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Fall is in the air. That means that mid-term exams and Halloween are fast approaching. With all of the craziness of autumn, many people may be unaware of all of the great theatrical performances that are being presented both at Fontbonne and in the greater Saint Louis community.

Last night, I went to see Fontbonne Theatre’s production of “Eleemosynary” with my friend Kaniz. This play revolved around the relationships of a mother, her daughter, and her granddaughter. Both of us absolutely loved it. It was deep and moving, and the scarcity of the set allowed the audience to focus on the characters’ raw emotion. This play was psychological like Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” yet it had that bit of fantastic eeriness present in plays such as “Jane Eyre.” I highly recommend that you go see “Eleemosynary.” It plays tonight (Saturday) at 8:00 and tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:00.

Next up in the Fontbonne blackbox theatre is “The Shape of Things,” followed by the musical “Godspell.” 

This morning, The Muny just released its 2012 summer season. Though the specific dates have not yet been released, the shows are: Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Chicago,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The King and I,” “Dreamgirls,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Pirates” (a new version of “Pirates of Penzance”). Though I will totally miss Paul Blake (the former executive producer of The Muny who just left this past summer after over twenty seasons of productions), I’m definitely looking forward to the shows that will play this coming summer.

So whenever you need to take a break from all of the stress of mid-term exams or from all the creepiness of haunted houses, go see a play. You’ll be glad you did!

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