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The sweaty volunteers streamed by, one wearing a green cat head, another carrying a cymbal, another an old painting. It was moving day for Theatre Lawrence, one of many over the past three weekends as the local institution relocates more than three decades worth of props, costumes and equipment to its new home in West Lawrence.
Samin Son felt the walls closing in. Having left art school in New Zealand, he was back in his native South Korea, performing the two years of military service required of the country's male citizens. Creativity was outlawed. Son was beaten down — physically, emotionally. He needed to express himself — bad.
“You're special fascination'll prove to be inspirational. We think you're just sensational, Mame.” and she was, and is, and forever will be, sensational. If you have any doubts about it, go see Auntie Mame’d, A Musical Parody, on the Jerome Stage at The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City and support the fight against AIDS at the same time.
The musical style known as ragtime swept the nation, rolling over performers, composers and audiences with an infectious syncopated beat that took over piano halls and Main Street parlor’s during the early 1900s. With roving composers and musicians such as Scott Joplin, ragtime became a calling card as well. In many ways, ragtime created the beat upon which social change moved to … And the music is clearly part of the musical, Ragtime, based on author E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel. The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will present the musical May 29 to June 16.
In “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage,” which runs through June 23 at the American Heartland Theatre, the writers tap-dance right up to the brink of saying something meaningful about society and sexual mores.