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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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Composers Festival Spotlight: Ryan Chase | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Composers Festival Spotlight: Ryan Chase | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

Before being selected as one of the resident composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, Ryan Chase has had his music performed “in venues ranging from dive bars to Carnegie Hall.”

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Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Playwright John Patrick Shanley Honored by 2014 William Inge Theatre Festival | Broadway World

Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Playwright John Patrick Shanley Honored by 2014 William Inge Theatre Festival | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it
John Patrick Shanley, playwright, screenwriter and director, Oscar, Tony, Writers' Guild and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be the Honoree of the 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas, at Independence Community College.
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'Nawang Gombu' documentary debuts in KC | WDAF

'Nawang Gombu' documentary debuts in KC | WDAF | OffStage | Scoop.it
Bev Chapman, who created a documentary on the first man to summit Mt. Everest twice, joined the FOX 4 Morning News on Sun., July 28.
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Gladstone Theatre In the Park holds free performance of 'The Music Man' | KCLive.tv

Gladstone Theatre In the Park holds free performance of 'The Music Man' | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

A free, family-friendly performance of "The Music Man" is coming to Gladstone Theatre in the Park. The classic musical features a few familiar songs. Watch the video in the player above to get a taste of the music from the show's quartet.

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KC Rep names 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike' to 2013-14 season | examiner.com

KC Rep names 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike' to 2013-14 season | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City’s Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season just got bigger and grander with the addition of this year’s Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia, and Masha and Spike to fill out the slate of plays selected for production in 2013-14.

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Illusionist brings up close magic show to sell out crowds at KC Fringe Festival | examiner.com

Illusionist brings up close magic show to sell out crowds at KC Fringe Festival | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

In Las Vegas, it’s big and grand, but in Kansas City at Phosphor Studio for the Fringe Festival, it’s up close, personal and still amazing to watch. That being the case, Magic Cabaret displayed the talents of Terry Magelssen and his bag of tricks that pleased a sold out audience.

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'Last Temptation of Harry' morphs several stories into new piece | examiner.com

'Last Temptation of Harry' morphs several stories into new piece | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Choices, choices, and more choices. Choices surround everyone, and good choices mostly lead to good rewards and bad choices to bad ends, but sometimes even the best choices lead to no rewards or bad endings as well. And each person, having free will and living in a free society confronts choices on a daily basis. What he or she does with them remains an individual perk.

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She Caught My Ketchup | Heather Brown

Ketchup is sometimes referred to as “Fancy". This is a UDSA grade, relating to specific gravity. Fancy ketchup has a higher tomato solid concentration than other USDA grades.

This short is comprised of a series of conversations carried on by redheads. Each vignette is connected to the next by the characters and their unseen relationships.

This short was made possible by a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation.

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The Drowsy Chaperone - River City Community Players review by ghostpug6 | KC Stage Reviews

attended the River City Community Players' Saturday evening show and really enjoyed the entire experience. As an aside, this is a very good musical--the score won a Tony Award in 2006. more...

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Swoonie's Dream - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

I really liked this show and I'm glad I got to see it. The characters were quirky and fun and the giant fish reminded me of the Land Shark sketches on SNL. I didn't always "get" the ticket clown and what she was doing, but I just went with it because a) it says in the title that it is a dream world and things don't always make sense in the dream state and b) it's a clowning show, so ditto. Thank you for a very fun 50 minutes or so.

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Lucky Streak: A Musical - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

Based on another review that I read and the program description, I expected to see a musical with all music by Barry Manilow. This show did indeed feature several musical performances of Barry Manilow music. That was great, but it was much more. The story line and the acting was as great as the music.

 

 

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Timmy Goes to Rehab - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This show is a "sad" story about a young drug addict and how he perceives his world and how it impacts his relationships with his friends. Sounds sad and depressing, but it was not, at least not until the last five to ten minutes. Up until that point what is a sad story is actually told in a hilarious way. The audience was laughing throughout. For those of you that were looking for a show with nudity, you goofed if you missed this show. "Timothy" got naked for a few minutes in this show and he was adorable. The character was well developed and you could not help but love the character before the play was over. The actor did an amazing job.

