War is terrifying, chaotic and surreal. This was the attitude of Kronos Quartet’s new work, “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918,” a collaboration with composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and filmmaker Bill Morrison, commemorating the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I. The quartet performed the work Saturday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its season with “The Who & the What,” a compelling family drama by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pakistani-American playwright. It runs runs through Nov. 16 at the Copaken Stage.
Kansas City, which the dance theater considers its second home, will get a preview of the piece on Friday. It will officially premiere in New York in December. The company performs Wednesday through Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theater at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Clark Morris, the executive director of the Harriman-Jewell Series, is a fan of gospel music and wanted a gospel choir to be part of the series’ golden anniversary. But he also wanted that choir to be out of the ordinary. The series will present Africa at its best with a concert by the Senegal St. Joseph Choir Friday night at the Folly Theater.
The Lawrence Arts Center has revived a work created by St. Louis nightclub owners that depicts Greenwich Village in the 1950s. The Broadway show, which starred Larry Hagman, ran for just three weeks in 1959.
With “Columbus Day,” playwright Forrest Attaway gives us an uneven drama that draws viewers in with its commitment to exploring the fatalism in human nature. The production runs through Nov. 2 at the Living Room
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Comic performances and arresting visuals made for enticing balletic storytelling in Septime Webre’s “Alice (in Wonderland).” The Kansas City Ballet opened its season Friday in Muriel Kauffman Theatre with this interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s cherished nonsensical tale.
Elegant vocal performances and crisp musicianship are what you find in “Cheek to Cheek: The Songs of Fred Astaire,” the Quality Hill Playhouse’s classy salute to songs made popular by the greatest dancer in movie history. The revue runs through Oct. 26.
“‘Shoo-bop shoo-bop’ is not as easy as it sounds,” says the Grammy-winning chorale’s artistic director and conductor Charles Bruffy. “To make it sound natural and authentic takes work and a lot of rehearsals. It’s a style just as idiosyncratic as Russian liturgical music.”
Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. began life at an old church that later became a bar that was literally in Martin City, just off 135th Street and Holmes Road. For 14 years, the company called Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park home. Now that Metcalf South has closed, it finds itself in the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
The Kansas City soprano makes it all sound so easy on her latest CD as she explores the origins of the bel canto, or beautiful singing, style in opera. Also recently released: Jan Kraybill plays Helzberg Hall’s organ on “Organ Polychrome.”
This isn’t your typical classical ballet stuff. This production takes a long, strange trip through the looking glass of Lewis Carroll, Cirque du Soleil, psychedelics, steampunk, hip-hop, Disney and “Swan Lake.”
Verdi’s “La Traviata” is one of the operas so instilled in our culture that people tend to be more familiar with it than they think. Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production, which opened Saturday night in Kauffman Theatre, was a fairly forthright interpretation.