering as well as a sumptuous video design by Ben Lewis which complements that with the illusion of the vast, star-studded sky. Prior to the show itself the video screen is filled with vintage photos of the actual Henrietta Levitt and other \u201chuman computers\u201d at Harvard.

Schwetye provides a stirring sound design filled with other-worldly musical motifs which heighten the effect, as do the antique desks where the poorly-named \u201cPickering\u2019s harem\u201d worked. It\u2019s all handsomely illuminated by Nathan Schroeder\u2019s lighting design and complemented with the proper attire of turn-of-the-century ladies\u2019 clothing and Peter Shaw\u2019s professional suit as fashioned by Tracy Newcomb.

Schwetye shrewdly utilizes the performance space on the floor below the West End Players Group stage, with Henrietta\u2019s Wisconsin home at stage right and the observatory at center and stage left. She choreographs her players in an almost balletic fashion to accentuate the elegance in their work.

Rachel Tibbetts fills Henrietta with a deep and abiding quest for knowledge. As she tells Peter early in their introduction, \u201cPassion is a dedicated desire unmatched by reason,\u201d to point out the difference in their approaches to their work. The Wikipedia biography of Henrietta Levitt describes her as \u201cselflessly devoted to her family, her church and her career,\u201d which Tibbetts charmingly conveys in her dialogue with the other characters.

Michelle Hand brings a nifty Scottish accent and a fiercely proud demeanor to the role of the determined Williamina Fleming. The one-time servant for Pickering adapted resolutely to her position as one of the women assigned to chart the skies for their male bosses, enabling the latter to accept all the glory for any resultant conclusions. Hand also smartly shows Fleming\u2019s sharp-eyed observations of the developing romance between Henrietta and Shaw in humorous fashion.

Jamie Pitt convincingly depicts the awkward rigidity of the single-focused Annie Cannon, a woman perceptively termed \u201cDickensian\u201d by Shaw for her eccentric personality and no-nonsense approach to her work. As Margie, Colleen Backer does well showing the complexities of Henrietta\u2019s sister, a woman devoted to her family but also talented enough musically to compose her own symphony.

Graham Emmons offers a delightful turn as Peter Shaw, whose trepidation indicates a man confined to society\u2019s accepted role for him to the point that he loses what his heart most desires. The awkward Peter is similar to the stilted Lord Arthur de Bourgh, the suitor in another appealing Gunderson story, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which recently concluded a run at The Rep.

Two minor annoyances mar an otherwise pristine presentation. Tibbetts is allowed to wear a streak of green hair in her coiffure, most unlikely for a woman 120 years ago, and Backer drowns out the players\u2019 voices in one scene near the end of Act I with some overly loud piano playing.

Silent Sky is an immensely satisfying drama from both scientific and emotional perspectives. Under Schwetye\u2019s insightful direction, her superbly chosen cast gives us a glimpse into one woman\u2019s triumph above prejudice to achieve everlasting brilliance.

Play: Silent Sky

Group: West End Players Guild

Venue: Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd.

Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 18

Tickets: $20; contact 367-0025 or WestEndPlayers.org

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

Photos courtesy of John Lamb

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Etymologically, the terms synergy and energy rhyme only through happenstance, yet the new area art gallery Monaco promises, through the former, to generate a great deal of the latter.

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The St. Louis space \u2013 which nestles in that municipality\u2019s near South Side and takes its name from the Mediterranean microstate \u2013 opened with a collective exhibition titled \u201cGrand Prix\u201d (a multiply fiendish pun) involving the 14 members of what effectively constitutes the artistic co-op that founded it: Amanda Bowles, Bruce Burton, Sage Dawson, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, Jos\u00e9 Guadalupe Garza, Meghan Grubb, \u201cLAB:D\u201d (Lyndon Barrois and Addoley Dzegede), Allison Lacher, Gregg Louis, Cole Lu, Tim Portlock and \u201cUS English\u201d (Brea and James McAnally).

\u201cThe space is minimalist and lofty, with concrete floors and 10-feet-high gallery walls that clad the original and still-visible brick-and-concrete masonry walls,\u201d Grubb says of Monaco, which sits, brightly lit, at the corner of Cherokee Street and Ohio Avenue.

