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Theater companies present swan songs to Crestwood Court ArtSpace

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 13, 2012 - Avalon Theatre and R-S Theatrics (formerly Soundstage Productions) are bringing down their Crestwood Court curtains with a pair of plays about love and cars.

ArtSpace tenants have until Feb. 28 to move out and make room for the mall's renovation. Beginning Thursday night, Avalon signs off with "Love Letters," a late nod to Valentine's Day, in which a man and woman read each other notes, letters and cards spanning 50 years' worth of ambitions, dreams, successes and disappointments.

On Broadway, the A.R. Gurney play starred the likes of Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, Stockard Channing and John Rubenstein, and Elaine Stritch and Cliff Robertson. The local production pairs up Avalon co-founders Erin Kelley and Larry Mabry.

There's also plenty of love on stage when R-S honks goodbye to ArtSpace with "Autobhan," Neil LaBute's short-cycle presentation of seven plays, all taking place in the front seat of a car.

The Friday through Sunday "Autobahn" presentations portray relationship scenarios ranging from a make-out session gone bad to a daughter's ride home from rehab.

'Love Letters'

Presented by: Avalon Theatre Company

Where: ArtSpace inside Crestwood Court, 109 Crestwood Plaza, 63126

When: Thursday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 19

How much: $15-$25

Tickets/Information: http://avalontheatre.org/


Presented by: R-S Theatrics

Where: ArtSpace inside Crestwood Court, 109 Crestwood Plaza, 63126

When: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17-26

How much: $15

Tickets: rstheatrics@yahoo.com

Information: www.facebook.com/pages/R-S-Theatrics/169644076450744, http://soundstageproductions.net/rs-theatrics.htm

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.