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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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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyau | KC Stage Reviews

Growing up in South Dakota, no child needs telling that the world is awesome. And visiting Pine Ridge or Rosebud, as I did fairly often in the Sixties, I did not need telling that the dominant culture can be awful. The transcendent power of Plains spirituality has carried native peoples through thick and thin — and for well more than a century, things have been pretty thin. more...

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Edelman: It’s All happening @ The Fringe | KC Confidential

Edelman: It’s All happening @ The Fringe | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

The 9th annual KC Fringe Festival is upon us. CherylKimmi (a/k/a Wonder Woman) and her 200 volunteers have rounded up another 134 artists to put on 363 shows now thru Sunday. How all of this gets done is beyond me; that it does is a testament to the creative teams that put it out there and the thousands of KC hipsters who show up.

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Oversold show, An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, delights Fishtank crowds | examiner.com

Oversold show, An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, delights Fishtank crowds | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

One of the current Kansas City Fringe Festival shows at The Fishtank Theater, drew a sellout crowd for the initial performance of An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, written by Shell Silverstein and directed by Heidi Van, executive producer of The Fishtank Theater.

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Big: The Musical - Blue Springs City Theatre review by lightsandlaughs | KC Stage Reviews

I did not expect this, I did not expect to see a show of this quality out here in my hometown. Now. don't get me wrong, while I have enjoyed seeing shows done by this company for a long time now, this one truly stands out to me! First and foremost, Nino Casisi has brought forward to us in this community a company of actors that are really remarkable. It was a pleasure to the familiar faces of Chad, Emily Davenport, and Ryan Stevens and others; but what pleased me the most were the talents that I had not seen before on our stage, most notably Eli Biesemeyer and Raphael Tate. I do not know how he found these, and all the members of the cast, but I am pretty sure he made the right choices. more...

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Our Author Died Today - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

This was a really good show. The general theme itself has certainly been visited a few times in literary and theatrical history, but the approach was definitely very fresh. The performances were very high-energy and the graphics and special effects really added to the show. more...

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by Guildenstern | KC Stage Reviews

Fringe is known for its exotic acts, from belly dance fusion to dancers from India, but Brings Plenty offers something new blended with something old and adds a whole new exotic dimension to Fringe. This is an hour of Native American music, dance, stories, feathers, hula hoops, and hair that gives ancient indigenous traditions a contemporary twist. more...

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

Dennis Porter and Peyton Westfall's Cirque du Gay has been building itself up over the last few years as a regular feature of our local Fringe. This year's production, "Another Outing", continues the "circus for grown-ups" theme with a variety of acts: puppetry, mime, music,and circus arts mixed with a bawdy, camp sensibility that tickled the funny bones of the audience last night at the Jerome. more...

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

In this part, Randall (Robert Gibby Brand) presents a lecture on the art and nature of failure., with anecdotes drawn from the history of the speaker. As with "Bernice", this is primarily a monologue, interacting with an unseen audience until the speaker's mask slips and the truth is revealed. Mr. Brand does an excellent job as the aging academic, rolling confidently through acre after acre of knee-deep verbiage with ease and aplomb. His "digressions" come light and swift, one-offs to be laughed at and forgotten, so we do not notice as they build up. more...

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

Good fun. Glad to see this good team of locals be in a good zone to deliver this performance for this fest. Audience clearly enjoyed it and laughed throughout the show.

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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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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 9:40 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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Medea - KC Fringe Festival review by d.a.birdboot | KC Stage Reviews

How often do you get a chance to see a play by Euripides? Or by any ancient Greek playwrights? I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I have had an opportunity to see "Medea," and still have several fingers left over. more...

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Theater review: ‘Little Mermaid’ is a charming trip under the sea | KansasCity.com

Theater review: ‘Little Mermaid’ is a charming trip under the sea | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Starlight’s “Little Mermaid” is a color-drenched remount of the Broadway show with a strong cast and an uplifitng message.
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Bedtime Solos explores the unspoken thoughts of sexual intercourse | examiner.com

Bedtime Solos explores the unspoken thoughts of sexual intercourse | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For those who wish to experience a very different theater experience and challenge their minds, plan to attend Bedtime Solos being hosted by the Metropolitan ensemble Theatre at areas times during the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

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Les Miserables - The Culture House review by aes1974 | KC Stage Reviews

I couldn't believe this production ... it was not at all what I was
expecting! Most audience members thought this was a professional
touring company and were shocked to find out it was local. I was one
of those people.

The leads, lead by Matt Fowler (Valjean) and Brent Sander (Javert),
were all incredible and should be professional performers if they
aren't already!

I just can't get over how amazing this show was. Incredible job
Culture House!

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

Unlike most Fringe shows, An Evening with Alli Jordan, is more of a play reading session with the author present. Her show, An Evening of Jordan started in a summer series of playwrights having a script in hand reading of their work in front of an audience. This allowed the playwright to hear his or her words, watch the audiences reach actions, and then listen to audience comments and feedback after each performance. more...

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Theater review: Strong performance, moving script make ‘Solitary Choice’ a Fringe highlight | KansasCity.com

Theater review: Strong performance, moving script make ‘Solitary Choice’ a Fringe highlight | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Australian actress offers a compelling performance in “A Solitary Choice” one of the strongest dramatic pieces at KC Fringe.
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An Evening of Alli Jordan - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyahu | KC Stage Reviews

I was crabby and tired when I took my place in line at The Fishtank for “An Evening of Alli Jordan”: a late evening at the end of a long, hot, humid day. But by the time I left, my mind was blown. more....

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

Bernice (Marilyn Lynch) holds court over the OK Cafe (formerly the Victory), the last eating place in a dying Kansas town. As the regulars shuffle in one by one, she trades gossip, serves the slop, and rules the roost. A stranger's arrival sparks a discussion of the dying town, and then of her own past as well. As the story progresses, more and more cracks show until the truth comes out and we see we have been wrong all along. more...

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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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