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Following \u201cGrand Prix\u201d and Garza\u2019s solo \u201cMala Noche\u201d exhibition, Grubb will partner with Austinite Rachael Starbuck in presenting \u201cAs Blue Is to Distance,\u201d curated by St. Louis-based writer Stephanie Weissberg. Grubb and Starbuck\u2019s exhibition (supported with grant funding from the Regional Arts Commission) opens on March 2 and runs until March 24 during Monaco\u2019s hours of Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

\u201cVisitors to the gallery can expect to encounter a wide range of work, including a limited-edition newspaper, hanging sculptures, a floor installation and video pieces,\u201d Grubb says of \u201cAs Blue Is to Distance.\u201d

\u201cBoth Rachael and I work in sculpture and installation,\u201d she continues. \u201cWe\u2019re interested in how a physical, sensory experience \u2013 of an object or of a particular space or environment \u2013 can elicit intuitive knowledge in a viewer. The current focus of our respective studio practices overlaps quite a bit on the subject of water. We\u2019ve been considering all kinds of qualities of water, from wave dynamics and repetitive rhythmic motions to touch-based experiences of water \u2013 [like] a wet piece of clothing stuck to a body or water pressing on a body to create buoyancy.

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\u201cFor me, I initially became interested in the language of water about a year ago and how we use water metaphors to describe political/cultural change or transformation \u2013 [like] \u2018in the wake\u2019 of an event, \u2018tide shift\u2019 on a particular issue or \u2018undercurrents\u2019 of a particular cultural moment. I began to experiment with works that incorporate attributes of waves, currents and tides. My aim with these particular pieces is to offer the viewer a spatial experience of tedious, slow-moving, slow-building change \u2013 a process that\u2019s generally invisible or on a time scale that\u2019s too long to experience in a moment.\u201d

Once \u201cAs Blue Is to Distance\u201d concludes, Monaco\u2019s 2018-19 schedule of exhibitions runs through June 14, 2019 (see sidebar). The 18-month exhibition cycle, Grubb says, \u201callows each of the founding members to have one monthlong show during each cycle. The members can do just about anything with their time slot \u2013 they might have a solo show or invite a group of artists into the space. They could plan multiple events, pop-ups or performances throughout their monthlong time slot. It\u2019s really carte blanche, which is exciting.

\u201cThis schedule also leaves Monaco a bit of flextime each year that we may use in any number of ways \u2013 perhaps to host another artist-run collective show in our space or invite artists or community members to contribute to events and programming.

\u201cAs for the future, after the first exhibition cycle is complete, we envision beginning another 18-month exhibition cycle. Between now and then, we\u2019ll periodically discuss the framework, logistics, co-op numbers, other goals, and then tweak or re-envision the exhibition timeline, as needed.\u201d

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Otherwise, Grubb reflects on the local reaction to Monaco. \u201cThere has been a tremendous amount of positive energy and significant funds donated from the community that were critical to our build-out and completion of the gallery space last fall,\u201d she says. \u201cOpening night on Dec. 1 was packed, shoulder to shoulder, throughout the evening.

\u201cWe have heard and we feel that building an artist-run cooperative space like Monaco strengthens the entire arts community in St. Louis and, hopefully, will help as a model for more artist-centered spaces to develop and thrive in the years to come.

\u201cWe\u2019re all thrilled and grateful for how the St. Louis community has responded to the opening of Monaco.\u201d

Monaco, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis, monacomonaco.us

Monaco\u2019s 2018-19 Schedule of Exhibitions

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Story: Young Maya, sent to her room by her Aunt B, drifts off into sleep. While dreaming, she encounters a magical man named D.C., otherwise known as The Dream Catcher. The two of them proceed to journey back and forth in time, meeting famous people such as Rosa Parks and other heroes of the Civil Rights movement in America as well as African-Americans who fought against slavery.

Maya also meets others, such as the Inventor, the Mogul and the Mediator, who push progressive ideas in modern society.

When Maya awakens, will she remember any of what she has dreamed? Will she be one of the people who moves society forward in the future?

Highlights: TLT Productions recently launched its second season with a new show that mixes drama and music conceived and co-directed by Tre\u2019von Griffith and Lauron Thompson-Cosby.

Other Info: Griffith and Thompson-Cosby are the driving creative forces behind TLT Productions. They complement their diverse abilities in works which showcase the abundance of talent that many young performers can bring to local stages.

Beyond the River was performed last weekend, including a sold-out performance on Saturday night, at the Marcelle Theater. The one-act, 60-minute work nicely blends dramatic interludes with some stirring musical numbers featuring a cast comprised of Brianna Brown, Golliday, Sieglinda Fox-Fletcher, Byron Keaton, Dre Williams, Alex Jay and Felicia Campbell.

Max Cassilly\u2019s visual design included an array of projections above the performance space focusing on actual Civil Rights footage, which was effectively woven into the simple but sufficient scenic design of a couple of walls, a table and chairs for Maya\u2019s home and her room.

