I reviewed the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre's production of "Pride and Prejudice" for KCMetropolis.org. Read it here.
I reviewed newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble's "Worlds Apart" concert. The performance featured two excellent pieces by Kansas City resident composers Nicholas S. Omiccioli and Ingrid Stölzel. Read it here.
I reviewed the music for Maury Yeston's ballet "Tom Sawyer - A Ballet in Three Acts." It was performed as the Kansas City Ballet's inaugural event in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Read it here.
I wrote an article about the visit/discussion with (le) Poisson Rouge founders, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Does Kansas City need a venue like this? Could it support one? Read it here.
I wrote about the experimental music scene in Kansas City for KCM's 2011 fall preview. Read it here.
I reviewed "The 39 Steps" at the American Heartland Theatre for KCMetropolis.org. This farcical adaption by Patrick Barlow took elements from the original novel and the Alfred Hitchcock thriller. The four person cast performed over 100 characters in a fast paced spy mystery full of slapstick humor. Read it here...
I reviewed the music for the KC Symphony/Quixotic Fusion collaboration Symphonic Quixotic, a multi-media performance work with musicians, dancers, aerialists, visual and sound artists. Read the double review here.
Playwright Laurie Brooks’ subtle mix of fiction and history (including a bit of modified history) craftily portrays the obsessive curiosity of one of America’s best-loved founding fathers, as well as the social environment of his time and the ongoing clash of religion with science. Directed by Kyle Hatley, the production was imaginative, inventive, and visually... Continue Reading →
The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre put on a sweet little comedy of manners in Enchanted April. The production was enjoyable, but faltered at a few points, causing a somewhat lackluster show. The script was an adaption by Matthew Barber from Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel. Director Linda Ade Brand worked with a talented cast of veterans.... Continue Reading →
Filling the historic Folly Theatre with brilliant riffs and prolonged melodic concepts, Joe Lovano and Us Five were the latest installment for the Folly Jazz Series. Lovano has a heady, esoteric style of building sound, but his eclectic background meant Saturday’s performance was interspersed with Latin, swing, and bebop influences, allowing for accessible moments throughout... Continue Reading →