2017 Theatre Reviews

The Cat Meme-ologues – Hephzibah Dutt, Fringe Reviewer

Shari Wassergood gathers together a slew of Kansas City writers and performers for a facetious monologue-review. Laughably paralleling The Vagina Monologues, The Cat Meme-ologues articulate the mental landscapes of some familiar felines– cat memes that have purveyed the internet over the last several years. Audience members who may recognize memes such as ‘IT’S PURFECT” and…

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Bright Spots in “Sun of the Revolution” – Teresa Leggard, Fringe Reviewer

I’m an 80’s baby and a former “Hip-Hop head”, so I have an immense appreciation for both the origins and the innovations of the rap genre. Cynthia Hardeman and MCStorm’s collaboration, “Sun of the Revolution,” at Phosphor Studio is a classic “oldschool versus new school” story—an intergenerational dialogue remixed. Casting was on point. Treyvon Wainwright…

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The Wendigo – Hephzibah Dutt Fringe Reviewer

For those of you who come to the Fringe seeking excellent solo performance, you are in for a treat. Artist and educator Mike Speller offers a carefully adapted and intricately performed show that–much like a favourite campfire tale– will captivate, thrill, and leave you walking away with tendrils of wonder and horror still twined about…

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Dust Bowl Stories – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

Some time back, Grant Maloy Smith wrote a song that got him thinking about the Dust Bowl, the multi-year drought that ravaged the midwest during the 1930s. He dug into its history, and over time created an entire album’s worth of songs on the subject. It is this album that forms the core of his…

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“Breakneck Julius Caesar” – Hephzibah Dutt, Fringe Reviewer

Veteran performer Tim Mooney returns to the KC Fringe Festival with another one of his lighting-paced distillations of Shakespeare—this time, the historical tragedy, Julius Caesar. For those not familiar with Mooney’s brand of Shakespeare performance, know that he not only adapts and condenses the play, but scribes helpful and often hilarious expository asides: he narrates…

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“Write to Me” – Robert Lee Brown, Fringe Reviewer

Slow Burn Productions presents “Write to Me,” by actor and writer Stephanie Roberts, with musical accompaniment by cellist and composer Alex Williams. What a pleasure, especially if you find yourself thinking that open communication is at risk in this moment of postmodernity, even as new literacies spring up all around us.  This show “pushes the…

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Here Lies Joyland – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

If abandoned amusement parks have not fully supplanted Victorian mansions as the premier venue for haunting, it is not through lack of trying. There is something about the empty leavings of a place meant for fun, over and above the melancholy of abandoned places in general, that really goes straight for the hindbrain. In WMC…

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