Madeleine Reed\u2019s lighting illuminated the difference between dream sequences and Maya\u2019s \u201cwaking\u201d moments, while Jon Zielke's\u00a0 sound design supported the action on stage.

Brianna Brown was convincing as the wide-eyed Maya, who learns much about history and even her potential place in it during the show\u2019s various snippets and vignettes.

Golliday brought a cheerful demeanor and presence to the role of the mystical Dream Catcher, while Williams, Jay and Campbell nicely etched the parts of the Inventor, the Mogul and the Mediator, respectively, in their interactions with Maya.

Fox-Fletcher brought warmth and loving discipline to the role of Aunt B, with Keaton handling the show\u2019s humorous moments as Maya\u2019s bumbling Uncle Chuck.

Beyond the River moves crisply and takes a positive look at America, despite all of our nation\u2019s problems, with buoyant optimism. It made for a successful opening for TLT\u2019s second season and makes a fine addition to programs offered during Black History Month.

Play: Beyond the River

Company: TLT Productions

Venue: Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive

Dates: Run concluded

Photos courtesy of TLT Productions

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Story: With so many people out of work, the Great Depression in 1936 is a particularly challenging time in America. For 10-year-old Bud, though, it\u2019s especially tough. Since the death of his mother he\u2019s been shifted between orphanages and foster homes while holding onto the hope that eventually he\u2019ll come in contact with his long-absent father.

As fate would have it, Bud (who insists on being referred to as that and definitely not as Buddy), ends up in the company of a traveling band of merry musicians who move throughout the Midwest, including Bud\u2019s home of Flint, Michigan. Known as the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, they are led by Herman E. Calloway, whom Bud surmises from an advertising flyer must be his father.

Naturally, Calloway isn\u2019t amused by Bud\u2019s insistence that the older gentleman is Bud\u2019s dad. Others in the band, though, including the kindly singer Mrs. Thomas, welcome him with open arms. They even give Bud a recorder to test his mettle and his desire to join them in their musical endeavors.

As bad as the Great Depression is, it\u2019s even worse for the band members of the mostly black band, who are accustomed to prejudice on their tours in the Midwest. They rely on their only white player, pianist Dirty Deed, to gain them access to clubs which otherwise wouldn\u2019t admit them, and then only because it\u2019s too late to hire anyone else after they\u2019ve arrived.

Even after joining this good-natured musical entourage, Bud becomes separated for a while from the group and notches more adventures on the road. All the while Bud maintains his upbeat attitude, fervently remembering his late mother\u2019s words that \u201cwhen one door closes, another one opens.\u201d Will the future be kind, cruel or indifferent to Bud?

Highlights: Metro Theater Company joins forces with Jazz St. Louis for a delightful rendition of this one-act play with words by Kirsten Greenidge and an original musical score by jazz legend Terence Blanchard. It\u2019s a sure-fire treat for theater patrons young and old as well as devotees of America\u2019s original musical art form.

Other Info: Julia Flood, artistic director for Metro Theater Company (MTC), says in a news release that MTC is the first company in the country to mount a production of Bud, Not Buddy after its commissioned debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Flood directs the presentation with flair and Jazz St. Louis Director of Education Phil Dunlap snappily serves as music director.

Based on a book by Christopher Paul Curtis, which won the 2000 Newbery Award for Excellence in Children\u2019s Literature as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, Bud, Not Buddy moves fluidly in MTC\u2019s well-paced presentation. A 13-piece jazz band is perched in back and above the area where the eight actors play out the 60-minute story.

Myke Andrews anchors the production with a winning portrayal of the amiable Bud. Andrews captures the joy and buoyant optimism of youth with an omnipresent smile and body language that shows the enthusiasm of a 10-year-old with persuasion. His interaction with the other performers is as ingratiating and infectious as Bud\u2019s personality.

He\u2019s supported by a strong ensemble which includes Don McClendon as the sophisticated Calloway, dressed to the nines (as are the other musicians) in Lou Bird\u2019s stylish costumes. FeliceSkye Hutchinson ably portrays the band\u2019s chanteuse, Miss Thomas, as well as other female roles.

Reginald Pierre brings an easy grace and affable demeanor to the role of the dapper Jimmy, while Carl Overly Jr. scores as easy-going Lefty Lewis as well as a courier who delivers blood to hospitals on his route. The latter part (not the performance) can be problematic as the older man attempted to pick up Bud while he was walking alone on a road late at night, but all\u2019s well that ends well in Greenidge\u2019s script.

