Short Seens

The Brady Bunch may be beyond parody now. The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre finds fresher material in The Mod Squad, with Oscar Madrid, Don McClendon and Amy Marie Julia Elz (the sleeping beauty -- good touch) striking amusing poses. It's often kinda thin, though, needing more wit and invention.

Ntozake Shange made theatrical history with For Colored Girls. She's less theatrical -- warm but understated -- reading her poetry, as she did last weekend for Women CenterStage at COCA. I'd like sometime to give my full attention to Joseph Bowie, who accompanied her on trombone and percussion.

I assume the Theatre Guild of Webster Groves produced -- well -- Cry Havoc because it has 12 juicy roles for women. But Allan R. Kenward's drama about women volunteers in the Philippines also has every cliche you've seen in World War II movies.

-- Bob Wilcox

Scroll to read more Arts Stories & Interviews articles (1)
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Riverfront Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.