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Into the Breeches

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18

As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, a group of St. Louis women have to keep the home fires burning. Those fires don't just burn wood, though; the ladies all miss going to the theater. With the men at war and the theaters closed for the duration, an idea is hatched. It's time for a new production of Henry V, with an all-female cast storming Agincourt. George Brant's comedy Into the Breeches! makes its St. Louis debut as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' In the Works program. The family-friendly play A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness (inspired by The Comedy of Errors) and two staged readings of Michael Saenz's The Thousand Natural Shocks round out the program. Into the Breeches! runs Wednesday through Sunday (October 28 to November 18) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; www.sfstl.com). Tickets are $25 to $55. $25-$55

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

Doctor Faustus

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17

Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, and Marlowe's plays were a large influence on Shakespeare's own. Of course, Shakespeare's work greatly eclipsed Marlowe's in popularity, consigning him to the past. Doctor Faustus is undoubtedly Marlowe's most famous play still — perhaps because of a persistent legend that actual devils appeared on stage during a sixteenth-century performance. John Wolbers has adapted the script for the modern era, while still keeping much of the original's poetry. Now the female Doctor Faustus is disgusted by the rampant abuse of power and position of the world's leaders, and so enters into a contract with the devil. She plans to use her new power for good, to save the weak and bring mercy to the world. But ultimate power has a nasty effect on the human soul, even when it's a noble one. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents Doctor Faustus at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday) October 31 to November 17 at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Doctor Faustus

All Is Calm

Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16

On November 11, 1918, World War I ended after four exhausting years of destruction and unimaginable horrors. But even in the worst of times, humanity's innate decency can shine through the darkness on occasion. During the first year of the war, Christmas morning was marked by an official cease-fire on both sides. On the front lines troops from both sides of the conflict crossed No Man's Land to celebrate the holiday with their erstwhile enemies. Carols were sung, gifts were exchanged and a spontaneous game of soccer kicked off. All Is Calm, the Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach a cappella musical about that quiet morning when brotherhood won out, has been a favorite with Mustard Seed Theatre audiences since the company first presented it in 2014. It's back again at Mustard Seed to mark the centenary of the last day of the War to End All Wars. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 16; no show on Thursday, November 22) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedtheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $35. $15-$35

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-862-3456
All Is Calm

The Great Seduction

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 18

The great Alexandre Dumas began his writing career in the theater as a dramatist, with the occasional comedy as well. His Mademoiselle de Belle Isle was a five-act farce about lovers and a seduction contest. Vladimir Zelevinsky has loosely adapted and condensed the story down to a more manageable length in the two-act comedy, The Great Seduction. It's about a duke and countess who are paramours (but not exclusive), and Gabrielle, a fresh country girl just arrived in Paris. The duke is immediately taken with her, while the countess has set her sights on the handsome Raoul. Incensed by the young competitor's presence, the duke bets Raoul he can seduce the first woman he sees. Care to guess who shows up? (It's Raoul's fiancee, Gabrielle.) West End Players Guild presents the bedroom farce The Great Seduction at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (November 9 to 18) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Into the Breeches

Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Building on its beloved summer productions in Forest Park and the acclaimed Shakespeare in the Streets program, the Festival now presents its very first season of contemporary American plays by writers in dialogue with Shakespeare, headlined by the regional premiere of Into the Breeches! Written by the award-winning playwright of Grounded, which starred Anne Hathaway in its New York run, Into the Breeches! is a hilarious and heartwarming look at the WWII home front and a group of ladies who band together to keep the local theater going with their very own production of Henry V. $20-40

https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-works/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30-9 p.m., Fri., Nov. 16, 7:30-9 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-392-2345
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Adapted from the best-selling young adult book, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. $10 in advance; $15 at the door

https://www.facebook.com/events/996829373850812/
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Missouri Baptist University (map)
1 College Park Dr
Creve Coeur
phone 314-434-1115

