Story: Dorante is an elegant, upper-class cad. He’s journeyed to Paris in 1644 in search of a wife, unaware that his father already has decided his marital fate. While there, Dorante stumbles upon an amiable chap named Cliton, an impoverished but decent fellow who needs a steady job. Cliton convinces Dorante that he should be Dorante’s servant, which appeals to the gentleman’s vanity.
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Story: New York City is bustling in 1895, and in the middle of the action is Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi. The widow of Ephram Levi makes her living by selling her services to teach dancing, play musical instruments and a dozen other occupations, most notably arranging marriages.
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Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Story: Playwright Eric Bogosian presents 10 vignettes featuring urban and suburban men in modern-day America in this one-man, one-act, 75-minute venture into the male psyche.
Show: The ninth annual St. Louis Cabaret Conference was held July 28 through August 1, allowing students to take lessons from a variety of artists adept in the stylistic art form. Founded by Tim Schall and Sharon Hunter in 2006, the conference was expanded in 2012 by producer Schall to include the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, a series of cabaret performances occurring while the conference is under way.
Story: Blanche DuBois travels from her native Mississippi to the Elysian Fields area of New Orleans and the home of her married sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella is surprised at Blanche’s arrival but makes her feel at home. Quickly, though, Stella learns that Blanche has lost the beloved family estate, Belle Reve, and has packed all of her worldly possessions into her suitcases.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
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Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.
Story: It’s 1961, and window washer J. Pierrepont Finch seems more absorbed in the book he’s reading than in cleaning the exterior of the World Wide Wicket building. He carries a self-help tome that describes in meticulous detail how an ambitious, enterprising young man (it is 1961) can rise to the top of the business world with nary an iota of talent.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
What’s more ‘St. Louis’ than getting married with the Arch in the background? The outdoor terrace at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis provides just that, plus diverse menus, an in-house pastry chef and an on-site spa for all of a bride’s and groom’s big-day needs.
Love is aflutter at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, where ceremonies can be held in a stone-pillar gazebo, on a deck over a babbling brook or in a tented pavilion. Evening receptions are held at the Emerson Lakeside Terrace and Pavilion (pictured), and guests are welcome to stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory and outdoor paths.
The classic features and unique ceiling in The Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom makes wedding guests feel as though they’re under the stars. Booking the Khorassan includes the extra perk of having a personalized message on the hotel’s classic marquee, making it a great backdrop for photos.
The concrete, stainless-steel mesh walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard terrace and dynamic array of ever-changing contemporary art exhibits make the Contemporary Art Museum an effortlessly modern setting for couples in-the-know.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre offers the Grand Staircase (pictured), as one of several settings for lavish nuptials. Guests can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of stepping behind the curtain and dining center-stage, and the wedding party can even opt to use ‘star’ and ‘chorus’ dressing rooms backstage.
Breathtaking views and beautiful landscaping at The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn at St. Albans provide a destination-wedding feel without leaving St. Louis. Renovations will be completed in September; the venue will include four luxury bed-and-breakfast cottages and a large pavilion.
Weddings at the Missouri History Museum’s gorgeous MacDermott Grand Hall are taken to new heights, as the newlyweds and their guests celebrate under a replica of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, Spirit of St. Louis, built in 1928. The Museum has spectacular views of Forest Park and stunning Classical Revival architecture to make each event unforgettable.
Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden (pictured), offers a bright, crisp atmosphere. Couples also can choose the Spink Pavillion for a fun outdoor venue. The bride and groom receive a basic 1-year membership to the Garden, and, along with their guests, are free to explore its 79 acres.
The Sheldon can host every element of a wedding, from start to finish. Couples can hold intimate ceremonies on stage in the Concert Hall, before enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by gorgeous art in the galleries and Atrium, followed by dinner and dancing in the Ballroom.
Several areas of the Saint Louis Art Museum are available to use as a venue, including the Sculpture Hall (pictured). Guests can enjoy private, docent-led tours during the cocktail hour, giving them a special viewing of the galleries after-hours.
The Saint Louis Club Ballroom recently has been renovated to include a soft color palette of creams and grays to complement any wedding, as well as 17-foot ceilings and new furnishings, draperies and flooring. The Ballroom also offers one of the best panoramic views of St. Louis; and on most days, the Gateway Arch and downtown skyline are highly visible.