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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021

10th annual St. Lou Fringe Festival includes virtual, in-person programming by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The showcase for theater on a shoestring budget is taking a hybrid approach, with a combination of virtual performances and productions staged outdoors and in person.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 02:54AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cheryl Strayed's 'Tiny Beautiful Things' moves from page to stage by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Cheryl Strayed's empathetic, insightful advice columns are the basis for a play by Nia Vardalos, presented by Max & Louie.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 06:18AM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Esteemed New York ballet company returns to its roots for eight-city tour by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

New York's American Ballet Theatre brings free performances to Forest Park for its "ABT Across America" tour.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:18AM
Friday, June 11, 2021

One-man show 'Here Lies Henry' opens Midnight Company season by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Joe Hanrahan, who stars in Daniel MacIvor’s "Here Lies Henry," loves the challenge of a one-person show

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:06PM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pulitzer exhibition reflects scope of work by feminist artist Hannah Wilke by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Exhibition includes nearly 120 works by feminist artist Hannah Wilke, who didn't limit her imagination to just one medium.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:18AM
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Rep welcomes audiences back with 'a ghost story,' 'Mlima's Tale' by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

“Mlima’s Tale" marks a return to live, in-person performance for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 08:48PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tony winner André De Shields stars in 'King Lear' that engages with the times at Shakespeare Festival by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

André De Shields, a living legend of American theater, stars in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival production in Forest Park

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:33PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

SATE presents live, virtual performances for fifth annual Aphra Behn Festival by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

The festival, which kicks off the “Season of the Do-Over,” is named for a 17th-century English playwright who became a role model for later generations of female authors.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 07:24PM
Friday, April 23, 2021

Leverage Dance Theater presses play on ‘Pause’ production by Calvin Wilson | Post-Dispatch Theater Critic

Recorded and live dance performance combine with visual art in socially distanced Cherokee Street event.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 03:54PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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

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