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Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Stage

Re: “Lily Tomlin and her reinvented alter egos perform at the Kauffman Center

Damn!! She looks like she hasnt aged a bit since i first saw her on Laugh In during the 70s!!

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Posted by c on 11/16/2011 at 3:57 PM

Re: “At the Living Room, Apathy
meets a bitter end

If your balls are cyclical enough to give a terribly written and pretty obviously biased critique without hiding behind the coward's shield of anonymity, I will personally give you a $20 refund.

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Posted by seanhogge on 09/14/2011 at 2:47 PM

Re: “At the Living Room, Apathy
meets a bitter end

I thought this was the biggest waste of time I have seen in a long time. The space lived up to its name in that I felt like I was sitting in a living room watching college friends get high and "write a play."

It said nothing about humanity or 9/11. Further, it said nothing about anything. The two supporting characters were pointless to the plot, sans the incredibly immature "debates" about religion and drug use. For someone who supports the legalization of Marijuana I found the playwrights viewpoints, that were transparently inserted, to be quite lame and elementary. Not to mention the 20 minute "bit" of trying to find a working lighter which was so tedious I wanted to stab my eyes out in some kind of Oedipus Rex cliche that would have been far more interesting than this play ever would hope to be.

The whole "Greasy balls" bit, the suicide note NEVER revealed, etc. merely enhanced the perception in which this play apparently takes pride in: the "cool theatre" thing to do is put whatever crap you can choke out quickly and invite your friends to (there were certainly no advances in audience development when I was there) because they'll laugh stroke each others egos and claim to be a successful venture.

The terrorists won with this show. I was squandered out of my $20 (the outrageous ticket price given the production value) and I left feeling angry about the state of American culture. Too bad the Taliban couldn't censor out this piece of crap.

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Posted by blah blah on 09/14/2011 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Macbeth glows in the park

Hi Guest (if that is really your name),

Rufus Burns as a servant didn't bother me. There are a lot of very minor characters in this play and he wasn't the only very talented actor relegated to a line or two. I like color-blind casting, and that doesn't mean it can be only in lead roles. Burns was excellent this year in bigger roles in Ruined at the Unicorn and King Stag at UMKC, but I'll bet he's happy to have this job. That said, if you want to see some of the city's best actors, I highly recommend The Wiz at the Coterie (which I'll be reviewing next week). It's an all-multi-cultural cast and it is fabulous. You certainly don't have to have kids to go.

And yes, the boy's accent bothered me, but I have a policy, both professional and personal, of ignoring children in productions unless they are featured players and absolutely must be mentioned. It's the most merciful policy for all.

Posted by Grace Suh on 06/30/2011 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Macbeth glows in the park

I have a couple observations I wanted to share with the general public. Overall, I felt the performance was acceptable. The characters of Malcom and The Porter stood out to me as breathing the most life and specificity into their characters. Generally, I think Macbeth (the story) came through; although, I had a little trouble hearing the meaning come out of the text. I was taught early on as a student of Shakespeare that if the audience does not understand the language of the text, the fault lies with the actors. The actors convey the meaning through their actions, inflections, and emotions. This is not easy. Because Elizabethan English isn't the everyday lingo, actors have an enormous burden of bridging the gap between our two distant cultures. Having a hard time understanding the play was especially upsetting to me because I know the story and was familiar with the play. There were a few things particularly disturbing, which altogether pulled my suspension of disbelief. The only person of color I saw in the entire cast crossed the stage with a tray of drinks (a servant). This was early in the play, and I felt this was a careless directing choice. I do not think anything is inherently offensive for a person of color to carry drinks, but when it's on the stage, and it's the only thing the director could think to give this poor company member, it stands out as an insensitive signifier. I remember thinking to myself, "Really? Did that just happen?" Racial direction aside, another element that pulled me out of the story was the random English accent for the actor that played the son of the Thane of Fife (Macduff's Son). No one else in the entire play had any kind of an English or Scottish dialect. I laughed. I will tally that one up to sloppy attention to detail by the director, or maybe the young man that played him decided he would go rogue. After all, good Shakespeare has to be done with a proper English accent...The last criticism I have for the play was for the fight choreography. The fights looked like stage combat. They shouldn't ever look like pulled hits or careful blows. Unless of course the director wants something more surreal and stylized. But this wasn't the case for this production of Macbeth. They were going for realism (especially as evidenced by the very effective freshly severed head of the usurper, which looked stunningly like the actor playing Macbeth). Good fight choreography looks like real fighting. Enough said there.
Please don't get me wrong my intention was not to belittle or mock the efforts of this fine company. I applaud their efforts. There were actually several times when I really enjoyed a particular scene. However, I am just really picky and want so badly to be pulled into a good story and lose myself for a good hour and a half. I can't help it if a careless directing choice or an awkward fight pulls me back to reality. I want to be taken away....take me there!

