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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 Nightmare (A Comedy) - KC Fringe Festival review by surlywench | KC Stage Reviews

I drove home from this show still chuckling about it. I was entertained by it even after I left the venue - what more can you ask for?

Sure, there were awkward moments. And a few not-so-funny fall-flat-on-their-faces moments. But that's the nature of improv, and there's no editing out the not-so-great bits when it's live theater. And those bits were small and insignificant compared to the funny bits - funny in a "that was a good joke" way AND funny in a "making fun of themselves for falling flat way". more...

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Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories - KC Fringe Festival review by SceneAlot | KC Stage Reviews

Just So Stories is exactly what it sounds like: a few of Rudyard Kipling's charming fables read aloud. What makes this show special is the setting (I won't spoil it by telling you about it) and the genuine talent of the readers. There was some participatory back-and-forth with the audience at the beginning, which helped to set the mood. The stories themselves are beautifully written (in Kipling's distinctive style), and were enhanced by some first rate sound effects and "character" voices. Nathan, who played the cat and the python to delicious effect on Monday evening, was a standout. John, the narrator, was difficult to hear at times, particularly when he tried to convey quiet and softness, but his enthusiasm for the material was often infectious. In sum, an engaging hour of classic literature. Cool and delightful. Like the popsicles the MET handed out after the show, as we emerged into the hot evening. What's not to like?

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I went to this play by chance, but I'm glad I did. It was a nice surprise, one of the best shows at FF that I've seen! The play is funny, on the dark humor side, trying to keep the horror SF plot of the original radio show, and the acting outstanding. Worth seeing!  On a different note, it was freezing cold in the theater, so have a sweater with you.

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

I love Quixotic, I've seen them in the past years, and they are spectacular. Excellent dance and aerial acrobatics, fast pace, precision, all the qualities of a professional show. With one small exception - the costumes and makeup were not as impressive and exotic as last year. That part felt more bland, and the black outfits over a black background were not such a good idea.

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Erin Muenks Choreography Showcase - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

Erin Muenks, a Kansas City choreographer, showcased some new choreography on Saturday, July 20th at the KC Ballet Bolender Center. By explicitly asking her audience to privately reflect on the previous piece during intermittent bouts of music, Erin Muenks left the audience with the only thing they usually appreciate most: their opinions. And though the teeter-totter setup of music and dance was not immediately well-received right away, the audience did eventually start to appreciate the decision. more...

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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:40 PM

I'm a fan of the KC Fringe Festival, I've been several times. Building a network with them can establish a connection, so that when I start needing business I can reach out to them and perform there, which can spread my name!

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

Brecht said that there was no need for the "suspension of disbelief" in theatre, citing the recounting of an accident as an example of performance that lays the performance elements bare. Chicken Heart straddles that line, making the sound effects obvious to the audience and making no effort to make this a realistic play, and in this case, it really works well! Many of the effects, such as the flying of the helicopter, reminded me of the backyard plays of children. The scientist is right out of Central Casting and harkens back to Dr. Strangelove. This pulls out every sci-fi cliche in the book and has so much fun with it! I can't imagine anyone not having fun at this show!

 

And by the way, it is family friendly. Bring the kids! Bring the grandparents! Bring your friends! Bring your enemies, your frenemies, and everyone else you can fit in your car.

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"Damn Yankees" brings fun and energy to Theater in the Park's summer season | examiner.com

"Damn Yankees" brings fun and energy to Theater in the Park's summer season | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Theater in the Park breached back to the 1950s to nab one of their most popular musical comedies of the time and brought new life to Damn Yankees in a show that will please a wide variety of audiences from young to old.

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KC Dance Day Promo 2013

FREE EVENT - KC Dance Day 2013 - at the Bolender Center!
Saturday August 24, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Enjoy a free day full of children's dance classes, adult fitness and dance classes, along with performances by local dance organizations. Take a break and enjoy the food trucks or tour the great building that is home to Kansas City Ballet.

Don't miss an exciting open rehearsal and autograph signing at the end of the day by Company Dancers of Kansas City Ballet!

Preferred registration format is online at kcballet.org!

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

Parents leave your kids with the sitter, Grab a cold one and get ready for a night of magic! The circus has come to town but this ain’t Barnum and Bailey. This is far more adult and there aren't any animals running around! This is Cirque Du Gay: Another Outing! This show has a little of everything from magic, to juggling, to silly art. This one has a little something for everyone. The madness doesn't even wait for the lights to go down. It is a fun show that will have you laughing yourself silly. more...

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by BrettV | KC Stage Reviews

This show is not just funny and nostalgic. It's an extremely clever update combining visual theater with radio performance. Colley/Varney has again created a new vision of what traditional theater can be, without sacrificing the entertainment value. The actors fulfill roles of stage acting, multiple characters, radio sound effects, and even props, and all are excellent while challenged by not being allowed to remain immersed in their roles (method actors need not apply). more...

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by wornall | KC Stage Reviews

Just back from the Fringe Festival and saw "Chicken Heart." In almost one word: "a blast!" In two words: "go see!" Imagine an old radio show and an old comic book, got together in the back seat of a 1948 Hudson and produced a love child. They name it "Chicken Heart," as produced by Bryan Colley and Tara Varney. The small cast produces sound affects, plays three characters at one time and has as much fun as the audience. Then just when you think they have taken it too far, they go further and it is perfect! The cast, each and every one, is great. Andy Garrison is perfection as the mad scientist! So if you want to have fun, hoot, be surprised and have even more fun, go see Chicken Heart!

