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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BWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill Playhouse
Posted: Oct. 3, 2017


BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre RestaurantBWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre Restaurant
Posted: Oct. 6, 2017


BWW Review: BASTARD at The Living Room TheatreBWW Review: BASTARD at The Living Room Theatre
Posted: Oct. 16, 2017


BWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017


BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn TheatreBWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn Theatre
Posted: Sep. 22, 2017


BWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre part IIBWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre part II
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


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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: BASTARD at The Living Room TheatreBWW Review: BASTARD at The Living Room Theatre
October 16, 2017

It is a first ever production of a new play simply titled 'Bastard' by Kansas City playwright and artist Tyson Schroeder presented at the tiny studio theater on the third level of The Living Room Theatre in the Crossroads area. Directed by Living Room co-founder Shawnna Jouragan, 'Bastard' is a screed on the tyranny of making art and the superficiality of those who pretend to appreciate it.

BWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre part IIBWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre part II
October 13, 2017

Get deep into the play making process with AC Smith and Ron Parson

BWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Interview: Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
October 10, 2017

Next up at Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a new production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning 1983 play 'Fences' at the KC Rep Copaken Theatre in downtown Kansas City with an exceptional cast. Directing 'Fences' is Ron OJ Parson Director/Resident Artist at Court Theatre of Chicago. AC Smith plays Troy Maxxson supported by Alfred Wilson as Troy's best friend and co-worker, Jim Bono.

BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre RestaurantBWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre Restaurant
October 6, 2017

A delightful evening of theater at New Theatre

BWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill PlayhouseBWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill Playhouse
October 3, 2017

If you are a lover of the 'Great America Songbook,' Kent Barnhart's latest amalgamation of familiar tunes, 'I've Got A Crush On You,' with their origins in the musical theater of the last century is for you. Barnhart, with his trademark, droll sense of humor, leads a devoted audience at Quality Hill Playhouse through a century of music that has long outlived the shows that first gave them birth.

BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn TheatreBWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn Theatre
September 22, 2017

Kicking off the Unicorn Theatre's 44th season is 'Men on Boats' by Jaclyn Bauhaus (in cooperation with the UMKC advanced MFA program). 'Men on Boats' is an interesting and mostly accurate exploration of John Wesley Powell's 1869 exploration of the Colorado River north of and into the Grand Canyon.

BWW Review: GREY GARDENS at The Barn Players in Kansas CityBWW Review: GREY GARDENS at The Barn Players in Kansas City
September 18, 2017

'Grey Gardens,' the 2007 character piece that originally featured a bravura turn and a Best Actress in a Musical Tony for Christine Ebersole, is the current, ambitious, fall offering from the Barn Players Community Theater in Mission through October 1. 'Grey Gardens' tells the story of a Mother and Daughter who struggle through a steep descent from American Aristocracy to poverty and health department threats of eviction from their Long Island mansion. It is a story we may never have heard except for that the Mother in our story was also Aunt to the late Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

BWW Review: BETWEEN THE LINES at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Review: BETWEEN THE LINES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
September 16, 2017

World Premiere show keeps audience engaged and appreciate - may have a great future in New York

BWW Feature: CFF FUND KICKOFF at Kansas City Repertory TheatreBWW Feature: CFF FUND KICKOFF at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
September 12, 2017

$5 million goal set by the end of 2017

BWW Review: GREASE at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: GREASE at Starlight Theatre
September 9, 2017

Features show built for the huge stage with many local talents

BWW Review: FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Spinning Tree TheatreBWW Review: FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Spinning Tree Theatre
September 3, 2017

Designed as a very funny screed against Jim Crowe and political corruption, Rainbow continues to shine on its audiences after 70 years.

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight Theatre
August 23, 2017

2013's 'Motown, The Musical' opened Tuesday night for a week's run through August 27 at Starlight Theatre inside Swope Park to a responsive, handclapping, music-swaying, delighted audience. 'Motown' is what old films might call a biopic with music. It tells the story of 'Motown' founder and owner Berry Gordy Junior and his business and personal journey through popular music based in the black experience of mid-20th Century Detroit Michigan.

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater Heritage
August 14, 2017

Well performed but a little academic and study in how styles have changed

BWW Review: BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR at 2017 KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
July 28, 2017

Holding an audience on a stage by yourself for a whole hour is no small task, but it is one accomplished by Buffalo Grove Illinois' Tim Mooney in his remarkably cogent performance of 'Breakneck Julius Caesar' at the Unicorn Theatre's Jerome Stage as his contribution to the 2017 Fringe. Tim Mooney is a repeat offender at Fringe and he is always excellent.

BWW Review: LIMINAL STATE at 2017 KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: LIMINAL STATE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
July 28, 2017

Value expressed as mystery and state of being

BWW Review: YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE at 2017 KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
July 26, 2017

As part of the 2017 KC Fringe, 'Yiddish With Dick And Jane' is worth seeing at the Arts Asylum close to downtown. Although just about anyone can enjoy this one, it says something about age when one realizes his own education falls after the McGuffey Reader period and smack in the middle of 'Reading with Dick and Jane' years.

BWW Review: THE ART OF MAGIC at 2017 KC Fringe FestivalBWW Review: THE ART OF MAGIC at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
July 26, 2017

Five man magic show provides professional and enjoyable hour

BWW Review: ALL STAR DETECTIVES at 2017 Fringe FestivalBWW Review: ALL STAR DETECTIVES at 2017 Fringe Festival
July 26, 2017

Misguided attempt at film noir style misses the target

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Starlight Theatre
July 26, 2017

Dust off your willing suspension of disbelief. Starlight Theatre transforms into Elizabethan London in the year 1595. The play is 'Something Rotten.' William Shakespeare has not authored his 38 famous plays and 150 sonnets. By masquerading as patron to the struggling Bottom Brothers from Cornwall, the Bard has purloined their ideas and most of their dialog lock, stock, and couplet.

BWW Review: HUCK FINN - GUEST OF THE WINDING WIND  at Just Off Broadway TheatreBWW Review: HUCK FINN - GUEST OF THE WINDING WIND at Just Off Broadway Theatre
July 25, 2017

Props and Costumes are the high points. The playwright should reread Huck Finn



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