Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Gets Set for 2015-16

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Gets Set for 2015-16

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Plays about a royal family in turmoil, a lawyer who begins to question his beliefs and a boy and girl on a fantastic adventure will complete the 2015-16 Browning Mainstage season at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

With the addition of "The Lion in Winter," "Disgraced" and "Peter and the Starcatcher" to the previously announced shows, "this season has great depth and lots of different theatrical styles, with drama and romance and whimsy," said Steven Woolf, artistic director of the theater. It performs at the Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves. "I'm excited."

THE PLAYS

"All the Way" (Sept. 9-Oct. 4), Robert Schenkkan's drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson's maneuvers to pass the Civil Rights Act. Woolf directs "All The Way," which won the 2014 Tony for best play.

"Angel Street" (Oct. 14-Nov. 8), also (and perhaps better) known as "Gaslight," tells the story of woman whose sadistic husband is trying to drive her mad. Patrick Hamilton wrote the venerable psychological thriller, and Jenn Thompson will direct it here.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" (Dec. 2-27) takes the holiday slot, a "Peter Pan" prequel performed in imaginative story-theater style. Winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, the show is written by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys," "The Addams Family") and is based on the novel by Dave Barry and St. Louis author Ridley Pearson. Blake Robison directs.

"The Lion in Winter" (Jan. 6-31, 2016) takes place at Christmas 1183, when England's King Henry II has decided to release his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, from the castle where he keeps her locked up. The formidable couple, long at odds, has a fresh dispute: Which of their sons should succeed to the throne? Edward Stern whose many Rep credits include "Noises Off," "The Foreigner" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" directs "The Lion in Winter," James Goldman's witty script about high-stakes family squabbles.

"Disgraced" (Feb. 10-March 6) brought the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama to playwright Ayad Akhtar. The central character, corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor, may have been born in Pakistan, but he has fashioned himself into the consummate New York success. …

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