 

 

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'Outta Beer and Outta Space' draws audience in with added input and adlibs | examiner.com

'Outta Beer and Outta Space' draws audience in with added input and adlibs | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

If you wanna laugh at stereotypical small town rednecks, be sure to see Outta Beer and Outta Space, by Forrest Attaway where rednecks come face to face with aliens and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

 

 

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Kansas City Creative Couples: Honig & Southerland | KCUR

Kansas City Creative Couples: Honig & Southerland | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

Ask artist Peregrine Honig if unhappiness in a relationship will lead to great art. Her answer: “Hell no.” 

Her husband Mark Southerland mentions a quote from the French writer Gustave Flaubert that was part of their marriage vows: “Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Peregrine and Mark are at the center of the Crossroads art scene, as a couple and individually.

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Heartland Chamber Music Festival | WDAF

Heartland Chamber Music Festival | WDAF | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Heartland Chamber Music Festival will feature over 130 students, faculty, and guest artists on six concerts over the course of the nine-day summer festival at Johnson County Community College July 26—August 3, 2013.

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Vampire Cop Doctor | Davis DeRock

A mysterious Vampire sets out to show his true colors by becoming a doctor and a cop to save humanity. Um what?
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Lee’s Summit Symphony Celebration at the Kauffman Center | Lee's Summit Lifestyle Magazine

Lee’s Summit Symphony Celebration at the Kauffman Center | Lee's Summit Lifestyle Magazine | OffStage | Scoop.it
A sell-out crowd celebrated the Symphony’s 10th year. The evening was a dream come true for LSS members and supporters who enjoyed the awesome venue. Congratulations LSS! You are a community treasure.
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The Coterie Acts: Summer Classes 2013 (Week 6)

The Coterie Acts: Summer Camps & Classes 2013 (Week 6), Annie Jr. Performance Camp (Pembroke Hill), Audition Lab and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Miller-Marley School of Voice and Dance), Summer Term at Hogwarts (MCC Longview Lee's Summit Campus). Register for The Coterie's summer camps and classes for ages K-12 at www.thecoterie.org. Video by Jason Porrata.

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Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz | KCUR

Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

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Invitation to NSN from Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other members of the arts community | Metaphor Media

Kansas City extends a warm invitation to the National Storytelling Network to relocate its base of operations to our city.
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Bending the Mold | kcjazzlark

1983 saw the rebirth of the Kansas City Jazz Festival. Organizers wisely placed a call for volunteers in the program, to help plan and organize the 1984 event. I was looking for an entrée to civic involvement and responded. I remained involved, to varying degrees, through the next seven festivals.

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Devoured by Tigers - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

There was a lot to like about this show. The acting was very strong from all the actresses and the script was really tight. All of the characters were very believable and I was struck by every single line in the play and how perfect it was for each character. There really wasn't a slow moment or a moment that did not hold my interest. If they reprise their roles, go see it!

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The Last Temptation of Harry - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

I have to agree with the other reviewer, although I will try to be more constructive with my comments. As a theatre artist as well as an instructor of theatre, I will say that you need to do some work on range of emotion with the actors. The delivery was fairly flat. more...

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The Last Temptation of Harry - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This story takes place in a bar, where a local, known as an alcoholic, enters the bar with one goal in mind. He wants to get wasted for the first time in four years. The other characters attempt to dissuade him from drinking, to no avail. A common storyline, which is ok if well done well with a distinguishable plot. The script in this play seemed poorly written. The characters were not well developed. The delivery of the performances by the cast was poor. I hate to be so critical, but I must be honest if my reviews are to have any credibility at all.

 

 

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Sexy Me Street - KC Fringe Festival review by bnonna | KC Stage Reviews

WOW! Let me tell you how to get to Sexy Me Street!!! This show hits the ground running and does not slow down! Never a dull moment with host Kromp (love him!) the puppets guide you down sexy me street with ease. Watching characters from childhood memories come to life all grown up in burlesque is AWESOME! Each performer provided an excellent rendition of Oscar, Yip Yip Martin, Snufleupagaus, Cookie Monster and Elmo. Suffy makes you see working out in a whole new light (hubba hubba) and the Tom Cat Hank E Panky is a treasure to watch. Most of all LOVE ME SOME ELMO!!!! OMG! This show deservedly received the hangover so go on out and treat yourself to the best trip ever down a revised street from childhood days!!!!! It's worth the trip.

 

 

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