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Theatre Nuevo Presents a Flawed But Memorable Experiment at the Chapel

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Sara Sapp, Sarah McKenney and Steven Castelli
This Is Not Funny is a devised comedic theatrical experiment. Which says something, but what exactly? The stage is the floor of the performing-arts space called the Chapel, there's a curtain on a clothesline demarking the playing area and a lone microphone off to stage left, set up on the space's actual stage. It's theater stripped down to its bare elements; the whole of the piece suggests you should focus on the story being told above all else.


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Anything Goes Is a Joyous Romp, Thanks to Cole Porter

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Peter Wochniak
Hop aboard the S.S. America.
The plot of Anything Goes is ridiculous, the characters are virtual caricatures and the dramatic conflicts could be charitably described as "hackneyed." And yet there is no denying the power created when these elements are bound together by the music of Cole Porter.

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Six Things to Do This Weekend for $15 or Less

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Cher and Dionne ride again.

July is winding down, but summer isn't over yet. This is a weekend to remember the films, philanthropists and summer camp fantasies of our youth. See you all on the ice.

1. Celebrate 20 Years of Being Clueless
The Saint Louis Art Museum's pick for the Art Hill Film Series this week is Clueless, that formative tale of Beverly Hills blonde teenager Cher Horowitz's inspired journey to better the lives of the "less fortunate." Whether it's the new classmate, two lonely and lovelorn teachers or hurricane victims (who actually don't need more bongs, but thanks?), Cher is there to offer insight and fashion advice. It's the forever campy but oddly relevant '90s flick you will earnestly watch again and again. The Saint Louis Art Museum partners with Artscope, formerly SCOSaG, to enable moviegoers to get their fashion on with a cotton tote bag decoration project. Food trucks do a brisk business starting at 6 p.m., and beverages are sold near the Louis IX statue at the top of the hill. The film starts at 9 p.m., as if you would miss an opportunity to see Clueless on the big screen one more time. Admission is free. Call 314-721-0072 or visit www.slam.org for more information. — Nicole Beckert

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The LaBute New Play Festival Generates Excitement and Drama

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John Lamb
G.P. Hunsaker and Nathan Bush in "Custom."

In its three short years of existence, the LaBute New Theater Festival has become a bona fide event. Opening night last Friday saw a full house of eager people who were there to see new plays – and not just new, but good and interesting works.

The night featured no cell phone interruptions, very little talking during the changeovers and an excited buzz at intermission. It drew the sort of rapt audience that wants to be challenged as well as entertained. An audience very well served by what St. Louis Actors' Studio had to offer.

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6 Fun Things to Do This Week for $12 or Less

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The Women of SLLAW flex their muscles Saturday night.

Naked bike rides! Magic shows! Lady arm wrestlers in hand-to-hand combat! This week's event list has something for everyone ... and by everyone, we mean everyone. Even those oh-so-particular lovers of theater who insist on only seeing shows inside bakeries.

Peruse our list of six fun events -- all accessible for $12 or less. And then start making plans already!

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Smart Production of The Killing of Sister George Focuses on Human Nature, Not Sexuality

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The cast of The Killing of Sister George: Shannon Nara (Childie), Erin Kelley (Mercy), Lavonne Byers (June) and Cooper Shaw (Madame Xenia).
The Killing of Sister George caused quite the scandal in 1965 London for its outright portrayal of a lesbian relationship. What's interesting in 2015 is not the lesbian part, but the relationship part: Radio soap star June Buckridge and her "flatmate" Alice McNaught never get more romantic than a little slap 'n' tickle, after all. What's left of their shared passion are small comforts, bickering and the petty annoyances that accrete over seven years together.

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6 Quirky Things to Do This Week for $15 or Less

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Milo the scene-stealing cat -- just one of the many famous cats of the Internet featured in this weekend's Internet Cat Video Festival

Supposedly, it's finally going to stop raining this weekend. So why not venture out into the world and do something different? There are plenty of options -- from the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art to Bastille Day taking over Soulard to the "world's largest catsup bottle festival birthday party and car show" in Collinsville, Illinois. Yes, it's all a bit random -- but doesn't it sound like a blast?

Read on for our six picks this week, all for $15 or less.

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The Fantasticks Doesn't Quite Live Up to Its Billing

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John Lamb
Insight Theatre's Fantasticks.
The Fantasticks is an unassailable classic of American theater. Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's allegorical musical had a legendary 42-year run off-Broadway, weathering the social changes of the 1960s, '70s and '80s with ease. The simplicity of the story allows audiences of any era to relate: to see themselves in the young lovers just starting out, the middle-aged fathers who attempt to control their little corner of the world and the old actors who exist on the fringes of society.

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9 Ways to Celebrate July 4th Weekend for $11 or Less

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This weekend features more fireworks than you could possibly ever witness.

If you're like us, you're settling into a three-day weekend, which means you have an extra day to pack in some fun. And whether you intend to hit Fair St. Louis for some Blondie, catch the fireworks down at St. Charles' Riverfest or see some star-spangled burlesque, there are plenty of possibilities.

Here are our picks for nine ways to celebrate our nation's birthday this weekend, all for $11 or less. Bonus: At least eight of them involve exploding pyrotechnics. The Chinese may have invented fireworks, but to us, nothing says America risking life and limb just to witness the pretty colors.

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7 Things to Do This Week for $10 or Less

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Pridefest returns to St. Louis this weekend -- just one of several free events happening around town.

It's the last weekend in June, and St. Louis is jam-packed with fun stuff to keep you busy. And whether you're into Pridefest or Pink Flamingos, the Breakfast Club or Babes in Brassland, nothing will cost you more than an Alexander Hamilton.

Here are our seven top picks for this week's events.

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