Kansas City Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Musical Theater Heritage BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Musical Theater Heritage
by Paul Bolton - August 21, 2017

HTC's production of Spring Awakening, a folk-rock musical directed by Hersh Ellis, at the MTH Theater in Crown Center brings to life the gritty music of Duncan Sheik and the timeless lyrics and book of Steven Slater. Themes of injustice, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, masturbation, suicide, and conf... (more...)
BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Kansas City Actors Theatre At Union Station BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Kansas City Actors Theatre At Union Station
by Paul Bolton - August 14, 2017

KCAT's current production of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' grips the audience with a suspenseful quickly paced mystery. Ensemble shines in this timeless tale of accusation, guilt, judgement, and murder. The attention to detail from costumes, to set, to lighting provides a sensory exp... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater Heritage BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE GERHSWIN at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - August 14, 2017

Well performed but a little academic and study in how styles have changed... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Starlight Theatre
by Sara Brown - August 10, 2017

If you want guaranteed show-stopping numbers create a musical with some of Whitney Houston's greatest hits. That's what Warner Brothers did when they released the movie THE BODYGUARD and what works the best in the touring production of the hit London show of the same name.... (more...)
BWW Review: BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR at 2017 KC Fringe Festival BWW Review: BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
by Alan Portner - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: LIMINAL STATE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival BWW Review: LIMINAL STATE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
by Alan Portner - July 28, 2017

Value expressed as mystery and state of being... (more...)
BWW Review: YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival BWW Review: YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
by Alan Portner - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ART OF MAGIC at 2017 KC Fringe Festival BWW Review: THE ART OF MAGIC at 2017 KC Fringe Festival
by Alan Portner - July 26, 2017

Five man magic show provides professional and enjoyable hour... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL STAR DETECTIVES at 2017 Fringe Festival BWW Review: ALL STAR DETECTIVES at 2017 Fringe Festival
by Alan Portner - July 26, 2017

Misguided attempt at film noir style misses the target... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - 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, t... (more...)
BWW Review: HUCK FINN - GUEST OF THE WINDING WIND  at Just Off Broadway Theatre BWW Review: HUCK FINN - GUEST OF THE WINDING WIND at Just Off Broadway Theatre
by Alan Portner - July 25, 2017

Props and Costumes are the high points. The playwright should reread Huck Finn... (more...)
BWW Review: BACK TO THE 80S at Theatre In The Park BWW Review: BACK TO THE 80S at Theatre In The Park
by Sara Brown - July 20, 2017

It's big hair, even bigger music numbers, and a little Star Wars as Theatre in the Park takes audiences BACK TO THE 80S.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Barn Players BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Barn Players
by Alan Portner - July 16, 2017

Crucible reminds us of the good old bad old days of church extremism and Congressional blacklists along with a warning for today.... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at New Theatre Restaurant BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at New Theatre Restaurant
by Alan Portner - July 14, 2017

Imagine transitional rock superstars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis hanging out together for an impromptu recording session early in their musical careers. This is the unlikely, but mostly true tale told by the new production of the 2010 Broadway musical 'Million Dolla... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Starlight Theatre
by Sara Brown - July 13, 2017

There are many musicals with the songs of George and Ira Gershwin intricately woven into them, but few have the grace and elegance of ballet like AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - June 28, 2017

One you transport back to the late 50s and 60s this one is a lot of fun.... (more...)
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...)