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I am proud to announce the Anderson Theatre Awards.  Each month I will posting Best of Kansas City Theatre awards chosen by Terry and Glenna Anderson, the patron saints of KC Theatre and Cake.

Many of you know Terry and Glenna Anderson, I’m sure.  If you have performed in Kansas City in the past 10 years you have a special place in your heart for the Andersons’ cakes.  These genuinely kind, shockingly prolific theatre-goers attend in excess of 140 live performances each year throughout the KC area.  And to each one they bring cake.  Custom decorated cakes.  Sometimes 2 or 3, depending how large the cast is!

The Andersons are the ultimate supporters of the performing arts in Kansas City, our very own Medci.  I cannot imagine a better couple to point out the successes of the KC theatre scene that resonated with the audience.  Terry spends hours researching each and every script that is produced in Kansas City in order to customize each cake.  And they see everything.  On opening night (or close) the Andersons arrive, cake in tow, sitting in the front row, supporting and feeding every theatre artist in Kansas City.  Their commitment to Kansas City theatre is unparalleled.

This is my attempt to honor their commitment to supporting KC arts.  And my attempt to honor the continually strong work the local theatre artists are constantly producing.

So without further ado:

The Anderson Theatre Awards for May 2016

Best play: a tie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET) and The Graduate (BARN Playhouse)
Best musical: The Life and Times of The Three Little Pigs, (TYA)
Best actor:  Jake Leet, The Graduate (BARN Playhouse)
Best actress: Ellen Kirk, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET)
Best cake:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET)
Congratulations to The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Barn Players, Theatre for Young America, Ellen Kirk, and Jake Leet!
See you all next month!
As always go out and see a show!  Check out the live performance calendar.

Wayside Waifs benefits from each ticket sold.  A great local no-kill animal shelter partners perfectly with this pooch focused play about relationships and the complicated, comedic consequences of adding a dog to your life.

KC Examiner review, Bob Evans, writes:

Sylvia is a “fun, comedy romp with a cast of local Kansas City acting favorites.”

“Working at the shelter I see so much good being done to help these animals find loving homes,” [producer and actress Shea] Ketchum said. “I wanted to do something more for the ‘waifs.’ Coming from a theatre background, producing a play that would benefit Wayside Waifs seemed like a fantastic way to fuse my passions together.”


Crenshaw, as Greg, delves into a light-comedic performance with ease. Crenshaw has played a myriad of characters throughout the city. “Sylvia” marks the first time this reviewer has seen him perform this broad of a comedy role. Crenshaw delivers strong performances whatever the character demands. His Greg is funny, comical, and the character that drives the comedy forward.

Full review here.

Tickets and show times here.

Mr. Evans at the KC Examiner published this review of the Fishtank’s newest show: Neighborhood 3.  We run through June 6th, each show at 8:30pm, come out and check us out if you can!  Click here for tickets.

Mr. Evans found the show intense and experimental, commenting “The two veterans of the cast demonstrate just how to delineate their characters and present a plethora of characters in this short piece. Coleman Crenshaw and Devon Burns bring a different character to each scene.”

For the full review click here.