Arts Corner

THE WAY WE TALK: KCAT presents stern, witty play about life, ennui, dying

By Paul Horsley
If we were to write out our conversation the way we actually speak, it might look like the scrawled musings of a child. Or it might look a bit like Will Eno’s play The Realistic Joneses, a striking piece of theater that had its Broadway premiere in 2014 and was proclaimed, by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, as “far and away … the most stimulating, adventurous and flat-out good play to be produced on Broadway this year.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: KC Ballet takes on modern shocker

By Paul Horsley
Many of us still remember the jolt of our first reading of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the 1948 short story that begins so amicably in Small Town, USA, and ends with the brutal stoning of a randomly chosen citizen by her fellow villagers. Choreographer Val Caniparoli remembers his own horror when reading it as a high school student in the Seattle suburb of Renton, where he spent his childhood. “It stuck with me forever,” he said.

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STIFF UPPER DECK: Lyric Opera recruits UK director for quintessentially British comedy

By Paul Horsley
We think of England as a sort of motherland for the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, and indeed for more than a century the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company was the standard-bearer for “authentic” performance of these works. But during this same period these “plays-with-songs” also became staples of companies the world over, and nearly outwore their welcome with endless amateur and semi-professional versions.

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