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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BOOK OF MORMON Is as Endearing as It Is Funny
(l-r) Ryan Bondy and David Aron Damane. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus Review: BOOK OF MORMON on Tour at Kansas City Music Hall By Bec Pennington Attending at the Music Hall in Kansas City on the same night, at the same time nearly, as a couple of other big events... Read more
KC Rep’s CHRISTMAS CAROL Harnesses the True Power of Theater

Those of us in the industry like to take jabs at the practice of theater companies cashing in on Christmas with an overblown family-friendly spectacle each December. The truth is, though, that sharing a live experience that fills an audience with such unfettered warmth and love is a real joy for most performing artists.

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