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Bernice/Butterfly Part 2: The Butterfly Effect - KC Fringe Festival review by MelodyPaige | KC Stage Reviews

The twists keep coming in second part of the Bernice/Butterfly duo, The Butterfly Effect by Nagle Jackson. We are introduced to Randall (Robert Gibby Brand), a scholarly man who is presenting a lecture about how man is setup to fail by external forces. The highly intelligent Randall presents the famous butterfly effect theory in a semi-comedic fashion. more...

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

The name Shel Silverstein, may evoke memories of a rather generous tree, but don’t be expecting similar story lines at the Fishtank’s “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein.” The title makes it quite clear that this is no family event, and with a series of short plays about things like two for one hookers and finding every possible synonym for breasts, one can see why. Unbeknownst to most, Silverstein wrote many mature short plays, which comprise the evening’s entertainment. more...

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Boobs, Blasphemy, and None of the Above - KC Fringe Festival review by surlywench | KC Stage Reviews

The "tour of Kansas City" video that has been circulating is one of the reasons I went to see the show - little did I know that was going to be one of the two bright spots in the show. For the most part, the comedy fell a little flat and... well, wasn't that funny. more...

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I appreciate that this burlesque production tried to be different, but that's not it! Only the Mercury Mad music saved the show for my rating of 1. Too much dance (not too good; btw, if you're using props please get some instruction on how to use them properly), too little burlesque. That's it!

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Boobs, Blasphemy and None of the Above - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I've seen Bottoms Up in the past two years and came back for more this year. They were as funny as ever, although they had a smaller cast, and some acts were funnier than others. The actors delivered excellent comedy performance throughout but some acts suffered from dull script. There were a few memorable acts, such as Sting (first or second act), Kansas City tour (satirical video), and the Role Playing (excellent! toward the end). The other video was a little lame, more like "boy humor". Overall I liked it, and I'll come back to see them next year! I think the other reviewer was too harsh. I've seen other shows that I would rate 2 stars, but this is definitely much better in comparison.

 

 

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

On Saturday, July 20th, Quixotic flexed its youth muscles in “Tormenta Quixotica” to the delight of the anticipatory audience. Don’t let the fact that it’s the Quixotic School of Performing Arts fool you; the students at Quixotic are not messing around. more...

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by Rabid_Reviewer | KC Stage Reviews

After so many years of the Fringe Festival, there has been one consistency you can count on: a clever script by Bryan Colley and excellent direction by Tara Varney. This show is somewhat dated, not because of the material, but because the delivery method of the story is something younger generations are not familiar with anymore. The Chicken Heart was a presentation of the Lights Out radio show. In the iPod generation, radio shows are not something most younger people are familiar with. more...

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Kinetic Infusion - KC Fringe Festival review by gaziyeh | KC Stage Reviews

This was not just belly dancing, it had flamenco, hip hop, Bollywood and Western styles of dance mixed into it (what a neat blend of cultures). I especially liked that the emcee gave some background info on each of the nine pieces performed.

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Bottoms Up Comedy Troupe creates SNL style steteches | examiner.com

Bottoms Up Comedy Troupe creates SNL style steteches | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For something completely different while attending and experiencing the Fringe Festival in Kansas City, try some comedy sketches--you know like Saturday Night Live does-- and in this case go see Boobs, Blasphemy, and None of the Above performed by Bottoms Up Sketch Comedy.

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Fringetastic | KC Stage Reviews

So this show wasn't very traditional, but it was in fact the most tasteful show I've seen with a burlesque title. I loved that the music was live, as well. Anyone can shake to music, but live music has the opportunity for so many mistakes, which were minimal, especially on an opening night show. The best part of the show; the women were all beautiful! No offense to some traditional burlesque where tassels overshadow the other unsightly jiggles of an unkempt physique. These ladies are definitely dancers, and Mercury's music was very creative, showing that he is actually a multifaceted composer. I would definitely see this show again! Very nice work!

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

"An Evening of Alli Jordan" is a collection of short plays written, unsurprisingly, by local playwright Alli Jordan. These plays were first performed at the Fishtank in June as part of their Drunken Shorts series, which was part playwright slam & part staged reading. If you missed it then, make sure you do not miss it again. If you can only make it to one show in the Fringe Festival this year "An Evening of Alli Jordan" would be the show to choose. more...

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Chicken Heart - KC Fringe Festival review by tomeserole | KC Stage Reviews

WOW. This takes me back to how sci-fi made it into the media.
Great stage show. Wonderful performance from the cast, including the
puppets and their masters. So nice to SEE live sound effects. (Yes, do
think about that last sentence.)

I plan to go back again and take more friends to see this. It took me back
to being on a live set of 'The Twilight Zone.'

Thank you to the cast and crew.

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

A wonderful night out with friends to my first Fringe event this year. Tormenta Quixotica's performance, a great blend of aerial displays, dance routines, and music with an engaging story line.
Allot of elegant action going on which reminds me how talented the performers are to make the technical things seem invisible. A few of my favorites were the extortionists and how their costumes that helped accent what the human form can do yet still be a beautiful art form before the audiences eyes. Another was seeing how seamless two or in this case six people can be on the big hoop thing, and all in unison be doing what they did.

Truly amazing and talented group!

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

Capturing the essence of a small dying town, Nagle Jackson’s Bernice is an emotional roller coaster that is sure to capture your attention and not let it go. The curtain opens with Bernice (Marilyn Lynch), an older lady who has worked at a small town diner for an unknown number of years. more...

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