Category: Reviews

Please be careful and safe

To my readers and their families: his is Holy Week with Easter and Passover approaching, and I know many will be wanting to celebrate their traditions. With no ill-will...

Quality Hill delivers fantastic performances

Just before the COVID-19 spread impacted the nation, Quality Hill Playhouse opened a beautiful production of their Broadway series “Broadway Through the Decades,”...

‘Spring Awakening’ brings teenage Angst to Arts Asylum

By Dennis Maddux-Phillips, guest reviewer Traditional teenage sexual longing on Broadway used to sound like “We love you Conrad, on yes we do”, but say bye...

Chestnut propels beloved music of faith with super-talented cast

Nine highly powerful voices combined in a Chestnut Fine Arts Center production, “Down by the Riverside,” to bring the production to crowd-pleasing highs. The show...

‘American Son’ puts focus on racial divides

‘ What could be worse than a mother’s anguish and concern when her 18-year=old son does not return at night, and her motherly instinct sounds her intrinsic alarm for...

Magic flourishes at Coterie’s new show, ‘Puffs’

By Phil Kinen, guest reviewer Fifty points awarded to the Coterie!  The current production, “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic...

OCTA’s ‘Merry Wives’ displays Shakespeare comedy, chaos

Only one weekend remains to see Shakespeare’s conniving wives plot and successfully deploy a plan to embarrass and humiliate the pompous John Falstaff who plans a...

Tragic personal stories add drama to ‘Titanic’

Five Tony Awards including Best Musical and over 800 performances means “Titanic, the Musical” celebrated success on Broadway, and the monumental task to bring a...

‘Fun Home’ rings true with stellar performances

By Dennis Maddux-Phillips, guest reviewer While the citizens of KC are reveling in Chiefs ‘ Fever, the patrons of KCREP have reasons to stand up and cheer for a...

‘Girlfriends’ tells simple story with flair

By Phil Kinen, guest reviewer Spinning Tree’s smashing Kansas City premier production of “Girlfriend” offers a terrific examination of a simple love story mired in...

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