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KU Theatre's 'Detroit '67' explores race issues still relevant today

“Detroit ‘67” is, without a doubt, a period piece. The stage of Kansas University’s William Inge Theatre has been transformed into a Vietnam-era basement in preparation for KU Theatre’s newest production, opening Friday at Murphy Hall.

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Theatre Lawrence explores hope, faith, American Dream in 'Hands on a Hardbody'

The title of Theatre Lawrence’s newest production might sound a tad risqué, James Diemer admits, though “Hands On a Hardbody,” which opens its two-week run Friday, is anything but.

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Lawrence production of '70s 'Come Back to the Five and Dime' still feels fresh

Tucked away in the alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center and identified from the outside by its green awnings, the short, squat little building at 913 Rhode Island St. is, on most days, an art gallery. But in recent weeks, the Lawrence Percolator’s already-compact 600-square-foot interior has been transformed into a small-town, 1970s-era five-and-dime store complete with an antique cash register and diner-esque chrome tables and chairs.By Joanna Hlavacek

Upcoming KU Theatre season aims to confront social issues of today

Some of today’s most-discussed current events and social issues — including teen dating violence, riots and feminism — will play a prominent role in Kansas University Theatre’s upcoming season.

'Cowboy Cabaret' a country music variety show with a Lawrence twist

If you don’t consider yourself a fan of country music, it may be time to take a fresh look at the genre at this weekend's “Cowboy Cabaret.”

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Lawrence Opera Theatre to stage modern twist on 'Carmen'

For this year’s Summer Festival season, Lawrence Opera Theatre organizers chose the theme “LOTs of LOL (Love, Obsession, and Laughter).” The company’s production of “La Damnation de Carmen,” a modified version of the 1875 work, promises all three when it opens Friday evening at Theatre Lawrence.

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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.