When: Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sun., March 20, 2 & 7 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Wed., March 30, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Wed., April 6, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., April 10, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through April 9 2016
To close out its current season, the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis gives the people a play about the eternal lure of baseball. Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan's Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing is about the king of the Negro Leagues, Satchel Paige, the star pitcher who played the game well into his fifties. But when he was a spry 42-year-old, Paige couldn't shake his regret about being passed over for the chance to break Major League Baseball's color barrier (an honor that went to the younger Jackie Robinson). When rain cancels a game in Kansas City between Paige's Negro League barnstorming team and Bob Feller's white all-stars, old professional rivals Paige and Feller gather with Paige's teammate and friend Buck O'Neil and a rookie from each team at a boarding house to talk about what might have been. And if O'Neil and Feller can talk Paige into trying out for the big leagues again, well, baseball will be the better for it. Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing is presented Tuesday through Sunday (March 16 to April 10) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org). Tickets are $17.50 to $79.50.