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.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
Story: In 2012 St. Louis Actors’ Studio founding director William Roth announced the premiere of the LaBute New Theater Festival in July 2013. Noted playwright Neil LaBute, whose works have been nominated for both Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, agreed to participate in the festival, both as part of the creative team and also as a contributing playwright.
Story: Leon Tolchinksky arrives in Kulyenchikov with his luggage and a heart full of optimism. He is the new teacher in the tiny hamlet located somewhere in Ukraine, circa late 19th century. His fervor begins to erode, though, when he meets the people of Kulyenchikov. They seem pleasant enough, but unfortunately they make no sense at all. In fact, they sound uniformly foolish and stupid.
Story: Novelist George Schneider has recently returned from a vacation to Europe, which he had taken to help ease the grief he experienced at the death of his wife. George hasn’t yet come to terms with that death, which followed what he considered an idyllic 12-year marriage.
Marsha Mason’s horizons have expanded significantly from her childhood in St. Louis. The one-time Catholic schoolgirl attended Holy Rosary grade school in North St. Louis and later Mary Queen of Peace when her family moved to Crestwood. She became interested in theater while attending Nerinx Hall High School and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before embarking on her illustrious stage and film career.
Story: Eddie Kurnitz is in dire straits in 1942. He put himself in hock to loan sharks to acquire the money he needed to help make his cancer-stricken wife’s remaining months more bearable. Now, his wife has passed and Eddie realizes he must honor his debt. As fate would have it, he has acquired a lucrative sales job that will enable him to pay back the sharks in about a year. To do this, though, will require that he spend most of his life on the road.
Story: Eugene Morris Jerome is just about 15 years old and just about sure of what he wants to do with his life. If he has his druthers, he’ll be playing professional baseball for the New York Yankees, his hometown team in the year 1937. Otherwise, Eugene plans to be a writer. As such, he chronicles the daily goings-on in the Jerome household, which he shares with his parents Jack and Kate, older brother Stanley, widowed Aunt Blanche and her two daughters Nora and Laurie.
Audiences will be immersed in comedy, romance and intrigue during The Rep’s eclectic new season. Ladue News recently spoke with veteran artistic director Steven Woolf for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Tony award-winning classics, comedies and musicals. In addition, he shares what moves him most about The Rep, as well as what keeps audiences coming back for more.
Grammy Award-winning musicians, Tony Award-winning theater and never-before-seen art will highlight St. Louis’ fall season. Here’s a first look:
Acclaimed trumpet player and composer WYNTON MARSALIS will headline the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY’s fourth annual gala, Red Velvet Ball Swings!
Play: “The Crumple Zone”
Play: “Just Desserts”
Financial forecasters say that the Great Recession is winding down, with encouraging signs of an improving economy outweighing lingering negative effects such as high unemployment.
Play: “The Sunshine Boys”
Play: “The Good Doctor”
Play: “Promises, Promises”
STAGES ST. LOUIS is preparing for Promises, Promises, the NEIL SIMON and BURT BACHARACH musical adapted from the Oscar-winning film, The Apartment. The Stages offering, which runs July 16 through Aug. 15, is the only licensed professional production outside of New York, and will be presented from the original script and score that premiered on Broadway in 1968. St. Louisan BEN NORDSTROM leads the cast as Chuck Baxter, the bachelor who lets his Madison Avenue bosses borrow his apartment for romantic trysts. Be on the lookout for costume designer JOHN INCHIOSTRO’s ‘60s-inspired creations.
Play: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”
Play: I Ought to Be in Pictures