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KC Rep artistic director Eric Rosen was named one of three finalists for the 2016 Zelda Fichandler Award which honors accomplished directors whose visionary work is impacting theatre communities outside of New York.
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November features performances by KACICO Dance, Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company, "From the Ashes" and the innovative ensemble AXIS at the Lied Center. December brings the KC Ballet's new production of "The Nutcracker," and Owen/Cox Dance Group's dark "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."
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Don't miss the chance to see the superbly written and acted drama "Denial," with Oscar caliber performances from Rachel Weisz, who portrays historian Deborah Lipstadt, and Tom Wilkinson, who plays one of Lipstadt's lawyers. The film serves as a good reminder that we should never let what happened in the Holocaust to be forgotten or distorted.
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For independent movie and live theater enthusiasts, here are some upcoming release dates of note in the Kansas City area including a story about three women (Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart) who are trying to define themselves in "Certain Women," and the 16th Annual Kansas International Film Festival to be held at the Glenwood Arts in Overland Park.
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In a powerful production marked by seamless stagecraft, Kansas City Rep debuts “The Invisible Hand,” Ayad Akhtar’s gripping hostage drama that explores the dark forces of the free market.
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The fall opera production from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, under the direction Fenlon Lamb, presented a pair of Puccini one-acters, the dramatic "Suor Angelica" and the delightfully comic "Gianni Schicchi." Cleverly directed by Lamb, both operas proved most effective with fine casts of talented young singers.
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The Art of Time Ensemble brought a classical-crossover style to their latest adventure, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” last Saturday night in Yardley Hall.
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Kansas City native Ben Bliss returned home to give his American recital debut; throughout the eclectic program, Bliss demonstrated his ability to sing sensitively and stylistically across a variety of genres.
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The Danish String Quartet premiered in Kansas City with a program of pieces centered around the keys of E-flat Major and E-flat Minor; the majority of the evening consisted of two monumental works by Shostakovich and Beethoven.
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A self-described “grouchy old man” in a rumpled white suit, red tie and red sneakers held a capacity audience spellbound last Friday night at Yardley Hall. He riffed, sang, wandered about the auditorium, and generally reminded everyone that he is still the king of the tale and needs no assistance from a certain radio program format to own a stage.
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