Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com. He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle.
Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age. His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season. He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.
You'll find lots of great new theatre on local stages this week, along with the annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, honoring all of that great theatre.
The human voice dominates the concert scene this week, but there's also a program of the complete string quartets by Brahms.
The annual Briefs one-act play festival makes the list this week, along with the return of a classic based on a famous novel.
There's a vast variety of new theatre on local stages, including the return of the Briefs one-act play festival.
According to Operabase, during the 2015-2016 seasons Bizet's 1875 tragedy Carmen—a very respectable production of which is on view at Winter Opera this weekend—was the second most-performed opera in the world, edged out only by Verdi's La Traviata. And why not? It has drama, it has some of Bizet's most memorable and therefore most popular melodies and last—but most definitely not least—it has sex.
The production of Lanie Robertson's one-woman play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill presented by Max and Louie Productions through this weekend is painful to watch, but not because it isn't well done. Just the opposite.