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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

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

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

Mr. Tran is trying to tell the story of his current show and families stuggles and the Pitch wants to talk about that time he got his dong out on stage last year. Stay classy.

For what it's worth I've seen this production (The Butcher's Son) and it is a powerful and moving. What it lacks in costume and choreography it more than makes up with music, heart, and SUBSTANCE.

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Posted by Geronymous on 08/13/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Slow-jamming the news with the Rocket Grant-backed journal Civilian

Nice. I always thought KC could use something like "This Land Press" out of Oklahoma.

Posted by kappa on 08/01/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Stanya Kahn visits the suburbs for Grand Arts' Don't Go Back to Sleep

The viewing area really immersed me into the domicile setting, so much so that I found myself looking around for a pool table to pass the time and feeling around the couch cushions for a remote so I could change the channel. "Don't Go Back to Sleep" is the artist's hopeful message to viewers who wake up after forty minutes and realize this boring freshman film project won't end for another half-hour.

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Posted by Arts Patron on 06/22/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “At Kemper at the Crossroads, there's no place like home

Another boring laundry list of descriptives masquerading as a review. It is toothless writing from someone with a deadeye and a critical faculty to match.

2 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by City Boy on 06/19/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Anne Lindberg opens her final KC show before a move east

Damn. Another excellent, mature artist leaves town. What's up with that?

Posted by Jenna on 06/13/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Jeran Avery's drawings hurtle around you at City Ice Arts

Congrats JERAN!! Nice job!

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Posted by Kelly Hampshire Marlborough on 06/12/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Anne Lindberg opens her final KC show before a move east

I saw her work at the Secrist Gallery in Chicago. Interesting stuff.

Posted by wesuilks on 06/06/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Leslie Fraley's Finefolk imports new-to-KC fashion lines

It's a fabulous store. For my fashion forward wife - I find myself doing most of my gift shopping there.

Posted by Stephen Streiker on 05/26/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Spinning Tree romances Sondheim with A Little Night Music

Hi, "???," thanks for your comment. No argument here on Night Music's fine design team--no one should be "blamed" for equipment malfunction, but it's certainly something I think a sound designer would want to be aware of and address for future audiences if there's an issue. As I said, this is something I've noticed at other Off Center productions this season, which makes me wonder if this might be an ongoing issue (short, etc.) with a pesky piece of equipment.

I do actually have a background (and degree) in technical theatre, and I'm keenly aware that wigs and costumes can create minor flubs and rustling. That wasn't the culprit at Sunday's performance.

Best of luck with the rest of the run--you should feel proud to be involved with such a quality production.

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Posted by Liz on 05/14/2014 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Spinning Tree romances Sondheim with A Little Night Music

I would just like to point out that one should endeavor to have some background in technical theatre before they put the blame on the sound designer. A Little Night Music had an excellent sound designer and engineer mixing the actors and the band throughout. However, there are factors that cannot be controlled. An actor's wig could get in the way of the mic, causing the sound you heard or the mic could get bumped. Any number of things could contribute to what you heard and I think it's unfair for you to automatically find fault with the sound designer. Next time, get some perspective on the elements you're critiquing before you start pointing fingers. Thank you.

Posted by ??? on 05/14/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

No one cares.

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Posted by Not News on 04/28/2014 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Before heading to NYC, Jonathan Jensen answers our Stage Questionnaire

Jessica's a great talent, and I'll miss seeing her on the KC stage. Best of luck to both!

Posted by Liz on 04/28/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Google 'Pratt and Whitney double wasp' and choose the Wikipedia page. The aircraft with the double wasp engine are listed.
The C46 was built by Curtis Wright in St Louis and was the primary cargo plane that flew 'The Hump' and supported the China war effort against Japan.
The P47 was a work horse fighter in the war against Germany.
The P61 Black Widow was a radar-equipped night fighter used in the Pacific late in the war.
The various 'F' designated aircraft were Navy carrier-based aircraft such as the Hellcat and the Corsair.

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Posted by bill_a on 04/20/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

Please make a coffee table book! The photographs are worth saving in this way and then those of us who live outside of KC can enjoy them too. My father used to drive us by the Jewel Box late at night on a midnight ride to see the neon lights downtown. One of our favorite drives would be on the occasion when the Jewel Box door was open and we could see the performers on stage!

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Posted by Mary Willis on 04/16/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Private Birthday Party celebrates a gay old time in KC

1964 4 am in the morning I am a 13 year old boy throwing newspapers on 5th street in what is now called Columbus Park. At the building then called Al La Sala Hall (now Soda Work Lofts) I see a bunch of Police paddy wagons and they have broken up a fight of perhaps 50-75 men in dresses. They are walking them out of the hall and the men are carrying wigs as they are thrown into the pack of the paddy wagons by not amused police officers. Quite a scene and my guess is some of the pictures were shot there. Later I was a KC Probation officer and had people put on probation to me for being arrested for cross dressing.

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Posted by Dean Hughson on 04/16/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Tracy, thanks for such a great article. Your pieces are part of that history too…producing documents that one day will be glimpses into the past. We saw the show and its amazing! Both of our maternal grandfathers worked at the Pratt-Whitney facility during and after WW II. As you implied too there are many great industrial sites that are still going as well as the others that are gone. I think of seeing the hot steel roll out of the mills in Sheffield while on the bus or the old Northeast power station that used to sit just east of the Capri casino that I used to work at. The turbine room at the steam plant, 2nd and Grand, is incredible still. Garry Noland

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Posted by Garry on 04/09/2014 at 7:04 AM

Re: “At the Belger, a look at the architectures of victory and decay

Wow! Beautifully written Ms. Abeln. Thanks for this review. - Mo Dickens, Gallery Assistant, Belger Arts Center

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Posted by Bothsides on 04/08/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Heartland Men's Chorus executive director Rick Fisher answers our Stage Questionnaire

As Rick stated, this chorus is really so much more than just a chorus. Many have joined the chorus looking for an entrance into the gay community and have found it to be their primary source for friendships and relationships. There are also several straight who sing with the chorus because they identify as allies or enjoy the range and variety of the programming and appreciate the high performance standards. The combination of those standards and the repertoire make it unique.

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Posted by dajawood on 03/26/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Unicorn's Grounded doesn't quite have it all

I saw this show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and thought it was fantastic. Although I missed taking in the production here in KC I have enjoyed reading the reviews about the show. The point in your review that you refer to as a "perhaps unintended message" is interesting and a theme I did not pick up on. It's possible it's due to my male point of view. However, I think we all understand that men and women are not equal to one degree or another, no matter how much we stress that point. Our bodies are different and have some different functions, at least as far as genetic birth is concerned. Man does not equal woman and woman does not equal man.

Perhaps the most interesting perspective on that theme is that Brant derived his female character and point of view from authentic interviews with women in the military - women who have experienced childbirth while serving in the armed forces. To that end, I give him the benefit of the doubt that there is realistic truth in the extreme emotional tendencies and actions or Pilot's character during the climax of the production. And knowing that I have a strong emotional connection to my own son and that many men have experienced post-traumatic stress from careers in military service and I had no trouble connecting to Pilot's character during her story, or understanding her duress in her assumed connection to her target and the target's family in the climax of the play.

Thank you for sharing your thoughtful and generous review.

- Jordan Fox

Posted by Jordan on 02/14/2014 at 5:15 PM

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