Kansas City Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: BAND GEEKS at Faust Theatre BWW Review: BAND GEEKS at Faust Theatre
by Alan Portner - April 20, 2018

Zach Faust's second year community theater company opened its new show, "Band Geeks" May 19th at the Black Box Theatre inside The Johnson County Heritage Center for a three day run.   A young cast tells the story of the forlorn, stereotypical members of a marginalized high school marching band from ... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL at THE BARN PLAYERS AT THE ARTS ASYLUM BWW Review: URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL at THE BARN PLAYERS AT THE ARTS ASYLUM
by Paul Bolton - April 20, 2018

URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL a production of Barn Players directed by Korey Childs opened to a golden shower of audience applause.  Flush with talent and plumb full of hilarious comedy this 2001 Broadway musical takes a swipe at political mismanagement and corporate greed run amuck. April 19-29, 2018 by T... (more...)
BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS at Olathe Civic Theatre BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS at Olathe Civic Theatre
by Paul Bolton - April 15, 2018

Olathe Civic Theatre's current comedy/drama "Superior Donuts", by award-winning playwright Tracy Letts, and directed by Diane Bulan is a tasty, sentiment glazed, box of satisfaction. Now showing through April 22, 2018!... (more...)
BWW Review: ANNA IN THE TROPICS BY NILO CRUZ at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre At The Warwick BWW Review: ANNA IN THE TROPICS BY NILO CRUZ at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre At The Warwick
by Paul Bolton - April 13, 2018

??'Anna in the Tropics' heats things up at the newly reopened Warwick Theatre in Kansas City. Metropolitan Theatre presents Nilo Cruz award winning play as the inaugural production in their new venue. Running April 12-22 tickets are available online at metkc.org or call 816-569-3226... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MASCOT at Living Room Theatre BWW Review: THE MASCOT at Living Room Theatre
by Alan Portner - April 08, 2018

Chicago playwright Jerry Hickey offers a first-time production of his pleasant and entertaining new play entitled 'The Mascot' at 'The Living Room Theatre' in the Crossroads near downtown KC.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at City Theatre Of Independence BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at City Theatre Of Independence
by Paul Bolton - April 06, 2018

Community theatre hits a high note with a favorite farcical, fast-paced, irreverent, and funniest musicals ever written - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Independence City Theatre winds wit, crafty comedy, salacious slapstick, fast-paced farce for an evening to twists, turns, and mu... (more...)
BWW Review: LET IT BE at Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: LET IT BE at Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
by Alan Portner - March 26, 2018

The Beatles (or the next best thing existing) played KC's Kauffman Center this past weekend. The ersatz Fab Four treated a full auditorium to fifty-five memorable Beatles' melodies during their 2012 re-creation entitled 'Let It Be.'... (more...)
BWW Review: INFORMED CONSENT at UNICORN THEATRE BWW Review: INFORMED CONSENT at UNICORN THEATRE
by Paul Bolton - March 17, 2018

INFORMED CONSENT now showing at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City takes a startling look at the challenges society faces when science clashes with cultural pride and historical faith.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL THAT KC JAZZ at Folly Theater BWW Review: ALL THAT KC JAZZ at Folly Theater
by Paul Bolton - March 16, 2018

Kansas City Women's Chorus 'ALL THAT KC JAZZ' March 16 & 18 Folly Theater downtown with guest artists Millie Edwards & Kelly Hunt. A concert of classic and contemporary hits that span the depths of blues to the soaring excitement of Jazz.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - March 10, 2018

Sex With Strangers' by Laura Eason at K.C. Repertory Theatre's Copaken Stage downtown is not about what you think it is. Put the sex piece aside.  The 'Sex' is the romantic comedy / tragic / life lesson framework inside of which the real story is constructed.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Theatre In The Park At Johnson County Arts And Heritage Center BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Theatre In The Park At Johnson County Arts And Heritage Center
by Paul Bolton - March 10, 2018

TTIP finds itself on the right side of the road with AVENUE Q, now showing at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center Theatre in Overland Park... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY'S GOLDEN AGE at Musical Theater Heritage BWW Review: BROADWAY'S GOLDEN AGE at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - March 05, 2018

MTH Theatre's 'Broadway's Golden Age' is a couple of hours well spent for those of us who love classic musical theatre. A revue full of show tunes is relatively common in Kansas City, but this George Harter written retrospective has a throughput theme and a singing - dancing cast that is particularl... (more...)
BWW Review: RIGOLETTO at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City BWW Review: RIGOLETTO at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - March 04, 2018

