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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Big Muddy eases back into live performance with show presented virtually and under Big Top by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

"Blue Roses Falling," a new dance piece, will be presented both virtually and in person under Big Top in Grand Center.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 06:03PM
Saturday, March 13, 2021

When live theater returns, will audiences be comfortable gathering? by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

With the rollout of vaccinations, theater and dance artists are optimistic that in-person performances can resume before the end of the year.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:54AM
Thursday, February 11, 2021

New Jewish Theatre leaders hope productions can resume safely in fall by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Theatergoers have been concerned about future of company, which suspended operations in October and canceled its 2020-21 season in the interest of health and safety.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:03PM
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

St. Louis Ballet addresses pandemic romance with Valentine's Day weekend shows by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

"LOVE (and ballet) in the time of Corona" features new choreography as well as excerpts from classical repertoire, including “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake.”

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 11:33AM
Friday, January 22, 2021

Crowdsourced choreography anchors Big Muddy Dance Company's latest virtual show by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Latest virtual program includes works by Jenny Battenberg, Prince Lyons, Joshua L. Peugh and Brian Enos.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:54AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Live theater is waiting in the wings, and St. Louis companies are hopeful for 2021 by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has artists "cautiously optimistic" about return of live stage productions in 2021.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:06PM
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Costume designer creates a mask that helps singers, instrumentalists get back to work by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Robin L. McGee, who has worked on Muny shows, is project manager for the Broadway Relief Project in New York.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:48PM
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Caroling group brings virtual greetings with holiday telegrams during pandemic by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association offers “caroling telegrams,” short music videos featuring local singers.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:18PM
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020

Tennessee Williams Festival translates 'Glass Menagerie' for radio by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Celebrated drama is a highlight of fifth annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 11:36AM
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Live theater returns: Midnight Company brings one-man show to the stage by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Production of "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" will observe pandemic safety measures.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 01:42AM
Friday, October 16, 2020

Regina Taylor, award-winning actor-playwright, partners with the Rep for 3-year residency by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Work as artist-in-residence will include writing, collaborating with staff and connecting with the St. Louis community.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 06:03AM
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Backstage artists find a spotlight helping to keep theaters — and themselves — afloat during pandemic by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The pandemic has forced live theater to take a long intermission, which is disrupting the lives of actors as well as artists behind the scenes.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:24PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Who wouldn't want to hang with Jon Hamm or Sterling K. Brown? Here's your chance by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Donors to Small Professional Theatre Sustainment Fund could win a chance to chat virtually with St. Louis stars.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:24PM

For theater during pandemic, Zoom is the room where it happens. But will it stick around? by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Do virtual productions have a future once COVID-19 is a thing of the past? Or will artists be only too happy to refocus their energies on the stage?

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:24PM

Q&A: Metro Theater Company presents a virtual 'After Dark' fundraising gala by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Company that produces work for young audiences also presented "Early Days," inspired by personal accounts of pandemic.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:24PM

Q&A: Black Rep's 'Front Porch Society' balances triumph and tragedy by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The Black Rep presents virtual reading of play set during a presidential election.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:24PM
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Q&A: Annual COCAcabana fundraiser moves online, and it's free to join in by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Tonina and the Knuckles are headliners for the event, which will also feature an auction and raffles, along with performances by the COCA student companies COCAdance and COCA Hip Hop Crew.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:03PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Q&A: Pandemic brings out theater community’s ‘resilience and resourcefulness,' Jennifer Theby-Quinn says by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

If things were different, she would be starring in a one-person play opening this weekend: Gary Owen's "Iphigenia in Splott," which reworks a Greek myth.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 05:32PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Q&A: The Rep serves up a satirical feast with 'The Thanksgiving Play' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Studio theater production focuses on theater artists struggling to create a politically correct holiday show.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 05:36PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A couple of actors pursue 'A Life in the Theater' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents early David Mamet play.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 12:03PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019

Q&A: In 'The Lifespan of a Fact,' a writer and editor clash by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Should the truth be allowed to get in the way of telling a good story?

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 11:03PM
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Q&A: Theater collaboration gives 'Antigone' a timely update by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

SATE and ERA collaborate on new version of Greek classic.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:06PM