Shows Opening This Weekend Include 'All Is Calm' Revival and 'Boom Town' by 'Dumb and Dumber' Actor Jeff Daniels

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

“All Is Calm” at Mustard Seed Theatre
Mustard Seed Theatre revives last year’s big Christmas hit, “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” an a cappella musical that recounts the true WWI story when soldiers on both sides laid down their arms for a holiday truce. The ALIVE review of last year’s production said, “The evening is one of masterful storytelling heightened by admirable singing and clean, effective theatricality. This production captivates, deeply moves and ultimately, exposes the absurdity of war while shining its benevolent light on the nature of man’s humanity.” Go just to listen to the great chorus singing Christmas carols and drinking songs of the soldiers’ homelands. Expect some tears.

Last year's production of "All Is Calm." Courtesy of Mustard Seed Theatre

Last year’s production of “All Is Calm.”
Courtesy of Mustard Seed Theatre

“All Is Calm,” written by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangement by Eric Lichte and Timothy C. Takasch, runs Nov. 14 – Dec. 14. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm. Tickets are $30 for general admission, and $25 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, visit the Mustard Seed Theatre website.

“Orders” at The Tesseract Theatre
The Tesseract Theatre presents “Orders,” by Kevin Ferguson. The story revolves around a young couple in love; the God-loving Maggie and the USA-loving Troy. But when Troy gets his orders to head to war, their hearts get torn asunder and each must decide exactly which orders they will follow.

“Orders” runs Nov. 14 – 23, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm. Performances take place at the Regional Arts Commission Building, 6128 Delmar Blvd. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 for students, artists, seniors and St Lou Fringe badge holders. For tickets and more information, visit the Tasseract Theatre website

“Boom Town” at West End Players Guild
Most people know Jeff Daniels as a television and movie star (“The Newsroom,” “Dumb and Dumber”), but few know he is a prolific playwright with more than a dozen plays to his name. The West End Players Guild will present Daniels’, “Boom Town,” about a married woman who owns a convenience store and dreams of running off to Chicago with her lover, the local banker. When her husband finds out, things get dicey in the tense thriller with lots of twists.  The Austin Chronicle called the show “an exemplary piece of theater.”

“Boom Town” runs from Nov. 14-23. Showtimes are Thursday (second week only), Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm in the theater at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd. (just north of Delmar). All tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the West End Players Guild website.

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