The recent KC Fringe Festival and the Invasion theater festival provided examples of playwrights who appeal directly to the emotions and others who seek to engage the intellect. Some can do both. But neither approach is easy.
Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” receives an exciting, streamlined production that immerses the audience in a nonrealistic world that could be in a previous century or this very moment. Scott Cox delivers a singular performance in the production, part of the 2015 KC Fringe Festival.
“Bond: A Soldier and His Dog” is the autobiographical account of Black’s service in the Iraq War with a remarkable yellow lab named Diego. They were comrades who kept each other alive and remain together today.
The annual KC Fringe Festival will wrap up Sunday with its “best of” performances at each venue; in the meantime, prospective festivalgoers will have a chance to see a range of performances. The Invasion, meanwhile, showcases artists from the U.K. and the U.S. in unique solo and two-character plays through Sunday.
“The Penis Monologues,” “Lovesick” and “Best Light” are among the offerings at this year’s KC Fringe Festival. One is a comedy, another a drama and the third a meditation on human sexuality drawn from a range of sources.
Director Heidi Van delivers a show performed and largely written by a talented young cast about relationships, love and sex in the age of texting and online dating. “Love Me Tinder” is part of the annual KC Fringe Festival.
Shawnee Mission East baseball standout Joey Wentz, a left-handed pitcher, is a force on the mound and in the batter's box as he tries to lead the Lancers to a state championship. Wentz, who has committed to play baseball at Virginia, is projected to be a top 20 pick in the June draft for Major League Baseball. Wentz threw his first 26 innings of the season without allowing a hit. Video by Tammy Ljungblad, firstname.lastname@example.org and Rich Sugg, email@example.com
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Joey Wentz, standout pitcher at Shawnee Mission East
Riley Pint, elite high school pitcher at St. Thomas Aquinas
Air Force reservist from KC to play football for Arizona State