Arts Corner

‘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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COME THOU FOUNT

COMPOSER’S NEW PIECE HONORS KANSAS CITY’S BELOVED FOUNTAINS

When the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern open their 2011-2012 season September 23rd through the 25th at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall they will also be inaugurating a series of commissions to be spread throughout the season.

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WHAT A WEEKEND

WEEK IN REVIEW: August: Osage County at KC Rep, Red at the Unicorn, and Emanuel Ax with the KC Symphony

Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is like a slowly tightening clock-spring, building tension with stealth in Act 1 and releasing that tension with a sproing in Act 2, then finally unraveling messily in the last act.

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‘TURANDOT’ OPENS LYRIC’S SEASON IN NEW KAUFFMAN THEATER

ICE, ICE BABY: LYRIC’S AMBITIONS TAKE COMPANY INTO NEW TERRITORY
Amidst the bevy of high-profile soloists, the huge chorus and complement of supernumeraries, the children’s choir and the over-the-top scenic and costume designs, one thing was abundantly clear about the October 1st opening of Turandot at the Kauffman Center: With this production the Lyric Opera is entering a new epoch in its history, and future productions will doubtless be measured by the ambitions of this show.

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