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An Actress, an Artist and a Mystical Quest: ‘Frida’ at KC Rep

An Actress, an Artist and a Mystical Quest: ‘Frida’ at KC Rep

Vanessa Severo has assigned herself a next-to-impossible task in the one-woman show, “Frida . . . A Self Portrait” — to tell a compressed version of the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo while weaving the actress/playwright’s own story into a kaleidoscopic narrative.  Clocking in at about 75 minutes, the show whips along at such […]

Man and Dog: ‘Bond’ at the Unicorn is Heartfelt and Moving

Man and Dog: ‘Bond’ at the Unicorn is Heartfelt and Moving

Actor/playwright Logan Black’s “Bond” is, among other things, a tale of service, bravery, fear and endurance in a time of war.  But beyond that, this extended monologue is a love story. And like any good love story should, it packs a punch. Black and a smart yellow lab named Diego served together in Iraq as […]

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s luminous “The Pearl Fishers” resonates with modern imagination.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s luminous “The Pearl Fishers” resonates with modern imagination.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presented Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” (Les pêcheurs de perles) with passionate performances, athletic dancing and dazzling visual display in Saturday’s opening night performance. Set in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in an unspecified time period, it is of a world straddling ancient traditions and modern influences, demonstrated here with […]

Strong performances boost “Shawshank Redemption” at the MET

Strong performances boost “Shawshank Redemption” at the MET

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues its season with the North American premiere of “The Shawshank Redemption,” taken from the same source material on which writer/director Frank Darabont based his memorable 1994 film.  This lively production, directed by Bob Paisley and showcasing a gifted, diverse cast, is performed on a sparsely decorated stage in a way that […]

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