The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre kicks off its 10th season with a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by Neil Simon. “Lost in Yonkers” is a family drama shot through with honest humor, told from the viewpoint of a couple of young brothers thrust into a picturesque, dysfunctional family by their debt-laden father.
The Kansas City Symphony’s opening program of the season was a mix of longing and fervor. Friday’s concert featured mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Prairie Village native, in a well-received performance, surrounded in Helzberg Hall by her hometown supporters.
A renowned director brings a unique vision to Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” in a well-acted production by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The production runs through Sept. 28 at the Spencer Theatre in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on UMKC Campus.
The co-founder of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, who spent most of August in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe playing the former president in “Bill Clinton Hercules,” this year will shift his annual “Invasion” performances by international artists from December to October.
The iconic troupe returns to Starlight Theatre with former Shawnee Mission North student Steven Wendt among the cast. “You have to be a performer/musician who doesn’t want to be the star of the show but is committed to risking everything,” he says.
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In the end, Broadway’s leaders saw the light – and decided to turn them off. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, reversed itself Tuesday and chose to get Broadway’s theaters to dim their lights in honor of Joan Rivers. The league had said Monday that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor, triggering a controversy
To create regardless of criticism, to quell the dithering of self-doubt — Frank O’Hara explored this perseverance in his poem “A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island.” Using his poem, Arts Fusion Initiative created the American Fusion Project “Into the Sun,” an ambitious collaborative effort of chamber music, dance, song and spoken word.
“It’s always a thrill when I get to perform in Kansas City,” says the opera star, a Prairie Village native. She will perform “Sheherazade” and “Morgen” Sept. 12-14 at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
“Murder Among Friends,” which runs through Nov. 2 at the New Theatre Restaurant, is a smartly staged, well-acted farce about double-dealing amid the rich and famous. The still-glamorous Morgan Fairchild is as funny as she is gorgeous and is perfectly cast as Angela Forrester, “the 15th-richest woman in America.”
Award-winning director David Cromer returns to stage his vision of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Our Town,” runs through Sept. 28 at the Spencer Theatre in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.
A funny tragedy and a serious comedy exist shoulder-to-shoulder in the Kansas City Actors Theatre’s repertory productions of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” which begin previews Thursday and run through Sept. 28 in repertory at the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station.
Michael Hollinger has described his plays as being like musical compositions. “Ghost-Writer,” which runs through Sept. 7 at the Quality Hill Playhouse, ebbs and flows like a piece of music, which the Spinning Tree cast executes with impressive skill under the direction of Michael Grayman.
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra opened its 28th season with a sunny selection of repertoire stalwarts for their “Heroes and Landscapes” performance in Helzberg Hall on Saturday night. Music director Bruce Sorrell guided the ensemble with conducting that was distinct, yet gracefully unobtrusive, allowing the music to be the leader.