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Kyle Hatley’s production of Titus Andronicus opens at The Living Room Friday night (previews start tonight at 8pm).  This remarkable play epic in it’s scope and ambition sees a rare staging here in Kansas City.  It promises to be moving, musical and mad.  Come out and see it now through June 24th.  8pm shows every night but Mondays and Tuesdays.  Robert Trussell of the Kansas City Start writes:

Now Hatley is back at the Living Room, a downtown performance venue where the stage configuration changes with every production, to direct a very different sort of play: William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.” It was the Bard’s first tragedy and is widely regarded as perhaps the worst play with his name on it. It’s also his most violent.

“I think it was a big experiment for him,” said Hatley, Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s associate artistic director. “It’s got all the marks of a young, inexperienced playwright. In any given Shakespeare play there are three or four unforgettable moments. But in ‘Titus Andronicus’ there are three or four unforgettable moments in every scene. I jokingly refer it to as Shakespeare’s big summer popcorn movie.”

ALLISON LONG

Tamora and Saturninus (Melinda McCrary and Forrest Attaway) are surrounded by murder victims in “Titus Andronicus.”

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Hybrid’s “Rubble”, KC Fringe Festival, Review on Stage Savvy
Sunday, July 24, 2011
by Angie Fiedler Sutton – Look for the signs.

Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Performed both in the front window and outside on the street, “Rubble” is a performance piece that delves into devastation and our reactions to it – and is truly what I think of when I think of the concept of fringe theatre. Being on the street, with the inevitable sirens and helicopters, adds to the atmosphere because of the inherent concept of the production.

Like abstract art or a David Lynch film, it’s hard to go too much into what the piece was about without explaining it away as a whole – and this is a piece that needs to be experienced, not explained. But on the surface, five performers are on the outside, while two are in the window. While the two pieces seem to be independent of each other, it ends up tying in together and making a statement (at least to me) about how we, as watchers, sometimes miss what’s ‘really’ going on in the world.

Rubble photo
Photo courtesy of Richard Sutton

Heidi Van, with signs about signs, seems to be the tying thread between the pieces.

The entire cast was flawless in their presentation, with special notice to Gail Bronfman-Bunch for her singing, and both Andy Perkins and Coleman Crenshaw, as the two men in the window, for their Godot-like performances.

I can barely describe the music, played by Katelyn Boone, Katy Guillen, and Peter Lawless, who created it, – at times haunting and creepy, and others adding to the quirky humor. It was a perfect soundtrack to this performance piece.

The Larval Masks were……… Read more at Stage Savvy