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Review | “Billy Elliot” at Spinning Tree Theatre
Pictured: Robert J. Hingula and Ben Renfrow. Photo by J. Robert Schraeder/Spinning Tree Theatre. By Bec Pennington 1984 was an iconic year for many reasons, but it is infamous in Great Britain for one of the most intense and bitter strikes ever to occur in the nation. The national coal... Read more
Review: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Kansas City Actors Theatre
Pictured: Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary. Photo by Brian Paulette. By Bec Pennington The curtain is open, the sounds of waves crashing on the beach and the undulating shoreline glowing behind windows in the background, but the lights are not fully up. The shadowy figure of a woman scrambles across... Read more
Review | THE NANCE at Spinning Tree Theatre
Spinning Tree has put together a stellar cast in an intimate venue that reflects the style of the script well. Read more
Review: SWEAT at Unicorn Theatre
But the opening moments do not go the way we expect, and this becomes the theme of the evening, as the story grabs us, shakes us, refuses to let go. Read more
Review: DRACULA: A SONG OF LOVE AND DEATH at Kansas City Actors Theatre
Honestly, it is a difficult thing to refresh an old tale and it cannot be said that this play isn’t entertaining or interesting. Read more
Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Lyric Opera of Kansas City
WEST SIDE STORY hasn’t aged enough in sixty-one years. Despite the limitations of the era in which it was written, it somehow sits in a timeless bubble of music, romance, and relevancy. Read more
Review: BLITHE SPIRIT at Kansas City Actors Theatre
It’s fitting that Coward’s play was so successful in such a turbulent time. It is permissible escapism at its finest; lighthearted, devilish, and adorable. Read more
Review: PETER PAN at Kansas City Ballet
Peter and the children really fly, pixie dust sparkles, the cannon booms. Ballet is magic again. Read more
Review: VIETGONE at Unicorn Theatre
The story poignantly unpacks the complexity and exhaustion of the war’s end totally from the perspective of the displaced immigrant, unapologetically confronting the ignorance of simplistic American notions about the war and the people who had no choice but to live it. Read more
Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
It’s refreshing to see the balance of the two characters in this play in believable and thoughtfully written roles: an older but shy woman, a confident but shallow younger man. There’s no cougar trope here; each character’s strengths and weaknesses offset each other. Read more
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