Neil LaBute play at Unicorn is, like, whatever

I wish I could say how many times “whatever” is uttered in the meandering dialogue of The Way We Get By. But I wasn’t counting. Nor did I tally the repetitions of “like,” another place-holder word employed by the inarticulate. “Whatnot” makes a handful of cameo appearances. Incomplete sentences and thought fragments abound. Playwright Neil […]

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Death and money collide onstage at KC Rep

Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand is a brainy thriller balanced precariously between a melodrama and an international finance seminar. It’s fascinating, unique and even educational as nuanced characters engage in crisp exchanges about capitalism, money laundering, international currency markets and the First World’s exploitation of the Third World. Kansas City audiences first encountered the prize-winning […]

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Disney Studio Renovated and Revitalized

No name looms bigger than Walt Disney as a favorite son in Kansas City, so it’s fitting that his landmark office becomes once again a major attraction. And no one seems better suited to spearhead that resurgence than local mover-and-shaker Butch Rigby, owner of KC’s Screenland Theatres for 26 years. After all, Diane Disney, daughter […]

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Crystal Bridges Exhibit Captures Power of Dance

John Singer Sargent’s Capri Girl on a Rooftop dancing to a tambourine. William H. Johnson’s modernist depiction of an African American couple jitterbugging. The iconic picture of an exuberant flatboatman dancing a jig by George Caleb Bingham. These are a handful of the artworks gathered in the exhibit “The Art of American Dance,” opening Oct. […]

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