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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

The 2019 New Jewish Theatre production of ’Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ Photo: Greg Lazerwitz

2019 was a very “haimish” year for St. Louis theater

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 16, 2020

Maybe I’m just super-aware of these things. But I can’t be the only one to have noticed that on stages around St. Louis, 2019 seemed exceptionally . . . Jewish.And we’re not just talking schmaltz. This was challenging, high-quality theater,  beautifully...

Barrett Foa and Ben Cherry in The Rep’s production of ‘Angels in America.’ Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Rep opens season with breathtaking production of ‘Angels in America’

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus September 13, 2019

Hana S. Sharif has launched her first season as artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis with a breathtaking production of Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, “Angels in America.” That the 25-year-old play still resonates today is a credit...

Steven Woolf spent 33 years as artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Photo courtesy The Rep

Retiring Rep leader Steve Woolf reflects on life in the theater world

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 25, 2019

Under the tutelage of Steve Woolf, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis evolved from a respected regional theater to a nationally respected company known for innovation and boldness in selecting plays to produce, including some world premieres.Woolf retired...

The Black Rep presents ‘Canfield Drive’ through Jan. 27 at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. Photo: Peter Spack

2019 Winter Arts Guide: 18 ways to beat back winter

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR January 18, 2019

When it’s cold outside, our tendency is to hibernate — get into our PJs, cozy up with a glass of wine or hot toddy and binge-watch whatever (might I recommend “Killing Eve” on Hulu).And while that’s fine for a night or two, staying in means...

Michelle Hand and Robert Thibaut in the NJT production of ‘The Immigrant.’ The play won four Kevin Kline Awards.

New Jewish Theatre has winning night at Kevin Kline Awards

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR April 4, 2012

The New Jewish Theatre took home six awards at the 7th annual Kevin Kline Awards ceremony Monday night, bested only by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which received seven top prizes. Topping the NJT list was Outstanding Production of a Play for last...

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