Donna Parrone http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Theatre Review: "Elf" At The Fox Good Holiday Fare - On The Surface http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/theatre-review-elf-fox-good-holiday-fare-surface <div></div><div>Elf, the stage musical based on the movie with Will Ferrell, opened at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday. &nbsp;Before we go any further I have to make a confession, I never saw the movie. Unlike the girl sitting next to me, I can’t tell you the movie is funnier. But here is what I can tell you.</div><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:02:29 +0000 Donna Parrone 32438 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Theatre Review: "Elf" At The Fox Good Holiday Fare - On The Surface Theatre Review: New Jewish Theatre's "Hannah Senesh" Is Theatrical But Not Necessarily Theatre http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/theatre-review-new-jewish-theatres-hannah-senesh-theatrical-not-necessarily-theatre <p></p><div>When entering the theater at The New Jewish Theatre’s current production of Hannah Senesh, you are immediately engaged with the set, a graceful, ethereal concoction by Peter and Margery Spack, which seems at odds with a tale of death and war but very appropriate once we meet our young heroine, Hannah, played with buoyant appeal by Shanara Gabrielle. Hannah’s tale is told through her diary, which she kept from age 13 to 23, ending right before the Gestapo executed her for treason.&nbsp;</div><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Donna Parrone 32145 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Theatre Review: New Jewish Theatre's "Hannah Senesh" Is Theatrical But Not Necessarily Theatre Theatre Review: "Sister Act" At The Fox Theatre Is Shiny, Sparkly Fun http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/theatre-review-sister-act-fox-theatre-shiny-sparkly-fun <div></div><div>If you are looking for some toe-tapping entertainment this Thanksgiving, Sister Act, which opened Tuesday at the Fabulous Fox, is everything a musical should be. From the electric, shiny audition number at the top of the show, to the glitterfest at the end, Sister Act is tons of fun, shiny, sparkly fun!</div><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:27:19 +0000 Donna Parrone 31655 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Theatre Review: "Sister Act" At The Fox Theatre Is Shiny, Sparkly Fun Theatre Review: The Rep's "Fly" Soars http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/theatre-review-reps-fly-soars <p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:53:38 +0000 Donna Parrone 30900 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Theatre Review: The Rep's "Fly" Soars Review: New Jewish Theatre's "The Good Doctor" Promises Laughter, Delivers Chortle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/review-new-jewish-theatres-good-doctor-promises-laughter-delivers-chortle <p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:49:51 +0000 Donna Parrone 30523 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Review: New Jewish Theatre's "The Good Doctor" Promises Laughter, Delivers Chortle Review: Stages St. Louis' "My Fair Lady" Exudes Energetic Magic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/review-stages-st-louis-my-fair-lady-exudes-energetic-magic <div></div><div>I know everyone is probably making the same pun, but Stages St Louis&rsquo; closing show of their season, My Fair Lady is, without any doubts, absolutely &ldquo;loverly.&rdquo; The moment you enter the theater James Wolk&rsquo;s set draws you in and sets you down in a London market street circa 1910. Costumes by Dorothy Marshall Englis are exquisite thorough-out, but the opening sets the tone so you are holding your breath to see what Eliza wears at her transformation. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:00:59 +0000 Donna Parrone 29987 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Review: Stages St. Louis' "My Fair Lady" Exudes Energetic Magic Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/review-black-reps-emergency-sizzling-one-man-show <div></div><div>Last year, Ron Conner led Black Rep casts in four out of five productions, and from the first, became one of my favorite actors to watch. This year he leads the Black Rep away from its twenty-six year home at the Grandel Theater to the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theater on the campus of Washington University and opens the new season with a sizzling one man show, Emergency. (The Black Rep was recently unceremoniously dumped from their long-time home. Hotchner will not be a permanent space for them, but was the perfect space for this particular show.)</div><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:41:31 +0000 Donna Parrone 29815 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show Review: If You Like Your Comedy Black, Hot City's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" Is A Must See http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/review-if-you-your-comedy-black-hot-citys-entertaining-mr-sloane-must-see <div></div><div>If you like your comedy dark and twisted, irreverent and absolutely “for adults only,” you’ve probably been a fan of HotCity Theatre for ages; and their latest offering, Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton, shouldn’t be missed. First, it’s a rare chance to see Orton’s first play, written in 1964. While no longer scandalous, it’s a great touchstone to see how far we have evolved. Second, it has some of the strongest technical elements I’ve seen to date in the Kranzberg Art Center’s black box theater. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:36:29 +0000 Donna Parrone 29816 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Review: If You Like Your Comedy Black, Hot City's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" Is A Must See Theatre Review: "Legally Blonde" At Stages St. Louis So Good It Should Be Illegal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/theatre-review-legally-blonde-stages-st-louis-so-good-it-should-be-illegal <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summertime is in full swing and that means musicals! Stages St Louis and the </span>MUN<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Y both do musicals all summer long, giving St Louis audiences tapping toes and entertaining ear worms. Last week, Stages opened their newest offering, Legally Blonde, the 2007 stage play based on a novel by Amanda Brown and the wildly popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:29:50 +0000 Donna Parrone 28743 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Theatre Review: "Legally Blonde" At Stages St. Louis So Good It Should Be Illegal Stray Dog Theatre's "Little Shop Of Horrors" Fun And Camp http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stray-dog-theatres-little-shop-horrors-fun-and-camp <div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Little Shop of Horrors</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dwells on a short list of musicals that I really love and the Stray Dog production, which opened at Tower Grove Abbey last weekend, is a great example of why. If done well, Little Shop… cannot fail to please. This particular production, under keen and polished direction by Justin Been, succeeds gloriously. It is given a Stray Dog twist, in the guise of some alternative casting, which serves to enhance the tawdry setting of Skid Row.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Donna Parrone 28472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stray Dog Theatre's "Little Shop Of Horrors" Fun And Camp