Max Fiorello during a dress rehearsal for Ragtime
As we head into the heat of July—and yet another summer of sequels, prequels and remakes—I was forced to remind myself that sometimes, it's not all that bad. OK, it’s usually pretty bad. I only need to take a quick peek at Caddyshack 2 on TBS to be reminded of that. So, either I truly am the eternal optimist or I have developed some bizarre, cinematic form of Stockholm syndrome because I keep going back, hoping that maybe this time, the sequel (or the prequel or the re-imagining) will be worth the price of a ticket.
Story: Henry Saunders has big plans for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Although the company is struggling with everyone else in the Great Depression, its general manager Saunders has come up with a dazzling idea for a fund-raiser: Get renowned opera star Tito Morelli, aka Il Stupendo, to perform the title role in Verdi’s Otello with the Cleveland Grand Opera. When Morelli accepts the assignment, Henry’s hopes are raised even higher.
Story: It’s been a while since Teddy’s been back to the modest home in North London where he grew up. His mother has passed away, but his father and two brothers still live there, along with his dad’s brother Sam.
Honestly I don’t have a lot to tell you here that you can’t figure out on your own. I will say this, though: The fact that these movies are coming on the heels of the deluge of Marvel superhero movies makes me feel like Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange having to watch all those films with his eyes held open. Thor, Ironman, Captain America, The Avengers all with sequels, prequels, spinoffs and remakes. As Ben Affleck heads off to distant parts to start shooting the latest Batman incarnation--sorry, reimagining--I can only shake my head and sigh. Maybe we need a new superhero, say a studio executive with the ability to spot originality and wit, or maybe a mild-mannered editor with the ability to trim a film down to under two hours. A girl can dream.
Story: Willum is in a quandary. The Terre Haute architect is working on a couple of projects that, to his exasperation, have been seriously diluted by his clients. Additionally, his patient girlfriend Tansy is set to move to Washington, D.C. to accept a job as a TV meteorologist.
Max, Amber, Mark Jr., Mark Sr. and Mason Brown
Hot on the heels of his latest venture, restaurateur DAVID BAILEY has announced he'll be opening yet another concept this year. The as-yet-unnamed barbecue eatery will be located at 1011 Olive St. in Midtown, and will feature a 200-seat restaurant and an additional 150-seat event space. The rooftop will house a separate bar that will operate independently. Look for an opening this winter.
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
Story: On an iPlanet 300 years in the future that formerly was known as Earth, people live regimented lives. They dress alike, they act alike and they even listen to the same music that is cranked out by the omnipresent GlobalSoft Corporation under the instructions of the oppressive police overseer, Commander Khashoggi.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Col. Len Griggs, Max Nall
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Why get just one item when you can give that special someone a collection of tiny, little presents? Our selection of holiday gift sets may just be what you’re looking for...
Story: The well-to-do Duncans of Main Line, Philadelphia seem to live in a TV sitcom from the ‘50s. Arthur is a bank president, his wife Grace spends her days dressed in heels and jewelry on shopping sprees and daughter Emma is a bundle of frazzled nerves from her wide eyes down to her bobby socks. She desperately longs for boyfriend Tommy to pop the question so they can get married and she can start her own idyllic family. Instead, Grace orders Tommy to put on a maid’s uniform and get busy with his new chores, since she’s unimpressed that he’s a waiter.
Story: Encouraged by his Uncle Mike, Mitch grew up wanting to be a jazz pianist. After college and briefly dabbling in his desired profession, however, he ends up in journalism. He does pretty well at it, too, as an ambitious sports reporter who eventually nabs a regular column for a daily newspaper as well as radio and TV opportunities that fuel the self-centered writer.
In Back: Brian Redders, Rick, Madison and Stacy Goldberg, Marcus Cantert, Mike Sluhan. In Front: Noah Redders, Ben and Sam Sluhan, Zach Cantor, Max Redders
ROBERT BUTLER has joined Starkloff Disability Institute’s board of directors. Butler is executive VP at Smith McGehee Insurance Solutions in Clayton. Also, LORI BECKER has joined as director of development and communications.
The best pitcher on Planet Earth right now is from our town. Max Scherzer is throwing a baseball better than anybody in the world. He's the pride of Parkway Central. He was a standout there, but nobody anticipated this: Scherzer leads the American League in wins and whip, and is second in strikeouts. He is the winningest pitcher in baseball in the last two years.
Max Scherzer poses next to his bobblehead at Detroit's Comerica Park
Play: The Lyons