Posted by Guest on 06/29/2011 at 4:39 PM

Re: “The Unicorn's Ruined uncovers the rubble of war

One further source of day-by-day narration of the Civil War events can be found in the NYT blog, Disunion http://bit.ly/dNE4wR

Posted by ritarbutler on 04/27/2011 at 2:24 AM

Re: “KC Rep has its way with Cabaret

Kein Problem.

Posted by Erdbeermund2 on 03/31/2011 at 12:35 PM

Re: “KC Rep has its way with Cabaret

Great review with which I completely agree. Sally was, unfortunately, the weakest link. But it was still a great show.

Posted by Anne on 03/30/2011 at 2:25 PM

Re: “KC Rep has its way with Cabaret

Excellent review by Grace Suh!

Posted by Shirley on 03/30/2011 at 9:32 AM

Re: “KC Rep has its way with Cabaret

Really wish I could see this. I just saw the movie again and it's sheer genius. Great reveiw.

Posted by Jenny Mcphee on 03/30/2011 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Two Jews makes nice, Fully Committed books, and Love Song syncopates

Okay so maybe I'm not moving to Kansas....But Kansas City is certainly lucky to have you, Grace Suh. Because of your review I just bought a ticket to see One Flea Spare here in London. I found your last two paragraphs in this review particularly though provoking...

Posted by Jennymcphee on 03/10/2011 at 2:39 AM

Re: “Unicorn and KC Actors drink with the devil while Coterie at Night parties with vampires

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Posted by arvinlexor123 on 03/02/2011 at 10:09 PM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

Thanks for the kind words Amy! All the ladies in the cast are happy that you enjoyed the show!

Donette
(Berniece)

Posted by Thespiansheree on 03/02/2011 at 8:46 PM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

And may I add,the woman that played the enjoyable character Grace is named Sherry Roulette Moseley. The young girl who played the daughter name is Maya Hill. She is the real life daughter of the phenomonal actor Mykel Hill that portrayed Boy Willie. A very talented cast indeed!

Posted by MET volunteer 2 on 03/02/2011 at 6:40 PM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

The woman who played Berneice is named Donette Coleman, and yes, she's spectacular. :)

Posted by MET volunteer on 03/02/2011 at 6:05 PM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

Last Friday I attented the MET performance of 'The Piano Lesson' and could not agree more with the reviewer. Unfortunanely though I wish her eyes wasnt so drawn to the all the men in the cast that she didn't notice any of the actresses that presented noteworthy performances. The actress that portrayed 'Bernice' had such a strong stage presence that was totally believable. I wish I had kept my program so that I can list these young ladies by name . The ENTIRE cast presented an incredible show. Shame on you Grace Suh for being so attracted to the males in the cast that you totally excluded the females performances. Congratulations to the MET on a great show.

Posted by Amy on 03/02/2011 at 3:38 PM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

Okay, that's it. I'm moving to Kansas City.

Posted by Jennymcphee on 03/02/2011 at 9:04 AM

Re: “KC Rep's Circle Mirror Transformation and MET's The Piano Lesson play for keeps

Nice play.
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Posted by jim81 on 03/02/2011 at 4:30 AM
Posted by LK on 02/16/2011 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Kansas City Actors Theatre and UMKC Theatre join forces in Oh, What a Lovely War!

Oh What A Lovely Review!

Posted by Jenny Mcphee on 02/16/2011 at 8:26 AM

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