The fourth year of St. Lou Fringe Festival, is a celebration of performing arts featuring more than 100 shows and events. This year the festival expanded over two weekends, with creative workshops and parties offered during the days the theaters were dark. And, in the reviewer's opinion, this is not merely good for the Fringe, this is a great step for St. Louis theater and arts.
Once again, the creative ensemble at the Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre has collaborated on a comedic reinterpretation of a hugely popular series, this time HBO's acclaimed "Game of Thrones," based on the novels by George R. R. Martin. "Game of Thrones: GoT Parody?" conveys the show's essential story arc while pushing the plot, themes, and relationships to comic extremes.
Dramatic License Productions recently updated its vision to be a female focused company, with an emphasis on work written, performed and produced by women. The first show chosen in alignment with the company's new mission is "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," by Neil Simon, running through May 10, 2015. Directed by Alan Knoll, the show doesn't hit all the points of the new direction, but the leads and subject covered are decidedly intended to present the female perspective.
KTK Productions' "Sex Please, We're 60," running through May 3, 2015, is an amusing play, with more than a wink and a nod to the pleasures of flirtation, romance and, yes, sex. A modern farce with a touch of manners, the show has an amusing love quadrangle involving a would-be Don Juan and three potential paramours. Their romantic geometry is balanced by the long simmering love between the proprietor of a bed and breakfast and her longtime "gentleman caller."
In Ken Ludwig's fanciful farce, a golf tournament, an impending engagement and an ill-advised bet between old rivals converge to create an over-the-top comedy that offers easy laughs and physical comedy even if, at times, it tries a bit too hard to please. "The Fox on the Fairway" quickly introduces us to the various characters while setting up a plot that, though not particularly original, is well suited for the far-fetched twists, improbable revelations and comic misunderstandings of farce.
The New Jewish Theatre keeps their audiences laughing with a lively mix of humor and sex therapy in "Becoming Dr. Ruth," a delightfully informative production. Filled with personal anecdotes from the doctor's public life and deeply personal memories and observations, the show celebrates the resilient spirit and friendly, funny and frank approach to sex of Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Mark St. Germain's one-woman show is an entertaining and insightful look at Westheimer's personal and professional journey.
St. Louis Shakespeare's Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre company once again strikes gold, this time with "Cannibal: The Musical," a hilariously twisted homage to the classic Hollywood musical written by Trey Parker, half of the creative team behind "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon." Cannibal tells the ill-fated story of a group of miners who met their demise on the trail to Colorado gold.