On Golden Pond is one of the New Theatres most requested titles and its easy to see why: Its serious enough to deal with real issues but never serious enough to depress anybody. The drama is kept light and digestible in this production starring Mike Farrell and Dodie Brown, which is littered with potent laugh lines.
Number the Stars, based on Lois Lowrys novel, tells the inspiring story of the Danish resistance and its efforts to smuggle Jews to Sweden during the German occupation. Its supposed to be a high-stakes nail-biter, but the Coterie Theatres production, which runs through Feb. 21, seems curiously bloodless.
An Otherwise Hopeless Evening of Very Gay and Extremely Grim Short Plays by William Inge, a unique production that includes visual art and the performances of four obscure one-act plays by Inge, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer-winning playwright's birth.
At times in Blacktop Sky, which had its world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre, Christina Andersons writing is vivid and compelling. Sometimes the fragmentary narrative makes sense, sometimes it doesnt. But Anderson deserves props for her willingness to write a play in the style of a free-verse poet.
Arthur Millers 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.
We've been hearing it and feeling it for years: Kansas City is emerging as a vibrant place for the arts and culture. Now, the newly formed Mayor's Task Force for the Arts is launching a series of community meetings this week aimed at finding ways to bolster the city's growing image as a center for arts and culture.
Performing arts organizations in Kansas City are largely funded by our local equivalent of the Medici banking dynasty of Renaissance Italy foundations, corporations and wealthy private donors but theres another option available to people with means and an urge to help the arts: personal sponsorships.
If youre inclined to see Arthur Millers iconic play Death of a Salesman again, youre unlikely to be disappointed by Kansas City Repertory Theatres seamless production. Superior performances across the board bring this play to life, despite Millers sometimes ham-handed dramaturgy and his pretentious effort to transform Willys tawdry betrayals and ordinary failings into high tragedy.
War Horse, the poignant World War I drama that ran for years in London and in New York, will be the chief item of interest on the 2013-14 season just announced by Theater League and Broadway Across America.
Billy Elliot the Musical, which opened Tuesday at the Music Hall, did what it had to do to earn a standing ovation: It softened us up with easy laughs, tugged at our heartstrings with sentimentality, pumped us full of high-octane arrangements of generally forgettable Elton John melodies and dazzled us with some exceptional choreography.
World premieres arent so unusual at the Unicorn Theatre, but BlackTop Sky, runs through Feb. 10 on the Jerome Stage, is in a special category. The extended one-act is by Christina Anderson, a native of Kansas City, Kan., who began to write plays in her teens and never stopped.
Arthur Conan Doyles classic mystery-horror tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles, has been recast by writers Steven Canny and John Nicholson as a strictly-for-laughs romp that owes more to vaudeville than the traditions of detective fiction. The play was written to be performed by three actors playing multiple roles.
A small army is employed to make Billy Elliot the Musical happen. Thats true of most big touring musicals, but in the case of Billy Elliot, which opens Tuesday and runs through Jan. 27 at the Music Hall, the army is a little bigger than it might be for other shows.
It seemed like a simple assignment: Explain to readers what or who is Shen Yun. The short answer is, well, short. Shen Yun Performing Arts is the umbrella name for three companies of musicians, dancers, singers and acrobats reflecting 5,000 years of Chinese culture. One company is based in New York, another in Europe and a third tours the U.S.
The American Heartland Theatre returns to the less-is-more school of theater with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a farcical retelling of Arthur Conan Doyles 1902 Sherlock Holmes novel in which three actors play all 16 characters, male and female, young and old.
Housebreaking, Jakob Holders meditation on family relationships and identity, certainly takes the audience on a journey and viewers can never really predict the twists and turns in this piece. The play is fascinating, often funny and ultimately unsettling.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre has altered its spring performance schedule, recasting what had been billed as a world premiere to a work in progress. The piece Waiting for You on the Corner of (13th and Walnut) now will be performed Feb. 8-17 and has been folded into a program called First Page, designed to develop plays.
Jakob Holders Housebreaking, which begins previews tonight at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, is a family drama. Sort of. Its a contemporary comedy. Sort of. Its definitely a reflection on what it takes to survive on the streets. Or in a family. Or both. But its also a play that may be greater than the sum of its parts.
It’s a safe bet that KC’s downtown area has more live theater than you’re used to.