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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 Tallest Tree in the Forest' illuminates actor/activist Paul Robeson's life | examiner.com

'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' illuminates actor/activist Paul Robeson's life | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Rep opened it’s season with the new play The Tallest Tree in the Forest on the Copaken Stage in the H&R Block building in downtown Kansas City, with the play running through Sept. 28.

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Dyan Cannon hits a hole in one in The Fox on the Fairway | examiner.com

Dyan Cannon hits a hole in one in The Fox on the Fairway | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

If you're a golfer, you'll be familiar with some of the action in Ken Ludwig's golf-themed farce The Fox on the Fairway, as most of it takes place during a golf tournament between two country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel.

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Golf, sex and money are what it’s all about in ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ | KansasCity.com

Golf, sex and money are what it’s all about in ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The New Theatre serves up a physically handsome staging of Ken Ludwig’s golf-themed farce “The Fox on the Fairway” — a hit-and-miss script that is enlivened considerably by a talented cast, anchored by screen star Dyan Cannon.
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The Unicorn Theatre opens it's season with a sexy, humorous romp | examiner.com

The Unicorn Theatre opens it's season with a sexy, humorous romp | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The 40th season of the Unicorn Theatre began Saturday night on the Jerome Stage, with Venus in Fur an extremely funny and sexy play by David Ives.

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Starlight’s ‘Miss Saigon’ has a good cast but lacks excitement | KansasCity.com

Starlight’s ‘Miss Saigon’ has a good cast but lacks excitement | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Starlight Theatre on Saturday night unveiled a new production of “Miss Saigon” that could use more razzle-dazzle as it prepares to embark on a mini-tour.
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Kansas City Actors Theatre brings classic to life in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ | KansasCity.com

Kansas City Actors Theatre brings classic to life in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Eugene O'Neill’s “Long Day's Journey Into Night” is among the saddest — and greatest — American plays ever written. The Kansas City Actors Theatre does this masterpiece justice and then some in a production that runs through Sept.
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Humor, compassion are chief attributes of ‘The Session’ | KansasCity.com

Humor, compassion are chief attributes of ‘The Session’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Melting Pot KC’s production of “The Session,” a new play by Harvey Williams, suffers in execution but brims with humanity and humor.
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Review: 'Hoo Haw' at Columbian still a hoot | cjonline.com

Review: 'Hoo Haw' at Columbian still a hoot | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

If one of your guilty pleasures is "Hee Haw," the corny joke- and country music-filled television series that debuted in 1969 and is still shown in syndication today, indulge yourself this weekend at the Columbian Theatre.

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Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy' delights, entertains | cjonline.com

While "Driving Miss Daisy" may not be one of the more famous classics or groundbreaking new shows theatergoers rush to see, don't be fooled by the softly written vignettes and slow Southern drawls.
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Everybody shines in KCAT's Picnic | The Pitch

Everybody shines in KCAT's Picnic | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Some live for theater and some for the theater experience, the kind that stays with you long after the curtain call. The Kansas City Actors Theatre has opened its "A Classic American Summer" series with a Picnic for both segments of theater lovers.
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Why Hello, Dolly! | The Vignette

Why Hello, Dolly! | The Vignette | OffStage | Scoop.it

That outspoken matchmaker, Dolly Levi, is in Kansas City and you don’t want to miss the chance to see her.

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Starlight wears its game face in an OK production of ‘Footloose’ | KansasCity.com

Starlight wears its game face in an OK production of ‘Footloose’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Kansas City’s outdoor theater serves up another musical based on a 1980s movie. Should we move on to the ’90s?
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A boxer, a stellar string quartet and a slice of Summerfest | KC Independent

A boxer, a stellar string quartet and a slice of Summerfest | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

These days we’ve become accustomed to gays and lesbians inhabiting any field you can imagine, from politics to professional sports to the U.S. Marine Corps. But still – boxing?