Antony Terrell and Chris Ware also contribute to sundry roles, the former as a childhood chum of Bud\u2019s and the latter as the devil-may-care band member Thug. Nicholas Kryah has a fine time as white pianist Dirty Deed, who doesn\u2019t suffer the injustices inflicted on his mates by often hostile club owners.

Sean Savoie\u2019s lighting contrasts the performing area for the Jazz St. Louis musicians in a bit of funky darkness opposite the brighter upstage. David Blake\u2019s set beneath a placard for the Michigan Central Railroad utilizes properties master Meg Brinkley\u2019s wide assortment of props, including Bud\u2019s treasured suitcase, while Rusty Wandall\u2019s sound design complements the proceedings.

Jazz St. Louis performers who bring Blanchard\u2019s rich, evocative score to life include Ben Wheeler on bass, drummer Kevin Gianino, guitarist Anthony Peterson, trumpeter Daniel Campbell, trombonist Cody Henry, Steve Lawson on tuba, Carole Lemire on French horn, Kwanae Johnson on tenor sax, clarinetist Jeffrey Collins, bass clarinetist Derick Tramel, flutist Ben Reece, Mark Overton on oboe and Dunlap at the piano.

Bud, Not Buddy is a joyful noise as well as a captivating story. Like Bud\u2019s mother might have said, it opens the door to an opportunity for a musical and theatrical treat.

Play: Bud, Not Buddy

Company: Metro Theater Company

Venue: Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square

Dates: February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

Tickets: $14-$20; contact 534-1111 or metroplays.org

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

Photos courtesy of Dan Donovan

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Story: On the ancient island of Ceylon, a group of pearl fishermen elect their comrade Zurga as their leader. Shortly thereafter Zurga\u2019s long-lost friend Nadir arrives, and they reminisce about an earlier time when they both loved the same young priestess. Rather than fight over her, they had vowed to remain friends forever.

When a priestess named Leila comes to the shore of the island to bless the fleet, the woman recognizes Nadir but remains quiet. After Nadir is left alone while the other fishermen go out to sea, he dreams of the woman whom he had secretly loved even after his agreement with Zurga. He awakes and recognizes Leila\u2019s voice coming from the temple.

Leila welcomes Nadir but she is pressured by the high priest Nourabad to honor her vows to Brahma. She recalls a moment when she was younger and hid a fugitive from his enemies and certain death. In appreciation, the fugitive had given Leila a necklace to wear in remembrance.

When the returning fishermen find Nadir with Leila, they demand that both be executed for violating sacred vows. Zurga resists until he recognizes Leila and is filled with jealousy about the mutual love she shares with Nadir.

As Leila takes off her necklace on her way to execution, Zurga sees that it is the one he gave to a little girl when he was a fugitive. He sets Nadir and Leila free but he himself is fatally wounded by the angry pearl fishers.

Highlights: An enjoyable reading of Georges Bizet\u2019s music by conductor Darwin Aquino and the Winter Opera St. Louis orchestra showcased the opera\u2019s strength in a recent presentation by Winter Opera St. Louis.

Other Info: One of Bizet\u2019s earlier operas, Les Pecheurs de Perles debuted in 1863 and has a libretto by Eugene Cormon and M ichel Carrer as well as the French composer\u2019s music. It features a small cast of just four primary singers in addition to an ensemble of players who portray the fishermen and island women.

Stage director Mark Freeman kept the Winter Opera version moving at a sprightly clip, successfully utilizing the broad stage at the Skip Viragh Center for Performing Arts to allow for the ensemble to gather and still maintain an appearance of a spacious shoreline.

His four major performers all sang their roles with polish. Baritone Andrew Pardini brought compassion and virility to the role of the leader Zurga, handling the role and its vacillating emotions capably. Tenor Spencer Viator worked well with soprano Sonja Krenek as the young lovers Nadir and Leila, each handling their parts with solid vocal abilities as well as a talent for the more dramatic moments. Richard Zuch brought his resonant bass voice in fine measure to the role of the unyielding high priest Nourabad.

Aquino and his orchestra gave a refined reading to Bizet\u2019s pleasing music, which isn\u2019t so much a work of genius as one of accessible arrangements and a melodious score. The simple libretto by Cormon and Carre provides suitable accompaniment for the piece.

Lighting designer Natali Arco nicely illuminated the set designed by Scott Loebl, which presented the illusion of a seaside locale, while JC Krajicek designed costumes that were fitting for a veiled princess as well as the working-class fishermen. Gail Hintz served both as chorus master and collaborative pianist, Laura Skroska was property master and Holly Stoltz Smith added choreography.

