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Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology're back! Missed you terribly...I always need your words love!!!!

Posted by Momishka Johnson on 10/05/2011 at 6:50 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: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

The aspect of seeing beyond one's race or class under at least the Jehovah's Witnesses and Bahai is an act of spiritualism.

Posted by Quan on 08/04/2011 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

So under Scorpio, how does the Spiritualist Movement include the Baha'i Faith, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons?Those three faith communities have nothing to do with Spiritualism.

Posted by Guest on 08/04/2011 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

51 Bullet-Pointed Facts That Dispute Barack Obama's Identity & Eligibility to be President!

Posted by Sam Sewell on 08/03/2011 at 11:22 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: “So Long, Rev

I knew John in the early 1970's and was sad to find out he passed away and happy to find out that he continued to paint ( I loved his work back then and wish I could find some images of later work on the internet), cook, give and entertain. He was a sweet man. May his creative soul continue his journey on the other side.
I saw that Arnie Young (drummer extrordinaire) had a site, read his mention of John, Mike Randall and Mike Temple and it brought back so many memories. I was the Canadian contingent back then with all those talented artists and musicians. Bruce Ricker, jazz film maker who made his first film in KC, passed away last month, was my first husband. Seems like so many of the people from back then are gone, David Upsher, Randy Sterck, Gina Greenlease, Bruce Ricker, John Puscheck. Peace to all of them.
Lenore from Canada

Posted by Guest on 06/16/2011 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Well if you actually read about the person who writes this article his website is called so whether you actually believe or not if you read you may learn something about yourself or astrology. Good luck to you!!

Posted by Brendavog on 06/10/2011 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

It was a serious question, Lori—one that you apparently don't have an answer for. And no, I never developed a taste for complete bullshit. All rancor aside, I just don't get how people enjoy being lied to that way. Maybe you can enlighten me.

Posted by Mark Smith on 06/10/2011 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

If you don't like it, don't read it. And stop wasting space in the comments section with your whiny complaints. Always one in the crowd.

Posted by Lori on 06/09/2011 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Can somebody explain to me why the Pitch is wasting space with this stuff? Do people still take astrology seriously?

Posted by Mark on 06/09/2011 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Beyond delighted that Quan Tracy Cherry is back at The Pitch! This Virgo has missed Quan's style, insight and energy.

Posted by Bahia on 06/09/2011 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Im so glad your back Quan. Thanks you so much. We have missed you.

Posted by Danielle on 06/04/2011 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Welcome back Quan! Great to see you in the Pitch. And this polliwog thinks starting off in Gemini is perfection!

Posted by Loriholt88 on 06/02/2011 at 7:02 AM

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I'm so happy Quan's back! Intellectual astrology at its best!

Posted by Peggy on 05/26/2011 at 8:25 PM

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Thanks, Charles. It is good to be back.

Posted by Quan on 05/26/2011 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Out of Time & Space Astrology

Welcome back Quan!

Posted by Charles on 05/26/2011 at 2:27 PM

Re: “So Long, Rev

I still miss my friend.

Posted by John on 05/14/2011 at 8:57 AM

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