Every Brilliant Thing

Starts Nov. 16. Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2

The unnamed child at the center of Duncan Macmillan's one-person show Every Brilliant Thing is only seven when her mother first attempts suicide. She takes it upon herself to create a list of worthwhile things in life, hoping her mother will find comfort in them and stop trying to die. She writes her favorites on numbered slips of paper ("1654. Christopher Walken's voice." "2001. Films that are better than the books they are adapted from"), and leaves them around the house for Mom to find. She grows to realize the list can help herself as well; depression is hereditary, after all. R-S Theatrics presents the life-affirming Every Brilliant Thing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 2) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $18 to $20. $18-$20

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Every Brilliant Thing

The Other Mozart

Wed., Nov. 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 618-650-2626

The Other Mozart is the true, forgotten story of Maria Anna Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, virtuoso and composer - who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. The play is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. The Other Mozart had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts in NYC and in London at St. James Theatre. The play continues touring theatres and universities across the US. 35.00

http://artsandissues.com
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The Shoemaker and Santa's Elves

Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
phone 314-921-5678
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A perfect way to start the holiday season! Christmas is just around the corner and the Shoemaker and his family can't seem to make enough shoes to pay their rent. When the landlord threatens to throw them out, it is up to Santa and his elves to save the day! $10

https://florissantmo.thundertix.com
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Florissant Civic Center (map)
Parker Road & Waterford Drive
Florissant
phone 314-921-5678
The Shoemaker and Santa's Elves

An Act of God

Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Thu., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
phone 314-442-3257
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A divine comedy! Delivering a new and improved set of Commandments, God’s introduction of the revised laws is refreshingly positive, insisting on the separation of church and state and encouraging us to believe in ourselves, not some elderly white guy in the sky. The play is sinfully funny delivering new meaning to the phrase divine intervention and where God and his devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and He’s not holding back! In God we trust. The NY Times calls it “…a gut-busting-funny riff on 42-45

https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/new-jewish-theatre/current-productions/
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Party at the North Pole

Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 314-797-9242
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Edie's Fairytale Theatre presents Party at the North Pole. Join us for the Holidays with this fun show about an elf, a reindeer, a toy soldier, a polar bear and some rockin' penguin puppets as we celebrate this joyous season. Highlights sharing, Holiday Sing-a-Long $10

http://ediesfairytaletheatre.com
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton Party at the North Pole

Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure

Starts Dec. 2. Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 7 p.m., Dec. 26-29, 2 p.m. and Dec. 30-29, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

How can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you’re still writing the song? Part theater, part rock concert, all of your favorite characters are here in this new take on Lewis Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization. A cast of actors/musicians plays an eclectic mix of everything from classic rock to ska to punk as 7-1/2-year-old Alice chases through Wonderland in search of her own inner musical voice. Poetry has never been so fun! $14-$20

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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

Thu., Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-740-6514
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Discarded lives - informed by eye witnesses: the psychiatrist's homeless clients’ longing for meaning; or letters from Mom and Dad - advice on growing up Black in America; of Saint Maria Skobtsova, executed in Ravensbruck; or Isabella, Sojourner Truth, a Dutch speaker, beaten by her English owners for not obeying orders she couldn’t understand yet becoming an iconic voice for equal treatment of all. People, the same as us. Lives of hardship touched, moved by acts of kindness, given and received, each a a link in chain - a chain Of Human Kindness. $20 or $15 at the door with a donation of a new child's toy or child's winter wrap.

http://blackmirrortheatre.com
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

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Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

Government employees Bob and Norma are given the job of rooting out “sexual deviants” in the U.S. State Department during the Cold War. The only problem? Both are in sham marriages to hide their own homosexuality. Told in the style of a classic TV sitcom and set during the Lavender Scare that actually took place in the 1950's, Topher Payne’s play asks how far you would go to protect yourself if it meant sacrificing others. $25 GA | $20 Student & Older Adult

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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Perfect Arrangement

My Infinite Sadness

Sat., Jan. 12, 8-10 p.m., Sun., Jan. 13, 4-6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 20, 4-6 p.m.
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When left alone in one's own mind, who is it that you are really talking to? Step into the subconscious of a person suffering with Depression. See the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the aches and pains that are living with mental illness. Playwright Darrious Varner introduces you to a whole new view of Depression with My Infinite Sadness. By personifying Depression, giving it a face and a voice, he shows just how hard the struggle can be, even on good days. There will be a 30 minute talk back after each show. 10.00

https://www.facebook.com/events/312747229307781/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton
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