Arts Corner

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Lyric Opera fills fairy-tale classic with clowns, Hollywood idols, gingerbread

By Paul Horsley
Updated versions of well-known operas work best when they remain true to their concept from beginning to end. Director Doug Varone’s updated version of Hansel and Gretel is set in Depression-Era New York, and that’s fine: The 19th-century rural poverty of Humperdinck’s story translates relatively easily into urban poverty in the 1930s. Instead of a house of sweets, here the kids yearn for Hollywood stardom.

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MAGIC, PLEASE: KC Actors Theatre offers fresh, modern take on American classic

By Paul Horsley
When 17-year-old Blanche DuBois caught her husband in flagrante delicto with an older man, she impulsively lashed out at what she called his “degeneracy” (“You disgust me!”). The beautiful young man, whom Blanche loved desperately, went out into the yard and blew his brains out. Such an early trauma could screw with anybody’s head: Blanche was an especially sensitive child, and she never fully recovered from the shock.

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BEST OF FALL: Some must-see events from now through December

By Paul Horsley

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Through August 21: Musical Theater Heritage; Next to Normal; The multiple Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey stars Ashley Pankow and Ben Gulley, among others. Crown Center. 816-221-6987 or mthkc.com.
Through August 28: Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Summer Music at the Cathedrals; August’s best classical music in KC.

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