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.
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The theater company opens its season on a new stage and with three actors making their first appearances with the troupe. Michael Hollinger’s extended one-act, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Quality Hill Playhouse, depicts a turn-of-the-century novelist and his relationship with his typist and his wife.
A strong production from Kansas City Actors Theatre captures Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” a moving 1971 drama about a family in perpetual crisis. It continues through Aug. 31 at the Living Room.
The Musical Theater Heritage concert production of “South Pacific,” which initially played to audiences with fresh memories of World War II, proves that it can still transport viewers with a wealth of nostalgia and beautiful music. The production runs through Aug. 24 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center.
Michelle T. Johnson’s new play at Just Off Broadway examines the tension between family loyalty and a young woman’s literary ambition as the prospect of big money colors decisions about a family business.
“The Butcher’s Son,” which runs through Aug. 18 in the Buffalo Room at the Westport Flea Market, is a dramatic tale, filled with considerable poignancy and humor, and viewers can’t help but be impressed by the courage and tenacity of Vi Tran’s parents as they took their young son and daughter through refugee camps in Southeast Asia before finding a new home in southwestern Kansas.
McCrary made her professional debut as a sensitive high school girl in “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” and now plays that character’s abusive mother in a new production. It begins three nights of previews Wednesday, and performances run through Aug. 31 at the Living Room.