Best Theater Surprise

Joe Hanrahan

With a performance history that stretches back decades, Joe Hanrahan is hardly a secret to St. Louis-area theatergoers. But unlike so many theater companies, where audiences are accustomed to going to, you know, a theater with a stage and stuff, you never quite know what to expect when you walk into a Hanrahan production. Now producing under the Midnight Company's banner, Hanrahan has staged shows all over the city. He's performed edgy monologues at the Lemp Brewery. He's produced theater in coffeehouses and video production studios, on farms and in museums. Lately he's been mounting shows in repurposed churches and their secular analogue, the tavern. No, you really never know what to expect from a Hanrahan production, except, of course, that it will challenge and surprise you.

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