Ringwald's the bravest in `Charity'

Theater review

April 12, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic

Molly Ringwald's Sweet Charity is definitely sweet. She's also cute and spunky and innocent.

But though the actress -- still best known for the John Hughes' teen movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- plays a dance hall hostess, she's not one of the slickest dancers in the touring production at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Neil Simon's script does give Ringwald an out. "Who dances? We defend ourselves to music," one of Charity's co-workers explains to a newcomer. "Innocent" might also sound like a stretch for the taxi dancers at the sleazy Fandango Ballroom. But Charity's embodiment of that quality is precisely the point of this 1966 musical, based on Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria (in which the protagonist's trade was even less savory).

If you go Sweet Charity runs through April 22 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. $27-$72. 410-547-SEAT or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

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