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‘RUINED’ AT THE UNICORN

REVIEW: Pulitzer Prize-winning play receives sensitive rendering in Unicorn production

It takes mettle to write a play about turmoil in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where civil wars have brought years of rampant pillaging, murder and sexual abuse. Ruined is a problematic but gutsy play, and it won Lynn Nottage the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009. (See the advance story on the play below, which we ran on this blog last week.

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KC REP CONCLUDES SEASON WITH ‘PEER GYNT’

PEERING INTO INFINITY: Ibsen classic gets smart, affectionate adaptation for ambitious KC Rep production
Concluding the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2010-2011 season is Henryk Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, in an adaptation by David Schweizer, who also directs it. The production is already in previews and opens April 29th at the Copaken Stage downtown.

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HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music

HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music
Hollywood can make movies about playwrights, poets, painters. It can make you bawl over the death of a dog, feel you’re genuinely on board the Titanic or evoke precisely the melancholy of a small town in the Deep South. But when it comes to making films about classical music, it’s time to drag out every moth-eaten cliché about suffering artists, the nature of genius, and the vicissitudes of a life devoted to “high art.

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ACADEMIC, MY DEAR WATSON

Local colleges and universities announce powerful season lineups

This week we supplement the information placed on this blog in April summarizing the 2010-2011 seasons of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the Friends of Chamber Music. Today we look at the series offered by area institutions of higher learning, which over the years have become an essential part of Kansas City’s music, dance and entertainment scene.

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