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THE LION KING musical at Fox theater review

The king is back – “The Lion King,” that is. This stage favorite with its ground-breaking design by Julie Taymor returns to the Fabulous Fox theater, June 1-19, to the delight of families and fans alike. Kids thrilled by the Disney movie will be wowed by this immersive theater experience, as elephants, rhinos and more […]

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STICK FLY at Rep Theater Review

“Stick Fly,” the current Repertory Theater of St. Louis’ Mainstage production, centers on a wealthy African American family, the LeVays, as they gather for their annual summer vacation at the family’s stately Victorian home on Martha’s Vineyard, in this family drama comedy, that touches on class, race, privilege, sibling rivalry and father issues. “Stick Fly” […]

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MISS SAIGON at Fox theater review

– By Cate Marquis – MISS SAIGON, and its helicopter, return to the Fox stage, Apr. 23-May 5, in a Broadway revival of the searing hit musical set during and after the Vietnam War. The story of young lovers, a Vietnamese girl and American soldier, takes place against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon […]

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EVERYBODY KNOWS film review

– By Cate Marquis – Penelope Cruz plays a Spanish-born woman who returns with her two children to the rural Spanish village where she grew up for her younger sister’s wedding. Among those who greet her are her childhood friend Paco (Javier Bardem), now the owner of a successful vineyard and winery. But this joyful […]

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ARCTIC film review

– By Cate Marquis - The Arctic is among the most extreme environments found on earth, at the limits of where mankind can survive. The film ARCTIC focuses on one man marooned in that environment, spinning a deeply human tale of survival in the harshest of wildernesses. The drama/thriller is also a tour-de-force performance by […]

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THE WOLVES at Rep theater review

– By Cate Marquis – St. Louis is a soccer city (although the MLS sees unaware of this), so there could not be a better place to stage “The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s play about a girls’ soccer team, which is running in the Repertory Theater of St. Louis’ Studio space through Feb. 3. The play, […]

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COLD WAR film review

Joanna Kulig as Zula in COLD WAR. Photo by Pawel Pawlikowski. Courtesy of Amazon Studios. – By Cate Marquis – The Oscar-nominated COLD WAR is a brilliant, beautiful film about a passionate romance between two mismatched people, set against the backdrop of communist Poland and the Cold War. Shot in gorgeous black and white, director […]

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ALABAMA STORY at Rep theater review

– By Cate Marquis – The Repertory Theater of St. Louis begins the new year with a true winner, a play that seems to have it all: drama, humor, conflict, human warmth, and history with a message for today. ALABAMA STORY, which runs through January 27, is easily the Rep’s best production this season, and […]

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MEMOIR OF WAR film review – by Cate Marquis

Melanie Thierry is haunting in French-language MEMOIR OF WAR based on  Marguerite Duras’ novel of her  experiences in WWII Paris – By Cate Marquis – Melanie Thierry gives a haunting performance in director Emmanuel Finkiel’s finely-crafted MEMOIR OF WAR. This beautiful and powerful French-language drama is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ partly-autobiographical novel “The War: […]

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PHANTOM THREAD film review

– By Cate Marquis –   PHANTOM THREAD is a beautiful, seductive drama set in the rarefied world of high fashion in 1950s Britain. Director Paul Thomas Anderson re-teams with Daniel Day-Lewis, his star from 2007’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD, for a absorbing tale filled with mystery, danger and romance made more fascinating by Daniel […]

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