Alan Portner

Alan Portner Al Portner is a retired career journalist and media executive. He has written for publication over more than 40 years. He has published daily newspapers in venues as far east as Washington DC, as far west as Honolulu HI, and a number of communities in between. His new book on the literary partnership of Ulysses Grant and Mark Twain will be available in 2018.


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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room TheatreBWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room Theatre
Posted: May. 27, 2017


BWW Review: TOMMY at MTHBWW Review: TOMMY at MTH
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight Theatre
Posted: Jun. 5, 2017


BWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill Playhouse
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree TheatreBWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree Theatre
Posted: May. 30, 2017


BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.   at City Theatre Of IndependenceBWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. at City Theatre Of Independence
Posted: Jun. 5, 2017


BWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre RestaurantBWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre Restaurant
Posted: May. 31, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Kansas City BalletBWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Kansas City Ballet
Posted: Dec. 7, 2016


BWW Review: STOMP at Broadway Theater LeagueBWW Review: STOMP at Broadway Theater League
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


BWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC ProBWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC Pro
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas CityBWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theatre In The ParkBWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theatre In The Park
June 19, 2017

'Crazy For You,' now playing at the Theatre In The Park in Shawnee Mission Park, is the theatrical equivalent of the 'Little Engine That Could.' It represents the fifth generation of musical shows based on George and Ira Gershwin's 1930 'Girl Crazy' score. Even though the original version kicked off the careers of Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers, none of these shows remotely resembles any of its siblings.

BWW Previews: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theater In The ParkBWW Previews: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theater In The Park
June 12, 2017

Gershwin 1992 reboot of 1930's Girl Crazy features songs and dances in the Nevada Desert... A true backstage romantic comedy.

BWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill Playhouse
June 12, 2017

Several hours spent with Kent Barnhart and friends at Quality Hill Playhouse are never time wasted if you love the great American songbook. The current sold out program features two hours of music celebrating tunes music of Carole King, James Taylor, and a few others of similar genre from the 1960s and 1970s.

BWW Review: GREASE at TTIP IndoorsBWW Review: GREASE at TTIP Indoors
June 12, 2017

Excellent production kicks off Black Box theater history

BWW Review: TOMMY at MTHBWW Review: TOMMY at MTH
June 11, 2017

Excellent production of a very complex piece of Musical Theater

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.   at City Theatre Of IndependenceBWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. at City Theatre Of Independence
June 5, 2017

Now running at the City Theater of Independence is the 2013 Tony winning comedy 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' by Christopher Durang. Based loosely on charcters and the works of Anton Checkhov, you don't have to be familiar with the Russian writer to get all the jokes. Well, you might need to know a little bit to get all the in-jokes, but the New York critics gave this show a resounding seal of approval.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight Theatre
June 5, 2017

Disney's Little Mermaid at Starlight offers a great show and value added video assist

BWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre RestaurantBWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre Restaurant
May 31, 2017

Five expert actors led by Morgan Fairchild entertain with sight gags, snappy dialog, and true caring for their oldest friends.

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree TheatreBWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree Theatre
May 30, 2017

Troubling premise

BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room TheatreBWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room Theatre
May 27, 2017

'The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe' sparkles as a completely home- grown, home- performed, home-produced and expanded reboot to the 2015 Fringe Festival hit now enjoying its world premiere at The Living Room Theatre in the Kansas City Crossroads District through June 18. 'Lefty and Crabbe' has matured and ripened on the vine and is now most definitely ready for prime time.

BWW Review: WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Review: WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
May 7, 2017

Nationalist overtones foreshadow future danger

BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Kauffman Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: 42ND STREET at Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
May 3, 2017

Peggy Sawyer arrives a 'youngster in the chorus, but becomes a big star.

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas CityBWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
April 24, 2017

continues to work after 138 years

BWW Preview: 42ND STREET at Broadway Theater LeagueBWW Preview: 42ND STREET at Broadway Theater League
April 17, 2017

Just plain fun - and a Lullaby from Broadway

BWW Review: TENNESSEE PLAYBOY at Metropolitan Ensemble TheatreBWW Review: TENNESSEE PLAYBOY at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
April 3, 2017

Tale of Irish revolution turned to pretty funny cornpone comedy

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC ProBWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC Pro
April 3, 2017

ribald memories of another puppet driven show that may have taught lessons on PBS

BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
April 3, 2017

tells the story of an ordinary family struggling to live an ordinary life during difficult times

BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Black Repertory Theatre Of Kansas CityBWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Black Repertory Theatre Of Kansas City
March 31, 2017

celebrates genius of songwriter and performer Louis Jordan

BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Musical Theater Heritage
March 27, 2017

Excellent cast prevails over 1963 remake of a 1936 show.

BWW Review: DRUNKS at Whim ProductionsBWW Review: DRUNKS at Whim Productions
March 20, 2017

Audience learns how the movie business works with a combination of drugs, alcohol, wild sex, porn, and wild insecurity



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