Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson Steve Wilson is a professional writer, artist, and photographer living in the Kansas City metropolitan area. For the last two years, he has been writing theatrical reviews, covering more than a dozen theatrical companies in the area. Previously he has written comedy material for nationally known entertainers, taught comedy writing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has had two books published. He continues to write for an internet news service covering sports, travel, and art in the area.


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BWW Review:  WICKED, Too Good to be Missed at the Music Hall in Kansas CityBWW Review: WICKED, Too Good to be Missed
Posted: Oct. 10, 2015


BWW Review:  Perfect for Halloween- THE TURN OF THE SCREW Opens at the Just Off Broadway TheatreBWW Review: Perfect for Halloween- THE TURN OF THE SCREW at Just Off Broadway Theatre
Posted: Oct. 18, 2015


BWW Review:  Perfect for Halloween- THE TURN OF THE SCREW Opens at the Just Off Broadway TheatreBWW Review: Perfect for Halloween- THE TURN OF THE SCREW Opens at the Just Off Broadway Theatre
October 18, 2015

Only weeks ahead of Halloween THE TURN OF THE SCREW opened this weekend at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City. Julie Shaw directs the Spinning Tree Theatre production of the novella from the story by Henry James. THE TURN OF THE SCREW runs through Halloween weekend, closing on Sunday November 1.

BWW Review:  WICKED, Too Good to be Missed at the Music Hall in Kansas CityBWW Review: WICKED, Too Good to be Missed at the Music Hall in Kansas City
October 10, 2015

The Broadway hit musical WICKED opened at the Music Hall October 7, enchanting the Kansas City audiences. Joe Mantello directs the Broadway Across America production of the longest running Broadway show in history. Stephen Schwartz wrote the music, lyrics, and Winnie Holzman the book for the musical, which is the first to gross over $3 Million in one week.

BWW Review:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at The New Theatre in Overland Park, KansasBWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas
October 4, 2015

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU is the current production running at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas. Dennis D. Hennessy directs the comedic play written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. James A. Misenheimer provides a fantastic set for the cast to operate in and Treva Farrell designed the choreography mainly performed by Katie Karel as Essie Carmichael.

BWW Review:  THE MIRACLE WORKER Opens at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas CityBWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER Opens at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City
September 27, 2015

A true work of genius appeared on The Coterie Theatre stage on Friday September 23 with the opening of THE MIRACLE WORKER. William Gibson wrote the play adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. Helen Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life," was the basis for the play.

BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Another Phenomenal Production by The Barn PlayersBWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Another Phenomenal Production by The Barn Players
September 19, 2015

The high quality of productions such as THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, which opened on Friday September 18, is why The Barn Players won the 2014 Broadway World Regional Award for Outstanding Theater of the Year in the Kansas City Region. Kip Simmons directs the musical based on the 1967 film of the same name, starring Julie Andrews. Richard Morris wrote the original story and screenplay for Universal Pictures. CHRYSANTHEMUM, which opened in London in 1956, was the basis for the story and screenplay.

BWW Review: AT HOME AT THE ZOO Explodes in Reality at the KC Actors TheatreBWW Review: AT HOME AT THE ZOO Explodes in Reality at the KC Actors Theatre
September 15, 2015

Originally titled PETER & JERRY, AT HOME AT THE ZOO opened on Saturday September 12 at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. Edward Albee wrote AT HOME AT THE ZOO the latest production of the Kansas City Actors Theatre. Doug Weaver directs the powerful dramatic offering starring three of Kansas City's top performers.

BWW Review: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! a Disappointing Opening at OCTABWW Review: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! a Disappointing Opening at OCTA
September 15, 2015

Opening night for SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! at the Olathe Civic Theatre on Friday September 11 was billed as a show full of energy, humor, music, dancing and some very valuable grammar lessons. Unfortunately, the show became more of a test of tolerance for low energy acting, singing that made audience members cringe, and choreography that was awkward and unimaginative at the best.

BWW Review:  The Mystery Train Returns With OUR BROTHER'S CAPERBWW Review: The Mystery Train Returns With OUR BROTHER'S CAPER
September 7, 2015

The comedy adventure begins as patrons enter the dining car on the lower level of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1301 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Mo. OUR BROTHER'S CAPER takes to the rails to open the new season and new venues for The Mystery Train Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. After a short hiatus from the popular dinner shows, the new season began on Friday September 4. The hiatus lasted over the summer as the theatre company found new locations for the productions.

BWW Review:  THE OLDEST BOY Takes a Journey Through Culture at the Unicorn TheatreBWW Review: THE OLDEST BOY Takes a Journey Through Culture at the Unicorn Theatre
August 30, 2015

Monks and Lamas and puppetry, oh my! THE OLDEST BOY opens the 2015-2016 season for the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Cynthia Levin directs the Unicorn production with puppet direction by Paul Mesner, which runs through September 20.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Makes Phenomenal Opening at the Arts Asylum in Kansas CityBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Makes Phenomenal Opening at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City
August 24, 2015

Gang violence erupts at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City and the audience erupts with a thunderous standing ovation for WEST SIDE STORY on opening night Saturday August 22. Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst direct WEST SIDE STORY, which opens the fifth season of Spinning Tree Theatre, recreating the choreography of Jerome Robbins who directed and choreographed the entire original production.

