Perhaps the most-produced play on the regional circuit this season, Old Wicked Songs, finishes its run at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Feb. 8.
A 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Old Wicked Songs is the story of an arrogant piano prodigy from America who travels to Vienna to study with a distinguished voice teacher. The two men become close friends, but not without first enduring a fierce power struggle between teacher and student.
At the Rep, Jon Marans' drama will be directed by Martin Platt, artistic director of Santa Fe Stages. Starring in the show are Mark Boyett, who first went into the role at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre, and, as Professor Mashkan, David Rogers (the recent Broadway Forum revival; Doubles). Rogers also authored the book for the Broadway musical, Charlie and Algernon.
Designing Old Wicked Songs are Bill Clarke (set & costumes) and Glenn Dunn (lighting). The show began previews Jan. 21, officially opened Jan. 23 and runs to Feb. 8. The theatre's next production will be David Hare's drama, Skylight.
For tickets ($18.50-$27) and information on Old Wicked Songs at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road, call (314) 968-4925. -- By David Lefkowitz