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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

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.

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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!

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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!
Charley

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Posted by charley on 01/15/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The Pitch's 14 favorite books of 2014

Thank you for this list and the ideas for books to pick up soon. The one book that really stuck with me this year was The Kept by James Scott. It came out way back in January, and it keeps coming back to me like Cormac McCarthy's novels tend to do.

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Posted by Dreadpirate82 on 12/26/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Danny Orendorff's last Charlotte Street show favors text over texture

I never comment on the internet, but this review has basically forced me to. This was hands down the best gallery show I've ever seen in Kansas City. I was on the verge of tears. The criticism that it required too much reading (and thinking?) strikes me as incredibly odd. This sentence in particular makes absolutely no sense to me: "But the overall effect is more archival than visceral — I couldn't help but feel that I was reading art instead of experiencing it." What does the contrast between "archival" and "visceral" mean? Has the author ever explored an archive before? and the contrast of reading art with experiencing it? Is reading not an "experience"? Very confusing and strange criticism. What is an art object other than it's history and the exact context in which we view it?

Compounded by the glowing review of the embarrassingly self-eggrandizing and tone-deaf Honig #selfie show, The Pitch has really been crapping it up lately with art reviews.

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Posted by Nein Bitte on 11/26/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Pitch fall guide to Halloween events

http://halloween31st.com/

Posted by halloween on 10/21/2014 at 3:47 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!

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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!

Bill...you are an Israeli agent!

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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.

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Posted by Populist at Heart on 09/26/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Debra Smith's Shifting Territory takes the textiles artist to unfamiliar places

Maybe it's not important to be concerned with what others are doing and the attention they're getting. It seems as soon as artists become the darlings of the rich and famous, (for example Jeff Koons and Richter), their creativity becomes a barren desert. Creativity is precious. It's somewhat like a child. Sometimes it's strong, but sometimes its vulnerable and fragile. It has to be protected and even somewhat isolated from the expectations of what others expect to see from you. If one looks around, its obvious how quickly and easily it can evaporate and leave once creative people with nothing more than to talk about what they once did.
You seem to question yourself a lot, which is healthy. But if you ask yourself where you're going or when you'll get there, you're already there. You're an artist creating and building works of art. That's not to say you won't get better and find still more interesting possibilities to explore and develop. Martha Argerich burst upon the music world by performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. Technically it was perfect, but the next step is to turn it into music. Today she is in her 60's, very active, and has turned her playing into the production of music, art.
I look forward to seeing what you have been producing at the Haw.

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Posted by Mike on 09/25/2014 at 12:13 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.

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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

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

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