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David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly opens with high romance in mind, stating a Pride and Prejudice–like truth universally acknowledged: "All men want a beautiful woman, and the uglier the man, the greater the want."
The national tour of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce provides theatergoers with look at the journey to Heaven and Hell in a “provocative” exploration of human nature that features strong, vivid characters from the artistic mind of creater, Lewis, said Max McLean, artistic director of Fellowship for the Performing Arts.
Stained Glass Theatre is presenting the hilarious contemporary morality tale “God’s Favorite,” written by Neil Simon. The play is a take-off of the biblical story of Job and the temptations God puts in his life.
Last month, the three-year-old branch of the long-running Brookside restaurant, Carmen's Cafe, received a new name - Carma. It was just the latest change for the Park Place restaurant, at 11526 Ash, which had a change in operators in late November when brothers Juan and Francisco Bautista, owners of the Brookside venue, stepped away from an ownership interest.
American Idiot, the punk rock musical based on Green Days smash album of the same name played Saturday January 11 and Sunday January 12 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day, wrote the lyrics, the music is by Green Day, and the book is by Armstrong and Director Michael Mayer.
Brighton Beach Memoirs, one of Neil Simon’s most celebrated works opened this weekend at the White Theater at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan. The play is the first chapter of the Eugene Trilogy, preceding the Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. It centers on the Jerome family, who live in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Politics, love, deceit, espionage, and betrayal, you may be in Washington D.C. or watching the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre production of M. Butterfly. The play written by David Henry Hwang runs at the theater through January 26. World-renowned Broadway choreographer Jamie H. J. Guan brought his expertise to the production for a week before the show opened. Upon his leaving, Chelsea Anglemyer took over the role of dance captain for the performances.
The national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot opened Jan. 11 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City to an enthusiastic crowd that nearly filled the Muriel Kauffman Theater, and FYI, gray hair was extremely sparse in the audience.
One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and timeless classics, Romeo and Juliet comes to the KC Rep under the direction and creative concept of Eric Rosen, Jan 17-29 in Spencer Theater on the UMKC campus.
Mizzou alumna Stephanie Berg’s composition “Ravish and Mayhem” was performed by the St. Louis Symphony on January 10 and 11 at Powell Hall in St. Louis to standing ovations from the audiences and rave reviews from local critics.
From its founding in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London has distinguished itself as one of the world’s most important orchestras. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman, will lead the orchestra Jan. 16 in Helzberg Hall for a concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.