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The Play That Goes Wrong

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 7

The Conley Polytechnic Drama Society, one of England's lesser-known community theater groups, has been bequeathed a large sum of money to produce a new play. The company decides on the 1920s murder-mystery The Murder at Haversack Manor mostly because it has parts enough for all the actors.

That's the fictitious background for The Play That Goes Wrong, which is actually a physically demanding comedy created by the Mischief Theatre Company, a very real performance troupe. As its title implies, the play within the play is a spectacular catastrophe before the curtain goes up. Props break, cues are missed and at least one actor is knocked unconscious, which starts a very public row about which cast member gets to play the part to the finale.

As you might imagine, making the play go wrong requires strenuous rehearsal and split-second timing from both the cast on stage and the cast back stage, the latter of whom are actors playing techs. Every role is demanding, because a mistake can result in very real injury — but when everybody hits their marks, you see a flawless, outrageously funny actor's nightmare unfold in real time. The Play that Goes Wrong closes out the Repertory Theatre St. Louis' current season. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (March 15 to April 7) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $19 to $92.

$19-$92

Waitress

Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., March 31, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., April 7, 1 p.m. Continues through April 7

Jenna has a gift for piemaking and a horrible marriage to the loutish Earl. Her friends at the diner all have their own problems, and so she does what she can — dream of a better life away from Earl and take solace in her baking. Things get worse when she discovers she's pregnant, but then improve slightly when she meets her dreamy OB/GYN, Dr. Pomatter. Jenna and the doctor have a lot in common, and before you know it they're embroiled in a steamy affair. But is an affair any way out of a marriage? Jenna pins her hopes on winning the grand prize in a baking contest and using the money to escape her small town and start over somewhere else, but life doesn't always give you what you want. The new fan-favorite musical Waitress is a feel-good story based on the Keri Russell film of the same name and features songs by Sara Bareilles. Waitress is performed Tuesday through Sunday (March 26 to April 7) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com). Tickets are $29 to $104. $29-$104

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
Waitress

Daddy Long Legs

Thu., March 28, 7 p.m., Fri., March 29, 8 p.m., Sat., March 30, 8 p.m., Sun., March 31, 2 p.m., Thu., April 4, 8 p.m., Fri., April 5, 8 p.m., Sat., April 6, 8 p.m., Sun., April 7, 2 p.m., Thu., April 11, 8 p.m., Fri., April 12, 8 p.m., Sat., April 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 14, 2 p.m.
phone 314-556-1293
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Insight Theatre Company opens its 12th season with “Daddy Long Legs.” Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved “rags-to-riches” tale of newfound love in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.” Featuring the music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre) and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables), it stars renowned singer Terry Barber and local favorite Jen Theby Quinn in leading roles. Ryan will direct this production with Scott Schoonover, Artistic Director of Union Ave Opera, as the Musical Director. 20-40

https://insighttheatrecompany.com/shows/daddy-long-legs-2019/
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Time Stands Still

Thu., March 28, 7:30 p.m., Sat., March 30, 8 p.m., Sun., March 31, 2 p.m., Wed., April 3, 7:30 p.m., Thu., April 4, 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 6, 8 p.m., Sun., April 7, 2 p.m., Thu., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 12, 8 p.m., Sat., April 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 14, 2 p.m.
phone 314-442-3283
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Time Stands Still revolves around Sarah, a photojournalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after having left Sarah alone in Iraq. The two are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can they stay together amidst unspoken betrayals and conflictin 42-45

https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/new-jewish-theatre/current-productions/
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Popcorn Falls

Thu., March 28, 8-9:30 p.m., Fri., March 29, 8-9:30 p.m., Sat., March 30, 8-9:30 p.m., Thu., April 4, 8-9:30 p.m., Fri., April 5, 8-9:30 p.m., Sat., April 6, 8-9:30 p.m., Thu., April 11, 8-9:30 p.m., Fri., April 12, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sat., April 13, 8-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-799-5910
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1 Small Town 2 Regular Actors 21 Flipped-Out Characters. The Mayor and Executive Custodian have to lead the citizens to produce a play in one week to get a grant to get the town out of bankruptcy, proving art can save the world (or at least a town). "laugh-out-loud comedic genius" Broadway World "haven't heard laughter this loud in a long, long time" Broadway Radio $20

http://midnightcompany.com
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Into the Woods

Fri., March 29, 7:30-10 p.m. and Sat., March 30, 7:30-10 p.m.
phone 314-409-3887
[email protected]

@ Tower Grove Church, 4257 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Join Take Two Productions for an imaginative, stripped-down interpretation of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim's epic, Tony-Award-winning musical about wishes, family and the choices we make. Follow a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. $15

http://www.taketwoproductions.org/intothewoods
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Disney’s Newsies The Musical

Fri., March 29, 7 p.m., Sat., March 30, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., March 31, 2 p.m.
phone 636-922-8233
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Disney’s “Newsies” the Musical is coming to the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater at St. Charles Community College at 7 p.m. March 22. Young People’s Theatre is excited to share their rendition of this popular musical. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at www.stchastickets.com. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Department at 636-922-8233 or [email protected] $10

https://www.stchas.edu/community-resources/lifelong-learning/youth-programs-camps/young-peoples-theatre
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St. Charles Community College (map)
Shook Fine Arts Bldg
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8000

Florida

Thu., April 11, 8 p.m., Fri., April 12, 8 p.m., Sat., April 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 14, 2 p.m.

