Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Stage

Re: “Sixty or 90 minutes at a time, Fringe and the Invasion reveal heroes and also-rans

Interesting - and by that I mean 'superficial'. I saw 'Mata Hari' on the final performance and found the style intriguing, the performance utterly engaging, and the episodic nature of the portrayal more like watching a movie come to life. Perhaps your critic should get out more?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gary Redruth on 07/24/2015 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Tribes listens closely to one family talking in several frequencies

Indeed, Tribes was a wonderful play. The actors were fantastic. I read the script before I went to see this production, so it's really helped me understand what's going on in the play. However, I'm speaking for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience who rely on the interpreters for accessing ASL in order to understand the play. According to the perspectives of Deaf individuals, including myself, it was difficult to watch only two female interpreters take over six characters' roles and determine who was speaking for whom in those acts and scenes. The delivery was not very smooth. That would have been much more appreciative if Unicorn Theatre had included either a Deaf ASL specialist, a Deaf theater patron/consultant, or a RID-certified and qualified interpreter who's specialized in theatrics, so they would have collaborated and come up with a better strategy together to ensure that the Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience would have as equal access as the hearing audience does. Additionally, they would even have enjoyed it much more without getting lost in translation. Oh, the irony.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jennifer 1 on 06/18/2015 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Lily Tomlin is still stirring up trouble

I don't think this new movie is her first starring role. Didn't she get top billing for "The Incredible Shrinking Woman"? Probably others, too. Should have done your homework out of respect for this comedy legend.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Andrew on 06/10/2015 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Sticky Traps bogs down in its own anger

....oh that's what this play is about......I was confused by the title. I thought it was about a spooge covered tranny!

Posted by JohnHolmes on 05/19/2015 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Sticky Traps bogs down in its own anger

Having just that day lost a small family member, the pain of losing a child definitely resonating with me. I think it was a good play with good actors and worth seeing.

Posted by Bgirl on 05/14/2015 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Sticky Traps bogs down in its own anger

I saw this a couple of weeks ago and think I enjoyed it more than this reviewer. Yes, there are moments of melodrama that don't feel completely earned, but overall, I think the cast does a great job. I did find myself wishing the set were oriented differently; it is a bit odd to have the audience viewing the church from the back, as if we are the missing part of the congregation, rather than from the side or front, so we don't spend so much time viewing the actors' backs. I was also concerned with this only being a four person cast, but they pull it off well and made me realize that adding additional cast members would have been overkill.
This play is definitely worth seeing; the story is current and while I think the writer could have found a better way to end the story (not sure there was really a need for yet more drama), what we are presented with is powerful and the cast is talented.

Posted by weallmatter on 05/14/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Unicorn gets the most out of a hard Cock

That's one hell of a neck right there.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Shalah on 05/08/2015 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The KC Rep's Hair: Retrospection smartly braids old and new

Having seen the original Hair in KC plus last years reprise I am sorry to miss this one. Still the story is alive and real. We thought we had something as a society and we did at the time. At least they aren't threatening to arrest the nude actors. Congrats on having it.

Posted by Dean Hughson on 04/07/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Great Immensity at KC Rep takes on global warming

If you create your introduction crazy, it really is a great way to get the visitors in it. diy upholstery

Posted by williama on 02/28/2015 at 6:25 AM

Re: “KC Rep's An Iliad makes its retold stories unforgettable

I saw this, and it was excellent. I highly recommend checking it out.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Guy on 02/06/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Jessalyn Kincaid shape-shifts through her roles — onstage and off

What an amazing talent.

Posted by Joshua Reed on 01/25/2015 at 6:10 PM

Re: “David Wayne Reed gives his characters and his audience a hand in Help Yourself

Can't wait to see it! Congrats!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Heidi Van on 01/21/2015 at 7:15 AM
Posted by David Wayne Reed on 01/20/2015 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Jessalyn Kincaid shape-shifts through her roles — onstage and off

One of the best comedic actresses in KC who also has great vocal talents. Too bad AHT is gone. I always enjoyed her performances there. Go see her, you won't be sorry!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by charley on 01/15/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Is Bill Maher a "Christ-hating, half-Jew, half-pedophile, rape-enabling Catholic"? We report!

I guess you can't be a humorist with a point of view! Sheesh!

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by shysharon on 10/07/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Is Bill Maher a "Christ-hating, half-Jew, half-pedophile, rape-enabling Catholic"? We report! are an Israeli agent!

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Aron on 10/07/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “KC Rep shines new light on Our Town — but do we see it better?

Brilliant review. That said, I think you may be too hard on yourself. You admit that there is a surprise in the 3rd Act that felt like rare "theatrical magic" and made you cry. But then you say it made you feel manipulated. I don't think that 3rd act surprise cancelled the quality of the overall show. I did hate the bright lights (I was seated onstage). I've never cried so much at a show. I realized Our Town is one of the most complex, poignant plays ever written. It peels back the layer between life and death, which isn't a trivial endeavour.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Populist at Heart on 09/26/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “KC Rep shines new light on Our Town — but do we see it better?

I appreciate this review!

Posted by Tracy Abeln on 09/18/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “The effects of Kansas City Actors Theatre on Paul Zindel's Marigolds

Excellent review! I saw this play last night and it affected me deeply. Here are comments I sent to some friends which echo the insights expressed in this review:

The thing about this play is that it is horribly depressing yet fascinating. The single mother of two daughters considers herself a crazy failure (true!) and is very abusive to them, going so far as to forbid her daughter whose refuge is school & science from going to school on some days and deliberately killing their pet rabbit. There is a lot of yelling. Yet it it is so impressive (won a Pulitzer prize) simply because it is so true to this underside of regular life. While watching it I thought what am I doing listening to this crazy nonsense yet I woke up this morning very rejuvenated by the uncensored jolt of reality.

Plus the acting was so good and the actors LOOKED so much their parts, the mother slouching around sloppily with her half-colored hair scraggly in old house dresses and bathrobes. The science-minded daughter was plain and retreating and the sister a loud-mouthed shrew. What a bunch of characters. Yet the science daughter's belief in a better future through science blew through all the crap. (The name of the play has to do with a science experiment in which she is growing irradiated marigold seeds and studying the mutations - she wins first prize which sets up a big conflict for the mother's persona. The mother ends up not going to the competition but staying home and killing the rabbit as a way of punishing everyone for her failures..).

An amazing example of the ways the director downplays the family's disfunction and present it in the light of this family's "normal" is the lack of reaction, in the end, on the part of the daughters to the rabbit's death. As if the mother is simply a fact that is there and cannot be changed.

No wonder this play is just about sold out, as I found out when I looked into going to see it again and bringing another friend into its atomic pattern.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jeanne Bojarski on 08/29/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Stage Q&A: Vi Tran talks about his upbringing and how he raised his own Son

This Q&A isn't meant to be a review of Vi Tran's new, in-progress work. Rather, it's a vehicle for learning more about the man behind the persona, as well as about his process. Actors put themselves out there emotionally, which, to me, seems difficult enough. When performers — male or female — add physical exposure onstage, I'm curious to know the process, thinking or feeling that went into that choice. In a conversation about process, I'd have been remiss not to ask Tran about his choices in such a circumstance.

Posted by Deborah on 08/13/2014 at 6:19 PM

All contents ©2015 Kansas City Pitch LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of Kansas City Pitch LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.

All contents © 2012 SouthComm, Inc. 210 12th Ave S. Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of SouthComm, Inc.
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Website powered by Foundation