The large and boisterous ensemble included Sharifa Black, Kara Born, Grace Fisher, Jackie Gross, Rebecca Hatlelid, Hannah Kauffman, Ryan Keller, Charlie Kinnison, Will Macarthy, Victoria Menke, Emily Moore, Michael Oeklers, John Richey, Joel Rogier, Thomas Taylor and Anthony Tomassini. Dancers featured were Lexi Poulsen, Noelle Renick, Allison Ruggeri and Madi Ruggeri.

Les Pecheurs de Perles is a rather trifling piece dramatically, but Bizet\u2019s agreeable score makes for a pleasant enough evening, especially when performed as ably as was the case with the Winter Opera production.

Winter Opera next presents Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elixir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) on March 9 and 11. Visit www.winteropera.org or call 865-0038 for additional information.

Opera: Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

Group: Winter Opera St. Louis

Venue: Skip Viragh Center for Performing Arts, Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 South Lindbergh

Dates: Run concluded

Photos courtesy of Wylde Brothers Productions

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Story: A late-winter snowstorm in 1955 forces a bus to make an unexpected stop at Grace\u2019s Diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City. A young woman named Cherie runs in seeking help from Grace, her assistant Elma and local sheriff Will Masters, who has stopped by the diner to warn the bus driver that roads are impassable until morning.

Cherie says she\u2019s been abducted by a young cowboy named Bo, who met her in Kansas City and plans to take her to his ranch in Montana and marry her there. Trouble is, nightclub entertainer Cherie has no interest in marriage, although she admits to spending a night with Bo which obviously made quite an impression.

Also on board the bus are Bo\u2019s older pal Virgil and Dr. Gerald Lyman, an itinerant professor who says mysteriously that he\u2019s on a pilgrimage of sorts throughout America, as well as Carl the bus driver on his regular route.

While the snow continues to fall, action inside the diner heats up as the brash and wild Bo refuses to take \u2018no\u2019 for an answer from Cherie or anyone else, including the sheriff. Meanwhile, Dr. Lyman strikes up a conversation with the young and inexperienced Elma, heaping compliments upon her in ways that unsettle the observant Grace.

For her part, Grace seems mighty happy to learn that Carl will be spending more than a few minutes in her company. The weather may be raging outside, but the hormones inside Grace\u2019s Diner are percolating at a pretty fast clip as well.

Highlights: Clayton Community Theatre has revived one of playwright William Inge\u2019s best-known plays from the mid-20th century. Director Sam Hack coaxes agreeable performances from his enthusiastic cast in a nicely paced production.

Other Info: Inge, who for a while was a drama and music critic for the St. Louis Times newspaper and taught at Washington University in the 1940s, was known as the \u201cplaywright of the Midwest\u201d for his slice-of-life dramas frequently set in the Heartland. Works such as Picnic, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Come Back, Little Sheba as well as Bus Stop helped Inge make his mark on Broadway in the 1950s.

Unfortunately, Bus Stop hasn\u2019t aged very well. The focal relationship between Bo and Cherie just isn\u2019t very funny, although one wonders if more-or-less sexual abuse was perceived as more humorous in the era when Bus Stop was written. Still, the play is better than the basically unwatchable movie of the same name from 1956, if that\u2019s any consolation.

Hack sets the mood for Clayton Community Theatre\u2019s version with a delightful sound design solely comprised of popular tunes from the mid-\u201950s. He also reprises the diner set designed by Andrew Cary, Zac Cary and Nada Vaughn which was utilized, with minor variations, for CCT\u2019s previous production of August Wilson\u2019s drama, Two Trains Running, which is set a decade later in Pittsburgh.

Amy Ruprecht\u2019s lighting effectively delineates various times of the day and night while Jean Heckmann\u2019s costumes reflect both the era and the occupations of the various characters. Kelly Hunter\u2019s props embellish the look of the set, too.

Britteny Henry brings pizzazz to the role of the fluttery chanteuse Cherie, a part played by Marilyn Monroe in the film version. She conveys Cherie\u2019s exuberant personality while also underscoring her impoverished upbringing. As Grace, Erin Struckhoff shows the worldly proprietor\u2019s love for life on the prairie as well as compassion for her high school employee Elma and a zest for Carl\u2019s \u2018visits.\u2019

Jeff Struckhoff brings an easy likability to bus driver Carl, while Jeff Lovell does well as the high-principled but fair sheriff Will. Gene Rauscher is believable as Virgil, the cowhand who also serves as a father figure for the wild and reckless Bo. The latter role is handled OK by Michael Bouchard, but it really isn\u2019t a very flattering character to portray.