Rudolph, a married man, is a regional project manager for Tupperware and he’s having an affair. Seth gets kidnapped on date night by a couple of hoodlums looking for his roommate. Meanwhile in an RV heading for Florida, Pete, Barbara, Matthew and Bridget are stuck in traffic. These three worlds collide in Lucas Marschke’s smart and mysterious road trip comedy! Marschke’s play will be workshopped in the fall as part of the A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival and culminates in this fully staged production.

https://pad.wustl.edu/events/2476?d=2019-04-11
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Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage

Wed., April 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thu., April 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., April 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., April 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., April 21, 2-4 p.m.
phone 314-984-7562
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Big 8, a former rodeo champ, struggling to keep the cowboy dream alive even as she faces foreclosure on her Wyoming ranch. But when a wild woman and her one-eyed outlaw biker boyfriend show up on her doorstep, Big 8 suddenly has bigger problems to worry about. The spaghetti Western mythos crashes head-on into B-movie insanity in this shoot ‘em up, knock ‘em up, cut ‘em up comic romp. Free

https://events.stlcc.edu/event/flaming_guns_of_the_purple_sage#.XFNxXFVKgh4
Meramec Theatre (map)
11333 Big Bend Blvd.
Kirkwood
phone 314-984-7562

Salt, Root and Roe

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., Sat., April 27, 8 p.m., Sun., April 28, 8 p.m., Thu., May 2, 7 p.m., Fri., May 3, 8 p.m., Sat., May 4, 8 p.m., Sun., May 5, 7 p.m., Thu., May 9, 8 p.m., Fri., May 10, 8 p.m., Sat., May 11, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 12, 2 p.m.
phone 314-863-4999
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Another US premiere from Upstream Theater, in co-production with Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston. Directed by Kenn McLaughlin. Tim Price's SALT, ROOT AND ROE is a poetic masterwork about the nature of change, the comfort of home, and the eternal bond of love, set against the mythical backdrop of the Pembrokeshire coast in western Wales. The play centers on identical twins Iola and Anest, who are very devoted to each other. Ageing fast, and with the time they have together more fragile by the day, they arrive at a desperate decision. Word of this reaches Anest’s daughter Menna, who rushes 25-35

https://upstreamtheater.org/content/see-play
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live

Fri., May 17, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., May 18, 4-6 & 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-534-1111
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The Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. $60

http://www.metrotix.com
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The Playhouse at Westport Plaza (map)
635 Westport Plaza
Maryland Heights
phone 314-469-7529

Exit Laughing

Fri., May 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., May 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., May 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., May 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., May 26, 2-4 p.m.
phone 314-921-5678

Join us for a single night in the lives of three middle-aged women who meet weekly for a game of cards. When their fourth player, Mary, passes away, the ladies borrow her ashes from the funeral parlor for one last game. Surprisingly Mary still has a lot to say and she unleashes it upon them through after-life messages and gifts - setting into motion a new path for her friends. This is a feel-good comedy that will appeal to anyone who is part of a group of old friends. $18-Adults, $16-Seniors/students, Call for group rates.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2206156766328237/
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Florissant Civic Center (map)
Parker Road & Waterford Drive
Florissant
phone 314-921-5678

Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labors Lost

Starts May 29. Tuesdays-Sundays, 8-10:30 p.m. Continues through June 23
phone 314-531-9800
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‘Love’s Labors Lost’ is one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling and delightful comedies – and a brilliant study of the ways culture shapes romance. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday nights at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. Admission is free and open for all ages and pets. Shakespeare Glen opens at 6:00 pm, Green Show performances start at 7:00 pm, and 'Love’s Labors Lost' begins at 8:00pm. Free

http://sfstl.com/in-the-park
Shakespeare Glen (map)
Fine Arts Dr and Government Dr
St. Louis - Forest Park

Be More Chill

Starts May 30. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10:15 p.m. Continues through June 22
phone 314-534-1111
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The Breakfast Club meets Little Shop of Horrors, as New Line closes its season in June with the new sci-fi rock musical BE MORE CHILL, with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz, based on the bestselling novel by Ned Vizzini. It’s an honest, fearless, funny look at life in the digital age, exploring teen depression, bullying, and other current issues through the comic lens of sci-fi films of the 50s, horror flicks of the 80s, and teen movies of the 90s. The show has been selling out everywhere it runs. $10-30

http://www.newlinetheatre.com/bemorechillpage.html
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Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

German Abolitionists of Missouri

June 20-22, 7-9 p.m. and June 23-22, 3-5 & 5:30-7:30 p.m.
phone 314-721-6556
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This provocative play is inspired by the amazing stories of German immigrants and leading abolitionists in Missouri. Through the lens of history, we will bring to life what it means to strive for social justice for “others” when advocating within and outside of one’s own cultural group. While many Germans were staunch defenders of a “color-blind” democracy some set aside their values in order to survive and be accepted during the Civil War period. As is the case with most Americans there are contradictions in our beliefs often colliding and challenging us to clarify what is most important. $20

https://gitana-inc.org
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
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