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.
This week includes season openers from (among others) New Line, West End Players, St. Louis Actors' Studio, Upstream, and New Jewish. So many opportunities to go see a play!
Oklahoma!, the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's getting a bang-up presentation right now at Stages, had a troubled beginning.
New on the list: musicals at the Black Rep, the Rep, and Stages, along with political satire at Westport.
The autumn theatre season picks up speed with the annual Xfest at SIU-E and Japanese theatre at the Touhill, along with new shows from Ignite and Christ Memorial Productions.
The fall theatre season officially begins with musicals at the Black Rep, Stages and the Rep, as well as a classic drama at The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves.
New on the list: New plays at Stray Dog and a famous (but infrequently performed) classic of 20th-century drama at SATE.
Local theatre hits the pause button over Labor Day weekend, but even so there are new shows from Stray Dog and Next Generation.