The second week of British Invasion 2013 kicks off with a solo performance by Gavin Robertson, who impressed audiences last year with his philosophical and complex Robertsons Crusoe. This year we find this skilled performer from the U.K. in a more lighthearted mood as he performs what he calls an unauthorized parody poking fun at the 007 mystique.
The Unicorn Theatre continues an exceptional season with a well-acted production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Its trenchant humor justifies the comedy label, but that doesnt begin to describe this thoughtful, meticulously crafted piece, which offers a satirical look at racism and the life of urban neighborhoods in two acts separated by 50 years.
Non-Equity tour of Disneys Beauty and the Beast brings together the original designers and creative team
Theatergoers who turn out for the production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast at the Music Hall will get to see new versions of Ann Hould-Wards imaginative costumes. Rarely does the creative team behind a record-setting Broadway show and its subsequent national tours get a chance to rethink their original creation on a smaller scale. But thats what NETworks, this tours producer, has invited them to do.
Popular culture is, by definition, instantly disposable and what might have been outrageous and irreverent 20 years ago can lose its edge long before it exhausts its commercial value. That seems to be the case with SantaLand Diaries, which runs runs through Dec. 24 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Copaken Stage.
Musical Theater Heritage unveils its sixth annual edition of A Spectacular Christmas, a revue of music, humor and storytelling that is never quite the same from year to year. Meanwhile, Heidi Van, curator of the Fishtank Performance Studio, opens what she hopes will be a pilot for future annual shows: 12 Plays of Christmas, an anthology of short works by local playwrights.
Theatergoers who have checked out previous editions the British Invasion at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre know what to expect in this year's fourth edition: literate, high-quality solo performances and small-cast plays staged with minimal props and creative lighting and sound cues.
Toronto-born actor Brian Sills returns to Kansas City to perform Santaland Diaries, an adaptation of David Sedaris radio essay about the madness of working in Macys during the holidays. Meanwhile, the Unicorn Theatre prepares to open a contemporary Pulitzer Prize winner, Bruce Norris Clybourne Park.
Each year, theater companies decide what kind of entertainment to offer during the holidays. And they have three basic approaches to the holidays: observe them, ignore them or break from tradition. This year you can see all three.
Timed to open on the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, JFK: A Ghostly Evening written by the Rev. Scott Myers, pastor of the Westport Presbyterian Church, imagines a meeting between Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. It will receive its world premiere at Just Off Broadway Theatre.
The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre bites off more than it can chew with the dated Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The show, which runs throiugh Dec. 1, is beyond the companys capabilities on almost every level with the exception of some good performances.
Kansas City theatergoers have a rare opportunity in the coming weeks the chance to see more professional African-American actors on local stages than at any time in recent history. The confluence of programming includes Aint Misbehavin, The Wiz and Clybourne Park, all with African-American casts. And other shows include actors of color in their casts.
The second go-round for The Wiz at the Coterie Theatre, which runs through Jan. 5, isnt exactly a carbon copy of the production first seen at the young-audiences company in 2011, but it retains all the strengths of this abbreviated version of the 1975 Broadway musical.
This comedy may be a relic, but a talented cast at the New Theatre Restaurant shows us how to squeeze juice from an old-school Broadway comedy.
Continuing its pattern of producing big-scale shows in an intimate performance space, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre opens a Broadway musical classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which is rarely staged professionally in Kansas City, while the Coterie brings back a revamped version of The Wiz.
It’s a safe bet that KC’s downtown area has more live theater than you’re used to.