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Kansas Repertory Theatre returns to KU with 'Sherlock,' 'Mousetrap'

Nail-biting suspense, larger-than-life personalities and wry British humor are coming to the stage as the Kansas Repertory Theatre kicks off its second season with a production of “Sherlock’s Last Case” on Friday evening at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall.

Theater group seeks retro artwork for upcoming play, exhibition at Percolator

Orange Mouse Theatricals is seeking mid-century-inspired artwork and handmade merchandise to be incorporated into its upcoming production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as well as an accompanying exhibition.

Youth theatre to stage 'Spring Awakening' this weekend at Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre program will debut its production of "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Treasured island: Theatre Lawrence staging classic musical 'South Pacific'

For Terrance McKerrs, the director behind Theatre Lawrence’s upcoming production of “South Pacific,” each listen of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic score is something like a visit from “an old friend.”

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Production of Sam Shepard play aims to be truly weird

Rob Schulte wants you to “feel weird” leaving the theater after experiencing “True West,” a Card Table Productions play set to open Friday at Liberty Hall.

Patti LuPone replaces 'I Love Lucy' on Lied Center schedule

Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone will replace a performance of "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" on the Lied Center's 2015-16 season schedule, it was announced Tuesday.

Riptide Comedy Festival casts a wider net in second year

Harpoon Presents’ second annual Riptide Comedy Festival kicks off this week at various locations across downtown Lawrence, bringing with it more than 25 comedians from New York to Los Angeles.

EMU Theatre to perform Shel Silverstein short plays

EMU Theatre of Lawrence will perform a compilation of short plays by famed poet Shel Silverstein at the Lawrence Percolator this Sunday and Monday.

Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play

When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.

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Theatre Lawrence's 'Explorers' Club' pokes fun at Victorian customs

The year is 1879, and the esteemed scientists of the all-male Explorers Club are facing a very serious dilemma. Gathered in the group’s London headquarters, the men must decide whether they’ll allow a woman to join their ranks.

KU Theatre to open 'Flora, the Red Menace' on Friday

Kansas University's production of "Flora, the Red Menace" will open Friday at Murphy Hall's William Inge Theatre.

Theatre Lawrence announces 2015-16 season

A mermaid, a deathtrap and classic Broadway hits will be coming to the Theatre Lawrence stage, as Monday the group announced its show lineup for the 2015-2016 season that will debut in September.

KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week

The Commons, in partnership with the Kansas University theatre department, will host writer and performer Heather Harpham as artist-in-residence this week.

2015 Spring Arts Preview

With temperatures already warming up, it's a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We've rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.

KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis

Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.

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Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property

If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre's “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Arts Center to stage family-friendly 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Anansi the Spider'

The Lawrence Arts Center will stage a family-friendly two-part dance performance this weekend with "Sleeping Beauty" and "Anansi the Spider."

KU students to debut original plays this weekend

Plays written by Kansas University undergraduate students will debut this weekend in the fifth Black Box Productions at the University Theatre.

Lied Center to host fundraiser to support performing arts access for schools

On Feb. 16, the Lied Center of Kansas and the Lawrence Schools Foundation will host Expanding Performing Arts Access, a fundraising dinner to support free performing arts experiences for middle and high school students.

Monkey business: Theater company to perform unusual play at Lied Center

“Kiss the Fish,” the latest production from New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company, tells the tale of a young monkey named Sidu who dreams of escaping his home on a small South Asian island to become the next Freddie Mercury.

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