theatre

Performance
5:02 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Kansas City Residents Inform And Inspire KC Rep's 'Waiting For You'

Michael Rohd and Rachel Chavkin, co-directors of KC Rep's "Waiting for You
Steve Walker KCUR

It's not often that two different theater companies with roots on both coasts converge in Kansas City. Yet that's the case this month at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The TEAM from Brooklyn and Sojourn Theatre Company with connections to Portland, Oregon are mounting what's called a developmental production of a new play based on interviews over several months with many Kansas City residents.

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Dance
5:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

[VIDEO] 'A Modern Night' Highlights Local Choreographers

City in Motion Dance Company rehearses "Fractals"
Julie Denesha KCUR

Choreographer Andrea Skowronek says after she creates a new work, she steps away and lets it have a life of its own. She says it then "becomes the dancer’s piece."  The annual event called "A Modern Night at the Folly” celebrates local choreography and dancers, brought together for one night of dance on the Folly stage.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'BlackTop Sky' Marks Young Playwright's Homecoming

Playwright Christina Anderson
Maggie Elliot Unicorn Theatre

The world premiere of the play BlackTop Sky, opening this weekend at the Unicorn Theatre, marks a homecoming for its author.

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Performance
9:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Housebreaking' Reveals A Family At A Breaking Point

Siblings Magda (Missy Fennewald) and Chad (Bryan Moses) talk in the kitchen.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The dysfunctional family is an often-mined subject for drama, from the early Greeks to the present. The play "Housebreaking," by Jakob Holder, combines humor with an exploration of failed relationships and dreams.

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Performance
12:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

KC Rep Awarded Playwright Residency Grant

Joseph Moran Courtesy: The Juilliard School

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre on Thursday announced a $174,000 three-year playwright residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The award is one of 14 Mellon residency grants. The Rep tapped award-winning playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, to join the artistic staff.

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Performance
4:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

[VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol'

Mark Robbins, as Ghost of Jacob Marley, and Gary Neal Johnson, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol opens on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Ron Simonian Takes Leap Of Faith With 'The Soul Collector'

Kansas City playwright Ron Simonian had his first play produced in 1992 in a warehouse in the Crossroads District.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Mystery Of Irma Vep

L to R: Mark Robbins (Lady Enid Hillcrest) and Ron Megee (Jane Twisden)
KC Rep

Mummies, ghosts, and werewolves - oh my!  The new production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a real scream.


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Performance
9:04 am
Tue October 23, 2012

'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters

In rehearsal, Mark Robbins, as Lady Enid Hillcrest, gives a disapproving look as Ron Megee, playing Jane Twisden, pours herself another hot toddy.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Mystery of Irma Vep, features eight characters of both sexes, including the Lord and Lady Hillcrest, their maid and butler, and a couple of surprise visitors.

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Central Standard
6:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Aptly Named Gem Theater Celebrates 100 Years

The Gem Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
Downtown Council of Kansas City

It started as the Star Theater in 1912.  Back then it was a one-story building presenting silent films.  Just one year later it was renamed the Gem Theater.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Political Theater Gets Loud In 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'

Shea Coffman and Katie Karel in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Cynthia Levin Unicorn Theatre

If there's not enough political theater in the run-up to the November elections, the Unicorn Theatre is offering a bit more with its production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the emo rock musical biography of America's seventh President. 

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kansas City Rep Brings 'Pippin' Into The 21st Century

Kansas City cast members (in front, l to r): Katie Kalakura and Katie Gilchrist with Tony nominee Mary Testa and Claybourne Elder in KC Rep's "Pippin."
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The journey of a young prince is the subject of the musical Pippin, which opens the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 48th season this week.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

'Jeannie Out Of The Bottle'

barbaraeden.com

You may know her best for her starring role in I Dream of Jeannie, but Barbara Eden has been a working actor and entertainer for more than six decades.

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The Theater
1:42 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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The Theater
9:13 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Cathy Rigby: Finding The Magic In 'Peter Pan'

Captain Hook (Brent Barrett) tries to overpower Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby) in a fight rehearsal at Starlight Theatre.
Laura Spencer KCUR

When two-time Olympian Cathy Rigby retired from gymnastics at the age of 19, she started to pursue other career possibilities, including theatre. 

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Local Actors Moonlight In Other Artistic Careers

Cheryl Weaver in the American Heartland dressing room with some of her costumes for "BINGO: The Winning Musical".
Steve Walker/KCUR

Given the growing theater scene in the metropolitan area, professional actors can make a pretty good living here. But there is steady competition and there are down times between jobs.

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KC Fringe Festival
11:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

6 Tips For KC Fringe

The 8th annual KC Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival of cultural arts, kicks off this week.

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Star Watching: In The Heights

John Daughtry, 2011

For the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at the touring Broadway musical making its last stop in Kansas City.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Living With Bipolar Disorder Feels 'Next To Normal'

Theater League

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, a mental illness accompanied by moods that can swing from deep lows to dizzying highs.

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Headlines
8:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Redistricting maps in Kansas could be decided in the federal courts.  The Missouri Senate passes a tax credit Bill.  It’s a daily digest of headlines form KCUR.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Broadway Actress' Route To 'Everyday Rapture'

Sherie Rene Scott in "Everyday Rapture" on Broadway
Joan Marcus

This week's opening of the musical Everyday Rapture at the Unicorn Theatre marks the first time it has been staged anywhere outside New York City. 

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Headlines
8:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Missouri Senate passes a budget restoring money to blind pensions and giving raises to some employees.  The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Man-Eating Plant Rocks KC Rep's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Joseph Medeiros as Seymour.
Don Ipock Courtesy of Kansas City Rep

When first introduced in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors was a cheesy, low-budget movie about a meek floral shop apprentice who accidentally cultivates a man-eating plant.

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The Theater
9:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

'Sweeney Todd' Brings Don Richard Back To Kansas City

Don Richard plays "Sweeney Todd"
Sharon Harter

With actor Don Richard's return to Kansas City in the starring role of Sweeney Todd, he's making a nostalgic visit back to the city where his career first took off.

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Performance
7:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

David Henry Hwang Honored At 2012 Inge Festival

Inge Theater Festival honoree David Henry Hwang
Lia Chang

 The four-day William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas includes dozens of plays, readings and workshops, and concludes with a salute to a particular playwright or composer.  

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Up to Date
2:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012
Don Ipock

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

'Bus Stop' Staged In Lee's Summit Eatery

Jennifer Davis & Jon Pierson face off in "Bus Stop"
Steve Walker KCUR

It's been a decade since the Lee's Summit area has had its own community theater. A new company, called Summit Theatre Group, marks its debut with Bus Stop, the William Inge play set in a snowed-in roadhouse diner. 

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Theater/Performance
3:54 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Actor Jim Korinke Plays Against Type - And Gender

Actor Jim Korinke as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest."
courtesy of American Heartland Theatre

At one point or another, most theater troupes buck tradition by employing the concept of non-traditional casting - that is, hiring actors to play roles written for a different age, gender or race. One example coming to Broadway in April is a version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with an African-American cast. Playing with gender can be tricky, but American Heartland Theatre's current production of an Oscar Wilde classic features as the female lead the male actor Jim Korinke.

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Headlines
7:32 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 2, 2012

New Report Cuts Risk Of NBAF, School Board President Preps Others For Leadership & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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