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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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The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch

The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Are we defined by the way we see ourselves or by the way others see us? That's one of the questions inherent in N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, now onstage at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still' - KBIA

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still' - KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it
Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater.This time, we bring you something a bit different from our normal classic stories -- an original
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Haute Flash Burlesque @ 3rd Annual KC Burlesque Festival!

Haute Flash Burlesque was formed in 2010, with the original intent of putting on cabaret style shows, as fundraisers for homeless pets. Each year the shows have continued to grow. In 2012 Haute Flash won the peoples choice award in the Pitch, for the best charity event, beating out the Holiday Mart and Aids Walk.

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Quality Hill Playhouse opens on top of the charts with 'Your Hit Parade' - examiner.com

Quality Hill Playhouse opens on top of the charts with 'Your Hit Parade' - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With the voices of J. Kent Barnhart, Lauren Braton, Molly Hammer, Kathryn Long and Tim Scott on stage it was easy to see who the winner would be, the audience.
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True love travels a treacherous road in ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ - KansasCity.com

True love travels a treacherous road in ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Rarely will you see a sicker — or more poignant — love story than in Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries. Director Sidonie Garrett serves up an impressive bare-bones production of this two-character dark comedy at the Fishtank Performance Studio, where actors Heidi Van and Chris Roady bring this bizarre and touching tale to life.

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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by SwizzleStick | KC Stage Reviews

While watching the Barn Players production of Spring Awakening, I had to keep pinching myself to remind me where I was. Was I at the Barn? No, surely I was at the Rep or somewhere highly professional! But, no, I was at the Barn!

This show is a stunner. Eric Magnus has put together the real package here, from set to lights to costumes to musical direction to the choreography to his own staging and then, of course, the wonderful cast. Wow.

It really makes a big difference to have live musicians so perhaps it is unfair to compare this production to the one recently at the Coterie. But they are light years apart, this one being far, far superior. If you read this before the show closes, do yourself a favor and go see it.

 

 

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Paradise Playhouse combines golf, humor and dinner - KCLive.tv

Paradise Playhouse combines golf, humor and dinner - KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a great date idea that combines humor, sports, theatre and fine dining all in one? Paradise Playhouse presents "The Fox on the Fairway" as their final dinner theatre production of the season.

 
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Actors Theatre steps toward future with new management position - KansasCity.com

Veteran actor/director John Rensenhouse becomes the first managing director in the history of Kansas City Actors Theatre. Meanwhile, the Fishtank opens “Gruesome Playground Injuries.”
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Red Badge Variations updates notions of wartime courage - The Pitch

Red Badge Variations updates notions of wartime courage - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
At the Coterie, Red Badge Variations riffs on Stephen Crane's iconic Civil War novel to capture a realistic (but teen-friendly) glimpse into the lives of five soldiers deployed during the war on terror.
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Bucket of Blood - Behind the Scenes | Jetpack Pictures

Cast & Crew talk about The Living Room Theatre's production of "Bucket of Blood". Video by Jetpack Pictures. Shot on a Panasonic GH2.
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Theater company websites step it up a notch - KansasCity.com

Theater company websites step it up a notch - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Kansas City filmmakers Mitch Brian and Todd Norris are bridging the gap between the film and theater communities by shooting high-quality trailers for professional productions at the Living Room, the Unicorn and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
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Review: 'Shrek the Musical' cast memorable - cjonline.cokm

Based closely on the Dreamworks movie and given musical treatment, the laughs are riotous in Helen Hocker Theatre's production of "Shrek the Musical.
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'Spring Awakening' at the Barn Players should be left sleeping - examiner.com

'Spring Awakening' at the Barn Players should be left sleeping - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Barn Players opened their 2013-14 season on Friday Sept. 20 with Spring Awakening. Spring Awakening is from the book and lyrics by Steven Slater with music by Duncan Sheik and directed by Eric Magnus. The production is based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Written in 1891 Wedekind had to self-publish the play which was banned in Germany for a time, due to its frank portrayal of taboos.

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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Stephen Leacock's 'Golden Dreams' - KBIA

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.
 In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."

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Alan Tilson updates and performs "King Lear" to one-hour modern "Poor Lear" - examiner.com

Alan Tilson updates and performs "King Lear" to one-hour modern "Poor Lear" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Poor Lear, a one man, one-hour, shrinks and re-images Shakespeare’s King Lear by making Lear a homeless man in a modern setting, with one man enacting all the roles in the tragic story of a king who divides his wealth among three daughters and is thrown out of doors to face the elements and come to terms with his own mortality.

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'Your Hit Parade' takes the stage at Quality Hill - KCLive.tv

'Your Hit Parade' takes the stage at Quality Hill - KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

"Your Hit Parade" is based off of a hit radio show that ran from 1930's - 1950's, and it's set to take the stage at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

 
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Brian Sills to Lead The Santaland Diaries at KC Rep | Broadway World

Brian Sills to Lead The Santaland Diaries at KC Rep | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it
Brian Sills returns to Kansas City Repertory Theatre to star in David Sedaris' irreverent holiday comedy The SantaLand Diaries, about the merry misadventures of an out-of-work New York writer hired to play an elf named Crumpet in a Macy's SantaLand.
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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by tcclarke1 | KC Stage Reviews

Every now and again, a show will come along that will really WOW you. Ever since it's inception, Spring Awakening has been that show for me. Each production I see brings something different to the plate, and The Barn Players is no exception. Comparisons to the Coterie's recent production are inevitable, but luckily both shows shine independently of one another.

 

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The Broadway smash 'Wicked' returns to Kansas City in October - examiner.com

The Broadway smash 'Wicked' returns to Kansas City in October - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz returns to Kansas City on October 9 and runs through October 27. The musical will be staged at the Music Hall with performances Tuesday through Sunday, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Wicked is presented by the Theatre League of Kansas City, as part of their Broadway Series.

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GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES Opens in Intimate KC Space | Broadway World

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES Opens in Intimate KC Space | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District is well-known for its diverse mix of galleries, cafes, restaurants-theaters, not so much. That's slowly starting to change, as theater entrepreneurs are hanging their shingles on reclaimed warehouse spaces and former storefronts.

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Kansas City's Starlight Theatre announces 2014 Broadway Season - examiner.com

Kansas City's Starlight Theatre announces 2014 Broadway Season - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

With a lineup of The Wizard of Oz (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production), We Will Rock You, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music and Blue Man Group, Starlight Theatre’s 2014 Broadway lineup offers five family friendly productions for the summer.

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Another peek at Unicorn Theatre's Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur By David Ives Directed by Cynthia Levin Featuring Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary September 4th-29th unicorntheatre.org for tickets and more information

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"Spring Awakening" enlivens The Barn Players season opener - examiner.com

"Spring Awakening" enlivens The Barn Players  season opener - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Spring Awakening, a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater comes from a German play that was banned for years due to its content which includes child abuse, homosexuality, rape, abortion, suicide, wet dreams, male puberty and more.

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Greenhouse Theatre Project - Paul Pepper

ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI is back to share Greenhouse Theatre Project's upcoming season!

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