“Subtly directed by Neel Keller, Orlandersmith delivers a fast-paced, wide-ranging series of character sketches. These characters — all composites, drawn from people Orlandersmith spoke with here as well as from her own imagination — consider Michael Brown’s death from their own points of view.”
“The results are moving in unexpected ways: friendships are broken by the aftermath of the shooting; some of Ms. Orlandersmith’s characters manage to find their courage as a result; and stereotypes are smashed left and right.”
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith interviewed real St. Louisans about the past two years of social unrest in our city. Their thoughts formed the basis for the eight characters of Until the Flood, who all have something to say about the past, present and future of St. Louis.
Get a look at their thoughts in this trailer for the show, in production now on The Rep’s Mainstage:
Until the Flood continues its run through November 6. Get your tickets here.
“★★★★★. Follies is a theatrical spectacle, immense in its scope and intimidating for any troupe attempting its execution. Goals are made to be pursued, though, and (Steven) Woolf and The Rep have realized theirs with a sumptuous, stunning and spectacular presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s multiple, Tony Award-winning masterpiece, a paean to the world of stage performance and illusion.”
“Director Rob Ruggiero delivers a lucid, tender production of this extremely complicated story about a reunion of showgirls. ... You feel a little sympathy for them, and, by the end maybe a little optimism as well. For a show so focused on artificiality — on the timeworn conceits of the stage — that’s a stunning revelation.”
“I can’t say enough how every aspect of this production has come together for one of the most impressive and stunning performances we’ve seen in St. Louis. The audience on opening night shouted and applauded throughout the evening and then leapt to their feet before the curtain call could even commence. This was a remarkable evening of theatre.”
“This production of Follies is not only recommended, it is compulsory for any patron of the theatre. Shows of this magnitude do not happen by accident and you would be remiss in not grabbing your tickets now. I may be fighting you in line for a repeat ticket; I must see this production again before the final curtain falls.”
“Let’s cut to the chase here. The Rep has hit another one out of the park with Follies. ... It’s a splendid evening. The show feels beautifully, glowingly new. This is the kickoff to a new season of theater in town and it sets a very high mark.”
The Backstage Blog is your chance to...well, go "backstage" at The Rep. We'll be posting all sorts of insider information, about upcoming productions, about the process of bringing a play from the page to the stage, about design challenges and cast conundrums—everything that goes into making a show special. Check back often for the latest updates!