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.
The big July 4th pause will soon be upon us, but meanwhile there's plenty of great theatre out there.
Looking for some good family friendly fun this weekend? Let me call your attention to Circus Flora's new show Time Flies.
My hit list was on vacation while my wife and I were tooling around Italy. Now that it's back, I realize that there is so much great theatre, opera, and cabaret in town this week that I hardly have space to list it all. Here is my very personal list, based entirely on what I've already seen or (in the case of the cabaret shows) on my experience with the performers.
I won't mince words. The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of Shakespeare's 1610 comedy/drama The Winter's Tale, which runs through June 25th, is seriously great theatre. It demands to be seen.
If you're a lover of Mozart's operas in general and of La Clemenza di Tito, his final essay in the form, in particular, I'd say there's a lot to like in the Opera Theatre production (retitled Titus in this brand-new English translation), which runs through Saturday the 24th.
The local theatre, cabaret, and opera scene remains lively despite the heat. Come on in and see a play.
"If you're not outraged," reads a popular bumper sticker, "you're not paying attention." I can't think of a better way to describe my reaction to composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie's powerful operatic treatment of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, on view at Opera Theatre through Sunday, June 25th.
It's a short calendar this week because of Memorial Day weekend, but there's still great music in the air.
The calendar is shorter because of the Memorial Day weekend, but there are still plenty of good reasons to go see a play. Or an opera or two.