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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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Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen - KC Fringe Festival review by LindsayAdams | KC Stage Reviews

Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen is a show for all ages. The audience members were of all ages and all were laughing uproariously. It is unabashedly sweet and fun theatre, which are two things that one really doesn’t see enough. Especially with the rest of the Fringe slate tending toward darker, edgy, or more mature comedy, it was a refreshing change. However, the show still deals with issues like bullying, parental neglect, sexuality, and female empowerment, with a light hand and a deft touch. more...

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An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyahu | KC Stage Reviews

Writer and illustrator Shel Silverstein never made it into the 21st Century — he died in 1999 — but Heidi Van and Company (featuring "Fishterns" Marianne McKenzie, Jenny Ward, Diana Watts Tim Wilkinson along with “special guests” Pete Bakely, Annie Cherry, Katie Gilchrist, and Jake Walker) find timeless fun in seven short pieces that were part of “An Adult Evening” — first staged (though not often since) when Eisenhower was still in the White House. more...

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Heads or Tails: (Potentially Provocative) - KC Fringe Festival review by taykay2000 | KC Stage Reviews

The show was in fact "potentially provocative" as it indicated. The scripted skits mixed with the improvisation pieces kept everything moving. It was hard to believe they're all teenagers! There is both thoughtful humor and flat-out slapstick. Thoroughly enjoyable! 

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Outta Beer and Outta Space - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

WELL! So that’s what “Outta Beer and Outta Space (A Redneck Galactic Adventure)” is. On Sunday, July 21st, the cast members at the Unicorn Jerome Stage pulled off a tizzy of a story for their wacky-minded playwright, Forrest Attaway, and their alleged genius director, Katie Gilchrist. The recommendation of this play shouldn’t be saved for the end of this review; just actually, yeah, stop reading this and go watch the play instead. more...

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Poetic Underground - KC Fringe Festival review by MelodyPaige | KC Stage Reviews

An Evening of poetry is a delightful way to wind down after an eventful day and Poetic underground presents just that. It is a relaxing atmosphere with at times, intense poetry. This is not a program for a younger audience so it would be best to leave them at home. The program changes every night and is definitely worth looking into. more...

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To Do: - KC Fringe Festival review by MelodyPaige | KC Stage Reviews

A wonderful show that will leave a huge mess behind, To Do: is a show that is very funny and leave ya laughing long after you leave the theater. How many people have endeavored to sail the sea of relationships in an attempt to find that one special person? That is the tale of To Do:. One woman’s journey to find someone to love and perhaps marry. This is one where you can bring the kids along and be ready to laugh. more...

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An Evening of Alli Jordan - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

aIt is unfortunate that for certain reasons I am not allowed to go into detail about Allie Jordan's current production at the Fishtank, because to be blunt I have rather a lot to say about it, about the practice of scriptwriting and what I would in all candor have to call gi--ahhh, but there, you see? I can't even say the word without giving the game away. more...

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

On Tuesday, July 23rd, I got my mind blown, and my world caved in on itself while I watched "The Submarine Show" with fully-bated breath. Jared and Slater's show is absolutely not to be missed. A truly wonderful, spectacular, awe-inspiring, and dangerously-close-to-perfect production, this show will captivate you, strangle you, kill you, and resurrect you; and it will make you say "thank you" when it's done. more....

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by ilovekcfringe | KC Stage Reviews

If these kids are this good at this age, they are gonna knock your socks off even more as they develop their talents. This is a must see show from our future of entertainment. Hell I think they would give the regular Quixotic crew a run for their money!

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To Do: - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

Ah, love. L'amour. Candlelight, soft music, balloons! Two red noses, side by side on the bedside table. What could be sweeter, what could be sillier? What, in the everyday pursuit of our lives, could possibly be more ridiculous?

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

Opera--no, don't leave. Sit down, sit down. It's all right. Honestly. Never mind what you've been trained to think, all fat women in viking outfits, people dying loudly in Italian (which is a hell of a language to die in, let me tell you), all that jazz--no. This is the real stuff. One song at a time, delivered beautifully in an intimate space by talented local divas, mostly in their underwear.

