Robert Trussell | KC Repertory Theatre tackles ‘Death of a Salesman’

Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is rightly considered a classic, but it has been criticized roundly through the years. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre produced the show once in the ’90s and now is tackling it again. Artistic director Eric Rosen is staging it for the first time. He considers it a great American play that has been on his bucket list a long time.

Trampled by Turtles’ sound is anything but slow-moving

Its name may seem ludicrous, but the band Trampled by Turtles can evoke the sound of a stampede. The five-piece acoustic band hails from Duluth, Minn., yet its sound is drawn from Appalachia country blues and bluegrass. Unlike the critter in its name, however, there is rarely anything shy or slow-moving about the results.

Timothy Finn | Sweet Honey in the Rock keeps the songs flowing

If longevity is a function of consistency and change, then there’s little mystery about why Sweet Honey in the Rock, which performs Wednesday at the Kauffman Center, is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The African-American, all-women a cappella group has engaged in a variety of projects that involve more than just keen vocal prowess.

Actress Eden Sher of ABC’s ‘The Middle’ shouldn’t lose the braces

If the creators of ABC’s “The Middle” have their way, poor Sue Heck’s teeth will never be fixed. Actress Eden Sher wore a set of removable braces to her audition to play the daughter on the ABC comedy, helping her win the job. She hasn’t taken them off since, at least on camera. They’re the signature of the geeky, lovable loser that is high school soph Sue Heck.

Actress Callie Thorne hides behind her TV characters

Callie Thorne has often found herself just one of the boys. On “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” she held her own with a crew of cops. On “Rescue Me,” she was the gutsy paramour among a crew of macho firemen. Now on USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” she plays the psychotherapist to a pro football team who clearly calls the plays. But Thorne admits it’s all an act.

Bloc Party brings big show to a small crowd at Liberty Hall

Bloc Party is accustomed to playing for massive crowds on outdoor stages in Europe and Asia. The British band crammed its gear into Lawrence’s Liberty Hall on Sunday. In spite of the venue’s relatively intimate size, the venue wasn’t nearly full. If the members of the band were disappointed by the sparse turnout, they didn’t let it show.

Keane plays it earnest, safe and tidy at the Midland

In the eight years since Keane’s last trip to Kansas City, the four-piece from East Sussex, England, hasn’t strayed much from its songwriting formula: tight 3- to 4-minute pop ballads about love and growing up. It’s a blueprint that has helped the band sell more than 10 million albums worldwide.