6 Theater Events in St. Louis this August

By Katie Davis
In Culture
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Human Terrain. Photo courtesy of Mustard Seed Theatre.

Theater and dance are plentiful in St. Louis this month with opera performances, musicals, comedic plays and dramatic shows all on the table. Find our list of the top six theater or dance events to check, then go grab a ticket or two.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”
Aug. 1, 2, 8, 9, Union Avenue Opera
Based on the original play as well as the highly successful 1951 film featuring Marlon Brando, this operatic take on the classic story again features Stanley and Stella Kowalski, Blanche and a myriad of different issues related to lust, alcoholism, poverty, theft, assault and more. Show-goers are taken up in the drama of Blanche’s pleas for her sisters to leave hot-headed Stanley, Stella’s concern with her fading beauty, Stanley’s anger and entitlement and much more during this performance sung and spoken in English.

Hello, Dolly!
Aug. 11-17, The Muny
Don’t miss this classic musical tale, based on an original book and later made famous by the film starring Barbra Streisand, about an uncanny matchmaker and her pursuits at helping everyone from Yonkers, and a few from New York City, fall in love. As tunes like “It Takes a Woman” and “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” are performed, matchmaker Dolly Levi soon starts making a match for herself. Catch a showing of “Hello, Dolly!” the Muny’s last production this summer.

The Liar
Aug. 15-24, 560 Music Center
Performed by the talented St. Louis Shakespeare company, this take on the original work provides just as much humor and cleverness as the incorrigible liar Dorante heads to Paris, falls head over heels in love, mistakes his love’s name for another woman’s name, gets into a duel and gets into quite a bit of trouble in the city. 

The Spitfire Grill
Aug. 21-31, Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall
Insight Theatre Company puts on this Off-Broadway musical that tells the tale of a feisty parolee woman and her travels to Wisconsin where she meets another woman trying to sell her place, Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. While it’s the only eatery in town, no one in the small area wants to purchase the place until they come up with an idea to raffle it off. Don’t pass up this inspiring story about friendship, forgiveness and taking opportunities.

Siegfried
Aug. 22, 23, 29, 30, Union Avenue Opera
Originally composed by Richard Wagner and performed in German, “Siegfried” focuses on the legendary and mythological Norse hero Sigurd. This operatic version closely follows the classic, telling the story of Siegfried, who is believed to fear nothing; Mime, who tried to undermine him, a dragon, gods and goddesses and Siegfried’s eventual discovery of womanhood, fear and love.

Human Terrain
Aug. 29-Sept. 14, Mustard Seed Theatre at Fontbonne University
This world premiere of a new play, “Human Terrain,” takes an interesting and deeply thought-provoking look at the relationship between two women. However, these two women come from as different backgrounds as possible with one woman an Iraqi citizen and devout Muslim and the other a U.S. cultural advisor. The plot centers on their relationship during the Iraq War.

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