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Mr. Clean. Come on. That’s obnoxious. theTEN with John Rensenhouse

Pictured: John Rensenhouse. Photo by Manon Halliburton.

Jump inside the brains of Kansas City theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?

I always wanted to play John Tanner in “Man and Superman” by George Bernard Shaw and now I’m way too old and never will. Dang. I love Shaw, my favorite playwright, and I love this play but nobody ever does it much because the cast is so freaking big and most people don’t like Shaw as much as I do. Dang.

What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?

I am most excited about the upcoming Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presentation, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Why? Because I’m not in it and I will be able to sit out there, relaxing with a bottle of wine, and watch my friends suffer in the heat with those heavy costumes and sweat like heck. Oh, and watch a fun play! I’m disappointed there won’t be the funnel cake vendor this year (spoiler alert!) but I will try to make do with just the wine.

If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?

I would have been a statistician. I love statistics and graphs and all that stuff.

What quote or saying do people spout but is really complete BS?

“Have a good one!” What? A good rest of your day? A good nap when you get home? A good stiff drink? What??? Goodbye will suffice, thank you.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Spindrift. My mother wrote a column for our local paper about the sailing club and it was titled Spindrift. I have no idea, really, what that means, but I’d name my boat that in honor of my mother.

What will finally break the internet?

There’s an internet? I thought it was called the interwebs.

What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Mr. Clean. Come on. That’s obnoxious.

What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

Please. Do not make me sit through another production of “Boeing, Boeing.” I had a stretch where I saw like three productions of that in a row and by the end I wanted to wretch. Put that puppy to bed.

What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

In a shocker, I loved “Phantom of the Opera”!! I always looked down my nose at that and refused to shell out the cash to go see it, but I found myself in London at some point with nothing to do one night and went to see “Phantom of the Opera” and absolutely loved it! I was shocked. I will never go see it again because I don’t want to shatter this strange adulation I now have for it, but that one night, I loved it.

What are you reading, watching or listening to right now?

I am watching the, what is it?, the 25th season of Survivor. I have seen every episode of every season of that show and am not proud of it. But I’m addicted. I love to eat and drink while those sorry people starve and fight and wear skimpy clothes. I wish I could walk away from it. But I can’t.

John Rensenhouse, a Kansas City-based actor and director, can be seen on stage beginning May 23rd in Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of Skylight. Rensenhouse has directed And Then There Were None and The Realistic Joneses for Kansas City Actors Theatre and least appeared on stage there in Journey’s End at the WWI Museum in 2014. Nationally, he has toured with the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Noises Off and worked at major regional theatres, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Locally, he has worked with the New Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, KC Rep, Unicorn, Spinning Tree. For more information on Kansas City Actors Theatre’s Skylight, visit

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  • Nancy Nixon

    May 17, 2018 #1 Author

    That’s my brother! I believe he would be a playwright if not an actor OR, better yet, a sports announcer. Maybe on the golf channel? He’s very good at the classic whisper…


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