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‘Cat Scratch Theatre’ proves both wild and tame

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, ...

Uneven destinations plague ‘Sister Cities’

“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 daughters, ...

Musical theater and murder unveiled in ‘Curtains’

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 ...

LCT’s ‘Cinderella’ offers musical delights

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, ...

Strong performances, direction make “Menagerie” worth looking into

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 ...

Review: Tap Dogs dance in every way imaginable

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 bevan@ku.edu. The Tap Dogs held the stage at a near-capacity Lied Center for 90 minutes Wednesday evening, rocking the audience ...

Marching Jayhawks plan indoor concert

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 ...

2009 Phoenix Awards announced

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 ...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ an intense spectacle

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 ...

Review: ‘Club Morocco’ a swingin’ good time

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 ...

Gallery schedules reopening celebration

A local art gallery is celebrating its reopening with a celebration Friday night. Diane’s Artisan Gallery is moving from a second-story location at 801 1/2 Mass. to 4 E. Seventh St., next to The Raven Bookstore. Diane Horning, who owns the gallery, says it’s a positive step for downtown ...

Review: ‘Crazy for You’ a good ensemble performance

This review of the Lawrence Communtiy Theatre’s show “Crazy for You” comes from Megan Helm, a music educator who lives in Lawrence: In the Lawrence Community Theatre’s latest production, “Crazy for You,” tap shoes shuffle, chorus girls squeal and lonely cowboys lie around, ...

City Band has new rain-out policy

The Lawrence City Band has announced a new rain-out policy. In the past, concerts canceled because of rain were just that — canceled. From now on, though, those concerts will be moved indoors to Room 130 Murphy Hall, on the Kansas University campus. They'll still be at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, ...

Review: Carrington group shines in debut

This review of Saturday night's performance by the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers comes from Megan Helm, a Kansas City music educator who lives in Lawrence. Take 24 professional voices from around the country, hand them some of the most challenging unaccompanied choral music from the last ...

Review: ‘Tree of Life’ a vibrant telling of evolution story

This review of the "Tree of Life" at the Lied Center is by Chuck Berg, KU professor of theater and film. He can be reached at cberg@ku.edu. Creation stories are the stuff of myth, religion and science. Expressing the human need to understand one’s place in the cosmos, they have at once ...

Review: Glass’ show anything but minimalistic

This review of Tuesday night's performance by Philip Glass a the Lied Center comes from Dean Bevan, a retired Baker University English professor who lives in Lawrence. He can be reached at bevan@ku.edu. A well-filled Lied Center welcomed composer and pianist Philip Glass Tuesday evening, ...

KU grad in YouTube Symphony

Usually, Andy Chester’s YouTube viewing is limited to old Saturday Night Live videos, old late-night talk show interviews and the latest fads the Web is buzzing about. Now, he can credit the Internet video service with bringing his music career to the next level. Chester, a 2007 ...

Review: ‘Business’ succeeds at University Theatre

This review of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which opened Friday at University Theatre, is from Dean Bevan, a retired Baker University English professor who lives in Lawrence. What better time to laugh at the foibles of the business world than now? Take a break from ...

Study: Arts endeavors net $153.5 million in state

The Kansas Arts Commission this week released a study showing expenditures by arts and culture organizations, as well as audiences, totaled $153.5 million in 2007. In addition, the study, by Americans for the Arts, found that arts-related activities generated: • 4,612 full-time ...

Review: ‘Doubt’ a thoughtful, overwhelming presence on stage

This review of "Doubt" at the Lawrence Community Theatre is from Sarah Young, a Kansas University lecturer in English: On a dimly lit stage of Lawrence Community Theatre, Father Flynn asks the question central to John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”: “What if there is no ...