12 Theater and Dance Events to Check Out this February

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Stages around St. Louis are full of action this month! From Chinese performance art to classic musicals to dramas, opera and more, there’s no lack of options in the world of theater during February.

The Little Dog Laughed

The Little Dog Laughed. Photo courtesy of Stray Dog Theatre.

Read through our list of top picks, and decide which productions suit your theater fancy.

The Little Dog Laughed
Feb. 6-22, Tower Grove Abbey
Stray Dog Theatre puts on this Tony award-winning, adults-only comedy that focuses on a goofy Hollywood agent, a hustler and his ambitious girlfriend and a movie star who has questions about sexuality as they all try to figure out what they truly want out of life.

Man of La Mancha
Feb. 7-9, Peabody Opera House
Don’t miss this production of a continually award-winning musical that tells the tale of Don Quixote as he searches for “The Impossible Dream” through trials and his own follies.

Mamma Mia!
Feb. 7-9, The Fox
This musical puts on a walk down the wedding aisle like no other with a big mix of one bride-to-be, three possible dads, big music, lights and plenty of hilarity. Don’t miss classic ABBA songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me.”

Falstaff
Feb. 7 and 9, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts
This month, check out “Falstaff,” performed by Winter Opera St. Louis. Composed by Verdi and based on characters that appeared in numerous Shakespeare plays, this historic opera is known for its dramatic storyline and gorgeous librettos.

Gee’s Bend
Feb. 7-23, Mustard Seed Theatre (Fontbonne University)
Playgoers to “Gee’s Bend” will learn the beautiful story of the Pettway women, a group of African-American women from Alabama who were known for their intricate quilt work and surviving decades of changes through segregation, the Civil Rights Movement and more.

Other Desert Cities

Other Desert Cities. Photo courtesy of The Repertory Theater.

Other Desert Cities
Feb. 12-March 9, The Repertory Theatre
A young novelist returns home to Palm Springs to share her latest book, exposing the politics, lies and controversy surrounding her family and its secrets. This Pulitzer Prize finalist delves into serious themes as it follows novelist Brooke through a journey down memory lane.

“Zilch” presented by ANNONYarts
February 13, Satori
Inspired by Elie Wiesel’s book, “Night,” artist Tom Brady’s unique “Zilch” exhibit features sound, light, live performance and video to portray the book’s emotional and inspirational stories based on true events.

Saint Louis Ballet presents “Love is in the Air
Feb. 14-15, Touhill Performing Arts Center
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by checking out the Saint Louis Ballet’s latest production, featuring a number of dances set to music by Frank Sinatra and Claude Bolling.

Shen Yun
Feb. 14-16, Peabody Opera House
The premier traveling Chinese dance troupe Shen Yun makes its way to Peabody for an evening of traditional stories, graceful dance moves, beautiful orchestral compositions and a rich cultural experience.

Lovers
February 14-23, Union Avenue Christian Church
The West End Players Guild performs this thought-provoking and emotion-filled play about two different couples living in modern Ireland. One couple is young and beginning a life together, while the other pair is at the end of life. Both stories are seamlessly connected in this work by Brian Friel.

Jersey Boys
Feb. 19-March 2, The Fox
Revealing the rags-to-riches story of oldies pop group The Four Seasons, “Jersey Boys” is full of energy, big choreography and, of course, great musical numbers like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll” and “Oh What a Night.”

Diavolo
Feb. 28-March 1, Touhill Performing Arts Center
With 15-foot staircases, skateboard ramps, 18-foot aluminum and steel spinning wheels, West Coast-based troupe Diavolo is certainly unique in its approach to dance and gymnastics. The group features dancers, athletes, actors, martial artists and they set out to amaze with their boundary-pushing moves.

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