Marisa MacKay wants to put Kansas City on the burlesque map — not that it isn’t there already, but MacKay wants to make sure it sticks.
And so Mackay and her husband, Scott Smith, are producing the second annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival, which gets under way Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.
The headliners this year include Perle Noire of New Orleans, known for (among other things) her Josephine Baker tributes; Ilsa the Wolf of Tulsa, winner of Burlesque Queen of Kansas City at last year’s festival; LouLou D’vil of Finland; Lola Van Ella of St. Louis; Midnite Martini, an aerial performer based in Colorado; Lola Spitfire, also of Colorado; and Red Hot Annie of Chicago.
Other performers during the festival hail from San Francisco, Australia, New Zealand, Colorado Springs, Wichita and, of course, Kansas City. Among the local performers will be Annie Cherry and Damian Blake; Foxy Van Trapp; Hot Cocoa; Sweet Louise and Madame (aka Marisa MacKay).
Thursday’s masquerade ball emcee will be KC-based burlesque comedian Goldie Goldstein. On Friday, actress/director/comedian/chanteuse Missy Koonce does the honors. Also on Friday, neo-vaudevillian Dr. Sick (of New Orleans) will perform. And on Saturday the legendary Lucky DeLuxe will be the host of the festivities.
Tickets are available atTicketmaster.com. For more information, visit KCBurlesque.com
.Like ‘Peanuts’ but older
Ever wonder what the “Peanuts” characters would be like after puberty? Then you might want to check out Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” which began performances this week at the Living Room, 1818 McGee St.
Now, to be clear, the word “Peanuts” is never mentioned, nor do any of the characters go by the precise names familiar to readers of the long-running comic strip. But this “unauthorized parody” depicts kids with real problems — emotional disorders, mental health issues, sexual identity crises and so on. Bryan Moses directs. The actors: Bob Linebarger, Sean Hogge, Amanda Burkhart, Megan Turek, Phil Newman, Regina Weller, Kyle Dyck and Jessica Franz. Turek, by the way, is a busy costume designer making her local acting debut. And Weller is a scenic artist, model-maker and animator.
The show runs through May 13. Tickets are available atBrownPaperTickets.com
. Call 816-533-5857.Young America’s nose is growing Theatre for Young America reprises its production of “Pinocchio Commedia,” a retelling of the familiar tale about a wooden puppet who yearns to become a real boy. The TYA version, first staged here in 2002, is performed in the traditional style of commedia dell’arte with its traditional masked stock characters, including Arlecchino, Pantalone and Pedrolina. The show runs through May 19 at the H Block City Stage at Union Station. Call 816-460-2020 or go to unionstation.org
.Kander and Ebb at Quality Hill The season at Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., continues with “Life is a Cabaret,” celebrating the songs of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Composer Kander (a Kansas City native) and lyricist Ebb were responsible for “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and, more recently, “The Scottsboro Boys.” On stage are Tim Scott, Aurelie Roque and Stephanie Laws, with J. Kent Barnhart at the piano. Also on board for this show are bassist Brian Wilson and drummer Julian Goff. The production runs through May 20. Call 816-421-1700 or go to QualityHillPlayhouse.com.