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A Magnificent ‘Raisin in the Sun’ at KC Rep

Thanks to a gallery of stunning performances by both local and out-of-town actors, Kansas City Repertory Theatre delivers an exceptional production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1950s drama, “A Raisin in the Sun.” Audiences will enjoy acting of the highest order from inspired performers. “A Raisin in the Sun” is considered a classic, and rightly so, thanks to […]

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Woman’s Fate: Good Performances Elevate Unicorn Drama About the Will to Survive

That women suffer during wartime is hardly a news flash. Troops have raped indiscriminately throughout history. But a war crime is a war crime. And dramatists have appropriately revisited, examined and judged atrocities since the beginning of theater. Danai Gurira’s drama “Eclipsed” gains strength from its specificity. Gurira sets her five-character story in the later […]

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The MET Scores with August Wilson’s Beautifully Written “Gem of the Ocean”

Fine performances — deeply felt, charismatic, Shakespearean — are what you take away from Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s affecting production of “Gem of the Ocean,” the ninth drama in August Wilson’s historic cycle of plays depicting African-American life in each decade of the 20th century. Give Karen Paisley, the MET’s artistic director, credit for staging the […]

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