We have season tickets to the Rep which is supposed to be one of the better theaters in St. Louis, though I prefer St Louis Actor’s Studio at the Gaslight. Last night we saw Peter and the starcatcher. The play was a bit ridiculous, the premise entertaining – a prequel to the wonderful Peter Pan. But what bothered me the most was except for two women, one with a leading role, this was a boy’s show, mostly a white boy’s show. There were two cross-dressed characters, so there could have been more females. There were a few hispanics if you go by the names in the program, but no African American actors that I could tell. It is no wonder we have and need and enjoy The Black Rep.
If you could get past the idea that this was yet another boys club, the acting was good, sometimes funny, always energetic. I liked the sheets as water best. I’ll simply be watching for the rest of the season. If it stays theater for white boys, I’ll take my season tickets somewhere else next year. After all, this is St. Louis. We have lots of talented actors that will make everyone feel a bond. Just look at the great work down on Boyle St. by St. Louis Actor’s Studio, or the Black Rep.