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Composers Festival Spotlight: Daniel Kellogg | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Composers Festival Spotlight: Daniel Kellogg | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is pleased to welcome Daniel Kellogg as one of the two guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

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Small troupe Play On Productions hopes to finance big dreams | KansasCity.com

Small troupe Play On Productions hopes to finance big dreams | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The theater company that produced its first show only about a year ago is throwing its first gala Aug. 5 at Union Station, beginning with cocktails in Pierpont’s loft followed by a host of singers from the theater community at H&R Block City Stage.
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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by fringereviewer1 | KC Stage Reviews

So, it may be unfair to give a somewhat negative review on an opening night show, but the show really needed more work. There were so many opportunities for good burlesque, but there was only one real number (at least at the show I saw) and there was no real dancing, just undressing. The lines were not memorized (yes, the host read from a script, and there were numerous awkward blunders), and the songs did not sound rehearsed. Hopefully by closing night it will be better.

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Twisted Beats and Circus Feats - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

Maybe a mistake was made in not reading the synopsis for “Twisted Beats and Circus Feats” before going to see it at the KC Ballet Bolender Center on Saturday, July 20th. Five minutes into this show, if you don’t know what the point is, you become staggeringly afraid that there is not one. The plot is simple, but it becomes a game of Tetris with events in the story just dropping from the sky into arbitrary places. Don’t get it wrong; this show’s quirky antics are fun and exciting, but it’s weird to the point that the alienation of the audience sets in almost immediately. As the two-person team from Australia creates a strange and charming whirlwind of a story, the audience better prepare themselves for what will be a very, VERY interesting show. more....

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

I am new to Fringe. In my first review I promised to attend a second show since I enjoyed the first so much. I am now 2 for 2!!

This show was amazing and I am still in awe!! Each magician brought their own personality and style to their act. Beyond the charisma, I am still trying to understand how some of their magic works. No hints though, you must go see for yourself, and take the children.

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Extended 4Play - KC Fringe Festival review by LindsayAdams | KC Stage Reviews

Extended 4PLAY is perhaps too extended, the show could use tighter pacing. However, the shows provide, if nothing else, a huge variety in theme and writing styles. more...

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An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

The line was already in place as I pulled in at the Fishtank an hour early to catch "An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein." Most of the tickets were already gone, and it was just as well I showed up wen I did, managing to squeak in just at the back of the room. The show is a hot ticket, and in a small venue like the Fishtank that means turnaways and lots of 'em. Still, we the Elect took our seats and waited for the show to begin. more....

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Hot Lava! - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

The hidden gem. We go to the festival in search of it. We weed through the overhyped, the underwritten, the oceans of mire and obscurity looking for the little glint of awesomeness. And just occasionally, we find it.

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

Now I know why this show has wonbso many awards. By far one of my top 3 all time Fringe shows ever and I wished the rating went higher than 5! I haven't laughed so hard in a long while. Their creativity and interaction with the audience was genius. MUST SEE!

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

On Monday, July 22nd, the cast of “Lucky Streak: the Musical” took to the Unicorn Main Stage to perform a musical about a girl who finds the strength to break out of her detrimental relationship habits and embrace happiness. Featuring Barry Manilow’s songs, “Lucky Streak: the Musical,“ which is directed by Alli Jordan and written by Vicki Vodrey, manages to tell a story, but fails to impress. Everything about it is very middle-of-the-road -- from the acting and singing to the songs themselves; the cheesy dialogue paired with Manilow’s songs comes off a bit like a Soap Opera, which would have been fun if there was nudity. more...

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

Take three parts opera and one part burlesque and you have this very interesting show. Leave the kids at home for this one as this is definitely not child friendly. This is a mature program is a wonderful journey through various arias of many famous operas. This show is combines visual and audio beauty perfectly. If you choose to go to this one, don’t expect it to be a quiet, ritzy night at the opera. This is anything but that. This is a relaxed and sexy show where the vocalists (and actress) feed off the audiences response. In other words go ready to make some noise! Shout, whistle, clap and just enjoy your evening! more...

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Columbia Chorale has big plans ahead | Columbia Daily Tribune

The Columbia Chorale has been around for 35 years and has experienced its share of highs and lows.
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Warrior Weekend: Bedouin Star | Troupe Duende

Beduoin Star dances to "Cocktail Molotov" by Goran Bregovic at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013. 

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