Magic Smoking Monkey delivers a fun parody “Jurassic Park The Musical!” in Kirkwood | Arts & Culture

A greedy park employee messes everything up in an attempt to get stacks of cash delivered, shutting down the park’s power grids. Spooky times ensue as dinosaurs terrorize visitors, as well as the few park employees on site.

Other info: St. Louis Shakespeare’s quirky offshoot, Magic Smoking Monkey Theater, has had its share of hits and misses over the past few years while ridiculing films like “Glen or Glenda,” “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” “The 10 Commandments: Live! and “Planet of the Apes”.

An array of cheap and tacky but also maniacally creative props, costumes and set design are an integral part of any MSMT show. All of these elements are amusingly highlighted in “Jurassic Park The Musical!”, which features SH Boygen’s groovy green scenic design full of lush foliage as well as a towering electric fence. Cora Varland provides the work clothes worn by scientists, as well as a lounge lizard look for mathematician Ian Malcolm.

John “JT” Taylor adds lighting and sound design, including chords straight from John Williams’ score for Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur epic, and Amanda Handle brings a cornucopia of funky props to the show , like a sacrificial goat and a goofy computer with its own talking head.

Art director Donna Northcott adapted the original screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp (based on Crichton’s novel of the same title) and is Steven Spielberg of the musical version in the director’s chair. She handles both missions with considerable aplomb, keeping the laughs rolling and the action rolling in just 75 minutes.