NonProphet Theatre Company's 'Montana: A Shakespearean Scarface' finds humor, pathos in adaptation of film.
So, you’ve been in a live-in relationship with your significant other for four years. Your best friend calls from a work party and tells you that said “other,” has told her husband that you aren’t “beautiful.” Oh, not in so many words, of course. What he actually says is that you look “regular.” He follows it up by indicating he likes you just the way she are. Is this comment, made in the context of comparison to a gorgeous new employee and under the influence of several beers, a deal breaker? If you’re Steph (Rachel Hanks), the “plain” one, the answer is, “yes, it is.”
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical is ridiculous in both senses of the word. It is “silly” ridiculous, and “ridiculous” in the current slang meaning “that was so much fun, it was ridiculous!” The NonProphets played to a full house Friday night, which just goes to prove that if you give ‘em what they want, they’ll come out for it. Clearly, what St. Louis theatre-goers have been pining for is a comedy musical based on a classic porno flick. Who knew?
John Patrick Shanley’s first play is far from his best, but in the right hands, it is a powerful, even visceral experience. Director Ray Gabica and actors Robert A. Mitchell (also Artistic Director of the company) and Brooke Edwards are those hands.