Drag diva saves factory with flashy fashion style
Sep30

Drag diva saves factory with flashy fashion style

By Bob Evans Get ready for a clashing of cultures when you see Starlight Theatre’s current traveling production of “Kinky Boots” that’s here for a 3-night weekend run at KC’s largest outdoor venue in Swope Park. “Kinky Boots” tells the story of a down and almost defunct shoe manufacturer in England whose quality shoes cannot compete with cheap foreign-made, trendy shoes. People want style and fashion, not comfort, and quality-made...

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Black Rep dazzles with whodunit play of revenge/murder plot
Sep25

Black Rep dazzles with whodunit play of revenge/murder plot

By Bob Evans Murder of a military officer outside a southern military base housing black soldiers during war times might be from friendly fire or possibly the result of racial prejudice and the Klan, causing an investigation to pinpoint the killer and find the motive behind the crime. Founder of The Black Rep, Damron Russel Armstrong sees progress as The Black Rep opens its second season with a mystery performed by predominately Black...

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Greek tragedy sets dark tones for political potboiler
Sep25

Greek tragedy sets dark tones for political potboiler

By Bob Evans Set in motion by an apt narration performed by Alan Tilson, “Antigone,” the Greek tragedy originally penned by Sophocles and now adapted by Jean Anouilh, explains the difference between tragedy and drama in Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s season opener. As a tragedy, the audience knows beforehand that no escape avails itself to the principals and that many times situations dictate a person’s destiny and they have little...

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Coterie opener shocks with 1960s Civil Rights lunch-counter sit-ins
Sep25

Coterie opener shocks with 1960s Civil Rights lunch-counter sit-ins

By Bob Evans Kansas City’s nationally recognized children’s theatre, The Coterie, in Crown Center set another high standard for theatre with the season opener,”We Shall Not Be Moved: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960,” that tells the story of college-students protesting the Old South standards of Whites Only at lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Four Black students peacefully sat at a lunch counter of Woolworth’s dime store...

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‘Kinky Boots’ comes to Starlight Theatre
Sep22

‘Kinky Boots’ comes to Starlight Theatre

STARLIGHT THEATRE CLOSES SEASON WITH HIGH-HEELED HIT Kinky Boots, Winner of 6 Tony Awards Including Best Musical, Brings Action, Emotion to Stage for Three Nights Only Sept. 29-Oct. 3   KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2017 Broadway season at Starlight Theatre will conclude on a high-heeled note later this month with the huge-hearted hit musical Kinky Boots. The national tour of Broadway’s 2013 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical takes the...

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