Theatre

Review of ‘Gilda: A Tribute to Gilda Radner’

By Hephzibah Dutt In Gilda: A Tribute to Gilda Radner, performer, Helena Cosentino presents a tremendously entertaining, ninety-minute, one-woman show. Presented in deep thrust staging at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, Cosentino’s show is a lively testament to her versatility as a performer—she sings, dances, narrates, does impressions—and all this after cleverly crafting a script…

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A Bird of Prey

The Coterie Show Information: Monty has just arrived at a new school in a dangerous city where cruelty thrives among his peers. At home, his life isn’t good due to his father; at school he’s ridiculed for carrying a Bible. Monty’s one friend, Thacker, is a rebellious outsider, who pulls the both of them into…

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Asphalt Mosaic

Andrew Rolston Show Information: A no-nonsense businessman’s life is thrown into turmoil after losing the company he’s spent decades growing from the ground up. Surprise comes when informed that he is a father to a daughter he never knew existed. He embarks, along with his newborn grandchild and an upbeat and offbeat free-spirited runaway girl…

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Take Flight: An Adventure in Cirque

Imaginez Show Information: Take Flight is a tale of courage, resiliency and friendship told through aerial silks, folk tales and lots and lots of luggage. As he clutches a one-way ticket to his dreams, Bumbles’ plane stalls on the tarmac. With his heart (Kiki) and Mind (Fink) at odds, Bumbles must choose between clinging to…

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Rumors of Shadows

Kinetic Fusion Show Information:  Residents of the sleepy town of Radostdale don’t dare close their eyes after the sun goes down. Mysterious events, disappearances, shadows hidden in the mist, and the word “vampire” is on everyone’s lips. Whisper it, scream it, mock it. After tonight, the rumors will only get stronger. Website: laughingnomadproductions.com Visiting artist…

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The Story of the Century

David O. Hill Show Information: The Story of the Century is an original musical about the invention of the Ezekiel Airship, an airplane designed and built by Burrell Cannon that flew one year before the Wright Brothers’ historic flight. Set in Pittsburg, Texas in 1902, the musical captures the spirit of the era with rollicking…

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Luciano for Me

Mindy Moritz and Steven Eubank Show Information:  While on their class trip to Rome, a group of 8 girls fall head over expensive heels for their charming Italian tour guide: Luciano! While trying to make sure their nerdy chaperone teacher, Ava, doesn’t get in the way of having fun on the trip, each girl will…

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The Islander

Relevance Productions Show Information: A neon OPEN sign glowing red in the window of a restaurant. Relevance Productions presents: The Islander By Derek Trautwein. Directed By Trevor Belt. Everyone has problems. Everyone makes mistakes. And everyone has a place to go to try and find their answers… For insurance salesman Ed, that place is The…

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The House of the Devil is a Hot Mess

CrumbleCake Productions Show Information:  Seven people walk into a news station and no one gets out. An absurd comedy that touches on the systems we crave and the ways they betray us. The House of the Devil is a Hot Mess is an entirely Kansas City production. Featuring a full score by Caleb Madison. Written…

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Freak Up the Street

Billy Blob Show Information: When regret is your fondest memory. Andy Garrison stars as William, a middle aged man who finds it easier to play dead than face his past.  With the help of his time machine, William soon comes face to face with an eccentric childhood neighbor who is William’s most painful memory and…

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Mannequins

Jonathan Robertson Show Information: Manon Halliburton stars in Mannequins as an unemployed costume designer; over-stimulated by her television, and obsessed with her life-sized doll. David Fritts co-stars as her disillusioned husband; drunk, and frustrated with his failing marriage. Told through a series of vignettes, Mannequins explores reality, auditory hallucinations, impermanence, and philosophy. Mannequins is produced…

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The Lupus Chronic(SLE)

Ryan Hruza Show Information: The Lupus Chronic(SLE) is a new Pop-Hip-Hopera written by Ryan Hruza, dealing with the struggles that Lupus poses to those affected by the disease, both physically and emotionally. This production will serve as a condensed version of what will eventually be a full length, two act production. 20% of the proceeds…

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Bingo on the Boulevard

Donna Woodard Ziegenhorn Show Information: Along Troost Avenue, long KC’s line of demarcation, neighborhood people come to life at a monthly bingo game when tragedy hits. Inspired by true stories collected in local interviews, the play weaves together the lives of an immigrant, a KC ‘blue blood,’ a mental outcast, a female impersonator, and more.…

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Wicked Creatures

The Living Room Theater Show Information:  Lights up: England, the 1800s. Poor Archibald Worthington doesn’t know what he’s in for when the mysterious, cross-dressing Sonja Smithson invites him into her home for the evening. Suddenly a prisoner to Sonja and her two companions, the incorruptibly good Emily Clearwater, and the humorously foul-mouthed prostitute Clara Hollowell,…

