Kansas City Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - October 22, 2017

AC Smith is memorable as Troy Maxson... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WEIR at METROPOLITAN ENSEMBLE THEATRE - KANSAS CITY BWW Review: THE WEIR at METROPOLITAN ENSEMBLE THEATRE - KANSAS CITY
by Paul Bolton - October 21, 2017

THE WEIR, by Conor McPherson, now showing at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre through Oct 29th, 2017... (more...)
BWW Review: 'DISGRACED' at UNICORN THEATRE in Kansas City BWW Review: 'DISGRACED' at UNICORN THEATRE in Kansas City
by Paul Bolton - October 20, 2017

Disgraced is a compelling drama that sorts through many of the background stories that make up today's headline news. Its timeliness will resonate with audiences as this talented cast swiftly maneuvers through a script that shows a world filled with many religions in a time when nationalism is front... (more...)
BWW Review: UNMURDERED at JKV Community Theatre At The Pavillion, Lee's Summit, MO BWW Review: UNMURDERED at JKV Community Theatre At The Pavillion, Lee's Summit, MO
by Paul Bolton - October 17, 2017

JKV Community Theatre's mysterious 'UNMURDERED' play with a comedic twist premiers Wed Oct 18th in Lee's Summit at the Pavillion in the JK Village complex on Murray near Chipman Rd... (more...)
BWW Review: BASTARD at The Living Room Theatre BWW Review: BASTARD at The Living Room Theatre
by Alan Portner - 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 scre... (more...)
BWW Review: GODSPELL at Theatre In The Park At Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center BWW Review: GODSPELL at Theatre In The Park At Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
by Paul Bolton - October 09, 2017

Godspell the Stephen Schwartz musical revival at Theatre in the Park at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park KS stages hit show that captures the spirit of the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. A talented ensemble rocks the night with a story of love and acceptance.... (more...)
BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre Restaurant BWW Review: DRIVING MISS DAISY at New Theatre Restaurant
by Alan Portner - October 06, 2017

A delightful evening of theater at New Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill Playhouse BWW Review: I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU at Quality Hill Playhouse
by Alan Portner - October 03, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Starlight Theatre
by Paul Bolton - October 02, 2017

Kinky Boots, by Lauper and Fierstein, runs through Oct. 1st at The Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. A dazzling cast that will sing, dance, act, strut, and fight their way into your heart is the highlight of yet another great Starlight season.... (more...)
BWW Review: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED - THE STUDENT SIT-INS OF 1960 at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City MO BWW Review: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED - THE STUDENT SIT-INS OF 1960 at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City MO
by Paul Bolton - September 25, 2017

We Shall Not be Moved, new play at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO From seamless production to well-honed acting, this is a story that relates to audiences from tweenagers to older adults with clear resonance. Telling such a story, of how the failure to embrace differences affects all of soci... (more...)
BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn Theatre BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Unicorn Theatre
by Alan Portner - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: A LIE OF THE MIND at Kansas City Actors Theatre BWW Review: A LIE OF THE MIND at Kansas City Actors Theatre
by Paul Bolton - September 18, 2017

A Lie Of The Mind by Sam Shepard and directed by Cinnamon Shultz now showing at the KCAT City Theater at Union Station in Kansas City. A richly character driven story provides audiences with a roller coaster emotional ride in a poignant story of love, abuse, and forgiveness. KCAT's ensemble gives a... (more...)
BWW Review: ANTIGONE at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: ANTIGONE at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
by Paul Bolton - September 18, 2017

Antigone Sophoclese drama adapted by Jean Anouilh directed by Karen Paisley now showing at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City. Talented acting ensemble gives a fresh new take on an ages old story. Contemporary in it's presentation, this updated adaptation takes on the rebellious natu... (more...)
BWW Review: GREY GARDENS at The Barn Players in Kansas City BWW Review: GREY GARDENS at The Barn Players in Kansas City
by Alan Portner - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: BETWEEN THE LINES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: BETWEEN THE LINES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - September 16, 2017

World Premiere show keeps audience engaged and appreciate - may have a great future in New York... (more...)
BWW Review: FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Spinning Tree Theatre BWW Review: FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Spinning Tree Theatre
by Alan Portner - September 03, 2017

Designed as a very funny screed against Jim Crowe and political corruption, Rainbow continues to shine on its audiences after 70 years.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight Theatre BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - 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 Be... (more...)
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...)