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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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Koonce and Megee give Coterie’s ‘Lyle the Crocodile’ its biting humor | KansasCity.com

Koonce and Megee give Coterie’s ‘Lyle the Crocodile’ its biting humor | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Missy Koonce and Ron Megee direct “Lyle the Crocodile,” which runs through Aug. 4 at the Coterie Theatre, and assigned themselves attention-grabbing supporting roles. Together, they push the show’s eccentric humor to the limit.
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Heart of America’s ‘As You Like It’ a witty, amusing romp | KansasCity.com

Heart of America’s ‘As You Like It’ a witty, amusing romp | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production of “As You Like It” invites audiences back to the era of peace and love.
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Review: 'Pageant Play' a satirical success | cjonline.com

A spoof on the bizarre world of toddler beauty pageants, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's "Pageant Play" is the equivalent of a summer beach read. Grab a martini, relax and enjoy a night of mindless entertainment.
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The laughter is out of this world at the 'Rocky Horror Show' | examiner.com

The laughter is out of this world at the 'Rocky Horror Show' | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Every time you think you’ve seen the best show Kansas City has to offer another opening night proves they only get better. Case in point; enter a sweet transvestite from Trans-Sexual Transylvania. Opening night for the Rocky Horror Show was Wednesday June 19 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. Opening night coincided with the 40th birthday of the first show produced June 19, 1973 at the Royal Court Theater Upstairs in London, England. The cult classic, created by Richard O’Brien who wrote the book, music and lyrics, was produced by Egads Theatre Company and directed by Steven Eubank.

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'Boxcar Children' teaches family strength, values, perseverance, hope | examiner.com

'Boxcar Children' teaches family strength, values, perseverance, hope | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Boxcar Children sorta gives away the plot with just the title, but without the story to go along with the title, no one knows the situation and circumstance
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'Charlotte's Web' delights young audiences | examiner.com

'Charlotte's Web' delights young audiences | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Tallgrass Theater Company presented Charlotte’s Web for a 3-show run June 14 and 15 at Wheatridge Middle School in Gardner, KS, drawing loud applause and happy
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NY critics sing praise, take whacks at Rosen-Sax ‘Venice’ | KansasCity.com

NY critics sing praise, take whacks at Rosen-Sax ‘Venice’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Some New York critics love ‘Venice” and others hate it; most are somewhere in-between. The reviews, while mainly positive, ran the gamut from undiluted praise to utter condemnation.

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‘Venice,’ by Eric Rosen and Matt Sax, Teems With Action | NY Times

‘Venice,’ by Eric Rosen and Matt Sax, Teems With Action | NY Times | OffStage | Scoop.it
There’s enough plot in Eric Rosen and Matt Sax’s “Venice,” the action-flooded new musical at the Public Theater, to fill a whole year in a Marvel comics series.
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The Mask of the Broken Heart delights Kansas City audiences | examiner.com

The Mask of the Broken Heart delights Kansas City audiences | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

“He sweat like a canary at a cat show,” he said with confidence.
Yep, that’s what he said in the current show at The Fishtank, current production, The Mask of the Broken Heart, a tongue-in-cheek detective style caper. Think of Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep. That’s what viewers get when they attend the production–and so much more.

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Edelman: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Sizzles @ Starlight | KC Confidential

Edelman: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Sizzles @ Starlight | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

Sexy stews, hot nurses, a hooker with nothing on under that fur coat– who says it hasn’t been hot at Starlight this week?

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Concert Review Season Finale: Strauss’ Alpine Symphony | KC Symphony

Concert Review Season Finale: Strauss’ Alpine Symphony | KC Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Two grand symphonic statements by Mozart and Richard Strauss comprised the final program of the 2012-2013 subscription season of the Kansas City Symphony. Mozart’s late masterpiece the Symphony # 40 in g K 550 and Strauss’ last symphonic poem, a monument to his beloved Alps, the Eine Alpensinfonie op 64 of 1915. Michael Stern was on the podium.

