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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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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by designjmb | KC Stage Reviews

Last night, Saturday July 20, I attended Clockwork Coquette. I found myself very entertained by a lovely plot and beautiful women. more....

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The Art of Madness - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

“I want you to get mad. Really mad.” Vibe Tribe KC’s show, “The Art of Madness,” which was presented at Off Center Theatre on July 19th, is just one of those shows they expect you to be intoxicated to watch; that is not an insult -- they pass out shots of a mysterious liquid in the middle of the show. Sit in the front row if you want to take that chance. But seriously, the show has a fun, and entirely weird, feel to it. With musicians in lab coats and dancers dressed in Alice in Wonderland: the Glow Edition attire, they not-so-subtly push political and ideological ideas onto their audience’s subconscious while mesmerizing them with glow-in-the-dark hoola hoops. Somewhere, hippies are fainting from pure joy. more...

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Anonymous: Immigrant Voices - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyahu | KC Stage Reviews

For a country that prides itself on being the Nation of Immigrants (and yes, I still see you, Native American and emancipated-slave-descended friends), we’ve sure turned nasty lately. Here’s a show that humanizes people who’ve lately been targets for potshots from America’s resurgent Right more often than they’ve been celebrated as contributors to the country’s cultural diversity. more...

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Art Saved My Life - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyahu | KC Stage Reviews

Damon Lee Patterson’s “Art Saved My Life” is a beautiful film — and its Friday night world premiere at the Crown Center theater was a perfect way to start my 2013 Fringe Festival experience. You really ought to make it a highlight of yours. more...

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Opera Ooh-La-La - KC Fringe Festival Review by surlywench | KC Stage Reviews

Saucy, sultry, and sublime - I'm not sure those really do the show justice, but that's the best I can do with mere words. And I'm not alone - everyone leaving the theater around me was talking about how truly amazing the show was. more...

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

All these Ladies were wonderful with a great energy. There was a surprise lyra performer and fitness pole dancer. They also had a newer performer doing a fan dance and then a different style of dancing with a geometrical type of ball. Very neat, very different.

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Stairway to Kevin - KC Fringe Festival review by KCMOGAL | KC Stage Reviews

Instantly likable, Kevin is the kinda guy everyone would kill to hang out with. The good news is, you don't have to kill anyone to see him, nor do you have to risk your chance of getting into Heaven. Just get to the Unicorn Theatre. more...

 

 

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Wiccans in the 'Hood - KC Fringe Festival review by KCMOGAL | KC Stage Reviews

Thought-provoking, funny and heartwarming, Wiccans in the 'hood packs an emotional punch. There's a lot going on in this hour-long look at race and religion. Take the time to unpack it and you'll understand why Michelle T. Johnson is a playwright to watch. She's got a gift for dialogue and character development. More than that, she's got a way with words. She covers topics that would ordinarily stop conversation--and yet with her approach, she gets people talking.more...

 

 

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

What a raucous Sunday afternoon adventure this was! I had no idea what to expect and was almost talked outta going to see this. Glad I stuck to my guns and saw this play. It was LOL-funny! The cast members nailed their parts, even when asked to work in words from the crowd. Not an easy task for our redneck heroes when the words are discombobulated, elephantitis, filibuster and Ben Rotheliesberger, among others! Hats off to the playwright who overcame several obstacles to bring this play to the stage. I'm glad you persevered. The planet we inhabit is a little funnier because of you. Anyone who is on the fence about seeing this one, get off it and get to the Unicorn. You won't be disappointed.

 

 

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Lonnie McFadden taps his way across the bar at The Phoenix

Every Friday night for five years straight Lonnie McFadden has hosted Friday nights at the historic Phoenix club downtown Kansas City Missouri...
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Conductor maintains his connection with KC Chamber Orchestra | KansasCity.com

Conductor maintains his connection with KC Chamber Orchestra | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In January 2012, Bruce Sorrell was named director of Chamber Music Tulsa. But Sorrell wasn’t about to let the new gig keep him from the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1987.
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Ruby & The Booker Boys-No Sunshine | Pyramid West

Characters from the hit SCHOLASTIC book series RUBY & THE BOOKER BOYS come to life and perform their first music video. July 2013 marks the fifth year of your favorite series being in print. We just want to thank you for all your love and support.

 

 

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Summerfest program explores concepts of time, memory | KansasCity.com

The malleable perception of time, ancient memories rediscovered, reimagined and reconstructed – Summerfest covered all these during Saturday evening’s concert in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s White Hall.
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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

You must applaud anyone who wants to perform and share something with an audience.

