DUTCHMAN Is a Train Ride We All Need to Take

Written during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and while Baraka was still using his birth name LeRoi Jones, DUTCHMAN tells the story of Clay (Frank Oakley III) and Lula (Laura Jacobs), two strangers who “meet” on a subway train headed to Jersey.

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KC Ballet’s NEW MOVES Furthers the Evolution of Dance and Community

Young choreographers — females especially — have seen less opportunity in years past, but this is changing, and KCB’s efforts to promote and encourage new and diverse ballet choreographers is exciting.

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Reimagined PHANTOM Is Not to Be Missed

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, playing in Kansas City for the first time in eight years, will always have a special place in my heart.

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SIDE BY SIDE Pays Tribute to Sondheim’s Genius

There are very few composers who manage to have a career spanning numerous decades, and who’s music is so well known that the first measure of a song, the first chord, can strike a note of pure joy in your heart.

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Exceptional HOW TO USE A KNIFE Puts Drama on the Front Burner

Gourmet Chef George has hit rock bottom and accepts a job running a bar & grill kitchen owned by his douchey (sorry there’s no better word) former cook who has wined his way to restaurant ownership. Drama ensues around anger management, substance abuse, race, illegal immigration, the Rwandan genocide (yes), and guilt. Lots of guilt.

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PHOTOGRAPH 51 Is the Kind of Art We Should Be Creating

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production of PHOTOGRAPH 51 is only the second time in my life I’ve left a theater, sat in my car and cried.

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SHIPWRECKED! Rollicks and Rolls

SHIPWRECKED! is based on the life of Louis de Rougemont, who leaves home at the tender age of 16 for adventure on the high seas. Spoiler alert: His ship gets wrecked.

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I GOT RHYTHM Highlights Era of Song and Dance

Quality Hill Playhouse’s I GOT RHYTHM is an evening of song and dance featuring a set-list celebrating an era where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reigned, and dance was the food of love.

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My Old Lady is a Portrait of Humanity and Culture

Renowned playwright Israel Horovitz has referred to his play “My Old Lady” as his “love letter to Paris”. In this production, the Kansas City Actors Theatre, under the direction of Darren Sextro, has executed his vision with all the subtlety, emotion, and tired grandeur it requires.

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Unicorn’s APPLICATION PENDING Is Delicious Fun

Christine has been dumped into a new position in the pre-primary admissions office in a high-demand New York City preschool/elementary school after the sudden and somewhat mysterious departure of her predecessor.

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