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Review of ‘Ten Things You Really Shouldn’t Do With Puppets’

By Kelly Luck Paul Mesner’s puppet company has spent the last several years creating a variety of different projects: children’s theatre, public service messages, and collaborations with other performance groups in the metro area. By and large, the majority of these performances have been strictly wholesome, unimpeachable works suitable for anyone. Which is all well…

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Review of “Meter, Beat and Feet’

By Kelly Luck This is a year for artistic collaborations at the Fringe. We have already seen the “Words + Music” showcase involving the Coterie, UMKC, and the Lyric Opera. Now comes “Meter, Beat and Feet”, in which the River Cow Orchestra (a jazz ensemble specializing in improvisation) and the Kacico Dance Company create on-the-spot performances…

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Review of HACKS

By Bob Evans Word to the wise: Enter at your own risk. Fits of laughter engulf the audience as three of the most brilliant and creative comic minds in Kansas City combine their off-beat random thoughts into one of the funniest entries into the Kansas City Fringe Festival in several years. Friend Dog Studios uses…

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Review of ‘An Evening with Jelly Rose’

By Kelly Luck 16-year old singer-songwriter, Jelly Rose delivers over an hour of inspirational numbers at the Musical Theatre Heritage stage. Her show went longer than the usual Fringe fare,  but as this was the last performance of the evening it did not disturb the audience unduly. Unfortunately, the acoustics in the room meant the…

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An Uncommon Core: Review

By Bob Evans for the KC Fringe Festival. A Middle School teacher  laments and explains the questions that face her as she continually endeavors to prepare students for life—real life—that  awaits them as they travel through a year in her care, while  that real life does not always fit the standardized curriculum her distract mandates.…

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