Performing Arts

Performing Arts

‘Anne Frank’ at KC Rep is familiar but effective

Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” shimmers with professional polish and marks a promising local debut for director Marissa Wolf, the Rep’s director of new work. If it lacks immediacy, the fault is not in the performances but in the scenic design — and our collective familiarity with the story.

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Bonner Springs amphitheater gets a new name and a new look

The venue, now called the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, will host its first concert of the year on May 17. British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding headlines. Most of the improvements are cosmetic: a new color scheme and rehabbing of merchandise, food and beverage stands. The floor of the pit, the area directly in front of the stage, now has a new surface.