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Kansas City Actors Theatre, Long Day's Journey into Night, Review | InfoZine

Kansas City Actors Theatre, Long Day's Journey into Night, Review | InfoZine | OffStage | Scoop.it
By Jeff Tamblyn - the Latest Production at Kansas City Actors Theatre May be Flawed, but It Delivers the Goods. Gets Even Better After Dark
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Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis and Marilyn Maye celebrate jazz in up-and-coming festival | KansasCity.com

Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis and Marilyn Maye celebrate jazz in up-and-coming festival | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Prairie Village Jazz Festival, now in its fourth year at Harmon Park, is getting better all the time.
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Review: 'Spamalot' goofy, vibrantly ridiculous | cjonline.com

Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy’s “Spamalot” may be one of the most ridiculous musicals I have ever encountered (and we are talking about musicals, the theatrical fare notorious for an inherent sense of the absurd, so we are talking really, really ridiculous). This musical is goofy, flamboyant and totally inane — deliciously, vibrantly so.

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Starlight's 'Miss Saigon' brings horrors of past wars to new focus | examiner.com

Starlight's 'Miss Saigon' brings horrors of past wars to new focus | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A Broadway blockbuster, Miss Saigon, opened Sept. 7 at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre for a one week run through Sept. 13 and brings the updated story and mode
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Unicorn Theatre’s ‘Venus in Fur’ takes a kinky look at gender roles | KansasCity.com

Unicorn Theatre’s ‘Venus in Fur’ takes a kinky look at gender roles | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Sex meets comedy meets the “Twilight Zone” in the Unicorn Theatre’s memorable production of “Venus in Fur,” a clever play by David Ives with fine performances by Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary.

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Vine Street Rumble orchestra celebrates bygone jazz era | KansasCity.com

Vine Street Rumble orchestra celebrates bygone jazz era | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra re-created the irrepressible, irresistible pulse of the swinging, blues-based dance tunes of the 1930s and ‘40s with its debut performance Friday night in the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room.
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New play, 'The Session' confronts women's issues | examiner.com

New play, 'The Session' confronts women's issues | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A new play, The Session, by Harvey Williams, focuses on several stereotyped adult women characters needing an anger management therapy session to move forward
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‘You’re Next’: Menace in Missouri - 2½ stars | KansasCity.com

‘You’re Next’: Menace in Missouri - 2½ stars | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Filmed in Columbia, the horror story “You’re Next” delivers thrills, if not logic.
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Just Beneath the Surface: Actors Theatre production of Inge classic entices with slow boil | KC Independent

Just Beneath the Surface: Actors Theatre production of Inge classic entices with slow boil | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

Part of the fun of watching William Inge’s Picnic just a stone’s throw from its setting, the small-town Kansas milieu in which the playwright was raised, is that its characters and themes seem so familiar.

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Edelman: Bikinis Hold Up American Heartland’s Last Hurrah | KC Confidential

Edelman: Bikinis Hold Up American Heartland’s Last Hurrah | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

Bouncy, happy middle-aged chicks having a great time reliving the fabulous girl group hits of the 60s….

I’m talking about the audience, not the cast, of American Heartland Theatre‘s farewell production THE BIKINIS, now through August 24 at the venue on the 3rd floor of Crown Center. Don’t get me wrong– the cast was having a ball, too.

 

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‘Hello Dolly!’ at Crown Center gets at essence of show in stripped-down concert production | KansasCity.com

‘Hello Dolly!’ at Crown Center gets at essence of show in stripped-down concert production | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Musical Theater Heritage production of “Hello Dolly!” is a musical treat, even if the show feels a little more Midwest than old New York.
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Starlight Theatre's Footloose--The Musical brings 80's hits to stage | examiner.com

Starlight Theatre's Footloose--The Musical brings 80's hits to stage | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Footloose–The Musical, opened at Starlight Theatre Aug. 5 for a one week run through Aug. 11, and the familiar songs and sounds of the 1980s era movie musical c
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