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‘Cat Scratch Theatre’ proves both wild and tame

Thomas C. Hardy

The Grim Reaper is shamed, graves are being filled back in, and everyone gets one question before they’re sent to heaven or hell. Such are some of the realities presented in EMU’s “Cat Scratch Theatre,” the purported 10-play (actually 11-play) series of shorts designed to entertain, excite, trick and tease. ...

Uneven destinations plague 'Sister Cities'

Thomas C. Hardy

“Why do it yourself when a man can do it for you?” So says Mary, the matriarch in The KU Theatre’s production of "Sister Cities." Written by Colette Freedman and directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, the play takes place in the living room of Mary – the mother of four ...

Musical theater and murder unveiled in 'Curtains'

Thomas C. Hardy

From the creators of "Chicago" and "Cabaret," the musical “Curtains” is a high-energy production, pulling the audience through a zoo of characters and plot twists. Along with a few moments of ingenuity in directing, Lawrence Community Theatre’s cast lends the musical enough energy to zip along quickly. The musical-within-a-musical plot ...

LCT's 'Cinderella' offers musical delights

Liza Pehrson

For this year’s holiday musical, Lawrence Community Theatre presents Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” This well-read fairy tale tells the turbulent story of Cinderella, an orphan left to live with her cruel stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. Treated as a lowly servant, Cinderella dreams of going to the royal ball and ...

Strong performances, direction make “Menagerie” worth looking into

John Phythyon

Maybe it was easy. After all, the work of Tennessee Williams is compelling, and “The Glass Menagerie” is a beautiful play. But regardless of how easy or difficult it is to bring Williams’s classic to life, the creative team at Kansas University Theatre pulled it off brilliantly. The story concerns ...

Review: Tap Dogs dance in every way imaginable

Terry Rombeck

This review of the Tap Dogs show Wednesday night at the Lied Center comes from Dean Bevan, a retired English professor at Baker University. He can be reached at The Tap Dogs held the stage at a near-capacity Lied Center for 90 minutes Wednesday evening, rocking the audience into ...

Marching Jayhawks plan indoor concert

Terry Rombeck

The Marching Jayhawks are headed indoors. The Kansas University Marching Band has scheduled a first-ever indoor concert, bringing the sounds of the football field to the Lied Center. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. “There’s always been a desire from fans and alumni to see the Marching Jayhawks outside ...

2009 Phoenix Awards announced

Terry Rombeck

Five Lawrence residents involved in the arts have been named recipients of the 2009 Phoenix Awards. The awards are given by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, recognizing outstanding artistic achievements in the Lawrence community. Since 1996, more than 100 outstanding artists have received Phoenix Awards. The recipients will be honored ...

Review: 'Macbeth' an intense spectacle

Terry Rombeck

This review of "Macbeth," which opened Thursday night at KU's University Theatre, comes from Sarah Young, a Lawrence-based freelance writer: Something definitively wicked came to the stage of the Crafton-Preyer Theatre on Thursday night as University Theatre opened its production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” As the doomed Scot, Alex Salamat revels ...

Review: 'Club Morocco' a swingin' good time

Terry Rombeck

This review of "Club Morocco," which opened Friday at Lawrence Community Theatre, comes from Lawrence writer Liza Pehrson: Lawrence Community Theatre opens its new season with the swingin’ hot “Club Morocco,” which uses the hits of great big-band leaders such as Glen Miller, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey, ...

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