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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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'To Make It Right' signals debut of Kansas City playwright at Fringe Festival | examiner.com

A brand-new play, by Kelly Adrian, To Make It Right, debuts this week at the Kansas City fringe Festival through July 26 at The Unicorn Theatre, tells the story of a gay ex-seminarian named Josiah who returns home to face a choice at his cousin’s funeral.

 

 

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The BTK Killer: The Musical | David Berry

Dennis Rader; the infamous "BTK" killer that terrorized Wichita for over 30 years... Now as a musical. Smoking Monkey Pictures founder David Berry, an award winning filmmaker wrote the songs, Rick Deasley, with his masters degree in composition did the arrangements, and played keyboards, and Multi-instrumentalist Scotty McBee played guitars, drums and vocals created the BTK Killer soundtrack. Follow as we look into the mind of a serial killer... In song!!

 

 

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Nation takes note of Heartland Chamber Festival | KansasCity.com

Nation takes note of Heartland Chamber Festival | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
This is the 12th year that the Heartland Chamber Music Festival has brought together some of the nation’s finest young musicians for an intense nine days of workshops, master classes, personal coaching and public concerts.
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Timmy Goes to Rehab - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfainvan | KC Stage Reviews

This is by far the best show at this venue. It is quite possibly the best one man show I've ever seen. The actor that plays Timmy and all the other characters is very talented. more...

 

 

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KC Magic Cabaret - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

I had heard nothing but good things about the magic cabaret.

So I went to catch the show. It was overrated. I went on Adult night with Reverend Al. Boy, is he hyped up. As a host and want to be stand up comedian he was weak, which is how the entire show went. Let's hope he generally has better material than this. Jokes that have been told so often you could recite them verbatim just aren't funny. more...

 

 

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Cirque du Gay: Another Outing - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

I've never seen these guys before, and they are divine. This was a laugh out loud, load of fun. As a person afraid of clowns, they broke me in very well. more...

 

 

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The Traveling Tap Dance Super Show - KC Fringe Festival review by ejcrewe | KC Stage Reviews

Saw the performance on Wednesday and will be returning tonight. The show is very funny and the dancers perform steps that seem to be physically impossible. This is not Broadway tap, it is something else entirely. Certainly a show the whole family can enjoy, the superhero story is as entertaining as the dancing.

 

 

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A closer look at the city’s draft report on the arts | KansasCity.com

A closer look at the city’s draft report on the arts | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts tells us that artists and residents want more and better opportunities to create and experience the arts in Kansas City.
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Long Live the King presents laughter along with drama | examiner.com

Long Live the King presents laughter along with drama | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Dust off your Elvis, but be aware, the piece, Long Live the King moves about as far away from a tribute to Elvis Presley as a piece and get and takes the audience on a journey not imagined from the title, in a show produced at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater in Kansas City.

 

 

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A Divine Intervention - KC Fringe Festival review by KKN | KC Stage Reviews

Sahj Kaya's "A Divine Intervention" is an hour-long show expressing themes of pacifism, spirituality and consciousness presented through live and recorded music, spoken word, dance and video.  The show is driven by Sahj Kaya's powerful, passionate voice.  Hip-hop artist Storm's spoken word in various numbers was a perfect compliment to the musical offering.  Fans of world music will especially enjoy this show.

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A Solitary Choice - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

I am always interested in how people present a one-person show and in trying to figure out why some shows work and some don't. This show works very well. The actress uses her props very well to create simply but purposeful movement, rather than just sitting and telling the story or alternatively, having movement just for movement's sake. The story is very moving and occasionally funny. And most of all, she explores the ambivalence of marriage, love, and the complexities of having a child who will definitely change your life. She puts a very human face to this difficult decision. 

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Devoured by Tigers - KC Fringe Festival Review by LindsayAdams | KC Stage Reviews

“Devoured by Tigers” tells the story of a family already haunted by loss, who then have to try to handle one of the family turning to alcoholism and drugs. The subject matter is the kind that easily could turn to melodrama, but is handled well by the playwright, Michael Ruth, and the director, Taylor St. John. It never feels manipulative, rather you believe what the characters are saying, and you don’t hear the playwright behind them. The play doesn’t make anyone a villain. The characters all have failings, but they are trying, unfortunately in all the wrong ways. more...

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Poetic Underground - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck

Poetry is a curious beast. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea. This writer used to do quite a bit of it in school before moving on to prose, and it still has a soft spot in my heart. At the Uptown Arts Bar, denizens of the local poetry slam put on a reading of some of their works for a gratifyingly good turnout. more...

