Reviews

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder – Review

By Bob Evans American Indians suffered terribly from the actions of European explorers and then White Europeans began settling the United States, pushing farther and farther into Native American lands, while never seeming to care about those residing there first. Such is the backdrop for Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder, now playing at the…

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Review – The Table

By Bob Evans When discussing his KC Fringe submission, The Table, playwright Curtis Smith described it a deep, dark, disturbing, and he proves right on all accounts in the play at The Living Room Theatre. The play surprises the audience with some raw looks at a man, John, who sits at an empty, oblong table,…

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Review – Life Laid Bare

By Hephzibah Dutt A new plateau was set in KC Fringe history this year when Max Brown’s “Life Laid Bare” sold out of its complete run before the festival actually began. This, as far as this reviewer has been able to determine, was the first time for this to occur at our local festival. Fortunately,…

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Review: MamaLogs

By Kelly Luck Debbie From has spent the last several years collecting stories of motherhood. Old mothers, young mothers, would-be mothers, adopted mothers, mothers of animals or plants or nothing at all. In “Mamalogs” she shares some of these stories with us, covering a wide spectrum of human experience. There are stories about children and…

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Review – The Fall of the House of Usher

By Bob Evans Stand up and cheer for the trio of actors who undertake the dark but creative mind-set of one of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic terror tales, “The Falll of the House of Usher,” one of his many stories that adapted into film. The talented trio takes the audience into the darkness and melancholy…

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Review: Performing Annie Oakley

By Bob Evans Audiences have only about 15 seconds to resist the on-stage presence of Annie Oakley as Cheryl Weaver takes that stage and commands the full attention of those present in the Central Standard Theatre’s offering for the KC Fringe, Performing  Annie Oakley:  Shooting is a Gentle Thing, at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. America’s…

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John and Leslie Are in the Copy Room Again – Review

By Bob Evans Slice of life stories always allow the audience to peer into the dysfunctional point of some situation, as is the case of John and Leslie Are in the Copy Room Again.  Life imitates art and art imitates life, in this production at Phospor Studio. Mike Rice, the playwright, fashioned his main character,…

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Review of 'MacDuo'

By Hephzibah Dutt Dear fans of Shakespeare and classical works in performance, you are in for a treat. The theatrical team of Hubbard and Hubbard bring a (highly) reduced-cast, 60-minute version of The Scottish Play to the KC Fringe: it is cleverly adapted, creatively staged and, best of all, dynamically spoken and embodied by wife-husband…

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Review of Been Broken

By Hephzibah Dutt Been Broken is a man and a guitar …and a slightly recalcitrant amp. The amp acts up just as the performance begins and Been Broken, who prefers to go by his stage name, takes the opportunity to start with a joke: “Hi, I’m Been Broken and…I need to fix something,” he says…

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Review of 'Burlesque on the Rocks: Queen'

By Hephzibah Dutt Kansas City’s Bohemian Cult Revival brings a burlesque-concept tribute to Queen to the KC Fringe. Coming up on their second year together, this nine-personal ensemble makes its first foray into using multimedia as part of their mise-en-scene. The performers sing, lip-sync, dance, stage-combat, spoof and strip their way through eight numbers by…

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