Will The Circle

The Buffalo Room

Show Information:

Block parties have always been a neighborhood’s “beers-and-brats” version of “Keep Calm, Carry On.” But in a country as divided as ever, with violence simmering at the edge of every day, what better way to combat the stress than by trying to get to know your neighbors, one home invasion at a time? The Buffalo Room presents the Kansas City premiere of Will The Circle, a folk musical comedy by L.C. Bernadine and Kevin Welch, directed by Vi Tran.

Venue

Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market

817 Westport Rd

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 21 - Friday - 8:00pm

July 24 - Monday - 8:00pm

July 27 - Thursday - 6:00pm

July 29 - Saturday - 8:00pm

Category

Music, Theatre

Runtime

60 Minutes

Rating

Parental Guidance

Warning

Mild Adult Language

7 Comments

  1. Chris Pollay on July 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The performance started before the play itself began as the actors all took turns to serenade the audience, which was very fun and a nice touch. The play itself is full of wonderful music and all of the players involved are up to the impressive task of playing instruments and singing as well as acting. The story follows some very likable characters trying to form their own “micro-clan” in a neighborhood and each takes turn stealing the spotlight with fine performances. Overall, it is a very fun, light-hearted story that plays out like a love letter to folk music. The show itself is a nice way to spend an hour but come early enough so you might get a chance to hear covers of Regina Spektor, Jason Mraz and more.



  2. Barb on July 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Enjoyable songs and good acting. Even in the front row it was a little difficult to hear some of the dialogue over the AC and no mics, but who wants them to turn off the AC?



  3. Luke on July 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Half concert, this play takes a light-hearted look at living life and the relationships you make along the way. Use of the entire venue as part of the stage paints a picture of a real location. Quite a few times I found myself tapping my feet along to the music.



  4. Erdin on July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    This is a charming musical with soaring songs and strong actors. Seeing Will the Circle was my first time at the Buffalo Room, and it’s a great space, which they used creatively. Next time I’ll come hungry and order food! I had a great time.



  5. Barbara Dooley on July 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I frequent the Buffalo Room and “Will the Circle” is the first a production that has literally used the entire room as its stage. The imaginative staging underscored one of the main themes: who is “us,” who is “them,” and how do we build friendships and community when it sometimes seems more and more difficult to find common ground–and the commons.
    A “block party” is the metaphor for the commons. It is inhabited by a cast of millennials who are connected in various ways and trying to navigate their personal lives and their personal relationships. There are some quite humorous bits and some genuinely moving moments. It handled the societal tensions with a light touch without trivializing them. Music accompanies or serves as an interlude. and is quite enjoyable. If the ending was “feel-good,” I appreciated the optimism and hopefulness. I saw the first show and it still needed a bit of tightening. But it’s a good show and recommended.



  6. Echo (Linda Ray) on July 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Diverse and talented cast. Good music. Interesting story and full of good humor.



  7. Craig on July 31, 2017 at 2:46 am

    This play surprised me in quality. It was far better than it sounded from the description. It integrated the plot with country music songs that related to the various issues in the play. Since I was not familiar with the songs, I don’t know if they wrote the songs for this play or if they were previously established songs written by others. Great acting. The story focused on neighbors coming together to form a small circle or clan and touched on safety issues such as violence and guns in the neighborhood, as well as other social issues. The only problem I had was with the sound level of the music. Often the music would drown out their voices making it difficult to hear and/or understand all of the lyrics. This seems to be a persistent problem with most music groups now. I give the play a seven out of ten. Fix the problem with the music and it would easily go up to an eight out of ten.



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