By Jeff Ritter
A wonderfully woven tale of a child’s exuberant review of the Sean Connery spy flick, “From Russia With Love” interwoven with theater history, race relations in the 1960s, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Beatles and the tumultuous yet successful 1964 Cardinals season is Joe Hanrahan’s latest one-man show, “Now Playing Third Base For The St. Louis Cardinals…Bond, James Bond.”
Hanrahan is the writer and star of The Midnight Company’s one-act that is part of the St. Louis Fringe Festival.. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should – he’s been involved with theatre companies like The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Theatre Project Company, R-S Theatrics and Tesseract, just to name a few.
Hanrahan jumps back and forth from omniscient narrator to 10-year-old movie fanatic to baseball and theater historian smoothly, and the audience was hanging on his every word from the start. If you’re in the mood for something thoughtful yet light, funny, and informative, this is the show for you.
It’s directed by Shane Signorino, with video design by Michael P. Perkins, and presented at the Kranzberg Black Box Theatre..
With the 2018 Cardinals’ resurgence after a managerial change, the Redbirds are the talk of the town again — similar to what happened in 1964. By the end of the Fringe Festival, “Now Playing Third Base For The St. Louis Cardinals…Bond, James Bond” should be the talk of the town too.
“Now Playing Third Base For the St. Louis Cardinals…Bond, James Bond” is part of the St. Louis Fringe Festival from Aug. 16 through Aug. 25. Performances continue Thursday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p;m. and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Kranzberg Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available at www.MetroTix.com. For more information, visit www.MidnightCompany.com