Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL Up Next FOR KCRepCharles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL Up Next FOR KCRep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2018/19 season with a 38-year holiday tradition, Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, running November 16 through December 30 at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. (more...)

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company's HOLMES AND WATSON Is Beyond Elementary
by Herbert Paine - May 19, 2017

David Ira Goldstein's production of Jeffrey Hatcher's HOLMES AND WATSON a masterfully crafted cliffhanger. The play is receiving its world premiere with Arizona Theatre Company. (more...)

Thrilling New Mystery HOLMES AND WATSON to Premiere at Arizona Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Even after his supposed "death" at Reichenbach Falls, the great detective kept his hold on the world through the frauds, fakes and charlatans claiming to be him, forcing the loyal Dr. Watson to find the truth in Arizona Theatre Company's world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Holmes and Watson. (more...)

BWW Review: The Cincinnati Ballet's NUTCRACKER with Poodles Too at Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - Nov 25, 2016

As expected this time of year as TV ads, wreaths and shopping center crowds, 'The Nutcracker' has by now gone beyond being merely a beloved holiday tradition to possibly being the country's most performed work of any type - dance, music or theater. Multiple productions of it appear in dozens of cities year after year and is as much a part of family custom by now as opening presents. (more...)

Cincinnati Ballet Debuts THE NUTCRACKER at the Kennedy Center, 11/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Cincinnati Ballet marks its full company debut at the Kennedy Center with Victoria Morgan's charming production ofThe Nutcracker, November 23-27 for seven performances in the Opera House.A cherished holiday tradition that has become an annual Cincinnati-area favorite, this production features elaborate scenic design by John Ezell, whimsical stage effects with lighting by Trad A Burns, vibrant costumes by Carrie Robbins, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and entrancing choreography by Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan. Morgan, who is celebrating her 20th season with the company, is also oneof very few female Artistic Directors in the ballet world.Following tradition, dozens of local children from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will join the company on stage, whilethe Arlington Children'sChorus lend their voicesto the dazzling snow scene.The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany this production, led by conductor and Cincinnati Ballet Music DirectorCarmon DeLeone. (more...)

Cincinnati Ballet Brings THE NUTCRACKER To Washington DC, 11/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Cincinnati Ballet has been invited to present seven performances ofThe Nutcrackerat the famedJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Artsin Washington, D.C.,November 23 through 27, with theKennedy Center Opera House Orchestraperforming Tchaikovsky's sensational holiday score. (more...)

Cincinnati Ballet Brings THE NUTCRACKER To Washington DC, 11/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Cincinnati Ballet has been invited to present seven performances ofThe Nutcrackerat the famedJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Artsin Washington, D.C.,November 23 through 27, with theKennedy Center Opera House Orchestraperforming Tchaikovsky's sensational holiday score. (more...)

Cincinnati Ballet Debuts THE NUTCRACKER at the Kennedy Center, 11/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Cincinnati Ballet marks its full company debut at the Kennedy Center with Victoria Morgan's charming production ofThe Nutcracker, November 23-27 for seven performances in the Opera House.A cherished holiday tradition that has become an annual Cincinnati-area favorite, this production features elaborate scenic design by John Ezell, whimsical stage effects with lighting by Trad A Burns, vibrant costumes by Carrie Robbins, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and entrancing choreography by Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan. Morgan, who is celebrating her 20th season with the company, is also oneof very few female Artistic Directors in the ballet world.Following tradition, dozens of local children from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will join the company on stage, whilethe Arlington Children'sChorus lend their voicesto the dazzling snow scene.The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany this production, led by conductor and Cincinnati Ballet Music DirectorCarmon DeLeone. (more...)

New Drama SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING to Play Cincinnati Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING, an exciting and inspirational new drama by playwrights Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, heads to the mound to close the Playhouse's 2015-16 Marx Theatre lineup April 23 through May 21 just in time for baseball season in Cincinnati. Their collaboration about the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly, was a smash Playhouse hit in 2013. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Amazing SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING
by Chris Gibson - Mar 24, 2016

With spring training winding down, and the approach of another baseball season approaching, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis closes their 49th season with a terrific selection; SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING. Set after the end of World War II, at a time when race relations were beginning to show small, incremental signs of progress, this story offers us an entertaining and thoughtful look at a time in our history when a beloved pastime could become one of the catalysts for the civil rights movement that would follow years later. It's a snapshot of an era which also reminds us that we still have issues that remain unresolved or fully addressed. And, it's told through the eyes of legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, who played in the Negro Leagues before making his debut in the majors as its oldest 'rookie'. Full of tension, disappointment, and Paige's own rascally sense of humor, the Rep's lovingly crafted production is a true must-see, and deserves a game ball! (more...)

SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING to Wrap The Rep's 49th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan and directed by Ricardo Khan. This freewheeling take on one of baseball's greatest personalities runs March 16-April 10 on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 pm; selected Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 4 pm; selected Saturday nights at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm; and selected Sunday evenings at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW Review: DISGRACED Skirts The Edges of Inconvenient Truths
by Herbert Paine - Nov 19, 2015

DISGRACED treads into a quicksand from which there is neither recovery, redemption, or revelation. There is only the sound and the fury of a soul adrift in the arid land of self-loathing and his irresistible pull toward tragedy. AZ Theatre Company does standup production but can't relieve play of its shortcomings. As explosive as its onstage fireworks and confessions are ~ and there is definitely no shortage of intensity in this play ~ DISGRACED ultimately falls flat, unsatisfying, and almost objectionable like an expired bromide ~ pop pop fizz fizz but no relief. (more...)

KC Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins 11/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season with the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Barbara Fields and directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. Performances run November 20 through December 24 at the NEWLY RENOVATED Spencer Theatre. Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition is back for its 35th season, and the magnificent new Spencer Theatre promises an experience that's more magical than ever. Come share the joy of the holiday season, as our theatre transforms into a page right out of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Richly textured sets, ornate costumes and spectacular special effects will transport the entire family into the tale of the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, who requires the intervention of a few ghostly guides to find the true meaning of Christmas - and life itself. Opening night is Saturday, November 28th at 8:00 pm. Past production high resolution photos can be found here . (more...)

BWW Reviews: Outstanding Production of THE WINSLOW BOY by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - Feb 17, 2015

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' artistic director, Steven Woolf, always has a knack for finding a classic, sometimes a neglected one, to present each season. This year it's Terence Rattigan's revered play THE WINSLOW BOY, which some will remember from various revivals and film versions (1948 & 1999), and which stands out as a dramatic piece fraught with injustice. It's a story, based on fact, that is still as relevant today as it was when it was written. A splendid cast and keenly sharpened direction combine to provide a very compelling piece of theatre. (more...)

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to Continue Season with THE WINSLOW BOY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan and directed by Steven Woolf. Based on a true events, The Winslow Boy will be performed on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University), Webster Groves, February 11-March 8, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The KC Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, No Better Way to Start The Holidays
by Steve Wilson - Dec 1, 2014

Like a fine glass of champagne, A Christmas Carol, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre only gets better with age. The 34th production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and adapted by Barbara Fields, opened on Saturday November 29 at the Spencer Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The KC Rep continues its 50th anniversary with the magnificent production of the holiday classic, which has been seen by more than a half million patrons since 1981. The KC Rep serves more than 12,000 schoolchildren annually. (more...)

KC Rep Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Jerry Genochio. Performances run November 21 through December 26 at UMKC's Spencer Theatre. (more...)

Kansas City Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Jerry Genochio. Performances run tonight, November 21 through December 26 at UMKC's Spencer Theatre. (more...)

Kansas City Repertory Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Open 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Jerry Genochio. Performances run November 21 through December 26 at UMKC's Spencer Theatre. Since 1981, more than half a million audience members have fallen in love with Dicken's ageless story of the ghostly experiences of the hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical Christmas Eve. Press night is Saturday, November 29th, 8pm curtain. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wonderful Production of THE MOUSETRAP at The Rep
by Chris Gibson - Dec 10, 2013

I can't say that I've ever read much of Agatha Christie's work, I'm more inclined toward the convoluted and pulpy prose of Raymond Chandler myself. But, there's no denying the staying power of her play, THE MOUSETRAP, which is still running in Britain since its opening in 1952. It's become an institution, and has influenced countless writers with its mix of quirky characters and deliberately misleading red herrings. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is presenting this classic mystery in a splendidly performed production, and it's a perfect holiday treat that engages and entertains. (more...)

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