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GRABBING THE RING: San Francisco Opera presents fascinating production of Wagner milestone
By Paul Horsley
SAN FRANCISCO – In this loveliest of West Coast cities, the San Francisco Opera has staged what is arguably the most intriguing production of Wagner’s Ring that one can currently see in America.

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KANSAS CITY BALLET GETS A NEW HOME

READY, SET, DANCE: KC Ballet inaugurates new $32 million Bolender Center to great fanfare
And they’re off! In a fall cultural season to be filled with exciting “firsts,” the Kansas City Ballet leapt from the starting gate on August 26th with the inauguration of its new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, located in the restored Power House just west of Union Station.

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FOUR BY PINTER AT CITY STAGE

REVIEW: Actors Theatre scores big with haunting Pinter classics
If you like everything spelled out for you in black and white, Harold Pinter is not your playwright. The late British author deals in alienation, love, power, menace, marital stress, sexual longing, and the sort of quotidian absurdity that lurks around the edges of bourgeois life.

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‘AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY’ OPENS KC REP SEASON

A PILL FOR ALL SEASONS: KC Rep presents searing, funny, prize-winning family drama
The Westons of Oklahoma may not be your typical American family, but their crises are familiar to anyone who has followed American drama of the last century, from Eugene O’Neill to Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller to Edward Albee. Booze, drugs, divorce, depression, sexual depravity: The protagonists of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County live through it all, and they pull us into their dark world.

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