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Documentary film spotlights local art legends and the power of art | University News

Documentary film spotlights local art legends and the power of art | University News | OffStage | Scoop.it

The inherent power of the Arts to affect the soul has been the topic of many films. From the impersonal nature of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biographical film “Basquiat” and Fellini’s 1954 “La Strada,” neither affect the audience compared to filmmaker Damon Lee Patterson’s documentary “Art Saved My Life,” which premiered at the Kansas City Fringe Festival on Friday,  July 19.

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Topeka artist designs costumes for film being shot in Lecompton | cjonline.com

Topeka artist designs costumes for film being shot in Lecompton | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Topeka resident Carla Shutak gives actor Alex Castaneda sewing advice when the video camera isn't rolling during a recent shoot for the movie "Heart Enough" in the old high school in Lecompton.

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A celebration of song completes Summerfest’s 23rd season | KansasCity.com

Song existed in the calls of birds before humans sang the first lullabies to infants. It is incorporated into every culture and social sphere.
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It's Personal - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

I have seen Seamless before at the fringe and this is the one show I HAD to see. I feel that the Seamless Dance group is the best in Kansas City. I actually began to love dancing just because I saw their show Turning Tables.

I hoped that this year they would do just as good as a job. I was not disappointed. more...

 

 

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Carnaval de Danse - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

This was a great show. There was so much variety. The guest pole dancer was amazing.

I instantly fell in love with the hosts Tiffany Box and Beardo the Weirdo. The director who also had a couple of numbers was very funny and talented. more...

 

 

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Opera Ooh-La-La! - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

I hate opera. I know, I know. Why the heck did I see this show? Well the burlesque angle of course.

So you hate opera as well? Not content to hear songs in a language that makes it impossible to understand? Think you may be moved to tears like all the people in movies are when they see an opera? Bored? Some people hear the word opera and run the other way. I mean opera at the fringe?!

Well, let me tell you something. A little secret. Opera is phenomenal in underwear. If you love opera, go see Opera Ooh-La-La. more...

 

 

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Bernice/Butterfly Part 1: Bernice at Bay - KC Fringe Festival review by SceneAlot | KC Stage Reviews

Bernice at Bay is a superior Fringe offering. When a show consists of essentially one person/one character, everything hinges on the writing and the acting, and this one serves it up in style. Bernice is a truly memorable creation! Marilyn Lynch plays her to perfection, aided enormously by the sparkling and witty script by playwright Nagle Jackson. As an audience member, you feel like you have a seat at the O-kay Diner, watching all the goings-on in a masterfully constructed setting of time and place. The play's themes touch on nostalgia and the consequences of seemingly random acts, both personal and communal. Stay for a second helping with the show's companion piece, The Butterfly Effect.

 

 

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'A Solitary Life' provides intense look into one woman's life choices | examiner.com

'A Solitary Life' provides intense look into one woman's life choices | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

"It all started with the sheep, up until then I never once doubted my life," says the Fringe blurb to describe the show, A Solitary Choice, that explores a woman’s life and choices she makes during an unhappy marriage and unexpected pregnancy, performing at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater.

 

 

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The Legend of White Woman Creek - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

This show is like a one-woman western opera, with most of the story told through song with just a little bit of story told through speaking. The songs were very good and the actress/singer really demonstrated the emotions vocally.

The one thing that bothered me was that it started out with the framing device of a researcher into the paranormal who  channeled/contacted Anna Wee. If you are going to do that, I would have liked to have seen a return to the researcher character to bring it full circle, rather than just a "goodnight everyone" kind of ending, which is more appropriate to concert than to the kind of story you were telling.

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The Submarine Show - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

This show was hilarious. The performers involve members of the audience in their clowning and make use of the audience space as well as the stage space. There was a somewhat vocal toddler the night that I went and rather than ignoring her as a distraction, they involved her in their madcap antics (which may have only spurred her on more!). They seemingly go in a number of different directions, battling creatures on land and in the sea, for example, but ultimately they bring it all back to the submarine. An hour very well-spent! I would go again in a heartbeat.

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CinemaKC Short Film Showcase 2013 - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

When you stop to think about it, it's actually rather amazing how much talent is here in Kansas City. Between the performing and plastic arts, we've got a seeming wealth of resources to hand. As I watched the collection of short films presented by Cinema KC, I had to keep reminding myself that they were all homegrown, right here in the city. more...

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