Joe O\u2019Connor does a fine job as the creepy Professor Lyman, who has a weakness for booze and very young women as well as an aversion to authority, which explains his lingering unemployment. Lucy Sappington completes the cast as the sweet, good-hearted Elma, highly flattered by the attention of an older man.

Inge filled his three-act, two-hour work with a variety of characters, some certainly more believable than others, and director Hack does a credible job extracting fine performances from many of his players. One has to wonder, though, about the merits of reviving a creaky show like this at all.

Play: Bus Stop

Company: Clayton Community Theatre

Venue: Washington University South Campus Theatre

Dates: February 8, 9, 10, 11

Tickets: $15-$20; contact 721-9228 or brownpapertickets.com

Rating: A 3 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photo courtesy of John Lamb

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Art elevates, for good or for ill, effectively quantizing the quotidian \u2013 as established, delectably, by a free current exhibition celebrating the humble teapot.

\u201cIdenti-TEA,\u201d that exhibition, will run till March 18 under the auspices of the nonprofit Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design at its Delmar Loop gallery and shop in University City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

\u201cThis year, we\u2019re presenting a national juried show with Bruce W. Pepich, the executive director and curator of collections of the Racine Art Museum and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts [in Wisconsin],\u201d says Stefanie Kirkland, the center\u2019s director of exhibitions and artists-in-residence programs. \u201cHe selected 70 teapots, representing the work of 58 artists nationwide.\u201d

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A utilitarian prodigy, the teapot, historically, has embraced both the lowbrow and the high-, joyously. Consider, for instance, \u201cI\u2019m a Little Teapot,\u201d the potentially maddening 1939 ditty by George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley. Also, conversely, consider the refinement and elegance of the centuries-old Japanese Way of Tea, chad\u014d (sometimes transliterated otherwise).

From song to ceremony, from the British Brown Betty to the Slavic samovar, the teapot has established itself through the better part of two millennia \u2013 having reportedly originated in China during the Yuan dynasty, dating from 1271 to 1368, give or take \u2013 as a mundane marvel.

Now in its 16th iteration, \u201cIdenti-TEA\u201d \u2013 which opened Jan. 12 and continued the next day with a juror\u2019s talk by Pepich, who, at the Racine Art Museum, has \u201cassembled one of the most significant contemporary craft collections found in any art museum in North America,\u201d according to the center\u2019s website \u2013 salutes the potential diversity of a common household device.

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\u201cOne of the many wonderful things about this show is that the seemingly simple form of the teapot is continually reinterpreted in so many creative ways, time and time again \u2013 it\u2019s truly delightful,\u201d Kirkland says.

\u201cAll of the work in this show was selected because of its quality, but some highlights would be the work of Billie Jean Theide, who\u2019s a professor of art in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as both the inaugural James Avery Endowed Chair in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Chair of Crafts, all also at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [Theide]\u2019s work is constructed of vintage Duratone plastic-coated cards overlain on birch. They\u2019re great forms, and her use of pattern creates a tantalizing surface design.

\u201cAnother artist, Eric Serritella, specializes in hand-carved trompe l\u2019oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs. Artist Jimmy Liu\u2019s teapots are fanciful and playful; one teapot is of two rabbits playing chess together, and the other is a monkey astronaut hanging onto a spacecraft.\u201d

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Earlier iterations of the exhibition included Mary Ann Spavins Owen\u2019s Don\u2019t Count Your Teapots Before They Hatch, a sweet ornithological jape; Larry Page\u2019s Metropolis Tea Pot 2, a conflation of Earl Grey and an Erector Set; and Rimas VisGirda\u2019s Looong Tall Sally, a quasi-cubist conceit.

That brief roster of participants past and present suggests the potential geographic scope of this 16th \u201cIdenti-TEA.\u201d Liu hails from St. Louis; Page from Collinsville. Otherwise, though, Serritella lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Spavins Owen in Colton, New York; and VisGirda (Theide\u2019s husband) in the Urbana-Champaign area.

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\u201cPeople are always delighted to see the show,\u201d Kirkland says. \u201cA teapot is such a familiar object in so many cultures all over the world that I think viewers are not only impressed by the creativity of the artists\u2019 voices but also pleasantly surprised that these forms can still be so vital and fresh.\u201d

Sales of and from the exhibition\u2019s teapots make \u201ca great way to not only support a local artist but support an organization like Craft Alliance, which provides programming to so much of the St. Louis community,\u201d says Kirkland, who adds that the prices of pieces in \u201cIdenti-TEA\u201d typically range from $60 to a whistleworthy $20,000.

