Summer theater by definition means family-friendly theater — with a few notable exceptions.
Anyone looking for alternatives to life-affirming stories involving cute kids and/or cute animals might want to check out “Lysistrata Jones,” which runs through July 13 at the Off Center Theatre. Egads Theatre is promoting this as the Midwest premiere of the musical comedy by Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn.
Beane and Flinn have adapted the ancient comedy “Lysistrata” by Greek playwright Aristophanes. In the original, the women of Athens decide the only way to bring an end to years of constant warfare is to withhold sex from their warrior husbands. The musical comedy version shifts the focus to college cheerleaders who decide to freeze sexual relationships with the basketball players until the team finally wins a game.
Director Steven Eubank has put together a big cast led by Mandy Morris and Phil Newman, former Kansas City actors who relocated to Los Angeles but were persuaded to return just for the summer.
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Late Night Theatre, meanwhile, has once again revived itself for an evening of R-rated, cross-dressing parody at Missie B’s, which bills itself as the most popular drag bar in Kansas City and presents live shows five nights a week.
The new original send-up is “The Dykes of Hazzard,” which features an all-female cast spoofing the rednecky 1980s TV series about a coupla good ol’ boys and their 1969 Dodge Charger. Heading the cast are Stasha Case as Michelle Dyke and Katie Gilchrist as Luke Dyke. Ashley Otis appears as Daisy Dyke and the rest of the cast includes Jessica Dressler, Annie Cherry and Shannon Michalski.
Director Ron Megee wrote the script with Jessica Dressler. The show opens Saturday and continues through July 28. Call the UMKC ticket office at 816-235-6222 or go to tickets.cto.umkc.edu/public/ show.asp. Missie B’s is at 805 W. 39th S.