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Story: Playwright William Gibson re-imagines the Nativity story from a variety of unusual perspectives. Joseph, e.g., is in love with the much younger Mary, but is logically confused and annoyed when he learns that she is pregnant and even more puzzled by her explanation. And who is this dapperly dressed individual who claims to be an angel sent by God to herald the arrival of the Messiah?
Play: The Mousetrap
YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.
Jeanne Hosler and Timothy Kaufmann
St. Louis Bank welcomes STEPHEN CALLOW as senior VP of commercial lending. Callow has 28 years of commercial banking experience in the St. Louis area, including senior-level management.
Story: Identical twin sons are born to a merchant of Syracuse on the same day that identical twin sons are born to a poor woman in the same city. The merchant then purchases the woman’s children as slaves for his sons. On a voyage shortly thereafter, the merchant and one of his sons and one of the slaves are separated from the merchant’s family, whom they do not see again.
Bringing Shakespeare to the big screen can be a two-edged sword. Shakespeare is dated; Shakespeare is timeless. Shakespeare is melodramatic; Shakespeare is poetic. Romeo and Juliet can be particularly challenging in that regard, as the audience has to buy into a love that is so instantaneous and so powerful that the main characters are willing to die for each other after only days. That is the key to success with the play; and unfortunately, the reason it fails here.
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: Three queens approach Theseus, king of Athens, demanding justice for the murder of their husbands by Creon, the treacherous king of Thebes. Theseus agrees and wages a victorious war against Thebes. Theban cousins, nobles Arcite and Palamon, fight against Athens in the army of their corrupt uncle Creon, even though they are appalled by his actions.
Story: Two rival teen gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, have an ongoing feud in a turf war fought in New York City’s blue-collar, West Side neighborhood, circa 1957. Tony, former co-leader of the Jets, has dropped out of the European-American gang and is concentrating on his job at Doc’s drug store.
Many of us think we know what we like when it comes to the arts in St. Louis, but sometimes the most thrilling performance or the most moving canvas can be found in an unexpected place. We asked some of the area’s most plugged-in artistic leaders and supporters about their favorite arts experiences—perhaps you’ll find a new place to love!
Nancy and Craig Schnuck
Mai and Mike McLaughlin, Jiamin and Michael Dierberg
Norma Deen Juracsik, Ceil Piekarski, Britt Compton
Brendan Johnson, Anita Hagerman, Victoria Thomas, Nida and Chad Bockert
David Weiss, Judy Burch, John Nickel, Alice Sargent, Benjamin Akande, Christy Nickel, Peter Sargent, Bola Akande
Ida Early, Rosalind Early
Lynn Barnes, Joshua Thomas, Jerry Barnes