Best Bets: 'Noises Off,' 'Snail and the Whale'

2014-03-21T06:00:00Z Best Bets: 'Noises Off,' 'Snail and the Whale'By Go! Magazine staff


Editor’s pick: ‘Noises Off’

When 8 p.m. Friday, through April 13 • Where Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road • How much $20-$81 • More info 314-968-4925;

The last time that the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis staged a play by Michael Frayn, it was “Copenhagen,” a meticulously thoughtful drama about a meeting between two famed physicists. Well, hah! This time it’s “Noises Off,” an absolutely hilarious comedy about the misadventures of a sleep-deprived cast on tour with a farce called “Nothing On.” We see this disaster both onstage and backstage, thanks to Frayn’s back-and-forth antics, executed with mathematical precision. Maybe the two plays have more in common than we think. By Judith Newmark

Editor’s pick: ‘Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays’

When 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday • Where La Perla, 312 North Eighth Street • How much $15 in advance, $20 at the door • More info 1-800-838-3006;

Theater artists from different St. Louis companies come together to stage work in a historic bank building (now La Perla, an events venue). Scripts by eight playwrights from across the country have been selected for the third annual festival, each one addressing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The plays deal with a couple with mismatched political views, domestic violence, LGBT parenting and more. The show, a production of That Uppity Theatre Company, opens with aerial entertainment from Ricky Phoenix and Michelle Minx. The festival, aimed at a diverse and mature audience, features a mixer at the Saturday matinee and a senior brunch on Sunday. By Judith Newmark

David Robertson, Gil Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

When 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday • Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$114 • More info 314-534-1700 or

For the weekend of the Spring Equinox, David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offer three performances of music filled with the promise of hope and new life, as Dvorák’s beloved “New World” Symphony meets the gorgeously Late Romantic Korngold Violin Concerto. It’s performed by one of the finest violinists of our time, Gil Shaham, for what promises to be a beautifully memorable concert. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Editor’s pick: ‘Reflections of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra’ starring Deana Martin

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts’ Lindenwood Theatre, 2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles • How much $26.50-$46.50 • More info

The musical contributions of Rat Packers Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra remain alive with the show “Reflections of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra,” a show put on by an entertainer who literally inherited the right to do such a show. Deana Martin is at the helm of the tribute. Says Regis Philbin of Martin: “Not only does Deana look like her dad, she has his way with a song and all of his songs, too.” She has worked as a recording artist, author, actress and more. By Kevin C. Johnson

Editor’s pick: K. Michelle

When 9 p.m. Saturday • Where The Ambassador, 9800 Halls Ferry Road • How much $35-$45 • More info

R&B singer K. Michelle has proven what a mess she can be on the two “Love & Hip Hop” programs on VH1. But when it comes to delivering where it counts, which would be the music, she’s all there. Her adults-only album “Rebellious Soul” (also available in a clean version) proves she’s good for more than cussing out her castmates with songs such as “V.S.O.P” and “Can’t Raise a Man” raising the bar. By Kevin C. Johnson

Editor’s pick: ‘Snail and the Whale’

When 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday • Where COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue • How much $16-$20 • More info 314-561-4877 or

The U.K. group Tall Stories presents the story of a seafaring father who tells his young daughter about the journey of a snail who tries to help a beached humpback whale. Based on the children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this production is recommended for ages 3 to 10. By Jody Mitori

‘Night at the Museum’

When 6-9 p.m. Saturday • Where Museum of Westward Expansion, Gateway Arch • How much $15, 2 and under are free; reservations required • More info 1-877-982-1410 or

Build a branding iron, explore a teepee and listen to stories from the early American West at this evening event the Museum of Westward Expansion. Hot dog dinner and a tram ride to the top of the Arch are included. This event is one of the last opportunities to visit the museum before it closes for renovations. By Jody Mitori

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society: Adam del Monte

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road • How much $28 • More info 314-567-5566 or

Things don’t always work out as planned, particularly in the post-9/11 era. When Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon couldn’t get through the bureaucracy to get a visa, the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society had to find another performer to close the group’s 2013-14 season. He’s internationally renowned American classical and flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte, and his program includes music of Francisco Tarrega, Agustin Barrios, and a special flamenco tribute to the late Paco de Lucia, who died Feb. 26. Del Monte last appeared here in March 2009, as a member of the renowned Falla Guitar Trio. By Sarah Bryan Miller

Editor’s pick: St. Louis Museum Stores Garage Sale

When 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday • Where The Living World at the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park • How much Free • More info 314-781-0900, ext. 4779, or

We all need to clean out our closets from time to time, and it never hurts if we can make a little money in the process via a garage sale. In that spirit, numerous museum gift shops will join together Saturday for the St. Louis Museum Stores Garage Sale, an event that should be worth the trip. It is not, technically, taking place in a garage, but it has plenty of possibilities for the bargain-hunter, including souvenirs, toys, books, clothing, artwork and more, and all at discounted prices. The museums include Cahokia Mounds, Campbell House Museum, Endangered Wolf Center, Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum, Humane Society of Missouri, the Museum Store Under the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo and World Bird Sanctuary. Shop early for the best selection of new items in limited quantity, all offered on a first-come, first-served basis. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Artist Presentation Society: Mazzoni Duo

When 3 p.m. Sunday • Where Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road • How much $15 • More info 314- 822-4697 or

Since its founding in 1947, the Artist Presentation Society has been giving promising young performers a chance to be heard. On Sunday afternoon, the artists in question are the Mazzoni Duo, flute and piano, in concert in a program including music by J.S. Bach, Saint-Saëns, Schoenfield and Fauré. Jennifer Toro Mazzoni and her husband, pianist A. Matthew Mazzoni, winners of the APS 2013 auditions, have performed together since 2004, in the St. Louis area and across the United States. The concert’s MC is Kathy Lawton Brown of the Radio Arts Foundation. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Editor’s pick: The Eliot Trio

When 8 p.m. Wednesday • Where Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall, Washington University Brookings Quadrangle • How much $15-$25 • More info 314-935-5581 or

It’s the best chamber ensemble that only performs once a year: the Eliot Trio. Named for Washington University founder William Greenleaf Eliot, the Eliot Trio is made up of three of St. Louis’s finest musicians: pianist Seth Carlin, violinist David Halen and cellist Bjorn Ranheim. Their well-chosen program on Wednesday evening features piano trios by Bohuslav Martinu, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvorák. By Sarah Bryan Miller


African Film Festival, March 28-30, Brown Hall at Washington University: The annual fest includes films from Senegal, Nigeria and Ivory Coast

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opens in theaters April 4: Black Widow, Nick Fury, the Falcon and Robert Redford sign up for the Marvel sequel

“Once,” April 8-10 at the Fox Theatre: A street musician falls for a young woman in the Tony-winning musical based on the 2006 movie

Amy Schumer, April 9 at Peabody Opera House: Brace yourself for the sharp-tongued comedian and Comedy Central star

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