Theater artist David Wayne Reed will direct “Help Yourself,” which will run Jan. 16 through Feb. 2 at the Paragraph Gallery. The play depicts a self-help seminar led by a guru over the course of a weekend. According to press materials, the play “explores the infinite economy of self-help, restless ambition and the aftermath of personal change.”
John Logan’s one-actress play about Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in decline is a festival of gossip that allows a glimpse behind the curtain. Starring Donna Thomason as Mengers, it runs through Dec. 28 at the Unicorn Theatre.
It is the time of the year when fuss and obligations, whether festive or not, can feel overwhelming. Anonymous 4 offered an antidote to these stressors with a performance that encouraged quiet contemplation for the appreciative capacity audience in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The Unicorn Theatre is running two provocative shows during December that offer a respite from holiday cheer. “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” and “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers” each run through Dec. 28.
Amy Farrand launched her Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club in December 2009, and for five years it has showcased a variety of entertainers with an “anything goes” spirit. The 166th show, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, will be the last.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Kansas City Ballet opened its 42nd run of “The Nutcracker” to a pleased audience in Kauffman Theatre on Saturday. It must be a humbling responsibility to be a familiar holiday tradition and often a first introduction to ballet. This beloved and vibrant work is a tradition that partly dates back to Imperial Russia.
The legendary singer, who is returning to the area Saturday with a Christmas present, a holiday concert with her New York combo at Yardley Hall., traveled to London and continues to sell out shows in New York. She says that Christmas in Kansas City has always been important for her and has fond memories of making music and spreading cheer in her hometown during the holiday season.
The Star's Robert Trussell found that theaters in and around the tourist mecca in southwest Missouri still offer plenty of country music, but some shows are looking for broader audiences as the city continues to evolve.
NBC goes for big ratings and big money with its live broadcast of the classic musical about the boy who never grew up. This show had a commercial theme-park vibe with its garishly colored sets and unapologetic fakeness.
The British-born and Los Angeles-based actor will pay tribute to the lesser-known poetic side of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright when he performs his solo show, “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” on Friday at Johnson County Community College.
It’s the time of year when many hang twinkle lights in tree branches and post candles in windows – confronting the lengthening nights by mimicking the starry skies. The Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, presented a musical version of this tradition by programming works that celebrated celestial bodies, performed in Helzberg Hall on Friday.
The Kansas City Ballet will give its 42nd annual presentation of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” for 18 performances beginning this Saturday, Dec. 6, so it’s a rock-solid holiday tradition and isn’t going anywhere. But this is the last year for the current production, which was created for the Kansas City Ballet in 1981 by its illustrious former artistic director, Todd Bolender.