Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis: Bertha in Paradise

When: Wed., May 3, 8 p.m. and Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 11 2017

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The final week of shows has been canceled. There are no performances on May 11, 12, 13 or 14.] Following on the resounding success of the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, the second year of the celebration kicks off with a bang. Anita Jackson's one-woman show Bertha in Paradise is inspired by Williams' play, Hello from Bertha. The heroine is on her deathbed, lamenting her sorry end. Jackson imagines that Bertha rallies, and instead of dying in sorrow, goes out singing about all the fantastic times she had. Bertha in Paradise features songs by Cole Porter as well as lesser-known gems such as "If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It" and "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl." Jackson officially opens the festival at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Curtain Call Lounge at the Fox Theatre (521 North Grand Boulevard; Opening night tickets are $50. Bertha in Paradise continues at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (May 5 to 14); tickets are $35 for these shows.

Paul Friswold

Price: $35-$50