In the last show of a season celebrating past favorites, Quality Hill Playhouse presents “Great Duets of Musical Theatre,” a mix of familiar standards and newer, less familiar songs that provide some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking moments of the evening.
A capable director and a strong cast dive into “A Hard Day’s Night,” Vicky Vodrey’s new hit-and-miss dramedy about a wacky family with quirky obsessions. Meanwhile, British actor and playwright Nicholas Collett brings “Spitfire Solo,” a classy one-man show about a former Royal Air Force pilot in the Battle of Britain, to the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Terrific comic performances by Kenna Hall, Melissa Fennewald and Ellen Kirk enliven the bare-bones acerbic farce “(Virgin.),” about a girl’s journey from childhood to adolescence. Meanwhile, “Girl on Girl” showcases the work of three local African-American playwrights, “Dueling Doulas” by Cynthia Hardeman, “To Bed” by Teresa Leggard and “Riding Backwards” by Michelle T. Johnson.
Once known as the “Dream Girl” of India, Hema Malini performed “Durga,” a traditional dance ballet about the mother-figure goddess, Friday at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. Malini, who made more than 150 Bollywood films, is now a director as well as a member of the Indian Parliament.
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Ready or not, KC Fringe is back. The annual polyglot of actors, dancers, strippers, comedians, jugglers, ranters, poets, playwrights, storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and performers who defy easy classification will, for the next 11 days, dominate venues in downtown, midtown and the Crossroads district.
A talented young actor remade himself and is slowly but surely leaving his mark on Kansas City theater. Through Aug. 3 he’s anchoring the Coterie production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” as inventor Caractacus Potts.
Anyone looking for alternatives to life-affirming stories involving cute kids and/or cute animals might want to check out “Lysistrata Jones,” which runs through July 13 at the Off Center Theatre. Late Night Theatre, meanwhile, has once again revived itself for an evening of R-rated, cross-dressing parody at Missie B’s. The new original send-up is “The Dykes of Hazzard,” which features an all-female cast spoofing the rednecky 1980s TV series.
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