Chuck Lavazzi

Chuck Lavazzi

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.

It's a short calendar this week because of Memorial Day weekend, but there's still great music in the air.

The calendar is shorter because of the Memorial Day weekend, but there are still plenty of good reasons to go see a play. Or an opera or two.

We've got new shows on the list this week from Upstream, The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, the Fox, along with the big fifth birthday party of the Cabaret Project's Broadway Open Mic.

It's not just the Mississippi River that's flooding; local stages are overflowing with performances this week.

The Bach Society continues to come on strong this week with both a major oratorio and the comic Coffee Cantata.

Through May 21st, the Tennessee Williams Festival is presenting Will Mr. Merriweather Return from Memphis?, a wildly eccentric 1969 mélange of the playwright's trademark poetic realism, loopy surrealism, and hokey comedy.

The Tennessee Williams festival is the big news this weekend, but there's also a classical comedy at Clayton Community Theatre that's relevant all over again. As always, the choices are purely my personal opinion. Take with a grain (or a shaker) of salt.

New this shows this week include a family comedy-drama at New Jewish Theatre, a classic drama at the Webster Groves Theatre Guild, and a new examinatin of the nature of evil at Upstream.

Variety is the spice of the classical scene this week, with an Indian vocal concert, multiple choral probrams, jazzed-up Bach, and a classic film at the St. Louis Symphony (to name but a few).

Cabaret and opera join the hit list this weekend.

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