Donna Parrone

Theater Reviewer

Donna Parrone has been involved with St Louis theater since moving here in the 1980's. She is one of the founders of HotHouse Theatre (now HotCity) and has been an actor, a producer, a director and an educator.

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Twenty years ago the Black Rep opened their inaugural season at the Grandel with The Piano Lesson, now they are giving it another interpretation, utilizing the skills of actors who learned their craft as interns at the Black Rep and many who continue to return to the “family.” August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning script, the fourth in his Pittsburgh Cycle, has ghosts and music, avarice and love, sex and innocence. In the capable hands of director Lorna Littleway, it is a rollicking good time.

Talley’s Folly takes place in a decaying Victorian boathouse on the night of July 4, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. Matt Friedman (played by Shaun Sheley) a Jewish accountant from St Louis, comes to propose to Sally Talley, a free-spirited "southern" girl chafing under conservative home rule, whom he had fallen in love with a year earlier. It is a play about releasing secrets and allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to chose love.