BWW Review: WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY Opens at Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas CityBWW Review: WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY Opens at Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City
August 17, 2015

OULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY, an original revue of the songs of Lerner and Loewe opened Saturday August 14 at the Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center. What would not be loverly would be to miss this fantastic production, which runs through August 30. Sarah Crawford directs the production, which George Harter wrote, and hosts this tribute to the musicals of the dynamic song-writing duo.

BWW Preview: WEST SIDE STORY Comes to the Arts Asylum in Kansas CityBWW Preview: WEST SIDE STORY Comes to the Arts Asylum in Kansas City
August 6, 2015

West Side Story opens the fifth season of productions for Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, running August 20 through September 5. The musical production will be staged at The Arts Asylum located at 1000 E. 9th Street in Kansas City. The Arts Asylum was established to provide assistance, studio, and gallery space for a variety of artists.

BWW Review:  EQUUS at the Barn Players One of the Best Dramatic Pieces in Kansas City TheaterBWW Review: EQUUS at the Barn Players One of the Best Dramatic Pieces in Kansas City Theater
August 1, 2015

Equus, one of the most amazing dramatic productions in Kansas City this year captivated the sparse crowd on opening night, Friday July 31 at the Barn Players. Do not expect uproarious laughter or musical gaiety in Equus, but you can expect to see some of the finest dramatic acting to reach Kansas City stages.

BWW Review:  Home Grown Theatre Company Falls Flat With CABARETBWW Review: Home Grown Theatre Company Falls Flat With CABARET
July 31, 2015

The Home Grown Theatre Company production of Cabaret currently runs at the Kit Kat Club located above Morningside Antiques in the Westport entertainment district. John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the music, lyrics, and Joe Masteroff the book. The musical is based on the book I Am a Camera by Christopher Isherwood.

BWW Review: BADDER AUDITIONS a Sequel to Last Year's Hit at the Fringe FestivalBWW Review: BADDER AUDITIONS a Sequel to Last Year's Hit at the Fringe Festival
July 24, 2015

Badder Auditions produced by Whim Productions is sidesplitting, roll on the floor good fun and is currently playing as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival 2015. Showing at the City Stage located inside Union Station it is a sequel to Bad Auditions, which was a hit for the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.

BWW Review: THE GRAND ILLUSION a Must See at the Kansas City Fringe FestivalBWW Review: THE GRAND ILLUSION a Must See at the Kansas City Fringe Festival
July 23, 2015

"It couldn't be better, unless it was longer . . ." was a comment heard from the audience at the hilarious opening of The Grand Illusion, a Kansas City Fringe Festival 2015 offering produced by Egads! Theatre Company. The Grand Illusion plays on the stage at the Arts Asylum located at 1000 E. 9th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Spencer Brown with Associate Director Ashley Pike created, directed, and stars in the musical comedy cabaret.

BWW Review: BEST LIGHT Shows Potential at the Kansas City Fringe FestivalBWW Review: BEST LIGHT Shows Potential at the Kansas City Fringe Festival
July 21, 2015

Best Light a new play by Michelle T. Johnson is currently playing at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Teresa Leggard directs the production, which is part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Jose Faus provides the art used on stage as part of the production.

BWW Review:  SUE ASIDE . . . Featured at the Kansas City Fringe FestivalBWW Review: SUE ASIDE . . . Featured at the Kansas City Fringe Festival
July 19, 2015

Sue Aside . . . a new dark comedy by Vicki Vodrey produced by Lot in Life Productions and the Phoenix KC Theatre currently plays at the Just Off Broadway Theatre for the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Warren Decker, Producing Director of Phoenix KC Theatre, directs the production, which runs through July 25.

BWW Review:  THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL is Creepy Funny at the New Theatre in Overland ParkBWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL is Creepy Funny at the New Theatre in Overland Park
July 19, 2015

All things ghoulish, macabre, ghastly, and a little bit frightening are alive and well living within the walls of the Addams Family home. The only place to see this outrageous musical comedy is at the New Theatre in Overland Park. Richard Carrothers directs The Addams Family a New Musical running through September 20 at the dinner theater. Daniel Doss provides musical direction and Katelin Zelon the choreography for the delightful yet maybe a little bizarre musical.

BWW Preview:  The Fringe Festival Comes to Kansas CityBWW Preview: The Fringe Festival Comes to Kansas City
July 15, 2015

The Fringe Festival returns to Kansas City from July 16 through July 26. The festival will be held at 20 venues in the metropolitan area, including the Arts Asylum, Unicorn Theatre, and Union Station among others. Over 116 performing groups, many returning from the 2014 Fringe Festival, will produce the over 480 shows during the two week span. The Grand Hall of Union Station and the Blue Galley in Aquarius/Vulcan's Forge will host the festivals visual artists.



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