Quality Hill scores big with WWII era music
Apr30

Quality Hill scores big with WWII era music

By Bob Evans Get ready to cheer the music of the WWII times with J. Kent Barnhart and his spectacular cast for “As Time Goes By,” as they harmonize in an evening that takes the audience to the 1940s with well-known songs and Barnhart’s charming commentary on unknown facts. One of the amazing parts of this show is to listen to Barnhart’s young cast perform songs written well before they were born. While many of the older audience...

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Doomsday asteroid plummets to earth in new play
Apr26

Doomsday asteroid plummets to earth in new play

By Bob Evans A new play, “Not with a Bang but a Whimper,” by local playwright Jesse Ray Metcalf continues at the Just Off Broadway Theatre with a cast of local favorites who bring outlandish characterizations to this New Age prediction of earth’s end. The theme screams the old adage, “blood is thicker than water” in this family-centered comedy. The play cannot be classified a family-friendly unless your family is predominately adult....

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Whim Productions produce ‘Pastiche’
Apr25

Whim Productions produce ‘Pastiche’

A Single Play Written by TEN Kansas City Playwrights KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One playwright begins a script. They write ten minutes of a play, then hand it off to another. Like keeping a top spinning, each successive writer sends the script to another writer, then another, then another. The result will be a single play, written with one voice, more or less. This is Pastiche, the latest show by Whim Productions. Drawing on Kansas City’s...

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‘Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike’ delivers unforseen hysterical laughter
Apr25

‘Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike’ delivers unforseen hysterical laughter

By Bob Evans Whoever thought Anton Chekhov could be funny? His plays certainly were not, and the best part, they were short and quick reads. But, playwright Christopher Durang certainly found humor in Chekhov’s characters when crafting his brilliant comedy, “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike,” now performing at Olathe Civic Theatre Association through May 7. Director Nino Casisi said that as soon as the show was available for community...

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Dark comedy explodes with family tension, suppressed anger
Apr24

Dark comedy explodes with family tension, suppressed anger

By Bob Evans Get ready to laugh a lot at The Unicorn’s latest production, “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard,” that opened Saturday night, April 22 to the usual packed auditorium. For the first hour plus of the play, enjoy belly laughs as Theodore Swetz rants and raves about his past with story after story of his life as a successful playwright and his struggle to climb the ladder of success, leaving a trail of unhappiness with each...

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