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The Table

The Living Room Theater Show Information: John is bound to a chair. A man wants to kill him, The killer is the least of John’s problems. Curtis Smith’s play, The Table, explores the parallels between the life we have, the life we want, and the death we deserve. Website:www.thelivingroomkc.com Venue The Living Room 1818 McGee…

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Selfless

The Living Room Theater Show Information:  From the mind that brought you Chainsaw the musical, The Grave, and Outta Beer and Outta Space. Come look into the mind of Kansas City’s mad genius that is Forrest Attaway. Seth Macchi stars in this one man tour de force, as he relays some of the most memorable…

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Hacks

The Living Room Theater Show Information:  When these brothers find out they’ve unknowingly started a cult and terrorist organization online and are visited by its leader, they are forced to grapple with his absurd and persuasive arguments. This off-beat, unforgettable comedy digs into the strange power of ideas…even really, really stupid ones. Written and performed…

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Young Black Victorian

Heidi Van Show Information:  Orphaned by tribal warfare and saved from human sacrifice, one little girl from West Africa became the adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Lady Sara Forbes Bonetta, named by the captain who rescued her, and after the ship that took her to England, impressed Queen Victoria with her intelligence. Straddling two cultures,…

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Second Ladies

Heidi Van Show Information: A history of the influential women behind the woman behind the man. The politics of sex, desire and power. Written & Directed by Heidi Van Website:www.fishtanktheater.com Venue The Fishtank 1715 Wyandotte StKansas City, MO 64108 Show Times July 22 – Friday – 8:00pm July 27 – Wednesday – 8:00pmJuly 29 -…

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John and Leslie Are in the Copy Room Again

Mike Rice Show Information:  At Ellsworth Communications, John, a middle-aged copy writer, and Leslie, a new secretary, are always hoping to bump into each other whenever they have to print off a memo, grab a new pen, or copy and scan some specs in the office copy room. When they do, work takes a backseat…

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Chasing Nureyev

Christie Kennard Show Information:  What happens when life and art collide? As fandom turns into obsession, Diana and Kate discover what can go wrong as they chase ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev through the streets of St. Louis and Kansas City in 1974. Convinced their lives are meant to be entwined with his, their adventure tests…

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Bug Hunting

Hayden Popp Show Information: Mac’s problems are bugging him. He takes up arms against his sea of troubles by inventing a new way to execute pest control. When he learns of his Brother’s impending fatherhood, he starts to face his ever approaching adulthood with a little more thought.     Directed by Bryan Moses, Bug…

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Boxes & Ashes

Vicky Burnett Show Information:  Rosemary is dead. The Funeral Director makes that clear. Rosemary’s Ghost wants to know why she hasn’t gone to wherever one goes. The man informs her people hang around for all sorts of reasons and she’ll have to figure out for herself why she’s still here. Once she does, she’ll know…

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Mimi Dafoe: Confessions of an Aging Starlet

Whim Productions Show Information:   In 1992, aspiring filmmaker Jennifer Critchlow sat with actress and icon Mimi Dafoe to make a documentary about her life. Over two days of shooting, Mimi refused to actually appear in front of the camera. Lies were told, martinis were spilled, and Lucille Ball was called a communist. The shoot…

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Dancing with Crows Feet

Arts and AGEing Kansas City Show Information: Dancing With Crow’s Feet is a signature piece inspired by lived experiences. The play is grounded in life stories of older women in Kansas City with the focus on aging from a female perspective. It uses ancient folklore about crows to weave life stories together. Older women’s experiences…

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Audience

Negative Space Show Information:  Told as a verbal symphony. You will stand/sit on stage and look out into the theater seats where couples must sit side by side and watch the movie of each other’s lives to find truth, understanding, and the strength to move on. Playgoers can choose to follow one of four, change…

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Shadows: The Life of Anne Boleyn

Central Standard Theatre Show Information:  What do you say to your child at the end of your life? How would you want to be remembered? How do you say goodbye? In her final hours in the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn composes a letter to her daughter Elizabeth, telling the story of her remarkable life…

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The River’s Trembling Edge

Central Standard Theatre Show Information: A woman deals the gradual acceptance of her beloved’s death. She shares moments of her days and examines the growing number of insights discovered during her ritual of ongoing care. A tender and enlightening story of a soul’s growing freedom from the stranglehold of devastating loss; humor and sensitivity mix…

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Performing Annie Oakley: Shooting is a Gentle Thing