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She concludes by briefly reflecting further on the delicious diversity of \u201cIdenti-TEA.\u201d \u201cSome artists appear in consecutive exhibitions \u2013 but never the same teapot,\u201d Kirkland says. \u201cThat\u2019s what makes this show so exciting. Everything changes, and new things happen each year.\u201d

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-725-1177, craftalliance.org

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Story: It\u2019s an awkward situation when professor and pioneering evolutionary biologist Zelda Kahn is paid a visit by Rachel Hardeman, a graduate student in the same field. The renowned Kahn is one of few women in the highly competitive area, known for her work with the Grandmother Hypothesis.

As a young woman, Zelda challenged the male-dominated field of evolutionary biology by proposing a new explanation to the reasons behind menstruation. The Grandmother Hypothesis theorizes that prehistoric older women helped gather food for their grandchildren, allowing younger women to have more children more quickly.

Now, Rachel has developed a theory that menstrual blood protects the vulnerable uterus from bacteria and viruses transported by sperm, acting as a cleansing agent by shedding the outer lining of the uterus and bathing the area in blood carrying immune cells to destroy toxic microbes.

After an oddly hostile introduction by Rachel, Zelda is fascinated by the theory being developed by the nerdy grad student. So much so that she invites Rachel to present her ideas at a prestigious forum which has an opening due to a last-minute cancellation.

There\u2019s a complication, though. Rachel insists that her boyfriend be allowed to co-present the theory, even though she\u2019s mysterious as to how much he brought to the revolutionary work and creative thinking behind it.

Zelda, who is single and has devoted her life to her work, seems to bond with Rachel as another woman fighting for recognition in a male-dominated science, but considerable friction flares between them. Will they be able to find a mutual point where they can share their ideas?

Highlights: New Jewish Theatre presents an intriguing interpretation of a play based on actual scientific studies and inspired by real people.

Other Info: Playwright Sarah Treem\u2019s one-act drama from 2010 was inspired in part by the work of Margie Profet, an American evolutionary biologist with no formal biology training, who argued that menstruation, allergies and morning sickness had evolved to eliminate pathogens, carcinogens and other toxins from the body. Profet, educated at Harvard, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Washington, earned degrees in political philosophy and physics and also studied math.

Treem\u2019s drama is filled with dialogue based on scientific research, including Zelda\u2019s time spent in Africa with the Hadza, an indigenous ethnic group in Tanzania who are descendants of Tanzania\u2019s aboriginal hunter-gatherer population but not closely related to any other people genetically. They live in a communal setting and engage in cooperative child rearing.

While the scientific aspects of Treem\u2019s play are complex, its emotional underpinnings often devolve into soap opera. There is considerable psychological baggage carried by both characters which is revealed in the course of the show\u2019s 90 minutes, albeit often in mawkish ways.

Director Nancy Bell and her two stellar players succeed when Treem\u2019s writing sticks to science as well as the hostile, cutthroat political arena in which Zelda and now Rachel find themselves. There also are moments when the personal interplay between the two scientists is given strong tugs. The primary problem, though, is that the script too often falters when it ventures into its emotional heart of darkness.

Sophia Brown infuses Rachel with considerable animosity at the outset, making it difficult to emphasize with the younger character, at least in the beginning. Even with explanations revealed during the course of the story, Rachel is assuredly guarded in her responses, and Brown does well conveying Rachel\u2019s vulnerabilities.

As Zelda, Amy Loui reveals the complexities of a woman who has worked and fought hard to earn what she has accomplished despite the skepticism and even hostility of her male peers. Treem\u2019s story also delves into Zelda\u2019s own personal relationships, but there are as many questions raised as answered.

Bell keeps the focus justifiably on the interplay between Zelda and Rachel and does what she can with the more melodramatic elements in the script. The story plays out on a twin set designed by Peter & Margery Spack, starting in Zelda\u2019s busy and academically adorned office and later switching to a bar catering to college students.

Michael Sullivan\u2019s lighting is especially pronounced on the latter portion of the scenic design, while Zoe Sullivan\u2019s sound design features more or less contemporary \u2018girl bands.\u2019 Felia Davenport dresses Rachel in attire of a woman unconcerned with clothing while Zelda sports a professional look. Margery Spack adds well-appointed props to complete the look of the presentation.

The How and the Why is expertly acted and directed, featuring two compelling characters telling a scientifically fascinating story. It\u2019s the soapy stabs at heart-tugging which detract from its total package.

