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

This pioneer tale sings of a woman whose life was a tragedy of loss and limitations. The grief’s experiences by many pioneer women are not the kind that is often recognized by history. This is the story of Anna Morgan Faber, a Kansan pioneer, who went West, and found open prairies and narrow minds waiting for her.  more....

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'The Butterfly Effect' draws audience to feet in funny performance | examiner.com

'The Butterfly Effect' draws audience to feet in funny performance | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Sit down and get ready for Randall’s lecture to the American Philosophical Society and listen carefully as he extolls his thoughts on failure and random acts of life that prove the chaos theory and life’s unexpected surprises.

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

Barry Manilow's music in a whole new key and tempo with a modern spin help tell the story of a small town, simple-minded young man who sings mostly country/western music in a small town in Arkansas until circumstances force him to take the leap of faith and re-start his life in New York City. more...

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

For almost an hour, the solo acting genius of Marilyn Lynch entertains the audience as Bernice, a waitress in a small diner in a small town in Kansas until an intruder comes to visit.

Get ready to laugh. Marilyn Lynch delivers a powerful and touching haracterization of Bernice, a waitress at the O-Kay Diner during an early morning breakfast shift. The monologue tells gossip of the local town, briefs the audience on who did what and when. more...

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

The Next Level of Being is intriguing. I would say it is more of a modern dance production than burlesque. If you are a seasoned burlesque audience member than you may be disappointed by the formula. I feel it's mislabeled. However, this does not mean this isn't a spectacular show. I adored the music by Mercury Mad and the concept by Jeffrey Michael Bryant. The dancers I felt were beautiful and possessed great poise and presence. I was moved by the whole show. Definitely a must see

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

I didn't really know what to expect. I heard a little buzz and saw the attractive guy with the big sign. You must see this show. I hate to gush. but. yes. more...

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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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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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'Bernice at Bay' generates standing ovation at KC Fringe Festival performance | examiner.com

'Bernice at Bay' generates standing ovation at KC Fringe Festival performance | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For almost an hour, the solo acting genius of Marilyn Lynch entertains the audience as Bernice, a waitress in a small diner in a small town in Kansas until an intruder comes to visit in Bernice at Bay in the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

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Carnaval de Danse - KC Fringe Festival Review by Sinclair1 | KC Stage Review

Not your typical burlesque show. The wide variety of performers and performances were amazing. Besides the usual burlesque performances, this group has added a flare with a worldly theme. Special additions to the show made it that much better, a beautiful aerial lyra performance and a sexy/athletic pole performance. The emcees added a great touch to the show and did an awesome job of keeping the audience entertained and informed as to what they were about to see next. To end the show on a high note, all 6 performers came together to entertain the audience with a high powered group finale number. Impressive. Group numbers are not common in most burlesque shows but these gals will make others think twice about adding them in the future. Encore De Allure!

 

 

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

Sit down and get ready for Randall's lecture to the American Philosophical Society and listen carefully as he extols his thoughts on failure and random acts of life that prove the chaos theory and life's unexpected surprises. more...

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

Yes, yes the seating is awful. I truly wished that the Fringe folks would've considered a different setting for this talented group! This show is a must see but get there early or wear comfortable footwear because you'll be standing. This show is a blast. The puppets are hilarious and the dancers are creative and energetic. This is everything you would want from a burlesque show and more. I might just see it again!

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Les Miserables - Culture House review by kctiger1983 | KC Stage Reviews

Yardley Hall hosted the first production of the full length version of "Les Miserables" this past weekend (July 19-21). The cast of 94 was loaded with professional vocal/dance/theatrical arts instructors as well as experienced local, non equity actors. more...

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