Kansas City Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: 'MAMMA MIA!' at Kansas City Starlight Theatre BWW Review: 'MAMMA MIA!' at Kansas City Starlight Theatre
by Paul Bolton - June 26, 2017

Combining ABBA's greatest hits, including 'Dancing Queen,' 'S.O.S' 'Super Trouper,' 'Take a Chance on Me' and 'The Winner Takes It All,' with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship Catherine Johnson has crafted a plot to expertly string together these more than 20 songs (written by Benn... (more...)
BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theatre In The Park BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Theatre In The Park
by Alan Portner - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMLET in Kansas City at Southmoreland Park. Shakespeare's revenge tragedy a treasure for Kansas City theatergoers BWW Review: HAMLET in Kansas City at Southmoreland Park. Shakespeare's revenge tragedy a treasure for Kansas City theatergoers
by Paul Bolton - June 19, 2017

World class performance of 'Hamlet' now playing for free at Kansas City's Southmoreland Park next door to the Nelson-Adkins Museum. Featuring a stellar cast who breathe a fresh breath into Shakespeare's revenge tragedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill Playhouse BWW Review: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND at Quality Hill Playhouse
by Alan Portner - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE at TTIP Indoors BWW Review: GREASE at TTIP Indoors
by Alan Portner - June 12, 2017

Excellent production kicks off Black Box theater history... (more...)
BWW Review: TOMMY at MTH BWW Review: TOMMY at MTH
by Alan Portner - June 11, 2017

Excellent production of a very complex piece of Musical Theater... (more...)
BWW Review: PRICILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL at Unicorn Theatre BWW Review: PRICILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL at Unicorn Theatre
by Sara Brown - June 08, 2017

Unicorn Theatre's production of PRICILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL comes just in time for Pride Month and reminds everyone of the joys of being your authentic self with a 'journey to the heart of fabulous!'... (more...)
BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.   at City Theatre Of Independence BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. at City Theatre Of Independence
by Alan Portner - June 05, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - June 05, 2017

Disney's Little Mermaid at Starlight offers a great show and value added video assist... (more...)
BWW Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Theatre In The Park BWW Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Theatre In The Park
by Paul Bolton - June 05, 2017

An energetic cast take on the resplendently silly musical comedy Spamalot at Kansas City's Theatre in the Park. This adventure into British humor, slapstick shenanigans, musical farce, satire, parody, tap dancing, and grail quest keeps it's audience laughing the whole way through.... (more...)
BWW Review: RUMORS at The Barn Players BWW Review: RUMORS at The Barn Players
by Sara Brown - June 05, 2017

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BWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre Restaurant BWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at New Theatre Restaurant
by Alan Portner - May 31, 2017

Five expert actors led by Morgan Fairchild entertain with sight gags, snappy dialog, and true caring for their oldest friends.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME at Kauffman Center BWW Review: FUN HOME at Kauffman Center
by Sara Brown - May 31, 2017

You can find an abundance of gay jokes in any musical or play, but FUN HOME is one of the few musicals that actually revolve around characters being gay and discovering that world.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REALISTIC JONESES at Kansas City Actors Theatre BWW Review: THE REALISTIC JONESES at Kansas City Actors Theatre
by Paul Bolton - May 30, 2017

Will Eno's 'The Realistic Joneses' at KCAT plots two couples, who are new neighbors in a small mountain town, as they navigate married life through not always ideal situations. This tightly balanced ensemble cast crafts a show that traverses a minefield of typical relationship troubles keeping it f... (more...)
BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree Theatre BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Spinning Tree Theatre
by Alan Portner - May 30, 2017

Troubling premise... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room Theatre BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY AND CRABBE at The Living Room Theatre
by Alan Portner - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: 9 TO 5:THE MUSICAL AT THE MET at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: 9 TO 5:THE MUSICAL AT THE MET at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
by Paul Bolton - May 15, 2017

MET takes on Dolly Parton's '9 to 5: The Musical'... (more...)
BWW Review: MAN IN LOVE at KCRep Copaken Stage BWW Review: MAN IN LOVE at KCRep Copaken Stage
by Paul Bolton - May 08, 2017

Racial injustice, economic hard times, evolving societal norms, provide a back drop for love with a murderous intent in Man In Love... (more...)
BWW Review: WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - May 07, 2017

Nationalist overtones foreshadow future danger... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
by Alan Portner - May 03, 2017

Peggy Sawyer arrives a 'youngster in the chorus, but becomes a big star.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - April 24, 2017

continues to work after 138 years... (more...)
BWW Review: TENNESSEE PLAYBOY at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: TENNESSEE PLAYBOY at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
by Alan Portner - April 03, 2017

Tale of Irish revolution turned to pretty funny cornpone comedy... (more...)
BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - April 03, 2017

tells the story of an ordinary family struggling to live an ordinary life during difficult times... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC Pro BWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC Pro
by Alan Portner - April 03, 2017

ribald memories of another puppet driven show that may have taught lessons on PBS... (more...)
BWW Review: Kansas City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY at Kauffman Center BWW Review: Kansas City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY at Kauffman Center
by Sara Brown - April 03, 2017

Sleeping Beauty is playing through April 9th with a different, but just as talented cast, April 1st, 7th, and 9th. For tickets call 816-931-8993, online at www.kcballet.org , or in person at the Kansas City Ballet Box Office located at the Bolender Center at 500 W. Pershing Rd. (west of Union Statio... (more...)