Reviews

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By Bob Evans When regret is your fondest memory. Andy Garrison stars as William, a middle-aged man who is visited by an eccentric childhood neighbor that arrives via time machine with lessons on how not to be like a possum. Bill Warren, Davis DeRock, and Sallie Downing also appear in this nostalgic and humorous look at…

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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 'Story of the Century'

By Bob Evans Before the famed Kitty Hawk flight of the Wright Brothers, a Texas preacher developed and flew an airship as told in a true story of faith and aviation that entertained capacity crowds during Kansas City’s Fringe Festival on the Levin Stage of the Unicorn Theatre. At the turn of the century when…

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Review of 'Barrymore'

By Bob Evans The most celebrated movie heartthrob from the famous Barrymore family recounts his story in a predominately one-man show, Barrymore, at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre for the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival that ends July 31. Charles Pulliam strides onto the stage in the character of John Barrymore, the youngest of the three…

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Review of 'Cinema KC'

By Kelly Luck With the wealth of live performing arts options available, it is unfortunate that sometimes the other media on display get pushed to the background. That is why this reviewer always tries to make time for the annual showing of projects by the KC independent film-making community in their “CinemaKC” program. This year…

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Review of 'Shrew'd'

By Hephzibah Dutt Teresa Moore delivers a high-energy, dizzying rendition of the main plot-line of Taming of the Shrew with impressive solo characterization of 11 characters. Fans of reduced Shakespeare shows like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) or Breakneck Shakespeare are sure to enjoy Shrew’d as Moore embodies, in near-schizophrenic succession, upto 5 characters in…

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Review of 'Dancing with Crow's Feet'

By Hephzibah Dutt Weaving together dance, drumming, and personal narratives, Dancing With Crow’s Feet is a performance about older adults, by older adults, for….everyone. It is one of the first fruits of a long-term story project by Arts and Ageing KC. The production confronts society’s obsession with youth, and works to dismantle the notion that…

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Review of 'Upskirt/C.E.C'

By Bob Evans Somehow the shackles on Pete Bakely’s fingers broke, again, and he has spun two hilarious short plays for this year’s KC Fringe Festival. Even more outrageous than previous pieces and now playing at The Arts Asylum, are Upskirt and CEC (Charlie’s Enormous Cock). Upskirt drops in on a brother and sister whose…

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Review of 'Luciano for Me'

By Bob Evans A high school trip to Rome for eight girls and their chaperone brings exactly what the girls want, adventure, love, learning, and even a hint or romance, in Luciano for Me at the Unicorn Theatre on the Levin Stage for the KC Fringe Festival. Playwright/choreographer/actor, Mindy Moritz teamed with Steven Eubank to…

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Review of 'Wicked Creatures'

By Hephzibah Dutt The Living Room Theatre’s Emma Carter gifts us with an incisively clever new play, Wicked Creatures. Set in Victorian England, Carter’s 90-minute play invokes a host of hard topics, all of which are comically juxtaposed against the facade of Victorian gentility. Factor in superbly-subtle exposition, dynamic characters, witty dialogue and a relentless…

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