Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:42

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of March 26, 2018

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New theatre, cabaret, AND the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards this week!

As It Is in Heaven
Photo by John Lamb

Mustard Seed Theatre presents the drama As It Is in Heaven Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through March 31. "The tranquility of women living in an 1830's Shaker community in Kentucky is threatened by the arrival of newcomers claiming to see angels." Performances take place at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. For more information, call (314) 719-8060 or visit the web site at www.mustardseedtheatre.com.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents the classic comedy Born Yesterday through April 8. "Junkyard tycoon Harry Brock swaggers into Washington, D.C., determined to buy a senator or two. The monkey wrench in his schemes is Billie Dawn, his seemingly dim-witted ex-showgirl girlfriend. But when Brock hires a reporter to tutor Billie, she rapidly comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with. This sharp and snappy comedy hilariously skewers Beltway corruption." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information: repstl.org.

The Color Purple

The Fox Theatre presents the musical The Color Purple through April 1. "The a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the Ameri'one of the greatest revivals ever.' Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!" The Fox is at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information: fabulousfox.com.

CSZ St. Louis presents The ComedySportz Show on Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. The show is "action-packed, interactive and hilarious comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle it out for points and your laughs! You choose the winners the teams provide the funny!" Performances take place on the second floor of the Sugar Cubed, 917 S Main St. in St Charles, Mo. For more information: www.cszstlouis.com.

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents The Comic Book Killer through April 14. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: lempmansion.com.

The Bankside Repertory Theatre Company presents The Devil's Passion by Justin Butcher Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, March 30 and 31. "This thought-provoking, one-man "passion play" presents the story of Jesus through the eyes of Satan. And he's not happy. " Performances take place at The Principia School, 13201 Clayton Road. For more information: www.banksiderep.com.

The Sheldon Concert Hall presents Great Leading Ladies of Song with singer Deborah Sharn and pianist Carolbeth True Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am. "St. Louis favorites, vocalist Deborah Sharn and pianist Carolbeth True, perform classic songs by Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day and other “great ladies of song.” Enjoy “Tenderly,” “Fever,” “Mambo Italiano,” “Over the Rainbow” and more!" Performances take place at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Wasghington in Grand Center. For more information: thesheldon.org.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents a staged reading of the play Hurricane Colleen on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, at 7:30 pm. "Six months after their sister Colleen has died of cancer, two women rent a beach house in Melbourne, Fla., to scatter her ashes. But when a tropical depression suddenly turns into a hurricane and strange encounters with wildlife occur, the sisters struggle to ride out the storms both outside and inside. From the author of Molly's Hammer, developed in Ignite! and produced at The Rep in 2016." The Wednesday reading takes place in the Studio Theatre of the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus while the Thursday reading takes place at UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive. For more information: repstl.org.

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Mayhem in Mayberry through April. "Welcome to the 10th annual Mayberry-fest. Everyone is looking forward to the highlight of this event - the Miss Mayberry contest. YOU and Sheriff Andy Trailer will judge the contestants (chosen from the audience) on beauty, poise, cookin' skills and a new category this year - Hog callin'. Will the next Miss Mayberry be the vivacious Dazey Doof from Hazzard County? Or the beautiful hillbilly, Elly May Klumpett? Or will it be the lovely Lois Lame from Smallville? Don't county out the charming Paris Hoosier from Hoosierville. She's the main reason the train stops at Petticoat Junction! Sheriff Andy, Deputy Blarney and Aint Bee invite you to join the fun and the mayhem in Mayberry cause it won't be the same without y'all." The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com.

Menopause the Musical

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents Menopause the Musical, "a celebration of women and The Change," through March 31. Four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information: playhouseatwestport.com.

Lion's Paw Theatre Company presents Plays on the Menu, a reading of the plays The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome by Corinne Jacker, The Next Contestant by Frank D. Gilroy, and Watermelon Boats by Wendy MacLaughlin, on Tuesday, March 27, at noon at The Hearth Room at The Hawken House, 1155 South Rock Hill Road. The readings include lunch. For more information: lionspawtheatre.org.

Lion's Paw Theatre Company presents Plays on the Menu, a reading of the plays The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome by Corinne Jacker, The Next Contestant by Frank D. Gilroy, and Watermelon Boats by Wendy MacLaughlin, on Wednesday, March 28, at noon at St. Louis Artists' Guild, 12 North Jackson in Clayton. The readings include lunch. For more information: lionspawtheatre.org.

The St. Louis Theater Circle members in 2017
Photo by Jill Ritter Lindberg

The St. Louis Theater Circle presents the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards on Monday, March 26, at 7 PM. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in locally produced professional theatre as judged by local theatre critics who are members of the Circle. Presenters will include KDHX's own Chuck Lavazzi. Live music will be provided by Joe Dreyer. The ceremony is preceded by an optional buffet dinner at 5:30 PM from With Love Catering and takes place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information: brownpapertickets.com.

Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents the comedy She Kills Monsters Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm, March 30 - April 1. "A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all." Performances take place in the Studio Theatre of the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information, www.webster.edu/conservatory/season or call 314-968-7128.

Inevitable Theatre Company presents the Risk Theatre Initiative production of Stiff: A Fast Paced Story About Moving Slow through April 1. "Award-winning Dallas actress Sherry Jo Ward chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome, an incredibly rare disease which impairs her mobility and causes her unexplained pain. Part stand-up comedy, part PowerPoint presentation, STIFF is a "must-see" theatrical event - a unique and engaging first person account of what it means to re-assess one's own goals and ambition when confronted with a life-altering diagnosis." Performances take place in the black box theatre at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand in Grand Center. For more information: inevitabletheatre.org.

Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out the St. Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
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