Theater Review: Terry Fator

I was only familiar with Terry Fator from clips of him winning "America's Got Talent" eleven years ago. He parlayed that into a regular gig (and a theater named after him) in Las Vegas, where he's played for the last decade. Several of my friends have seen and raved...

Theater Review: Penn & Teller

My wife and I have seen Penn & Teller many times since they made their off-Broadway debut in the mid-1980s, but haven't gone back for seven years or so until this weekend. I'm glad we did. Unlike other Vegas acts, who have been doing the same tricks over and over,...

Steve, Marty, Bruce, and That Tony Moment

Why would I buy tickets to see Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Fox Theatre later this year when I just watched their entire show on Netflix? Even if I had only seen bits and pieces of it, I still wouldn't go because they didn't make me smile, let alone laugh. The...

Making Hair On TV Without Chia Pets

NBC has announced that the next musical it will turn into a live television event is "Hair" ("The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical"). The first Broadway show with a rock and roll score, it debuted fifty years ago (after four months off-Broadway), right smack dab in...

Too Much Spamalot

I see that Eric Idle has made a deal to turn his hit Broadway musical “Spamalot” into a movie. It won’t be a filmed version of a stage production, but a revision made specifically for the screen. As much as I loved the show, I wish everyone involved would pause long...

Theater Review: “Born Yesterday”

Stepping into an iconic role is always risky. When the audience knows the original, there are bound to be comparisons. Judy Holliday became a star in 1946 with her powerhouse performance as Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday." She reprised the role in the...

The Stars Of “Faceless”

Last week, I raved about "Faceless," a drama that's playing at The Rep in St. Louis. I liked it so much that I invited its two leads to join me in the studio to talk about it. Susaan Jamshidi plays the prosecutor, Claire, while Lindsay Stock plays Susie, the teenager...

Theater Review: “Faceless”

This is why we go to the theater. My wife and I saw a remarkable production last night. "Faceless" is about Susie Glenn (Lindsay Stock), an 18-year-old white woman from the suburbs of Chicago, who has been arrested for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. After...

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