Lyric Opera of Kansas City opened its excellent production of Verdi's 'Rigoletto' this weekend to appreciative audiences.  The voices are excellent, the orchestra is sublime, and the sets are both massive and ornate. ... (more...)
BWW Review: TUCK EVERLASTING at The Coterie Theatre In Crown Center BWW Review: TUCK EVERLASTING at The Coterie Theatre In Crown Center
by Paul Bolton - March 03, 2018

'Tuck Everlasting' performing live at the Coterie Theatre is a stirring show that questions what life would be like if we were immortal here on earth. Jammed full of thoughtful performances and youthful energy it beams with optimism. Showing February 27 thru April 5, 2018 in Crown Center in the h... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at Theater League BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at Theater League
by Alan Portner - February 28, 2018

Broadway Across America's "Finding Neverland" opens as a wonderful possibility, yet refuses to soar as we dare to hope it might.   "Neverland" is a pretty darn good show imbued with magical moments, yet somehow falls short of the special experience it might have been.... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL at Starlight Indoor Theatre KC BWW Review: BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL at Starlight Indoor Theatre KC
by Paul Bolton - February 28, 2018

Starlight Indoor Theatre KC closes their winter season with the hilarious 'Broadway's Next H!T Musical' a musical-comedy improvisation created on stage from audience suggested material. Showing Feb 27- March 4, 2018, #PhonyAwards on Facebook and Instagram at BroadwaysNextHitmusical... (more...)
BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at New Theatre Restaurant BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at New Theatre Restaurant
by Alan Portner - February 23, 2018

New Theatre Restaurant's 'Barefoot in the Park' is a charming, time warp that points up how much attitudes in America have shifted over 55 years.  A romantic comedy in the best 'Doc' Simon tradition. ... (more...)
BWW Review: DIXIE'S NEVER WEAR A TUBE TOP WHILE RIDING  A MECHANICAL BULL at Starlight Theatre KC BWW Review: DIXIE'S NEVER WEAR A TUBE TOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL at Starlight Theatre KC
by Paul Bolton - February 14, 2018

Dixie's Tube Top tears into town like a tornado ripping through a trailer park. Dixie Longate stars in this latest installment of comedy from the Tupperware Queen of Mobile. Now showing at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City Feb 13-18, 2018... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at White BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at White
by Alan Portner - February 09, 2018

This community theatre production co-directed by Zach Faust and Steven Eubank both cooks and works. The actors have made these characters their own.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Kansas City Repertory Theatre BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - February 05, 2018

Kansas City Repertory Theatre's re-imagined production of Simon Stephen's 2013 award winning "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is funny, inventive, touching, and deeply engaging for its audience.... (more...)
BWW Review: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at Starlight Theatre KC BWW Review: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at Starlight Theatre KC
by Paul Bolton - January 31, 2018

If you're in need of a good belly laugh that only high comedy can deliver you won't want to miss the latest incarnation of "Forbidden Broadway", now showing at the Starlight (indoor) Theatre in Kansas City. Showing Jan 30 thru Feb 4, 2018 this is true musical comedy parody fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: PROJECT DAWN at Unicorn Theatre BWW Review: PROJECT DAWN at Unicorn Theatre
by Alan Portner - January 30, 2018

"Project Dawn," Karen Hartman's new play at the Unicorn Theatre, is powerfully heart-rending, often slyly funny, and serendipitously timely during a national conversation over drug abuse and sex trafficking.... (more...)
BWW Review: THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC at Quality Hill Playhouse BWW Review: THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC at Quality Hill Playhouse
by Alan Portner - January 29, 2018

That Old Black Magic," runs now through February 18th at Quality Hill Playhouse in downtown Kansas City. A superior cast and outstanding backup musicians make for a typically professional evening of classic tunes this time by Harold Arlen.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECRET OF COURAGE at The Coterie Theatre BWW Review: THE SECRET OF COURAGE at The Coterie Theatre
by Paul Bolton - January 26, 2018

The Secret of Courage by Laurie Brooks based on the story 'Imaginary Friends' by Terry Brooks, is an enchanting tale of heartache, friendship, and courage. Now showing at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center near Downtown Kansas City MO. Combining live action with dramatic special effects this new ... (more...)
BWW Review: SEA MARKS AT KCAT at KCAT At Union Station BWW Review: SEA MARKS AT KCAT at KCAT At Union Station
by Paul Bolton - January 14, 2018

KCAT garners high marks for 'Sea Marks' an Irish romantic comedy now showing at the City Theatre in Union Station. Starring Cinnamon Schultz and Darren Kennedy as an unlikely romantic couple the show explores romance, personal acceptance, and the lure of the sea.... (more...)