The 2011 season of National Theatre Live! begins with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, a Broadway-bound, comedy direct from its current sold-out run in London. With slapstick, satire and gags galore, this howlingly funny play centers around a triumphant performance by James Gordon as a hapless, over-stretched, two-timing servant. This smash hit version of a classic Italian comedy — updated from 18th Century Italy to Brighton in the swinging 1960s — has sex, food and money high on the agenda. If you like to laugh, come catch this wonderful production featuring a stellar ensemble cast.

John Turturro’s wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples, PASSIONE, was “rapturously received” (Variety) and interrupted by “spontaneous outbreaks of applause” (Sight + Sound Magazine) in Italy, where it played for more than four months (its soundtrack on the charts for five). A brilliant actor in film, theater, and television, Turturro is also the director of three features (including ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES) and a man whose talents are fueled by an unquenchable zest for life. He describes PASSIONE as “a musical adventure that comes directly out of the people and the volcanic land they inhabit.  Conjuring ancient stories and myths that still live — of love, sex, jealousy, and social protest — each song is a small screenplay, an emotional postcard.”

Join KCPT and Tivoli Cinemas on Saturday morning, October 8 for the latest installment in a new series of free monthly Community Cinema screenings and discussionsDEAF JAM follows a group of New York City deaf teens who reveal their passions, frustrations, and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry — eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers. Performing in ASL, a dramatic visual language, the poets use rhythm, movement, and body language to create a cinematic equivalent to oral poetry. Closed captioning and audio guides will be available. Tickets available at the door.

Holding over this week are the hit French thriller POINT BLANK (3-1/2 stars from the KC Star) and the whimsical and charming adaptation of the beloved best-seller, THE HEDGEHOG.


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