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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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Unicorn Offers a Strong ‘Asher Lev’ | Camp

Unicorn Offers a Strong ‘Asher Lev’ | Camp | OffStage | Scoop.it

The current show at the Unicorn, My Name is Asher Lev, directed by Cynthia Levin, has caught the theater world by storm. It is now running off-Broadway in New York, and the run is being extended. This means that nobody else in the country is allowed to produce the show. However, Levin, who is also the Unicorn’s producing artistic director, had the foresight to get the rights to this show before it blew up. The result is that there are only two places in the world to see this show right now — New York City and Kansas City.

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Burnt by the Sun exposes heartlessness of Stalinistic vengence and revenge | examiner.com

Burnt by the Sun exposes heartlessness of Stalinistic vengence and revenge | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
One day in the life of a family in Russia in the early 1930s transforms from a lazy day to one of tragic ends as they experience everyday life until a visitor f
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KC Symphony Finds Innovative Creative Outlet

KC Symphony Finds Innovative Creative Outlet | OffStage | Scoop.it

On Sunday night, the Fella, Fella’s parents and I returned to the Kansas City Symphony. I think this is our fourth time this year? Ever since I saw a sneak peak of the Symphony’s new home at Helzberg Hall, I knew I wanted to experience their music as much as possible.

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KC Ballet "Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City" review by Libby Hanssen | KC Star

KC Ballet "Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City" review by Libby Hanssen | KC Star | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Ballet ended its 55th season with a celebration of American dance, music and hometown talent in “Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City.” This vibrant company offered an exhilarating trio of pieces on Friday night, including the world premiere of Karole Armitage’s “Energy Made Visible.”

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Ballet closes 2012-2013 season with one of its best programs ever | KC Independent

To be a serious ballet company these days you can’t just do an endless series of Swan Lakes: You’ve got to push things forward. The Kansas City Ballet in its current form has rarely flinched from risky artistic choices, works that might have left us scratching our heads at times. At the season finale that opened May 3rd at the Kauffman Center, the company presented the world premiere of a 25-minute ballet of such startling ingenuity and mind-blowing visuals that it exceeds the boundaries even of what this innovative company has achieved through its 56-year history.

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KC Stage Review: Leave The Tutus At Home; KC Ballet Ends Season In A Decidedly Modernist Trip

The Kansas City Ballet is wrapping up another season at the Kauffman, and in grand style. These last couple of years at the new venue have been ones of experiment, and the season closers have been time for the troupe to step out of the ordinary, to present new and interesting ideas. For the programs on display Friday night, they have gone with three fascinating and nicely executed pieces.

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KC Stage Review: Unicorn's Asher Lev wonderful

I am so glad this show has been extended. This goes on my list of most rewarding shows. All the elements worked together to create an inspiring and thought-provoking experience.

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KC Stage Review: Quality reigns supreme with Carole King and James Taylor music

Carole King and James Taylor's music sets the tone for the current show through May 19th at Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City where musical reviews and cabaret shows set the tone and bring audiences to their feet more times than not.

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A celebration of form and movement | The University News

The UMKC School of Dance last Thursday presented the Spring Dance Concert, a collection of performances choreographed by the Conservatory’s DeeAnna Hiett, Bernard Gaddis, Paula Webber, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Ronn Tice, Ming Xia, and Gary Abbott.

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American Buffalo, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Review - Kansas City infoZine

The Rep’s production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo features a gorgeously dingy set where three actors combine fast-paced dialog with intensely crowded, frenetic action.

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Tom Trenney shows range in Helzberg Hall performance - KansasCity.com

Nebraskan Tom Trenney's Wednesday evening organ recital at Helzberg Hall proved one thing beyond a doubt: the hall's magnificent Casavant organ's beauty, range and power really jump out at you when the room is mostly empty.
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The Living Room's open-spaced, smoldering Burn This | The Pitch

The Living Room's open-spaced, smoldering Burn This | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Anger, confusion, denial, isolation, longing — anyone dealing with grief knows these emotions. So do most people who have been in love.
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Exploitation and the American Dream | Camp

Exploitation and the American Dream | Camp | OffStage | Scoop.it

When it comes to chronicling “the American experience” on stage, few playwrights have a mastery of the form. One of those masters is David Mamet, and the KC Rep is now producing one of his better-known works, American Buffalo.

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Quality Hill "You've Got a Friend" review by Kellie Houx | KC Studio

Quality Hill "You've Got a Friend" review by Kellie Houx | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

A standing ovation is the form of applause where members of a seated audience stand up while applauding after an extraordinary performance of acclaim. The collaborative voices and musicians at Quality Hill Playhouse for the current show, You’ve Got a Friend: Music That Raised the Baby Boomers, deserved every round of applause and the standing ovations.

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GONE? HARDLY: KC Ballet presents world premiere by edge-cutting choreographer | KC Independent

You’d be hard-pressed to find an American artist in any field as interesting as Karole Armitage. She grew up partly in Lawrence, learned classical ballet initially and absorbed the work of George Balanchine in Geneva before becoming a dancer with the legendary Merce Cunningham. Shortly after forming her own company in New York she began creating choreography for many of the world’s top companies. Known for works that blend dance, music and art, she has garnered a Tony nomination for her work on Broadway and has choreographed videos for Michael Jackson, Madonna (“Vogue”) and Merchant-Ivory films. Even the name of her company is interesting: Armitage Gone! Dance.

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Grew up in Lawrence, KS, went on to make it big working in famous companies, making her own, working on Broadway and choreographing famous music videos

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The Vignette: Hey-Hay, Going To Kansas City Ballet

The Vignette: Hey-Hay, Going To Kansas City Ballet | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Ballet’s 55th season is going out with a bang. The final program features three distinct sections that are very different, but have a uniting theme of jazz and sass.

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KC Stage Review: Small World on small stage nets big results

Kansas City audiences expect entertainment, smiles, laughs, and familiar melodies every time they attend a custom-built musical review at Olathe's Chestnut Fine Arts Theater, and the current show delivers the music from the Disney legacy from the 1930s through the balance of the decade.

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At the Unicorn, an artist's spellbinding journey

At the Unicorn, an artist's spellbinding journey | OffStage | Scoop.it
Art is Asher Lev's passion, his language, his way of interacting with everything around him. He can't remember a time when he didn't paint or draw.
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KC Stage Review: Religion, Art, and Asher Lev

My Name is Asher Lev, playing at the Unicorn through May 12, takes its conflict from the point where art and devout religion clash. The play, by Aaron Posner, from the novel by Chiam Potok, tells the story of Asher Lev, born into a family of devout Hassidic Jews in the middle of the twentieth century. Asher's world is one of devotion to the faith and commitment to the Rebbe. His father devotes his life to the promotion of Judaisim, particularly in Soviet Russia, where Stalin has just died and opportunities are now open for Jews to enter and proselytize. Asher's mother is a woman devoted to her family and serving the men of her faith.

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Conservatory opera presents ‘Night in a Museum’ at Union Station | The University News

The UMKC Conservatory last Friday at Union Station’s City Stage presented “Night in a Museum,” an expertly crafted selection of scenes from various operas chosen by the performers. It was directed by Marciem Bazell, with light piano accompaniment by students Richard Jeric and Jonathan Young.

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