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Riverfront Special Friday for September 2017

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Riverfront Special Friday for September 2017

Riverfront Special Friday for September 2017 Kansas City, MO – infoZine – James Benger is a father, husband and writer. His work has been featured in several publications including Coal City Review, Kansas City Voices, and Thorny Locust. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, As I Watch You Fade (2016 EMP) and You’ve Heard It All Before (2017 GigaPoem), and two fiction ebooks, Flight 776 (2012) and Jack Of Diamonds (2013). He lives in Kansas City with his wife and son. James Benger, Silvia Kofler Silvia Kofler is a widely published poet, translator, educator, and occasional actor who likes to read her work and translations in many places. She has read at New York’s Poet’s House, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and at Schokoladen in Berlin, Germany. Some of her recent publications include poetry and translations published in The Colour of Saying, an anthology in celebration of Dylan Thomas by Cross- Cultural Communications, USA, and The Seventh Quarry Press, Wales. German translations of 10 Hafez ghazals in collaboration with Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak appeared in THOSE WHO STOOD UP FOR TOLERANCE DIEJENIGEN DIE FÜR TOLERANZ STANDEN, published by The Feral Press, NY. She is the editor and publisher of Thorny Locust. Her newest book is Gambol the World: Eine Weltanschuung, by Spartan Press, Kansas City 2017. This event features music by Linda Minson & Friends. What: Riverfront Readings Special featuring James Benger and Silvia KoflerWhen: Friday, September 22nd, 8:00 PMWhere: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City MO (Why?) Published at Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:25:26 +0000

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The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review

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The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review

The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review Kansas City, MO – infoZine – If nothing else, The Book of Mormon reminded me how lucky I am to live in the Garden of Eden, right here in Jackson County, Missouri! Actually, there’s a whole lot more. Trigger warning: the language is course and some dance scenes are X-rated. The musical tells the story of two 19-year-old Mormon men, Elder Price (the amazing Gabe Gibbs, from the Broadway company) and Elder Cunningham, played opening night by standby Chad Burris, who managed to steal a good deal of the show. Paired for their two-year mission, the slim, trim Price, ambitious and shallow, and Cunningham, fat and prone to lying, learn their assignment is not to France, Japan or any other cool location. They’re headed for Uganda. Price is crushed: he yearns for Orlando, Florida, with its palm trees and Mouse World. Cunningham is clueless. Without being mean-spirited, the show pokes fun at Mormonism and, by extension, at all religions, portraying them as essentially fairy tales that can be changed to fit the context of potential believers. In the dirt-poor village of their mission, Elder Cunningham tries reading the Book of Mormon verbatim to the residents in an effort to convert them. In desperation, resorts to, shall we say, extreme embellishment, adding characters from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. The villagers buy it. Book of Mormon company, Photo (c)Joan Marcus, 2016 The songs illustrate Mormon history and the feelings of the characters. Elder Price sings “I Believe,” which skewers Mormon teachings such as the origin of the world and Mormonism, that Mormons “just believe.” Villagers uplift their spirits in times of adversity (which is all the time) with the lively, infectious “Hasa Diga Eebowai.” Elder Price tries to avoid joining in the pagan singing and dancing but Elder Cunningham practically goes native with his exuberant participation. Only when he learns the true meaning of the saying (Fuck you, God) does Cunningham repent. A truly fun piece was “Spooky Mormon Hell,” Price’s nightmare of being in Orlando until demons and dead villains, including Hitler, and dancing devils tormented him. The coup de grace was Jesus himself appearing to finally put Price in his place by telling him, “You’re a dick.” The catchy songs are combined with great dance routines. Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw incorporates campy dance moves from just about every genre of musical that at first seem like clichés. (Think of all the great rock guitar riffs jammed into one rock opera.) They are so precisely and perfectly executed, though, that it’s a real treat to see. During “Baptize Me,” featuring Cunningham and Nabalungi, the village chief’s nubile daughter (the wonderful understudy, Bryce Charles), their moves were so good the audience practically cheered. Great supporting cast members include Monica L. Patton as Mrs. Brown (from the Mormon school), Sterling Jarvis as Mafala (village chief), and Dalton Bloomquist as Elder McKinley. One of the most spectacularly outlandish characters is the warlord General…

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