That being said... This show needed a bit of work. I went to the Friday the 19th performance and I understand things don't always work out properly in live theater, but it seemed like there was not nearly enough practice. Missing lines, technical difficulties, and poor performance plagued this show. more....

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The Art of Madness - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

With no idea of what to expect in this show, my eyes were certainly opened in a number of ways.

This is a very talented group of people and everything looks great when it's glowing in the dark. This show was like a carnival for the eyes. The entire cast and crew had great energy. And the price of $5 was a bargain. Considering, it was much better than some of the $10 shows. more...

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

What'a a woman to do with her Solitary Choice?

Marriage, career, investments, sexy Carlos, and a multi-talented suitcase that deserves a Tony Award (as it transitions several times on stage from briefcase to kitten cozy to... you'll have to wait to see it in the final scene). more...

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Stairway to Kevin - KC Fringe Festival review by SceneAlot | KC Stage Reviews

It takes one-man performer Kevin Thorton less than a minute to become your new, long-lost best gay friend back from his world travels, guitar in hand, and ready to tell you about it. And he's the real deal! A true poet and a dreamer, full of a sense of self and life's lessons and able to chat and sing effortlessly about them. Kevin holds the room with his engaging, kinda sassy personality and his entertaining accounts and comments earned from a life lived on the open road, with open eyes and heart. His songs are lyrical and deep. He explores who he is, who he was, and who he hopes to be. You will, too! Go see this great show!

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Rocky Horror Show - Egads Theatre review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

There are certain pieces of art that have special meaning for those who enjoy them. Perhaps a certain piece of music brings a wave of memories flooding back from a happier time and place. Or a play touches the emotions in a way no other had done before. It becomes personal, part of who we are.

And then... there's Rocky Horror.

 

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Short Film Showcase by CinemaKC shines at the Fringe | University News

Short Film Showcase by CinemaKC shines at the Fringe | University News | OffStage | Scoop.it

From horror to drama to animated comedies, the 2013 Short Film Showcase at the Fringe Festival was filled with the finest cutting-edge films guaranteed to produce tears, laughs and everything in between. Cinema KC, a not-for-profit organization that strives to act as a connection between the film community and movie lovers, sponsored the showcase. For only five dollars plus a signature Fringe button, audience members are given the first look at the phenomenal works of 13 local filmmakers.

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Right Between the Ears - KC Fringe Festival review by KCMOGAL | KC Stage Reviews

I got sucker-punched by the promise of comedy from a troupe that may have been rated higher than it deserved in the Fringe Festival Guide. Don't get me wrong--a couple of sketches were quite funny but for the most part, there just wasn't enough funny here. I found myself checking my watch way too often during a 60-minute show. more...

 

 

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

These entertainers know how to SMILE onstage and engage the audience! SOOO much fun! -and Cookie Monster? How awesome was she??!!

 

 

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

Jenifer Harmon in association with Lady Or The Tiger Productions, by combining her love for Opera with her love for Burlesque, has done an incredible job facilitating an appreciation for Opera and Burlesque to audiences who perhaps have never been exposed to either art form (hence the nature of Fringe) by taking a chance and combining them into a fun and flirty tribute to the seductive art of Burlesque and Opera. more...

 

 

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The Coterie presents Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen - Part of the 2013 KC Fringe Festival

VICTORIA MARTIN: MATH TEAM QUEEN demonstrates that chaos theory rules, when the third-most-popular sophomore is roped into joining the all-male, all-nerd Longwood High School Math team, upsetting their axis of symmetry. Will Vickie Martin with her hidden mathematical brainpower become the coefficient of her team or invert the curve? Can this goddess of Pi possibly become the common denominator that makes the mathletes win state? The first play ever featured on NPR's Science Friday! ...Math? Comedy? Totally.

 

 

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Here we go: Victor Continental takes a final bow | Lawrence.com

Here we go: Victor Continental takes a final bow | Lawrence.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
It’s a reflective time for the cast of the Victor Continental Show. Though they’ll miss performing the naughty live sketch comedy, musical and theatrical production so many Lawrencians look forward to, they agree it’s time to close the curtain.
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Dark inner lives, unique cultural history and one very odd musical | KansasCity.com

KC Fringe: “Bedtime Solos” mesmerizes, “Long Live the King’ impresses and “Lucky Streak” inspires head-scratching
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