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High Flyiing game of cat and mouse describes 'Catch Me If You Can' | examiner.com

High Flyiing game of cat and mouse describes 'Catch Me If You Can' | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre welcomed on arrival the jet-set musical comedy Catch Me If You Can for a one week run, June 11-16 that chronicles the deceptive
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The Mountaintop lifts MLK by taking him off the pedestal | The Pitch

The Mountaintop lifts MLK by taking him off the pedestal | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
As the Unicorn Theatre's production of The Mountaintop begins, we're treated to a memorable series of stage pictures. It's Memphis, April 3, 1968, the stormy eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
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'9-5' enlivens audiences with comedy, singing, dancing, & Dolly Parton music | examiner.com

'9-5' enlivens audiences with comedy, singing, dancing, & Dolly Parton music | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Years ago, a woman’s place was said to be in the home, and as women enter the workplace, their positions remained in the lowest in companies but the work load and stress of working and running their homes kept increasing–unequal pay, egotism, glass ceilings, sexism, bigotry and more stood in the way of their success.

 

 

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Lyle the Crocodile snaps audience to attention at The Coterie | examiner.com

Lyle the Crocodile snaps audience to attention at The Coterie | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

When moving into a new house and facing the dilemma of starting over at a new school and making new friends scares and perplexes younger students enough, but add to that a mysterious visitor in the bathroom of your new house, an crocodile who does tricks and traveled the world.

 

 

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The Barn Kids perform in 'Winnie the Pooh' | examiner.com

The Barn Kids perform in 'Winnie the Pooh' | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Barn Players in Mission, Kan. produced and performed Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, through their Barn Kids program. The program is part of the Barn Jr. and is designed for kid’s ages third through sixth grades. The Barn Kids produces two shows in the summer; the second of the series will be a re-production of Pooh with a new cast in July.

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IN REVIEW: A violinist, a chorus, a symphony and the “Goldbergs” offer delights | KC Independent

IN REVIEW: A violinist, a chorus, a symphony and the “Goldbergs” offer delights | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez effect a fine collaboration, playing with a unified and intuitive feel for each other’s musical outlook and direction. At the duo’s violin-piano recital on June 7th, part of the Harriman-Jewell’s Discovery Series, one was aware at times that the sharp sophistication of Elena’s violin artistry was not always matched by Gabriela’s somewhat less compelling pianism.

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Ragtime tears up ticket sales at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | examiner.com

Ragtime tears up ticket sales at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Ragtime, the Musical closed on a triumphant note at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Sunday night, June 16, ending a 15 day/night run with the entire run sold out–not only sold out but standing ovations for the cast curtain calls and another standing ovation for the orchestra as exit music played and the audience encircled them to show their appreciation.

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"Catch Me If You Can" Can be Caught at Starlight | WDAF

The con is on at Starlight, thanks to the arrival of the short-lived Broadway musical, “Catch Me If You Can.”

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Thor Hates Jazz | kcjazzlark

Apparently, Thor doesn’t like jazz.

Thor, of course, is the Norse god of thunder (and, outside of Marvel comics, of lightning and storms). Two years ago, Thor wiped clean the second Prairie Village Jazz Festival. Last year, he vented his rage on Rhythm and Ribs. And this past weekend he decided one day of smooth jazz in Corporate Woods was quite enough, as an afternoon storm tore through the grounds and cancelled Saturday evening’s Jazz in the Woods.

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Symphony in the Flint Hills combines history, tradition at Fort Riley | LJWorld.com

Symphony in the Flint Hills combines history, tradition at Fort Riley | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The eighth annual Symphony in the Flint Hills brought the calm peace of the Plains and the harmonious sounds of the Kansas City Symphony to historic Fort Riley Saturday.

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Simon Carrington Chamber Singers match sacred, modern choral music | KansasCity.com

The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, now in their fifth year, displayed the maturity of a long-established group and the consistency of an ensemble that performs more often than once a year.
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In New York debut, KC Rep’s ‘Venice’ has evolved into a piece of art | KansasCity.com

In New York debut, KC Rep’s ‘Venice’ has evolved into a piece of art | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
“Venice” creators defy feel-good formulas and aim to ennoble the audience and leave viewers in a state of reflective exaltation.
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Walter Coppage and Chioma Anyanwu star in the Mountaintop at the Unicorn | examiner.com

Walter Coppage and Chioma Anyanwu star in the Mountaintop at the Unicorn | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Mountaintop a play by Katori Hill currently is playing on the main stage of the Unicorn Theatre. In 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Ten. This play, which won the Oliver Award for best new play, depicts a fictional last night of civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Catch Me If You Can” provides a fun-filled night | KansasCity.com

“Catch Me If You Can” provides a fun-filled night | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The touring company’s show at Starlight Theatre boasts a charismatic leading man with amazing talent on his way to becoming a star. Stephen Anthony carries the show.
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