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Making Gatsby great

Theatre Lawrence production the perfect challenge for director

Theatre Lawrence's production of "The Great Gatsby," which kicks off Friday and runs through April 27, tells the story a Jazz Age millionaire and the young man who is drawn to him.

KU to stage Nobel laureate’s ‘The Other Shore’

The theater is an interesting place to experience abstract art. Because a play happens live, the audience expects concrete representations of place through the set, of characterization through costuming and of action through sound and motion.

Theatre Lawrence announces 2014-2015 season

Theatre Lawrence has announced its lineup of shows for the 2014-2015 season. Early ticket sales begin May 1.

Theatre Lawrence to host Volunteer Fair

Theatre Lawrence is having a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, where participants can learn about various positions at the theater and the time commitments for each area.

2014 Spring Arts Guide

Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.

Puppeteer, Lawrence native returns for Arts Center’s ‘Pinocchio’

Spencer Lott has a long history at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Lawrence native and Kansas University graduate is now a teaching artist at New York’s New Victory Theater, but he’s back in town for the Arts Center’s new production of “Pinocchio.”

Review: KU Theatre delights with 'Much Ado'

Go to see Shakespeare anymore, and you can almost certainly count on it being set at some other time than during the 16th century, when ...

Review: 'Other Desert Cities' moving, powerful

For some time now, Theatre Lawrence has taken an annual break in March from Broadway musicals and light comedies, and offered a weighty drama often ...

Theatre Lawrence's ‘Other Desert Cities’ explores secrets, family dynamics

Few things are more powerful than a secret. And, if they get out, few things are more destructive. That’s the hook of Theatre Lawrence’s new production, “Other Desert Cities.”

KU students’ production puts 3 spins on ‘Hamlet’

One of the hardest things to do in art is to make something old and familiar fresh. Danny Devlin has some ideas about that. "‘Hamlet’ is the most well-known, well-researched play ever,” he says. “We’re taking three very different approaches to it.”

Vicki Lawrence and 'Mama' to perform at the Oread

Vicki Lawrence is traveling across the country for her co-written cabaret-style two-woman production; both parts played by herself, of course.

Divas duel for Theatre Lawrence

When it comes to fundraising, a little competition is good for the bottom line. So the thinking goes at Theatre Lawrence, which is preparing to hold its annual “Dueling Divas” event Saturday night at its 4660 Bauer Farm Drive location. Eight local singers compete against each other “American Idol”-style to see who can raise the most money.

Frank's hosting night of '90s TV nostalgia

The cast from Under the Table Productions is putting together their own live-stage rendition of a well-known episode of early ‘90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”

Theatre Lawrence takes on Hitchcock in spoof 'Wrong Window'

“Wrong Window,” which opens Friday at Theatre Lawrence, is about as different from heavy drama as one could imagine. The 2008 comic caper spoofs a number of Alfred Hitchcock films, especially “Rear Window.”

Theatre Lawrence to hold auditions for 'Other Desert Cities'

Theatre Lawrence is holding auditions for Jon Robin Baitz drama “Other Desert Cities” at 7 p.m. Monday.

Arts Center holding ‘Pinocchio’ auditions

It’s no lie: The Lawrence Arts Center will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Pinocchio” this week.

Mother grateful for ‘Christmas miracle’ after young actor collapses on Theatre Lawrence stage

When 20-year-old Jake Leet collapsed on stage Saturday night, audience members may have thought it was scripted — after all he was playing Donkey, the most physically animated character in Theatre Lawrence’s “Shrek.” But castmates quickly realized something was wrong. Leet was not breathing and had no pulse. Jake’s mother, Teri Leet of Lawrence, calls what happened next and in the following days a “Christmas miracle.” By Sara Shepherd

Review: “A Kansas Nutcracker” highlights Lawrence history, talent

Making alterations to a classic is a dicey business and one many artists relish. Ric Averill’s “A Kansas Nutcracker”, which adapts the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet ...

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Moving target: Arts Center’s ‘A Kansas Nutcracker’ keeps evolving

Ric Averill doesn’t stand still very long. Even catching the longtime artistic director for the performing arts at the Lawrence Arts Center in a casual conversation can be difficult. He’s always going somewhere.

Review: “Shrek” gorgeous, funny and sweet

You can’t do a show about an ogre small. At least Theatre Lawrence doesn’t seem to think so, as it pulls out all the stops ...

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