POOR RELATIONS Is a Raw Dose of Reality

POOR RELATIONS, produced by Olathe Civic Theatre Association, is an exploration of life and family that is much deeper than it seems on the surface.

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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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Admirable and Ambitious STICK FLY Winds Up Stuck

STICK FLY is an ambitious production by The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, which deals with racism, classism, and entomology among other things.

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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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Despite Committed Cast, FIRST DATE Can’t Get Past the Friend Zone

What do you get when you take cliché blind date scenarios, throw in a dash of therapy, numerous racial stereotypes and a dead mother?

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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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STOMP Hits All the Right Beats

STOMP was first created in 1991 and has been tapping and hitting things ever since. This percussion/dance show is one of the most creative things I have seen in quite some time.

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SHEARWATER Explores the Nature of Truth

The Living Room Theatre presents SHEARWATER as part of the fourth annual Writer’s Den series.

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