Southies and strong women, sopranos and starry spangles
GOOD PEOPLE DOING BAD THINGS, AND VICE VERSA
Good People is a remarkable play with a cast of six players and a tangle of ambiguities that send you out of the theater wondering what just happened.
KC BALLET: Ladies with an attitude, fellows in Shakespearean mood
The Kansas City Ballet’s current season is to some extent a tribute to its visionary artistic director, William Whitener, who bids farewell to the company this spring after 17 years here.
IRELAND, GERMANY AND BEYOND: Stealth, planning and artistry have boosted mezzo’s rise to fame
Almost every singer has a “breakthrough” moment, when he or she lands the right role at the right time and scores a deep impression with public and press. For Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught that moment came in March 2011, when she was called upon at the last minute to fill in for an ailing Vesselina Kasarova in the role of Romeo in Bellini’s Capuleti e Montecchi.
When a ballet audience gasps audibly at the sheer “look” of a piece, before the dancers have made a single move, you know you’re in for a ride. When the curtain went up on George Balanchine’s Serenade, the opening piece of the Kansas City Ballet’s final 2011-2012 production, the translucent azure lighting and ballerinas frozen in a tilted port de bras immediately warmed us to the classical beauty of this first American piece by the Russian-born choreographer.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012: A DOZEN PRICELESS PERFORMANCES The year 2012 was a golden one for performing arts in Kansas City, part of an incredible flowering that has been going on for more a decade. This is not so much a “best of” list as it is a collection of performances that struck a nerve with me.
The Mousetrap (Kansas City Actors Theatre, August 4st through the 26th): Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, now in its 60thyear of continuous production, is as fun and as intriguing as ever.