The­ater Bo­nanza

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Lo­cal com­pa­nies present "Au­gust: Osage County," "Danc­ing at Lugh­nasa," "Seven Guitars," "Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street" and more.

The lo­cal the­ater scene—al­ways lively, in­ter­est­ing and ac­com­plished—presents a bounty of out­stand­ing plays this month, from “Au­gust Osage County” to “Sweeney Todd.”

St. Louis Ac­tors’ Stu­dio mounts Tracy Letts’ out­ra­geous look at the ul­ti­mate dys­func­tional fam­ily, “Au­gust: Osage County,” at the in­ti­mate Gaslight The­atre, April 1430. Tick­ets $35.­ 358 N. Boyle just north of Lin­dell Blvd. 314.458.2978. Map 4-2F.

• Stray Dog The­atre sum­mons up the tune­ful hor­ror of Vic­to­rian Lon­don with Stephen Sond­heim’s “Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street,” Apr. 6-22 at Tower Grove Abbey. $20-$25. www.stray­dogth­e­ 2336 Ten­nessee Ave., just south of Shenandoah, 314.865.1995. Map 4- 4G.

• Mus­tard Seed The­atre presents Brian Friel’s haunt­ing “Danc­ing at Lugh­nasa,” Apr. 14-30, at Font­bonne Univer­sity’s Fine Arts The­atre. Tick­ets $25-$30. www. mus­tard­seedthe­ 6800 Wy­down Ave., just east of Big Bend Blvd., 314.719.8060. Map 4-2C.

• St. Louis Black Rep draws on one of Amer­ica’s great play­wrights with Au­gust Wil­son’s mur­der mys­tery/mem­ory play about the un­timely death of a gifted gui­tarist, “Seven Guitars,” at Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity’s Edi­son The­atre, through Apr. 23. Tick­ets $35-$40. www.the­black­ 6445 Forsyth Blvd., 314.534.3810. Map 4-2C.

• Hawthorne Play­ers present A. R. Gur­ney’s epis­to­lary play, “Love Letters,” at the Floris­sant Civic Cen­ter The­atre, through Apr. 9. Tick­ets $15-$20. www.hawthorne­play­ Parker Rd. and Water­ford Dr., in Floris­sant 314.921.5678. Map 3-1E. • Reper­tory The­atre of St. Louis blows the lid off with “Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet,” the hit-filled re-imag­in­ing of the night Elvis Pres­ley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins had an im­promptu jam ses­sion at Sun Stu­dios, at Web­ster Univer­sity’s Loretto- Hil­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, through Apr. 9. Tick­ets start at $17.50. www.rep­ Loretto- Hil­ton Cen­ter, 130 Edgar Rd., at Big Bend, 314.968.4925. Map 4- 6A. • Play­house at West Port Plaza, presents a cav­al­cade of tour­ing shows: “One Funny Mother” (through Apr 2) $50; “Rockin’ Chair Live” (Apr. 7- 8) $15; “Men Are from Mars—Women Are from Venus” (Apr. 19- May 7) $50. www. play­house­atwest­ 635 West Port Plaza, 314.534.1111. Map 3- 4B.

Cos­tume de­signs for“Sweeney Todd”

“Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet” at Reper­toryThe­atre of St. Louis

Kari Ely plays Vi­o­let in “Au­gust: Osage County.”

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