All 2019 Shows

*CANCELLED* – Big Gay Magic Show!

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War Paint

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Red Clay Country and White Cloverine Salve

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The Lightweight

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Beneath the Bikini

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KC’s Magic Showcase

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*CANCELLED* – Out of the Darkness

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I Could Take a Nap, but Killing Myself Would be More Productive

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Emily the Musical

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Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!

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Expectation

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Hope Help Line

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JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE

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The Science of Kansas City

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Sides of History

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Caitlin Cook: Death Wish

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“Bones Beneath the Sidewalk”

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In Just My Underwear

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Is This a Test?

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Final Curtain

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Dreams Do Come True

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MUTTNIK

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kNew

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Puerto Rican American Gothic

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Yeti and Me!

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What a Woman Wants

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I Proud Mary

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“Musical Geography – An Exploration of Historic Instruments from the Silk Road”

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Pirates in Corsets or PMS Pinafore

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*CANCELLED* – Louder Than A Sound By KC2

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Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome

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Lilly

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Enlarged to Show Texture

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An Old Troubadour & His Guitar

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Magic Is Not Pretty: An Evening of Keeping Secrets

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5 Plays

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Bang

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Let Me Explain My Blackness: Addressing Black Women’s Thoughts Through Comedy

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The Kitchen Plays

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Look What the Fire Did

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Accidental Points of View

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Deceit

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You Get What You Need

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Local Film Works

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With Me, and Such as Me, it is Different

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The Family Continues

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Donating Sperm To My Sister’s Wife

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T-Money Is Cancelled

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The Summer House by: Christie Kennard

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Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith

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*CANCELLED* – Gusewelle and Dolan: The Hunting Humanists.

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The Women Of Cell Block 4

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Help me help me

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And Jesus Wept

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Para Pendejo No Se Estudia

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Weirdo: A Perfectly Normal Lesbian Contemporary Ballet…Romance Included

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Big Top

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Six Degrees of Defecation

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Fantasmo vs. the Vampire Women

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Flights of Faery Fancy

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The SHIFT SHOW!

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Mercy

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Caddy Shakes

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Pieces Of My Heart

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Collidescope

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U Really Got A Hold On Me; A Tribute To The Music, Trials & Triumphs of Smokey Robinson

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The Green Kanvaz Experience

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The Chapters of Seeking: Momentum, Truth, In Time, & 4 Love

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The Artist: Inspired

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Turning the Page

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The Greatest-er Show at Fringe

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For Whom the Comedy Panders

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Life of an Empath

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Hanging by the End of the Leash

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The Young Life and Troubled Times of Reuben Hall

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Gleesical: A Stage Musical Satire of the Hit Fox TV Show, Glee

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The “SIN”-sational Mae West

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Scream in Blue

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You Are (Not) Okay

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All 2019 Reviews

KC’s Magic Showcase – Review by Barbara Dooley

A perennial Fringe favorite, KC’s Magic Showcase is a family-friendly show which entertains all ages. The magicians are members of the Society of American Magicians and they are in all senses pros. Each performance features different magicians, so each show is different. This show was emceed by Cosmo and included a master of rope tricks,…

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Puerto Rican American Gothic – Review by Greg Cantrell

Comedian Emmy Rivera uses Puerto Rican American Gothic to tell the story of what happens when a Puerto Rican Jersey girl moves to the mid-western college town of Lawrence, KS. Her performance is intended to show the struggles she faced while working through the struggles of being a “perfect” grandmother despite her long-ago buried party…

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Fringe with Benefits – Review by Barbara Dooley

In a small but lovely “Fringe with Benefits” show at the Arts Asylums, five visual artists look at both male and female nudes through the perspective of “the female gaze.” Ashley Boettcher’s beautiful series of nudes show the female form in poses of strength, grace, and agility while using aerial silks. The works began as…

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kNew – Review by Kelly Luck

One of the true highlights of Fringe is finding the hidden gems: the small-venue performances, far from the big-ticket shows, that combine powerful material and performance in a one-two punch. Such a show is “kNew”, by t. l. sanders. Sanders, a poet, plays multiple characters in the story of a son dealing with the sudden…

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Life Of An Empath – Reviewed by Greg Cantrell

‘Life Of An Empath’ is an interpretive dance production, wherein Joseph Sheppard, choreographer/performer, dances to 13 wonderful musical selections – using props (e.g., breathing spheres, binoculars, fans and wands) – to represent the journey of an individual learning to grow into his empathic abilities. Sheppard’s performance is sincere, emotive, and earnest. His choreography for the…

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Visual Arts Exhibition Union Station Review by Mugur Geana

All aboard! No, not on a train (although we are at Kansas City’s Union Station), but on an artistic journey, guided by the artists presenting their work at the 2019 Fringe Festival KC Visual Arts Exhibitions. This year’s display has some entries worth mentioning. The Visual Arts Exhibitions,  at Union Station and at the Arts…

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Dreams Do Come True – Review by Luke Dodge

“Dreams Do Come True” is a comedy/stand-up routine by Kent Rader, an accountant turned comedian telling his story of how he left behind the world of numbers for one of laughter. We follow him from childhood to the present on his path to the very stage he stands. There are two stages to both the…

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Sides of History – Review by Teresa Leggard

“Sides of History is Multifaceted Storytelling” At the Unicorn Theatre Levin Stage an actor comes on before the ubiquitous KC Fringe Festival curtain speech is even over. “Oh,” I think to myself, “they’re going to pack every minute they’ve got.” I had no idea… When was the last time you left a Fringe show both…

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An Old Troubadour & His Guitar – Review by Greg Cantrell

By definition, Jim Cogswell is not exactly a troubadour. While he focuses the acoustic music he plays on themes of courtly love, he is not a wanderer, hailing from Leawood. Nor does he compose original music, at least not yet. However, through Jim’s set, he entertains and engages the audience through these songs of love.…

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Open Mic Night – Review by Isaac Robinson, Teen Fringe Reviewer

The Teen Fringe Open Mic Night is a great event for teens to get their arts and voices out there. The night started out with a variety of pizza with gluten-free options and sodas from Dr Pepper to Sprite. After the food, the teens chose two out of three workshops. The first one, improv, lasted…

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