Clancy, the Obie-winning co-founder of the New York International Fringe Festival, writes plays that challenge virtually every concept inherent in conventional theater. So when Clancy and his wife and artistic partner Nancy Walsh agreed to perform a group of his early plays at KC Fringe, it meant that audiences would get a taste of what he's been doing for decades. And they might get a new appreciation for what “fringe” theater really is.
A capable director and a strong cast dive into “A Hard Day’s Night,” Vicky Vodrey’s new hit-and-miss dramedy about a wacky family with quirky obsessions. Meanwhile, British actor and playwright Nicholas Collett brings “Spitfire Solo,” a classy one-man show about a former Royal Air Force pilot in the Battle of Britain, to the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Terrific comic performances by Kenna Hall, Melissa Fennewald and Ellen Kirk enliven the bare-bones acerbic farce “(Virgin.),” about a girl’s journey from childhood to adolescence. Meanwhile, “Girl on Girl” showcases the work of three local African-American playwrights, “Dueling Doulas” by Cynthia Hardeman, “To Bed” by Teresa Leggard and “Riding Backwards” by Michelle T. Johnson.
Ready or not, KC Fringe is back. The annual polyglot of actors, dancers, strippers, comedians, jugglers, ranters, poets, playwrights, storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and performers who defy easy classification will, for the next 11 days, dominate venues in downtown, midtown and the Crossroads district.
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 2013 edition of the KC Fringe, the annual festival of performances and visual art exhibits that wraps up today, offered shows that plunged us into the here and now and revisited the past with humor and probing drama.
In its opening weekend, the 2013 editiion of the KC Fringe Festival, the annual summer arts festival, offered performances that were deverse and variable in quality. Here’s a sampling of what The Star's theater critic, Robert Trussell, saw.
The KC Fringe Festival gears up for another week and a half of alternative theater, music, dance and visual art in venues ranging from the the Crossroads to midtown. It’s a chance for artists to get in touch with their dark sides or anarchic impulses.
Central Standard Theatre founder Bob Paisley will present five plays at this summer’s KC Fringe festival, including performances by artists from California and Adelaide, Australia. The KC Fringe offerings, Paisley said, will be like “the British Invasion but with better weather.”