Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Price: As low as $20
Hours: Call for show times.
Founded in 1964, Kansas City Repertory Theatre is nearing its golden anniversary as one of the country’s premier regional theatres. Serving as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Rep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus, located just east of the Country Club Plaza and at Copaken Stage in downtown Kansas City, adjacent to the Power & Light District.
Under the creative leadership of artistic director Eric Rosen, only the fourth artistic director in the theatre’s 47-year history, Kansas City Rep has been nationally recognized for its exceptional and highly creative productions of stage classics, new works and musicals. About the Rep’s production of The Glass Menagerie, The Wall Street Journal theatre critic wrote: “The greatest of all American plays has received a production worthy of its beauty and truth … by Kansas City Repertory Theatre” and included it as number two on its list of the country’s “Best Shows of 2009.”
Venice (the Rep’s hit musical co-written and directed by Rosen) was proclaimed “The Year’s Best Musical” by TIME magazine and honored on their list of “The Top 10 Everything of 2010” – #2 for Plays and Musicals.” Venice is now in preparation for a possible 2012 New York production at The Public Theater, founded by theatre legend Joseph Papp.
Kansas City Rep’s ingenious work is created by more than 250 professional artists, technicians and administrators. Each year Rep productions serve more than 100,000 patrons from a five-state region and the theatre’s Education and Outreach programs engage 10,000 school children from the two-state metropolitan area.
For more information about Kansas City Repertory Theatre and its productions for this season, please go to www.KCRep.org.
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Phone: 816 235-1453
5 out of 5 stars
Virgie A. - Lawrence, KS
If I could give this production more than 5 stars I would. I have never seen such a fine display of acting talent, timing and technical coordination (and I am old enought to have seen a LOT of productions)! Matt Sax is sure to make a name for himself both as a playwright and actor as soon as he hits Broadway! If this is any example I am really excited about our up-coming seasons under the direction of Eric Rosen!
4 out of 5 stars
Tracy B. - Kansas City, MO
My husband and I love the Rep. We've been season ticket holders for quite a few years now. The sets are always spectacular. We're always anxious to get into the theatre for each show just so we'll have time to look over and marvel at the scene. What I like most about the plays is that they always make you think. They're not just fluff that you'll forget by the next day - they make you think and discuss important topics.
Consistent Quality in Productions
5 out of 5 stars
Barbara F. - Overland Park, KS
As a season ticket holder for 25 years, I look forward to each new season, and am especially excited about the upcoming one that offers a splendid variety of subject matter and talents. The majority of productions consistently hit the mark as far as getting across the playwrights' messages. Productions at Copaken Stage are attracting new audiences and raising the level of appreciation for KC Rep. Overall, the high quality of acting, directling, lighting, setting, and costuming consistently rival other LORT productions.
KC Repertory Theater
3 out of 5 stars
Glenn H. - Independence, MO
This review covers only the period of the 02/03 thru 07/08 seasons.
I've seen most every production in the years stated. I've seen shows that were absolutely spectacular ("Guys and Dolls" comes to mind) and many that weren't worth my time.
Choose your show very carefully and you stand the chance of coming across something quite satisfying and memorable. Buy season tickets and be prepared to leave at intermission with some regularity. Acting? Runs the gamut. Directing? Quite variable. Sets? Consistently marvelous!
I have hope that the new artistic director will breathe some life into this theatre. His direction of "The Trip to Bountiful" last season was very good.
we keep coming back
5 out of 5 stars
Melody C. - Olathe, KS
My husband and I have been attending performances at the Rep for about 25 years. The past three years we have purchased season tickets for our anniversary gift to each other. Why? The plays are always excellent and thought provoking. The two stages are wonderful with great acoustics. The musical performances have delighted us, and the serious performances have given us poignant moments and led to deep conversations.We have such superb acting talent in the KC area, and we appreciate how lucky we are to enjoy them six or seven times per year..
Also, we really look forward to our date nights and make them "dinner and a play". We have taken several friends with us to various performances and they have all been very delighted with the Rep in every way.
Also, the variety of subject matter never fails to intrigue us. We are never bored at the Rep.
Thanks for being a special part of this community.
Best Kept Secret in Town
5 out of 5 stars
Barbie D. - Overland Park, KS
This is the Best Kept Secret in Town! I grew up here, moved away in '74 and back in 94. I heard about the Rep in a Welcome to KC packet of some kind. We'd had an excellent theater experience in Chicago and so signed on & have been fans ever since! I bought as many rows as I could afford for "Christmas Carol" that year & have contintued to do so ever since! I'd give them to strangers rather than have them go to waste. The joy it brings to theater-goers' faces is worth the price. The plays produced by the KCRep are top notch quality and present such a diversity of subject matter and type of production that my husband welcomes the opportunity to take me to dinner and a play!
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