Play: The How and the Why

Company: New Jewish Theatre

Venue: Wool Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive

Dates: January 31, February 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11

Tickets: $39-$44; contact 442-3283 or newjewishtheatre.org

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

Photos courtesy of Eric Woolsey

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Story: A young American woman is apprehended in Chicago prior to boarding a plane en route to a rendezvous with an ISIS terrorist. She met him on the internet, and soon the lonely, 18-year-old Susie began to develop romantic feelings for the man she knows only from social media correspondence.

She\u2019s soon put on trial for conspiring to commit terrorist acts against the United States. Her widowed father Alan hires Mark Arenberg, the best defense attorney recommended to him, at a steep but necessary fee.

Prosecutor Scott Bader is known for his intensity and his take-no-prisoners approach to winning a case. In this instance, he decides that having brilliant, Harvard-educated attorney Claire Fathi assist him will help his side, not only because of her skills but also because she is a practicing Muslim.

Claire initially resists, not wanting to be hired because she thinks it\u2019s only because of the hijab she wears. Eventually she decides that it\u2019s important for people to see a positive role model for Muslim women contrasted with Susie.

As the trial moves forward the prosecution and defense each lines up its best strategy for justice to be served. Will the defense convince a jury that Susie was duped into aiding sinister ISIS forces by a manipulative recruiter? Or will the prosecution\u2019s argument that Susie was a willing and eager convert to the worst sort of Islamic zealots and terrorist activities sway the jury?

Highlights: A hit in its world premiere last year at Chicago\u2019s Northlight Theatre, Faceless provides an evening of often provocative drama in its current incarnation at The Rep\u2019s Studio Theatre.

Other Info: The Rep has transported most of the creative forces behind Northlight Theatre\u2019s debut of this sobering if sometimes soapy one-act piece written by playwright Selina Fillinger. Susaan Jamshidi and Lindsay Stock reprise their roles as Claire and Susie, respectively, as do Ross Lehman as Arenberg and Joe Dempsey as Alan Glenn.

Director BJ Jones, who is in his 20th season as artistic director of Northlight, also made the 300-mile trek south to The Lou as director of The Rep\u2019s rendition. Jones keeps the story moving at a brisk clip, no easy feat considering the number of small scenes which unfold on the clever scenic design by John Culbert. That set, originated at Northlight, features a background that reminds one of an airline terminal paired with a courtroom layout in the forefront.

Chicago-based sound designer Andre Pluess focuses on a Middle Eastern musical motif, while Stephan Mazurek\u2019s projection design is highlighted by some eerie shadows representing Susie\u2019s terrorist contact, at times menacing with sloped shoulders while at others appearing more accessible, albeit always in the dark.

Izumi Inaba recreates her costume design from the original Faceless production, decking out the attorneys in professional attire while Susie and her EMT dad dress more casually, with Claire and Susie both adorned with hijabs to cover their scalps. Lighting designer Heather Gilbert\u2019s work contrasts the bright lights of the courtroom with the sinister shadows in Susie\u2019s social media conversations.

Blocking is a bit problematic in The Rep\u2019s production, since it seems like half the time a viewer facing the stage directly sees only the backs of the attorneys when they\u2019re talking with others at interrogation tables.

The cast does a fine job recreating their roles, with Jamshidi and Stock carrying the primary roles of the contrasting Muslim women. Jamshidi conveys the exasperation of educated Muslim attorney Claire, who long since has tired of stereotypical responses to her garb and religion, but who rails as well against \u201cMuslim Barbie\u201d Susie and her mindless following of an unknown recruiter.

As Susie, Stock is convincing as a frail young woman who seemingly becomes easy prey for a polished recruiter who presents himself as a young Arab man but offers no proof to that effect and instead remains \u2018faceless\u2019 in their dialogues. Stock also shows some surprising twists and turns in Susie\u2019s thinking.

Michael James Reed provides excellent counterbalance as the bombastic, self-focused Bader, who uses Claire as a courtroom tool for as long as she suits his purposes, while Lehman does well as the Jewish defense attorney who is not above lecturing his client when common sense seems to evade her. Dempsey is effective as a man who already has lost his wife and now sees his only child on the verge of a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

Faceless looks at a contemporary issue in an up-close-and-personal way, often engrossing but also sometimes melodramatic. Still, it\u2019s a look at a very real concern in the 21st century.

Play: Faceless

Company: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Venue: Emerson Studio Theatre, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road

Dates: Through February 4

Tickets: $45-$69.50; contact 968-4925 or www.repstl.org

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

Photos courtesy of Jerry Naunheim Jr.

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