Central Standard Theatre Show Information:  Annie Oakley is a little self-righteous. She wants to set the record straight and redefine herself as something more than Little Miss Sure Shot. Yes, she can shoot apples from her dog’s head and the Kaiser’s cigarette, but she is determined to make her mark on history, one that champions…

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Central Standard Theatre Show Information:  “…as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher, I know not how it was – but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” With these words, the classic story by Edgar Allen Poe, one…

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Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Central Standard Theatre Show Information:   This solo show captures the spirit of the Great Sioux Wars, a struggle of two cultures over the American West. Crazy Horse, the brilliant Lakota warrior, manages to defy the might of the U.S. military, defeating Custer at the Little Bighorn, only to be betrayed by his jealous rivals.…

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Barrymore

Central Standard Theatre Show Information:  Barrymore centers on the legendary American actor a month before his death in 1942. John Barrymore spends the evening memorizing lines for a revival of Shakespeare’s Richard III. The problem is his memory is shot. As the evening progresses, Barrymore reminisces with the audience with stories from his past. But…

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Shrew’d

Teresa Moore Show Information:  The Taming of the Shrew like you’ve never seen it before! This adaptation features Shakespeare’s language, physical comedy, fast-paced wit, and a light sprinkling of innuendo. In short, it is everything you’ve come to expect from a well-done Shakespearean comedy, minus all those extra actors! You will still get to meet…

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Seneca: A Journey Through Space and Time

Amanda Davison Show Information:  Madge (played by Amanda Davison) is an agoraphobic scholar living in a dystopian America where Artificial Intelligence governs humanity. Madge travels on a musical journey across the continent on Seneca, her sentient motorcycle. A one-person show with singing. Venue Mesner Puppet Theater 1006 Linwood BlvdKansas City, MO 64109 Show Times July…

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MacDuo

3 Crazy Sons Show Information:   Macduo is a two-person adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy. Utilizing minimal props and costumes, the Hubbard husband and wife team play the murderous duo, their victims, the creepy creeping witches, the avenging Macduff, and many more. “Foul” is most definitely “fair” in this rendering of the hellish consequences of…

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Jason and the Argonauts

Olive Juice Theatre Show Information: Travel back in time to days where Gods ruled the sky, monsters roamed the earth, and every warrior was a brand new hero! Jason & the Argonauts is a fast paced musical comedy performed by three actors playing over 20+ roles. The story follows a hero named Jason who is…

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The Toymaker

Jesse Ray Metcalf Show Information:  Prudence doesn’t need a lot. She knows the things that make us all truly happy; like the gleam in the eye of a brand new toy. Loneliness only happens if you let it and Prudence is never alone in her toy store. There’s fun to be had when you let…

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Stackers

Steve Karol Show Information:  Stackers is a comedy about a middle aged white collar professional out of work because of the economic crash. Being layed off is a mixed blessing because he hated his job but he does not know what to do next. After using up his savings and 401k to survive, he is…

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Gilda: A Tribute to the Beloved Comedian Gilda Radner

Helena K Cosentino Show Information: Gilda Radner, one of the most iconic and beloved comediennes of our time will be honored in this one-woman performance. This tribute will pay homage to some of Gilda’s infamous characters and quirky musical numbers. Gilda used humor and laughter to get through the struggles and cruelty of a life…

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Desperate Acts

All Good Things Show Information: Three world premieres in one: An exiled writer must choose a new life—or chase an old dream. A filmmaker loses his big chance—and his grip on reality. An aging TV actor gets the dreaded call from the man upstairs—his producer. From tragic to comic, with just enough magic realism in…

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Been Finn

Phil Kinen’s Big Show Productions Show Information:  Once again, from the outrageous mind of Phil Kinen, who paired Huck Finn with Peter Pan in last year’s Fringe hit Never Ever After, comes another unconventional Huck Finn tale. Been Finn is the story of a middle-aged Huck Finn meeting for the first time his 20-year old…

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The Last Michigan

Diane Hightower Show Information:  Annie is driven to the edge by her cravings for physical touch; Michelle struggles to feel more confident about her cancer-ravaged body. What starts out as a carefree journey to the annual women’s music festival of Michigan turns into unanswered questions about what makes a relationship work. Come along for the…

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Two by Tennessee Williams

Home Grown Theatre Co. Show Information: A rare chance to see two one act plays by the great Tennessee Williams, the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie. In Two By Tennessee Williams Kansas City Audiences will see the local premiers of Williams’ one act plays…

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Fangirls (An Improbable Cosplay)

Brick Street Theatre Show Information: A female author, Emma Orczy, wrote a play in 1903 and created a character, The Scarlet Pimpernel, that was the mold for the modern superhero. In the 113 years since, boys have left girls out of the genre a girl created. Three girls decide to take back what belongs to…

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