Vi Tran, a Kansas City actor and songwriter, has created a theater piece with music to tell how his family immigrated from Vietnam and became Americans. “The Butcher’s Son” begins performances Wednesday and runs through Aug. 18 at the Buffalo Room in Westport Flea Market.
Clancy, the Obie-winning co-founder of the New York International Fringe Festival, writes plays that challenge virtually every concept inherent in conventional theater. So when Clancy and his wife and artistic partner Nancy Walsh agreed to perform a group of his early plays at KC Fringe, it meant that audiences would get a taste of what he's been doing for decades. And they might get a new appreciation for what “fringe” theater really is.
Taking place Aug. 4 through 8, the summer intensive workshop sponsored by the Kansas City Ballet is open to dancers of multiple levels who wish to supplement their skill with Parsons’ unique, highly physical style. Also on the calendar, the Miami String Quartet plays a public show July 30.
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.
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.
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.