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Calendar, Archive Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Just in time for Halloween, director Dan Spurgeon's adaptation of six of H.P Lovecraft's tales, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, gathers a ghoulish sampling of the dank hallways, forbidding places and supernatural creatures for which the author was known.In the segment "The Statement of Randolph Carter," archeologists Mark Souza and Daniel Jimenez...…
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Calendar, Archive A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Yuletide Lords of Misrule at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre are presiding over a "turbocharged," nontraditional version of the Dickens classic, which means you can expect a lot of fun and laughs. The opening scene sets the impious tone with an offering of familiar carols performed with sardonic menace by...…
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Calendar, Archive Play Dead

Play Dead

Sitting through a performance of the Geffen Playhouse's delightful spook show Play Dead resurrects memories of a long-gone time when such shows were truly scary -- and scads of fun. Performed by Todd Robbins, who co-wrote the show with director Teller (of the magician duo Penn & Teller), Play Dead...…
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Calendar, Archive The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!

The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!

Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogarts's amusing creation is actually an anti-musical musical parsed out into five acts, all of which parody the styles and works of famous composers and lyricists of the genre, all with the same mundane theme: "I can't pay the rent." Four actors play all the roles...…
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Calendar, Archive Endgame

Endgame

"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness; it's the most comical thing in the world," chimes Nell (Jill Hill), one of the very unhappy souls in Samuel Beckett's 1957 absurdist classic, Endgame, about four pitiful characters trapped in a decrepit room as the outside world collapses in decay and sterility. Unlike the...…
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Calendar, Archive Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Mark Twain wrote, "Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." So it is in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella of dual personalities and scientific overreach. This adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher uses a cast of six actors, and is set in the dark...…
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Calendar, Archive Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Just in time for Halloween, director Dan Spurgeon's adaptation of six of H.P Lovecraft's tales, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, gathers a ghoulish sampling of the dank hallways, forbidding places and supernatural creatures for which the author was known. In the segment "The Statement of Randolph Carter," archeologists Mark Souza and Daniel...…
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Calendar, Archive The Player King

The Player King

The name John Wilkes Booth isn't likely to be forgotten, but many are unaware that the infamous assassin was part of an accomplished family of actors. In this solo show, Darin Dahms brings the Booth clan to life. Drawing on historical and biographical material, Dahms constructs what is mostly a...…
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Calendar, Archive Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling's comedy-drama about female friendships has seen many stage incarnations since its debut in 1987, not to mention a popular film version with Dolly Parton. Now comes a sparkling revival from East West Players with an all–Asian-American cast. Hiwa Bourne does the honors as the sassy, opinionated Truvy, whose…
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Calendar, Archive The Old Settler

The Old Settler

John Henry Redwood's bittersweet romantic comedy The Old Settler is set in 1943 Harlem in the comfy home (a handsome set by Thomas Brown) of middle-aged sisters Elizabeth (Ruby Hinds) and Quilly (Jolie Oliver). Elizabeth is dignified and restrained, while her sister is outspoken and nit-picky. These church-going ladies are...…
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Calendar, Archive Bob Baker's It's a Musical World!

Bob Baker's It's a Musical World!

Nearly three decades ago, this reviewer attended a production of The Nutcracker with his daughter, and was surprised how thoroughly enjoyable this "children's show" was. Similarly, while It's a Musical World reveals no surprises, the production at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is a kick from start to finish, and...…
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Calendar, Archive Eat the Runt

Eat the Runt

Playwright Avery Crozier and director Tom Beyer return to Theater of NOTE for more laughs with their raucous satire, which takes a flamethrower to social proprieties, workplace decorum and some sacred PC cows. The format hasn't changed since it was performed in 2010: The audience determines which role the seven...…
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Calendar, Archive Rebecca's Gamble

Rebecca's Gamble

Issues of science, medical ethics and criminal law propel Art Shulman and Robert Begam's provocative courtroom drama. Director Rick Walters has transformed this small venue into a courtroom interior surrounded by audience members, some of whom render a verdict at play's end. The site-specific setting is used to good effect.…
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Calendar, Archive Sweet Karma

Sweet Karma

Henry Ong's drama Sweet Karma is inspired by the life and tragic death of Haing S. Ngor, the Cambodian-American doctor and author who won an Academy Award in 1985 for his portrayal of journalist Dith Pran in the 1984 film The Killing Fields, which chronicled the barbarous regime of the...…
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Calendar, Archive Ionescopade, A Musical Vaudeville

Ionescopade, A Musical Vaudeville

More than most of his contemporaries, Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco had a devilishly bleak and irresistibly engaging sense of humor to his vision about the absurdity of the world and human existence. It's clearly on display in Ionescopade, the vaudeville-style musical based on his plays (The Bald Soprano, Exit The...…
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Calendar, Archive Ophiliamachine

Ophiliamachine

"I expel all the semen which I have received. I transform the milk of my breasts into deadly poison." Lifted from Heiner Muller's eternally confounding Hamletmachine, the words are a fitting part of the opening tableau of Polish playwright Magda Romanska's similarly themed postmodernist drama, now in its world premiere...…
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Calendar, Archive Tis Pity She's a Whore

Tis Pity She's a Whore

With this spirited production of Jacobean playwright John Ford's 1629 family tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, director Miranda Stewart shows that less is indeed sometimes better. At the play's center is the incestuous relationship between siblings Giovanni (Jonny Rodgers) and Annabella (Hannah Skye Wenzel), whose forbidden love, like that...…
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Calendar, Archive Cops and Friends of Cops

Cops and Friends of Cops

The title Cops and Friends of Cops references the raucous "cops only" night held monthly at the tumbledown St. Louis bar in Ron Klier's suspenseful drama. While Dom (Paul Vincent O'Connor) prepares the bar for the night's guests, he is joined by the shabby-looking Paul (Johnny Clark), who insists on...…
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Calendar, Archive Do Lord Remember Me

Do Lord Remember Me

During the mid 1930s, the Federal Writers' Project, at the request of President Franklin Roosevelt, undertook an extensive gathering of oral histories from former slaves about their lives. It is these voices from an ugly past that are the material for James de Jongh's stirring 1977 docudrama Do Lord Remember...…
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Calendar, Archive Huraclown

Huraclown

To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, this is one clown you should send in, for a good time and some soul-healing laughter. Aziz Gual has been working his magic for decades, graduating from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College and working with "the greatest show on earth," as well as traveling...…
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