Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com. He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle.
Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age. His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season. He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.
When I saw my first Winter Opera production back in 2012, I wrote that the company "stands poised to be an important player in the growing opera scene locally" and that "we can expect great things from them." If their production this past weekend (March 9 and 11, 2018) of Donizetti's comedy "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love") is any indication, that prediction has come true.
"Everything You Know is Wrong" is both a 1974 album by the The Firesign Theatre and a decent summary of "Caught," Christopher Chen's ingenious puzzle box of a play at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis studio theatre through March 25th. It's almost too clever for its own good, but it does raise issues about the nature of Truth in a thought-provoking and entertaining way that doesn't break the fourth wall so much as ignore it.
Theatre is busting out all over this week, including new shows from The Rep, Mustard Seed, Tesseract, and Alpha Players.
New shows this year include some magical realism at Looking Glass Playhouse, a complex drama at the Rep studio, and a new playwright's showcase.
Shows at Washington University and the Fabulous Fox join the small list of recommendations this week.
New shows this week include a couple of classic musicals, each originally groundbreaking in its own way: Anything Goes and Chicago.