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Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. You all know the song and who does not love to party? Everyone loves to party, and everyone likes a reason to party. But who would think the reason for the party involved some despicable characters, a kinda-haunted castle, some lost travelers, and a glorified wiener? In this case it’s a Frank-n-Furter.
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.
Becoming only the second person chosen for this prestigious honor since its establishment in 2010, University of Central Missouri faculty member Julie Mollenkamp, Ph.D., has been named Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Professor for Theatre and Dance for 2013-2016.
A funny thing happened to Eric Rosen on his way to Kansas City Repertory Theatre to direct a memorable production of Metamorphoses several seasons ago. Unknowingly, he was setting the stage for his future here.
Congratulations to students at Hogan Preparatory Academy Middle School who participated in this year’s Starlight on Site program. The students began rehearsing after school in the spring with Starlight Theatre teaching artists that included a director and musical director/choreographer.
After watching "Edges: A Song Cycle" staged by the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, you won't leave talking about the plot. You will leave talking about the six singers who comprise this cast, and how their voices soar through the entire 80-minute runtime.
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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